Credit Points: 20

Prerequisite: N/A

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 60 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a core unit out of a total of 6 units in the Graduate Diploma of Networking (GDNet) and 12 units in Master of Networking (MNet) / Master of Engineering (Telecommunications) (MEng(Tel)). This unit addresses the MNet and MEng(Tel) course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ knowledge ICT project management. For further course information refer to: http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/master-networking, http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/master-engineering-telecommunications and http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/graduate-diploma-networking. This unit is part of the AQF Level 8 (GDNet) and level 9 (MNet and MEng (Tel)) courses.

This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage networking projects. It covers professional practice in the context of networking projects. The unit employs case studies and follows projects from conception through to completion. It covers the key knowledge areas identified by the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) developed by the Project Management Institute.

The unit enhances knowledge, and uses in-depth analysis of common issues/risks that project team members often face and strategies to mitigate these issues/risks. This unit helps students to learn about how project characteristics and management differs in the context of current enterprise case studies.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. Project management process
  2. Initiation and planning projects
  3. Scheduling, resourcing, budgeting projects
  4. Project quality, risk management and ethics
  5. Project management integration and closure

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. apply project management skills as a strategic tool, framework, or methodology for business development;
  2. demonstrate project leadership skills; identify and assess risk in designing, executing a major project;
  3. critically reflect on current project management ethics, research, theory and practice;
  4. lead and manage projects effectively through planning, leadership, monitoring, teamwork, global awareness;
  5. evaluate various ICT services management systems.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Laboratory: 2 hours
PBL Tutorial: 1 hours
Face to Face

Assessment

Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Weighting
Midterm Test  a* 10%
Individual case study assignment (1000 words) b,c* 15%
Major Group Project assignment (1800 words and presentation) b-d* 20%
Laboratory and Problem Based Learning participation & submission a-e* 10%
Final Examination (2 hours) a-e* 45%
Total   100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.

Textbook

  • T. J. Kloppenborg, Contemporary Project Management: Organize, Plan and Perform. 3rd ed. South-Western Cengage Learning, 2014

Reference Reading

  • C. Gray and E. Larson, Project management – The managerial process. 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013.
  • K. Schwalbe, Information technology project management 7th ed. Course Technology, 2014.
  • M. H. Gregory, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Project Management 3rd   ed. Que Publishing, 2012.

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Teamwork Cooperation, Participation and Leadership Specialist knowledge of a field of study
             

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Extent covered

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  The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
  The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
  The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard