Management Science (MGSC) 419

Information Technology Project Management (Revision 3)

MGSC 419 Course Cover

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with eTextbook

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: CMIS 351

Centre: Faculty of Business

MGSC 419 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


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:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 15%
Assignment 3 20%
Online Discussion 15%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Note: Examinations for this course are taken online, and must be taken at an invigilated location. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and a current web browser is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

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.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the MGSC 419 challenge registration, you must complete an assignment and an exam. You must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination and a composite grade of at least D (50 percent).

  • Online Exam
  • Project Management Analysis Paper

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.

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