IS640 Project and Change Management

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IS 640 Project and Change Management


S1P 2013 DL


McVicker, Michael J.


Adjunct Professor


Masters - Benedictine College
Bachelors - Baker University

Office Location


Office Hours


Daytime Phone

(913) 669-6457


Semester Dates

January 14, 213 - March 10, 2013

Class Days

Distance Learning

Class Time

As Required

Credit Hours



Title:  Project Management, A Managerial Approach (Eighth Edition) 

Authors:  Meredith, J.R. and Mantel Jr., S.J. (2012)
Publisher:  John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (New Jersey)

ISBN-13  978-0-470-53302-4

Text includes access to a downloadable time limited trial version of (140 days) of Crystal Ball Software. 

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Additional Resources:

Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Project.  (If you do not have Microsoft Project, recognize that it will be made available through Wiley's MSDN Alliance.)

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Course Description:
IS 640 Project and Change Management: 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:
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.

It is important to ensure students enrolled in an online course receive the same “educational value” as those enrolled in a face-to-face presentation of the same course. Whether you are enrolled in a face-to-face or online section of this course, you will cover the same material, perform the same assignments, and be examined on the same material.

In either setting, our focus is on the Core Outcomes and Learning Objectives established for the course, and all course activities are designed to help you attain those objectives. The biggest difference is the way we go about these things. In an online section, "Lectures" are in the form of written notes and/or PowerPoint presentations; even so, they’re supplemented by outside reading assignments (textbooks, articles, Web pages, etc.), just as they would be in a face-to-face classroom.

One of the most important aspects of instructor-led learning is the ability to interact with the instructor and other students in the class. Since online students are not together in the same room, we accomplish this interaction using tools available in the online classroom:

  • "In-Class" discussion takes place using Threaded Discussions;
  • Questions can be addressed to your instructor through Threaded Discussions or e-mail (for more personal matters);
Group project work is facilitated by the Group tools (Group Document Sharing, Group Discussion Area, Group Chat sessions, and Group E-mail distribution lists).

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Define "Change Management," describe its focus, and discuss its importance within a project management setting.
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 (if teams are assigned) 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 (6)                           25                        150                         15%

   Quizzes  (6)                                25                        150                         15%

   Group Project                           NA                        200                         20%

   Principles of Change Assign.      NA                        100                         10%

   Term Project                             NA                        250                         25%

 TOTAL                                        -                        1000 pts                  100%  


Grading:  900 points or more = A ; 800 to 899 points = B ; 700 to 799 points = C;  Less than 700 points = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work must be completed by the due dates specified for that week. Assignments received after their stated due dates will incur a 25% reduction in your score for each day (or fraction thereof) that your assignment is late. After one week, assignments will not be accepted for grading.

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 your 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.

Final Project Due

Week 8

Readings:  Study for the Final

Final Examination

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Attendance Policy:

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