Advanced IT Project Management II – BMIS 681

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course explores the organizational aspects of information technology (IT) program management with the aim of providing knowledge, skills and exposure to issues in managing information and utilizing information technology as an asset in organizations. Students completing this course will be better equipped to be managers engaged in defining and implementing information systems opportunities and solutions or as leaders in an Information Systems department. Major topics include: information asset management, strategic information systems planning, information services organization issues, best practices for service level management, IT personnel selection and management, IT Procurement/request for proposal development/vendor selection, and contract negotiation principles.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course is designed for those who work or plan to work in project-based organizations. As this course builds on and develops the skills needed for project execution, management, and close-out, students who intend to make project work a significant part of their careers will benefit. Students interested in earning the PMP Certification will also find this a very useful building block to PMP preparation. While the course is geared towards project and resource managers, programmers, teachers, and engineers will also benefit from the material.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine risk management planning, identification, analysis, response planning, and monitoring and control on a project.
  2. Construct a project WBS, Gantt chart, and Network Diagram in accordance with best practices.
  3. Assess the balance of technical, interpersonal, and conceptual skills needed to analyze situations and interact appropriately.
  4. Integrate biblical principles within the field of project management.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Group Discussion Board Forums (4)

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. For Part 1, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 500–750 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must reference at least 3 peer-reviewed sources and must include at least 1 biblical integration. In addition to the thread, the student is required to collaborate with his or her group to create a group reply of 450–600 words for Part 2. Each group synthesized reply must reference at least 3 peer-reviewed sources and must include at least 1 biblical integration. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical interaction.

Case Study: Project Model (2)

The student will complete a 2-part project model on a topic of his or her choice. Part 1 must include a Project Proposal Form, a Responsibility Matrix, a Risk Assessment Matrix, and a Stakeholder Communication Plan. Part 2 will be created using Microsoft Project, and must include a detailed description of the project, list of principle deliverables, and a breakdown of all necessary tasks, project dates, costs, and resources.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 30 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 45-minute time limit.