IST 645: Managing Information Systems Projects

This course is an introduction to roles, activities, methods, and tools that are common in information systems projects. Students in this course gain insight into project management as a professional discipline in information and communication technology. Technical and behavioral aspects of project management are discussed. Major topics include managing project adoption issues such as selection and approval of projects; cost-benefit analysis and requirements analysis; planning for systems development and estimation; scheduling and implementation issues such as project organization, implementation, and control; and project closure.

Learning Objectives:

  • Enable students to understand issues in the management or development of real-world information and telecommunications systems.
  • Develop project management skills and experience that will be directly transferable.
  • Explain how project managers are credentialed by professional organizations.
  • Articulate the sequence of activities in a typical ICT project.
  • Explain the nature of the deliverables that are typical outcomes of project activities.
  • Describe stages in the life cycle of an ICT product or service.
  • Use project management methods and tools to deliver written work.
  • Explain how application of the methods and concepts of project management may vary, depending on contextual factors.

Tools and Concepts:

  • Project Management Body of Knowledge (as articulated by the Project Management Institute)
  • ICT project
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Information systems

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