IT Project Management

Information technology is at the centre of the growth, survival and profitabilty of many businesses today and it has become a necessary management skill. While many managers concentrate on leadership skills, trends have recently shown that those who understand the process of designing and modifying IT infrastructure to respond to environmental changes are the most successful nowadays.

Businesses nowadays have to adapt and avoid relying on only one type of product and production method. As times are changing and the environment is evolving, they, at one point or another, have to learn to produce different goods for different clients and this calls for proper management of temporary endeavours (named projects) and flexibly adjust their software to align with constantly changing consumer demands. This course aims to equip students with IT project planning, evaluation and exectuion skills to help them handle any scale of production at any given time in a const effective, time-conscious and profitable manner. 

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • The needs for Project Management in today’s Business Environment
  • The IT Project Management Process (Scope, planning, time management, critical path analysis, budgets, Gantt charts, etc).
  • Legal issues in project management
  • Ethical issues in Project management
  • Project Management Software
  • Projects and Electronic Commerce
  • Case studies and evaluation of project potential.
  • IT Project-creating an e-commerce Website

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

  • demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of IT Project Management at the master's level that provides a basis for developing and/or applying new ideas, often within a research context.
  • apply knowledge, critical understanding, and problem-solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study (IT Project Management)
  • assimilate knowledge and formulate opinions with incomplete or limited information, but that include a reflection on social and ethical responsibilities.
  • communicate their assumptions, and knowledge regarding IT Project Management and the rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously.
  • use the acquired skills to allow them to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed and autonomous.
  • integrate knowledge from other courses of the master program and practical business and formulate critical judgments with incomplete data.

The course is offered as self-study in e-learning. The learning material is provided in the form of lectures, literature, and lecture notes. Independent learning is required. In the case of paper submissions, further research is expected in compliance with the given scientific standard. LIVE course sessions are offered to support the students with questions regarding the content. Students are supported in their scientific work by corresponding online seminars.

All lectures and learning materials are made available in the online campus GHU Campus. All lectures are recorded and are available for download 24/7. The lecture notes, as well as additional material provided by the lecturer, can also be accessed in the GHU Campus.

Documents for exam preparation consisting of lectures and lecture notes. Additional material provided by the lecturer serves as independent files and can be used to work on the exams. The examination comprises theory questions, reflection, and case study and is intended to confirm all learning objectives.

The assessment consists of a 5000-word IT Project Management report and assesses all learning outcomes. As a master-level assignment, the report requires a command of a complex and specialized area of knowledge and skills. This implies that, in addition to demonstrating a sound grasp of the ideas and concepts relevant to the topic of thereport, students will show that they can evaluate aspects such as conventions of approaches, their internal consistency, relevance, and applicability, as well as strengths and weaknesses.

To reach an assessment, students will consider competing approaches and draw on critiques put forward in scholarly literature. The position adopted in the assignment and any claims made must be based on a careful, coherent, and logical arguments, need to be appropriately supported with evidence from relevant scholarly sources, and should be presented in a coherent piece of writing. Sources must be referenced appropriately in-text and in a quote/reference list as set out in the GHU Referencing Guidelines.

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