UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN1010: Introduction to IT Project Management


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Taught by
Nilesh Lathia
1st year IMB students only
Term Two
Delivery method
2-hour lecture (x 10 weeks) and 1-hour seminar (x 10 weeks)
Group assignment 6-8000 words + non-word based media (non-oral/reading/written language) 50%
2-hour examination 50%

Course overview

Information Technology (IT) Project Management is critical to organisations across all industry sectors worldwide.  This introductory module provides students with the basic project management skills for both personal and professional success. Introduction 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, case studies and quizzes, 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), Institute of Project Management (PMI) and International Project Management Association (IPMA) espoused theories and practices.  Opportunity is given for students to achieve an external professional qualification, The Project Fundamentals Qualification (APM).

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
  • Definition and types of IT projects
  • Understanding business strategy and business cases
  • Introduction to traditional and current development life cycles
  • Breakdown Structures (work, product, cost)
  • Key planning tools including, scope, scheduling, estimating and resource management and specific IT project techniques.
  • Stakeholder identification, analysis and management
  • Management skills – influencing, leadership, team building and conflict management
  • Risk and issue management
  • Introduction to change control and configuration management
  • Introduction to quality, health and safety and contract management
  • Applications and tools, such as MS project, as used in industry
  • Project monitoring and control, including Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Closing a project, including handover to business as usual.

Assessment summary

  • 50% is awarded on the basis of the result of an unseen 2-hour examination paper in the Summer Term.
  • 50% is awarded for group coursework with individual component.

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