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CIS8010 Information Systems Project Management

Semester 3, 2019 Online
Short Description: IS Project Management
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020399 - Information Systems not elsewh
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: 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 student entering the IS (Information Systems) domain will be able to review evolving frameworks in the IS areas, new technologies, and the processes and people needed within an organization to effectively deploy IS resources. The future of any business or organisation depends heavily on the successful management and implementation of IS assets. IS management is much more than simply buying, installing and managing software. The difference between failure and success can be a matter of understanding the implications of various management frameworks, the portfolio and project management skills, (i.e. the various tools, techniques, and methods used and the implications on the business model) and IS structures.


The course introduces and reviews IS project management frameworks. Participants will learn about the IS management frameworks and the ten project management knowledge areas (project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, stakeholders, resource management, communications, risk and procurement management) across the project management lifecycle of initiation, planning, executing, controlling and closing. An understanding of this facilitates a sound understanding of critical aspects of IS management, project management and change management, and educates future IS managers on how to succeed. Students need to develop the knowledge and skills required to plan, manage and implement IS projects in a business environment.

NOTE: Learners undertaking this course are required to have the ability to research with an understanding of ethical research practices. Learners are also expected to critically analyse and solve problems arising in complex organisational real-life situations.


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

  1. explain core concepts of IS project management;
  2. prepare a project plan covering all knowledge areas;
  3. apply practical aspects of project management software application;
  4. demonstrate the skills required to be able to become successful future project management managers.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Project management in the IS context 15.00
2. IS project management processes and process groups 25.00
3. Project management knowledge areas 25.00
4. Use of project management application 10.00
5. Implication of time, scope, cost, quality, and risk for IS projects 25.00

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). (

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Schwalbe, K 2016, Information technology project management, 8th edn, Cengage Learning, Boston, Massachusetts.

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.
Project Management Institute 2017, A guide to the project management body of knowledge, 6th edn, Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
Smith, JM 2001, Troubled IT projects: prevention and turnaround, Institution of Electrical Engineers, London.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 100.00
Independent Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 (ONLINE QUIZ) 20 10 10 Dec 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 (ONLINE QUIZ) 20 10 23 Dec 2019
ASSIGNMENT 3 (WRITTEN REPORT) 100 35 28 Jan 2020
EXAMINATION 100 45 End S3 (see note 1)

  1. This is a closed examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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.

    On-campus: 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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. 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