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INFS2040 -
Project Management Foundations 

General Details

Unit Coordinator: Stefanie Knippschild

INFS2040 is an elective unit within the BIS Major that students can take to learn more about the way projects can shape businesses, the way businesses operate and how they can achieve their end goals.

"This unit allows students to delve into the project management lifecycle and the success of project outcomes through exploring a project’s initiation, execution and completion."

Students can gain a greater understanding of the end-to-end activities involved in the area of project management through hands-on project management techniques and learn about the foundational elements surrounding agile project management methodologies. The unit assumes the knowledge gained in INFS1000.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the key phases of the project management life cycle including the tools and methods used in each of those phases

  • Describe and explain the need for project management in the context of information systems (IS)

  • Recognise the key attributes of alternative IS project management methodologies including Agile methods

  • Analyse critically past Information Systems projects, explaining and justifying key themes that contributed to the success or failure of those projects

  • Set up and manage a project using an online project management platform

  • Describe and explain contemporary IS trends and issues that impact IS project management

  • Learn about design thinking and how to manage ideas in a team setting, both hard and soft skills.

Things to Consider Before Enrolling:

There is a generous amount of hands-on activities conducted in class. It is beneficial to form groups early to then participate in these activities together. This unit is one of the more content-heavy units that cover Project Management as well as a wide range of other related content. Students interested in Project Management may consider taking this unit.

Assesment Breakdown

Mid-term test (20%)
This MCQ exam consists of both easy and difficult questions. Students are encouraged to be familiar with all relevant content.

Group project (30%)
The group assignment consists of two parts: the report and poster presentation. Teams will benefit from starting the report early, having a brief plan and practising their presentations. Team members should also be familiar with each other’s parts of the report and poster.

Final exam (50%)
This involves a set of short answer questions and may involve an unseen case study. Sufficient time should be dedicated to revising all content in order to be comfortable in completing this final exam.

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