IS Project Management – CSIS 473

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

Course Description

Capstone course for MIS majors. Develops skills in managing the project development cycle in an organization. Topics include systems engineering, cost analysis, risk management, and managing the socio-technological elements of a project. (Formerly BMIS 460)


 (CMIS 351 or BMIS 351 or ISYS 351 or CSIS 351) and (ECNC 214 or ECON 214 or ENGI 220)


In today’s business environment, it is essential that IT projects be well managed so that they produce the desired results, services, and products within established time, cost, and scope parameters. The content of this course provides the students with opportunities and challenges to learn the project management framework necessary to successfully produce defined project goals and deliverables. In addition, this course gives the students a marketable skill which will be invaluable to them as they enter the job market.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the relevance of course material to biblical worldview.
  2. Demonstrate, through various projects, an ability to plan the implementation of a system or program to meet desired needs.
  3. Display an ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate a recognition of the need for continuing professional development through research, presentation, and examination.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forum

Disucssion Boards are collaborative learning expreinces. Therefore, the student is required to read the article provided and post a thread in response to the provided prompt. The thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words.

Article Reviews (2)

The student will conduct research to find 2 project management articles relating to the project management knowledge areas (integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, or procurement), and write a report analyzing the article. Each article review must be 3–5 pages and follow current APA format.

Christian Worldview Research Paper

The student will review the provided article, where the authors discuss the impact of how modernism shapes our beliefs and approaches to ethics in business management information systems and academia. After reviewing the article, the student will conduct additional research. The paper must be at least 2 pages, formatted in current APA formatting.

Group Project

This project will implement a project management office within an IT department. The project will include the development of a Project Plan and associated sub-plans related to implementing a financial information system, including the selecting, purchasing, and implementing of IT hardware and software. The student will be assigned to a Group Discussion Board in which he/she can collaborate for group work. The groups will be assigned by the instructor and a team leader will be chosen by the group members to submit each assignment.

Select a Team Leader

Each group will select a Team Leader who will have the responsibility of submitting the group's assignments. That person will then submit a document with their name, the other group members' names, and the sections of the group project that each member has responsibility for completing.

Charter Exercise

The group in which the student is assigned will develop a Project Charter for the Group Project using a provided template.

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Using the charter and scope statement documents, each group will develop a Work Breakdown Structure for the Group Project using a provided template.

Management Plans (2)

The group will develop management plans for specified knowledge areas.

Management Plan 1 must cover Cost and Quality.

Management Plan 2 must cover Human Resources and Communication.

Plan and PowerPoint

The group will develop a project Plan and PowerPoint presentation for establishing a Project Management Office within an organization. The group will act as consultants and develop a Project Management Office (PMO) for a provided company using the provided template.

Individual Project (2)


The student will develop a Project Charter on his/her own for a new company scenario discussed in the Individual Project assignment folder and use a provided template.

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Using the Individual Charter, the student will develop a WBS using MS Project on his/her own for the new company scenario discussed in the Individual Project assignment folder.

Individual Research Proposal Paper

Individual Research Proposal

Students will propose at least two research designs needed to test the efficacy of the information system they are designing in this class.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 true/false and multiple-choice questions, and have a 40-minute time limit.