- Code: BUS8TF006
- Extent: 6 cr (162 h)
- Timing: 6th semester
- Language: English
- Level: Professional studies
- Type: Elective
Starting level and linkage with other courses
Student has passed all 1- 4 semester compulsory courses and/or has done the work placement thus having the knowledge and experience of project work and the development process of business information systems.
The course familiarizes students to understand corporate IT development programs and their implementation as disciplined and well managed projects. Based on both the theory and practical cases students exercise IT-investment analyses, diverse methods involved in the project scope and schedule management, managing human resources in the IT-project setting as well as managing organizational change. Eventually, studying diverse methods and practises gives a comprehensive view to the set-up of an information system project management (PM) platform. Also, the course enhances students to act as a project manager in IS/IT-projects.
Course contents and schedule
Learning goes through one main project case and other cases which are reflected by studying the relevant theory and exercising the PM-tools and methods. The problem based learning of typical challenges in the IS projects are studied by means of real cases. Students will do also a minor study in teams on a given topic.
The scope of the course is on managing the corporate IT development process. The schedule comprises the following knowledge areas:
- Information System (IS) Project Management as a platform
- IS Development Life Cycle and IS Methodology platform
- IS project challenges and rationale for the project failures
- IT investment planning methods
- Project organization types and management styles
- Team and HR management
- Project scope mgmt incl. Project partitioning (WBS), Effort estimation, Scheduling and Budgeting techniques
- Change management and communication
Cooperation with the business community
Methods, examples and ways of working apply approved and widely used international program and project management standards and disciplines. Also the cross national and intercultural aspects global projects are focused.
Teaching and learning methods
Learning is based on the dialogue between classroom teaching, team work and individual analysis, team assignments and presentations. In more detailed the methods are:
- Team working on given cases during the lessons
- Weekly assignments
- Self activated learning of the course material
- Student presentations on given subjects
- PM Case analyses
- Project work and presentations
- Teacher’s counselling (regarding the analysis projects)
Contact hours ca. 42 h
- Individual assignments and team work 129 h
- Exams 2 h
- The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h
- Information Technology Project Management, by Jack T. Marchewka (2002)
- IT Project Portfolio Management, by Stephen S. Bonham (2005)
- Case studies and Best Practise material taken from diverse net-sources (given on lessons)
The course is evaluated on a scale from 1 to 5. The assessment criteria is presented on a three scale procedure.
||1 (40 %)
||3 (70 %)
||5 (90 %)
||The student can understand the basics of the project management principles. He/she is capable to learn the basic methods needed for managing IS projects.
||The student can understand the project management principles. He/she is capable to learn most of the basic methods needed for managing IS projects.
||The student can understand easily all of the project management principles. He/she is capable to learn from the basic to the most complex methods needed for managing IS projects
1) The student can exercise just a few methods belonging to the initiating and planning stages of IS project.
2) Addressing practises/ strategies for relaxing the typical problems and challenges in managing IS-projects goes painstakingly.
1) The student can exercise fluently methods belonging to the initiating and planning stages of IS project.
2) Addressing practises/ strategies for relaxing the typical problems and challenges in managing IS-projects goes fluently.
1) The student can exercise fluently methods belonging to the initiating and planning stages of IS project and seeks new more powerful tools for managing them.
2) Addressing practises/ strategies for relaxing the typical problems and challenges in managing IS-projects goes fluently and the student seeks actively new approaches for them.
1) The student has a limited motivation to take responsibility for his/her learning process.
2) From the project manager role point of view, he/she is capable to take responsibility only in a few of the IS project areas supported by the experienced project managers.
1) The student is motivated to take responsibility for his/her learning process.
2) From the project manager role point of view, he /she is capable to take responsibility in some of the IS project areas but needs some situational guidance by the experienced project managers.
1) The student is highly motivated to take responsibility for his/her learning process and participates actively.
2) He/she is capable to take responsibility of most the project areas. Also, he/she can grow swiftly into the a junior level project manager role.
Modes of assessment and their weights
- Exam 50 %
- Individual assignments 15 %
- Teamwork 25 %
- Activity on lessons and participation 10 %
The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
To get a passing (P) grade and exemption from the course, student must display and demonstrate the competence by certificates from earlier project management (PM) studies or PM work experience covering the course objectives and contents. It is possible to participate in the PM competition (if organized by Finnish Project Management Association) which is credited for the student by reducing the effort needed on the course.