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CIS8010 Information Systems Project Management

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Information Systems

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Examiner: Raj Gururajan
Moderator: Abdul Hafeez-Baig

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //


The pervasive nature of information systems and information technology (IS/IT) now influences most operational and managerial facets of modern organisations. The task for IS/IT managers is to learn and apply new approaches of planning, designing, and implementing information systems that meet corporate goals and objectives. Project management is an essential management process that can make the difference between an information system project's failure or success.


This course applies the nine project management knowledge areas - project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk and procurement management, across the project management lifecycle of initiation, planning, executing, controlling and closing. The use of computer-based project management tools and techniques suitable for IS project management are also emphasised and form a vital part of the student's skills and knowledge portfolio.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. understand the genesis of project management and its importance to improving the success of information technology projects
  2. understand the triple constraint of project management: scope, time, cost
  3. describe project management knowledge areas and process groups
  4. understand the project life cycle: initiation, planning, executing, controlling and closing
  5. demonstrate knowledge of project management terms and techniques such as: project selection methods; work breakdown structures; network diagrams, critical path analysis, and critical chain scheduling; cost estimates; earned value management; motivation theory and team building
  6. apply project management software to help plan and manage information technology projects.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The triple constraint: scope, time and cost 25.00
2. Project management tools 10.00
3. IS project initiation, planning, executing, controlling and closing 25.00
4. IS project quality management 8.00
5. IS project human resource management 8.00
6. IS project communications management 8.00
7. IS project risk management 8.00
8. IS project procurement management 8.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Schwalbe, K 2010, Information technology project management, 6th edn, Course Technology/Cengage Learning, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Goldratt, E 1997, Critical chain, North River Press, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
  • Kapur, G 2005, Project management for information, technology, business and certification, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • Project Management Institute 2008, A guide to the project management body of knowledge, 4th edn, Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
  • Smith, JM 2001, Troubled IT projects: prevention and turnaround, Institution of Electrical Engineers, London.
  • Yardley, D 2002, Successful IT project delivery: learning the lessons of project failure, Addison Wesley, Boston, Massachusetts.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 100.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 (ONLINE TEST) 10 10 13 Aug 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 (ONLINE TEST) 20 10 10 Sep 2012
ASSIGNMENT 3 (MS PROJECT) 100 35 17 Sep 2012
ASSIGNMENT 4 (ONLINE TEST) 20 10 22 Oct 2012
ASSIGNMENT 5 (WRITTEN REPORT) 100 35 29 Oct 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must submit the assignment to the USQ. (ii) If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of an assignment submitted for assessment purposes. This should be despatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. (iv) The examiner will normally only accept printed (hardcopy) assignments which are submitted through the Faculty of Business assignment submission box. (v) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience.

  2. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //

  3. Make-up work: Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  4. Deferred work: Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assignment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. A temporary grade of IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up) may be awarded.

Other requirements

  1. E-mail and Internet access: Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.