UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN0008: Introduction to IT Project Management

Taught by
Ken Ring
1st year IMB students only
Term Two
Delivery method
2-hour lecture (x 10 weeks) and 1-hour seminar (x 10 weeks)
Group work 35%
Unseen 2 hour exam 50%
Individual coursework 15%
Previous Module Code

Course overview

Projects are inreasingly prevalant in every organisation and industry.  They are the way in which changes are made, products and services created, lauched and improved.  Technology drives innovation and change, and sustains buisness operations.

Information Technology (IT) Project Management therefore is a key part of your toolkit whether as an entreprenuer, consultant, analyst etc.  We all do project management whether it is formally or informally.  This introductory module provides students with the basic project management skills for both personal and professional success.

This module will reflect on real world practice, taught by an industry practitioner.

troduction to IT Project Management presents the key concepts, tools and techniques which are employed by both public and private sectors to successfully deliver change and innovation.  Within this module, precedence is given to the IT context for project management, reflecting the criticality of business systems, infrastructure and application management. 

This module introduces the key principles of IT project management, including introduction to Agile and Scrum approaches.  Students have the opportunity to learn tools and techniques to initiate, plan and manage projects and programmes successfully.

Through a blended learning approach of lectures, seminars and case studies, students are able to grasp all the essential elements of good project management.  These skills can then be applied and honed through use in coursework, dissertations, internships and future career opportunities.

Professional project management is defined through integration with Association for Project Management (APM),  Project Management Institute (PMI) and International Project Management Association (IPMA) espoused theories and practices. 

Opportunity is given for students to achieve an external professional qualification, The Association for Project Management (APM) Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ).

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Understand the organisational context
  • Differentiate between projects, programmes and portfolios.
  • Define the main concepts in IT project management and how they are used in by organisations (both private and public sectors)
  • Appreciate a range of tools and techniques needed to manage IT projects
  • Understand the “human” elements in IT project management
  • Define the characteristics of IT project management and explain how it drives change within organisations
  • Identify what makes a successful IT project
  • Identify management skills needed for effective IT Project management
  • Participate successfully in projects in the work environment
  • Apply project management practices to facilitate personal/professional effectiveness.

Topics covered

  • Understanding project, programme and portfolio management
  • Understanding business strategy and project business cases
  • Introduction to predictive and Agile development life cycles
  • Breakdown Structures (work, product, cost)
  • Key planning tools including, scope, scheduling, estimating and resource management.
  • Stakeholder identification, analysis and management
  • Management skills in Projects – influencing, leadership, team building and conflict management
  • Project Risk and issue management
  • Proejct planning Applications and tools, as used in industry
  • Project monitoring and control techniques.

Assessment summary

Group work 35% Unseen 2 hour exam 50% Individual coursework 15%

Current students should refer to Moodle for specific details of the current year’s assessment.

Essential reading

The APM Project Management Body of Knowledge, 6th Edition,(2012), Association for Project Management.  E. book available.

J Cadle and D Yeates; Project Management for Information Systems (2008) Pearson Education Limited. E book available.

Past versions of this module

MSIN0008 18/19

MSIN1010 17/18

Last updated Monday, 8 July 2019