FIT2002 IT project management - Semester 2 , 2006 unit guide

Semester 2, 2006

Chief Examiner

Iqbal Gondal


Berwick : Grace Rumantir
Peninsula : Adelene Poh


The unit provides both a theoretical and practical overview of processes involved in managing large projects, with particular emphasis on projects common to the information technology industry. Topics include the project life cycle, problem definition, project evaluation, high and low level planning. team building and people management, monitoring and control, reporting and communication, termination and assessment.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics and phases of a project and its life cycle and explain the role played by the project manager.
  • Explain the need for and develop specific goals, detailed plans and control strategies in large scale projects and relate this to the major reasons for the failure of IT projects.
  • Develop relevant, achievable and measurable project goals.
  • Explain and use standard project management techniques including Project Networks, Critical Path Analysis and Management, Gantt Charts and Time-Phased Budgets for high and low level project planning.
  • Discuss the communication, people handling and team management skills required of a project manager and explain some of the techniques that may be employed.
  • Identify and critically discuss the impact on a project of external influences, including organisational structure, and stakeholders.
  • Explain the processes involved in selecting and initiating a project and prepare various critical documents required for these processes, including financial justification.
  • Explain the importance of resource availability on project plans and develop and manage resource constrained project plans.
  • Describe the need for Quality Management in projects and explain, compare and use various techniques currently employed by professional project managers.
  • Describe the impact of risk on a project manager's decision process, explain how that risk may be managed and/or mitigated and develop an appropriate risk management plan..
  • Monitor the progress of a project, determine performance against the plan, develop strategies to manage any variation and discuss formal change control processes.
  • Produce useful, informative progress reports for various project stakeholders and conduct stage and post project reviews



Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed at least 24 points of level one IT study, or equivalent.

Unit relationships

FIT2002 is a common core unit in the Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems degree. Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed at least 24 points of level one IT study, or equivalent.

Texts and software

Required text(s)

Schwalbe K., Information Technology Project Management, 4th Ed. Course Technology (2005). ISBN 0-619-21526-7.

Textbook availability

The text book is available from Monash University Bookshops.

Software requirements

MS Project 2003

Hardware requirements

Students may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to 6 hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

Meredith J.R and Mantel S.J., Project Management a Managerial Approach, 5th Ed. Wiley (2003)

Klastorin T., Project Management, Tools and Trade-Offs, Wiley (2004)

Gido J. and Clements J.P., Successful Project Management, 2nd Ed., South-Western (2003)

Cardle J. and Yeats D., Project Management for Information Systems, 4th Ed., Prentice-Hall (2004)

Mantel S.J., Meredith J.R., Shafer S.M. and Sutton M.M., Project Management in Practice, 2th Ed. Wiley (2005)

Kerzner H., Project Management, A Systems Approach to Planning Scheduling and Controlling, 8th Ed., Wiley (2003)

Tavani, H.T. Ethics & Technology: Ethical Issues in an Age of Information and Communication Technology. John Wiley & Sons (2004)

Hawthorn D., Luxford K., Jeganathan S., Martin R and White C., Project Management Basics, Epsilon (1998)

Library access

You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.

Study resources

Study resources for FIT2002 are:

  • Unit book
  • FIT2002 MUSO website
  • Discussion groups

Unit website

Structure and organisation

Week Topics Study Guide Key Dates
1 The Project and the Project Manager Session 1
2 Project Start Up Session 2
3 Evaluation of Alternative Proposals Session 3
4 Project Scope Management Session 4
5 Project Time Management Session 5
6 Project Scheduling Technique Session 6 Assignment #1: 25 August 2006 at 2pm
7 Budget and Cash-flow Management Session 7
8 Project Quality Management Session 8
9 Human Resource Management Session 9
10 Project Communication Management Session 10
Non teaching week
11 Project Risk Management Session 11
12 Project Termination Session 12 Assignment #2: 13th October 2006 at 2pm
13 Revision


The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


Assessment weighting

Assessment for the unit consists of 2 assignments with a weighting of 40% and an examination with a weighting of 60%. Read this section VERY carefully.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

satisfy the following requirements:

  • 40% of the total marks available for the practical assessment and
  • 40% of the total marks available for the exam condition assessment and
  • 50% of the total marks available for the subject


Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

one of the following conditions:

1. If your project assignment component is equal to 0%, then
Final grade = E / 2.5
2. If your examination component is equal to 0%, then
Final grade = A / 2.5
3. If both your examination and assignment components are greater than 0%, then
Final grade = (R*A*E) / (((R-1)*A)+E)



A = overall assignment percentage

E = examination percentage

R = 100 / assignment weighting (100 / 40 = 2.5)


Assessment Requirements

Assessment Due Date Weighting
Assignment #1 25 August 2006 at 2pm 20%
Assignment #2 13 October 2006 at 2pm 20 %
Final Examination (3 hours, closed book) Exam period (S2/06) starts on 23/10/06 60 %

Assignment specifications will be made available FIT2002 website :MUSO.

Assignment Submission

Assignments will be submitted by electronic submission to Do not email submissions. The due date is the date by which the submission must be received/the date by which the the submission is to be posted.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 10% of the total mark for the respective assignment per day the assignment is late. Assignments received later than one week after the due date will not normally be accepted.

This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

Requests for extensions must be made by email to the respective unit lecturer at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Grading of assessment

Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

Grade Percentage/description
HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
In the 70-79% range.
C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
In the 60-69% range.
P Pass acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
In the 50-59% range.
N Not satisfactory failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
Below 50%.

Assignment return

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.


Feedback to you

You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

Feedback from you

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

And if you are having problems

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.


Communication methods

Discussion groups, email, lectures. Discussion groups can be found at


Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Notices Newsgroup in the Unit Website. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices newsgroup is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

Consultation Times

This information will be posted in the Campus links directory at the Muso Unit Website.

If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

Dr Grace Rumantir
Phone +61 3 990 47268
Fax +61 3 8622 8999

All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

Last updated: Jul 17, 2006