IS640 Project and Change Management

for S1P 2008

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IS 640 Project and Change Management


S1P 2008 DL


Stahl, Albert F.


Graduate Associate


Doctorate, Syracuse University
Master of Science, Syracuse University
Bachelor of Science, State University College at Buffalo

Office Location

Bluffton, South Carolina

Office Hours

Online, sometime every day....

Daytime Phone

(248) 361-0819 (Verizon)


Semester Dates

Spring 1, 2008

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Title:  Project Management, A Managerial Approach (Sixth Edition) 
Authors:  Meredith, J.R. and Mantel Jr., S.J. (2006)
Publisher:  John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (New Jersey)
ISBN-13  978-0471-715375
ISBN-10  0-471-71537-9
Text includes time limited editions of: 1) Crystal Ball {140 days} and 2) MS Project Professional {120 days}

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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 changing management. Exploring objectives and techniques of planning, organizing and managing complex information systems development projects.

Educational Philosophy:

Education is premised upon creating, establishing, and/or replicating experiences that have the capability of building and extending skills, understandings, and insights in order to increase and expand one's knowledge.  Information positions knowledge, but by itself, is not knowledge....  Involvement is a key aspect of fostering experiences through which knowledge can be derived and acquired.  One learns best by doing.  Active participation enhances learning....
This course involves a variety of activities, which have been designed to create the experiences and provide the insights that are developmental building blocks for professionals who will have organizational responsibility for Project and Change Management.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Summarize the skills that a manager needs to successfully lead a team in development or maintenance of an Information System.
  2. List the elements of an information system and describe in detail, each individual component.
  3. Discuss the types of decision making that typically occur at each level, within an organization.
  4. Describe various types of information systems, and differentiate between the attributes of traditional versus modern systems.
  5. Predict the strategic value to be achieved through creating information technology infrastructures and collaborative environments for various organizations.
  6. Explain in detail, the impact of information technology on organizations and how to manage various aspects including: change management, security/ control, ethical/social factors, international impacts, quality management, and system development.
  7. Demonstrate the importance of teamwork by working collaboratively and cooperatively with others.
  8. Create detailed analytic project: proposals, plans, reports that are appropriately documented and are reflective of the strategic thinking covered within the course.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Students will be able to track their progress through the course via the Online Gradebook.  Expectations for each assignment are provided in advance .  Each student is responsible for :
  1. Completing assigned weekly readings and associated quizzes.
  2. Completing homework assignments.
  3. Participating within the Weekly Discussion Thread by:
    •  Selecting and answering one or more Weekly Discussion Questions from those designated (which will be found at the end of the associated chapters within the textbook).
    • Providing thoughtful, positive and useful feedback to peers' responses.
   4.   Working collaboratively with assigned team members to:
    • Create a Project Charter
    • Develop a Business Case
    • Complete Project BAR
    • Complete Project TAD
    • Develop a cost-benefits analysis (via spreadsheet)
    5.    Completing and submitting a retrospective analysis of the project.
    6.    Completing the "Principles of Change" assignment, which is based upon the content covered within the course.
    7.    Satisfactorily completing the Mid-term and Final Examinations.


          Component                 Weekly Points    Total Points       Percent of Grade
   Discussion/Participation              25                       150                         15%          
   Homework Assignments (6)       25                       150                         15%
   Quizzes  (6)                               25                       150                         15%
   Group Project                           DNA                   150                         15%
   Principles of Change Assign.      DNA                   100                         10%
   Mid Term Examination              DNA                   100                          10%
   Final Examination                      DNA                   200                          20%
   TOTAL                                      -                       1000 pts                 100%  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work must be submitted by the date due.  Acceptance of late assignments will be at the discretion of the instructor, with the potential loss of some credit (10% for each day late).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are responsible for reading and adhering to Park University's Online Course Policies.  If there are any questions regarding these policies, please contact the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Readings: Chapters 1 & 2
Assignments:  As noted Online, under Week 1.
Week 2
Readings: Chapters 3 & 4
Assignments:  As noted Online, under Week 2.
Week 3
Readings: Chapters 5 & 6
Assignments: As noted Online, under Week 3.
Week 4

Readings: Chapter 7
Assignments: As noted Online, under Week 4.
Mid-Term Examination

 Week 5

Readings:  Chapters 8 & 9
Assignments:  As noted Online, under Week 5.
Week 6

Readings: Chapters 10 & 11
Assignments: As noted Online, under Week 6.

Week 7

Readings:  Chapters 12 & 13
Assignments: As noted Online, under Week 7.
Week 8
Readings:  Study for the Final
Assignments:  Final Project Due
Final Examination

Academic Honesty:
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Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26

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