Management Science (MGSC) 419
Information Technology Project Management (Revision 3)
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Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Prerequisite: CMIS 351
Centre: Faculty of Business
MGSC 419 has a Challenge for Credit option.
This course aims to achieve the following objectives.
- Provide an overview of project management concepts, characteristics, and environments.
- Discuss the importance of project definition and help students learn about important project definition tools such as the project overview statement (POS), requirements definition, and use cases.
- Teach fundamental planning and scheduling techniques useful for project managers such as work breakdown structures (WBS), critical path method (CPM), and Gantt charts.
- Introduce the importance of risk assessment within project management.
- Examine important monitoring and control tools and techniques such as earned value analysis and milestone trend charts.
- Discuss the importance of change control in traditional project management.
- Examine different project management approaches applied in different contexts.
- Discuss the importance of post-implementation audits
MGSC 419 consists of 10 lessons, as outlined below:
- Lesson 1: Studying Project Management
- Lesson 2: Defining Projects and Project Management
- Lesson 3: Project Management and the System Development Life Cycles
- Lesson 4: The Scoping Process Group
- Lesson 5: The Planning Process Group
- Lesson 6: The Launching Process Group
- Lesson 7: The Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing Process Groups
- Lesson 8: Putting it All Together: Agile Project Management
- Lesson 9: Putting it All Together: Extreme Project Management
- Lesson 10: Establishing a Project Portfolio Management Process
To receive credit in MGSC 419, you must receive a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the Final Examination. The weighting of each component is as follows:
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Wysocki, R.K. (2014). Effective project management: Traditional, agile, extreme (7th ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-118-72916-8
You can acquire a print version of the textbook on your own if you wish.
All other learning resources will be available online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, August 4, 2016.
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Updated January 11 2019 by Student & Academic Services