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CIS 4424 Information Technology and Project Management

Course Description

The rapidly changing field of information technology requires a solid knowledge foundation. This course reviews contemporary information technology management and the relevant issues of effective management of the information service activities.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to

  • Identify the skills needed to understand Project Management
  • Discuss Organizational Context and it's bearing on Projects
  • Describe the idea of Project Portfolios
  • Use Financial Models to evaluation projects
  • Identify the factors that make a good leader
  • Manage the scope of a project
  • Build effective teams
  • Implement risk management strategies
  • Distinguish between project costs and budget constraints
  • Use scheduling techniques
  • Decide when a project needs to be crashed
  • Identify the critical chain
  • Effectively manage resources
  • Evaluate and closeout a project 

Week 1

Lecture: Introduction
Lecture: Organizational Content


  • Define a Project
  • Discuss types of project members
  • List types of clients
  • Compare Projects and Processes
  • Consider what makes a project a success
  • Define Strategic Management
  • Explain how projects support corporate strategy
  • Discuss stakeholder analysis
  • Explore common organizational structures
  • Introduce the project management Office

Week 2

Lecture: Project Portfolio Management
Lecture: Financial Models
Lecture: Leadership


  • Define Project Portfolio
  • Discuss Selection Criteria for new projects
  • Review methods used to evaluate projects
  • Explore what is involved in Portfolio Management
  • Compare projects with Net Present Value (NPV)
  • Use the options model on projects that have multiple possible outcomes
  • Discuss what a leader is
  • The importance of the team
  • Explore the role of champions
  • Discuss the benefits of champions

Week 3

Lecture: Scope Management
Lecture: Team Building


  • Define Scope
  • Discuss the importance of a Scope Statement
  • Look at the reasons for a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Explore a Responsibility Matrix
  • Explore Team Building
  • Review the characteristics of effective and ineffective teams
  • Discuss causes of conflict
  • Analyze methods of conflict resolution

Week 4

Lecture: Risk Management
  • Define Risk
  • Explore Risk Management
  • Identify risks
  • Mitigate risks

Week 5

Lecture: Cost and Budgeting
Lecture: Scheduling
Lecture: Network Diagrams


  • Define Cost Management
  • Discuss different methods of cost estimation
  • Explore Function Point Analysis
  • Analyze different budgeting methods
  • Create Network Diagrams
  • Calculate activity durations
  • Find Activity Dependencies
  • Discover the Critical Path
  • Calculate activity durations using optimistic, likely, and pessimistic estimations
  • Find the Critical Path
  • Calculate Early Start Date, Early End Date, Late Start Date, Late End Date, Slack
  • Chance of completing on time

Week 6

Lecture: Lagging and Crashing
Lecture: Crashing
Lecture: Critical Chain


  • View different types of Node relationships
  • Explore Gantt Charts
  • Define ‘Crashing’ a project
  • Discuss criticisms of Activity Networks
  • Look at the costs of crashing a project
  • Decide which activities to crash
  • Explore when it is worthwhile to crash a project
  • Theory of Constraints
  • Types of variation
  • Duration Padding
  • How time is wasted
  • Critical Chain
  • Critical Chain Portfolio Management

Week 7

Lecture: Resource Management
Lecture: Project Evaluation


  • List the types of constraints
  • Explore resource loading charts
  • Discuss how to prioritize resource usage
  • Analyze the best way to level resource use
  • Describe the steps for a Project Control Cycle
  • Understand the advantages of Milestone Analysis
  • Learn about Earned Value Management
  • Identify how human factors affect a project

Week 8

Lecture: Project Closeout


  • Discuss the different ways a project can end
  • Explore tasks necessary for project closeout
  • Discuss what lessons can be learned from a project
  • Analyze the effects of early termination

The course description, objectives and learning outcomes are subject to change without notice based on enhancements made to the course.