IS640 Project and Change Management

for S1P 2007

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IS 640 Project and Change Management


S1P 2007 DL


Uzynski, Frank L.


Adjunct Professor


BS Computer Science - Missouri Western University
MBA - Webster University

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Semester Dates

Jan 15,2007 to Mar 11, 2007

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Project Management: A Managerial Approach, 6/e, Jack R. Meredith and Samuel L. Mantel, published by Wiley, 2005. ISBN: 0-471-71537-9

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Course Description:
Project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management. Managing the changes in organizations resulting from introducing or revising information systems and the IS specialist role in change management. Exploring objectives and techniques of planning, organizing and managing complex information systems development projects. 3 cr.

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the range, scope, and complexity of modern projects.
  2. Introduce a strategic, system perspective on the management of projects.
  3. Discuss the role of the modern project manager.
  4. Understand the theory and practical application of the Project Management Life Cycle.
  5. Practice applying modern project management tools and techniques.
  6. Improved written analytical and documentation skills by class participation, discussions, and written projects .

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Grading Rubrics


Each student brings different life experiences, points of view, and ways of knowing to our classroom and our learning environment.  Everyone should plan to become an active member of the learning community.  “Participation” means 1) forming supportive and inquiring relationships with other students in the class through postings to one another, sharing points of view, and providing encouragement and constructive critique, 2) reading the assigned readings before beginning your assignments and online development, and 3) applying readings to the virtual discussions and course development. 

Discussions are completed in two steps.  First you must make an online posting by WED at midnight of each week (20 points) addressing the discussion assignment for the week.  Then by SUN at midnight (10 points) you must respond to another students posting.  NO late submissions are allowed, so if you miss your WED assignment, you can still obtain credit for the SUN portion of the assignment.

Here are the required components of the discussions:

  • For your first posting, number the question you are answering
  • For your follow-up posting, when replying others student posting, start your post by addressing them by their first name
  • Complete Discussion Questions/Assignments by due dates
  • Provide valuable and thoughtful feedback for peers with constructive criticisms and critiques.
  • Respond to discussion questions with applicable information and concepts shared in the readings, to answer questions and/or solve problems.  Go beyond just providing the answer but include analysis, insight, contrast, or parallels to personal experiences.                                      
  • Present original thoughts and ideas in postings, (avoid simple agreement or disagreement with, or restatement of other’s postings.                                                                                              

Your overall work effort will be measured by this scale:

  • 30 = Exceeds requirements in exemplary manner
  • 25 = Slightly exceeds expectations in meeting requirements
  • 20 = Meets requirements and objectives of project
  • 15 = Slightly below expectations in meeting requirements
  • 10 = Considerably below expectations in meeting requirements
  • 00 = Did not meet minimal expectations


For the homework assignments at the graduate level, your submissions should include: the answer AND analysis, thought, introspection, and parallels.  The requirement at the graduate level is more than the answer – you must also document additional thought and analysis.

In past classes, to accomplish these goals, most students would submit 2-4 pages of material -- this appears to be a good fit in regards to amount of writing required to meet these goals.  

Be sure to document the chapter and question number when submitting your homework assignment.  Homework assignments are to be submitted by placing your submission in the corresponding drop box.


MID TERM. The mid term exam for this class is essay question based.  For the exams at the graduate level, your submissions should include: the answer AND analysis, thought, introspection, and parallels.  The requirement at the graduate level is more than the answer – you must also document additional thought and analysis.

In past classes, to accomplish these goals, most students would submit 1-2 pages of material per exam question -- this appears to be a good fit in regards to amount of writing required to meet these goals.  

The mid-term exam is open book and open notes, and performed online. 

FINAL EXAM CASE STUDY.  The final exam is open notes, and is proctored. 
Group Project

This is a team effort, and the entire team will receive the same score for the assignment.  For each week that you do NOT participate, your score will be reduced by one-third.  Participation is measured by engaging with team mates in the group discussion thread, and completing assigned duties from your group leader.  This assignment has several key items to be submitted:

  • Project Charter – 10 points
  • Business Case – 20 points
  • Project BAR – 40 points
  • Project TAD – 30 points
  • Cost benefit analysis spreadsheet – 40 points

The team leader is responsible for placing all of these documents in the drop box for this assignment.  Only the submission from the team leader will be accepted. 

Peer Review

The purpose of the peer reviews is to identify each person on the team’s contribution for the Group Project.

You must rate each member of the team – INCLUDING yourself based on this scale:

  • 5 = Exceeds requirements in exemplary manner
  • 4 = Slightly exceeds expectations in meeting requirements
  • 3 = Meets requirements and objectives of project
  • 2 = Slightly below expectations in meeting requirements
  • 1 = Considerably below expectations in meeting requirements
  • 0 = Did not meet minimal expectations, or did not participate

These peer reviews will be averaged and scaled to determine your overall peer review score of this effort.  Remember, if you don’t complete a peer review, you also record ZERO for the Group Project, regardless of your contribution.


Course Grading Scale

A = 90- 100% (900 points or higher)
B = 80-89% (800 to 899 points)
C = 70-79% (700 to 799 points)
D = 60-69% (600 to 699 points)
F = < 60% (599 or fewer points)

Materials Graded 

Assignments % of Grade
Homework (6) 30.0%
Discussions (5) 15.0%
Group Project (1) 15.0%
Examinations (2) 40.0%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

NO late assignments will be accepted.  In the event of a PC problem you can always fax your assignments to me on an emergency basis.

There are absolutely NO incompletes given in this class. Prepare accordingly.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27

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