Informatics Project Management
Fall 2019 Syllabus
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning October 14 at 6 am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.
This two-unit course runs from October 14 to December 9. The class will be available on Canvas on October 14. Grades will not be posted until the end of the semester.
You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.
Introduces essential strategies and techniques for project management. Topics include: management styles, institutional constraints, project life cycles, stakeholder management, scope definition, risk assessment, project planning tools, and team management.
Assignments and Course Calendar
Discussions (supports CLOs 1-5; 30 points)
Examples of discussion topics
You have run the Conditions of Satisfaction (COS) by the book, and your gut tells you that the client’s wants may be a bit too far-reaching. In fact, you have a strong suspicion that what they need is not what they have told you they want. What could you do?
You have recently been promoted to the position of project manager. Your team consists of senior members of the technical staff, and it is time to establish the team operating rules. You expect some resistance because the team is experienced, and you are a project manager who they see as still “challenged.” How would you go about doing this?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of confirming the accuracy of status reports filed by your team members?
Project Management Software (supports CLOs 3,4; 20 points)
There are a number of computerized PM tools available. Some are free while others have a cost associated. Research available software applications related to project management. Select three and present (using tools such as Slidebean, Prezi, Powtoon, Haiku Desk, emaze (or similar)) a one to two page equivalent description of the software. Areas to consider:
- Ease of use
- Vendor reputation
- Compatibility with other software
- Would you purchase this to use on a project?
- Anything else that you think is important
Semester Project (supports CLOs 1-5;50 points)
Students will work in teams.
Examples of Course project:
Design a project management plan to implement a health care solution that involves at least two departments.
Design a project management plan to meet a new federal guideline for patient privacy.
Grading will be based on a total accumulation of possible 100 points, distributed as follows:
|Project Management Software||20 points|
|Group Discussions||30 points|
|Semester Project||50 points|
Other Relevant Information
Determined by the instructor, could include, e.g., participation expectations
Course Workload Expectations
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.
Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.
Graduate Standing or Instructor Consent.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Identify project management roles and environment.
- Describe the project life cycle.
- Use major project management techniques including traditional, agile, and extreme.
- Control and evaluate project management approaches effectively to achieve better outcomes strategically.
- Demonstrate the "soft" skills that are useful as a project leader and team member.
SLOs and PLOs
This course supports Informatics SLO 2: Evaluate and apply project management techniques and approaches (traditional, agile, and extreme) effectively to achieve successful outcomes, both as project leader and team member.
SLO 2 supports the following Informatics Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
- PLO 1 Apply technology informatics skills to solve specific industry data and information management problems, with a focus on usability and designing for users.
- PLO 3 Demonstrate strong understanding of security and ethics issues related to informatics, user interface, and inter-professional application of informatics in specific fields by designing and implementing appropriate information assurance and ethics and privacy solutions.
- PLO 5 Work collaboratively in teams and use project management practices effectively to solve user-centric information and data problems.
- Wysocki, R. K. (2011). Effective project management: Traditional, agile, extreme. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley. Available through Amazon: 111801619X
- Project Management Institute (2013). A guide to the project management body of knowledge: PMBOK(R) guide (5th ed.). Atlanta, GA: Project Management Institute. Available through Amazon: 1935589679
The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:
|97 to 100||A|
|94 to 96||A minus|
|91 to 93||B plus|
|88 to 90||B|
|85 to 87||B minus|
|82 to 84||C plus|
|79 to 81||C|
|76 to 78||C minus|
|73 to 75||D plus|
|70 to 72||D|
|67 to 69||D minus|
In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:
- C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
- B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA or Informatics) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
- A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.
Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: http://www.sjsu.edu/gup/syllabusinfo/. Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.
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