Week 7 – Fri Jan 10, 2014, 5:00 pm
20% (50 marks)
This assessment task relates to the following course objectives:
identify and understand the critical roles and phases in IT projects •
understand the basic components of project management and its importance in improving the success of IT projects •
understand how to create an IT project plan
apply the project management knowledge areas to IT projects •
demonstrate knowledge of project management principles and techniques •
discuss current issues in IT project management
understand and appreciate the importance of project management within a business environment •
value the significance of software quality in IT projects
A critique or critical analysis is a review or appraisal based on careful analytical evaluation. Writing a critical analysis requires you to read the selected text in detail and to also read other related texts so that you can present a fair and reasonable evaluation of the selected text.
In this assignment, you are required to undertake a critical analysis of a Project Management Plan (PMP). Critical thinking is an important component of being a professional. Without thinking critically you are only looking at the surface of things. To be a successful project manager you need to sort out what's accurate and what's not, and identify a solid, factual base for solving problems and addressing issues on your project.
An electronic copy of a PMP for you to evaluate will be available from your tutor or course lecturer. See PMP for Critique. For assistance in critical writing techniques, see: http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/careers/ld/resources/writing/writing-resources/critical-writing/
Your critical analysis will summarise and evaluate key aspects of the assigned PMP. You should adopt Schwalbe (2010, pp.151-154; 2014, pp.161-164) and the PMI’s (2013, p.77) PMBOK Guide as frameworks for comparison and evaluation. Also see Appendix I, PMP Critique Guide document prepared by the course coordinator.
An electronic copy of these documents is available in Moodle (partner students please see your tutor or course lecturer).
When reviewing the PMP think about the following:
what planning tools the authors have used
any additional content that has been included
any content that has been omitted
the language used
the layout and usability of the PMP
the overall quality of the PMP
Your report should be presented in a business or management style and structured as follows:
table of contents
analysis of PMP
management and technical approach
work to perform
conclusion and recommendations
appendices (if needed)
Support your analysis with concepts and quotations from other people’s work. Gather these references from various sources such as the Internet, assigned text book and readings etc.
Please submit an electronic copy only via Moodle. Please refer to the Course Description for information regarding late assignments, extensions, special consideration, and plagiarism. A reminder all academic regulations can be accessed via the university’s website, see: http://www.ballarat.edu.au/handbook
Your work will be assessed upon:
a report of a minimum of 2500 words which provides evidence of critical analysis of the PMP including a written summary of key components, an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses identified, an understanding of its purpose, and useability to guide the project •
the quality of the discussion which shows identification and analysis of key issues synthesised with content of the various theoretical frameworks such as Schwalbe (2010; 2014), the PMI (2008) PMBOK guide, and the student’s own ideas •
presented as a business...
Bibliography: PMP Critique Guide
This document is designed to assist ITECH 5213 Introduction to ITPM students to identify and evaluate content and quality aspects of Project Management Plans (PMP) as outlined by Schwalbe (2010, pp.151-154; 2014, pp.161-164).
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