Information Systems Project Skills – KASNEB DICT Syllabus

PAPER NO. 11 INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROJECT SKILLS

 GENERAL OBJECTIVE

This paper is intended to equip the candidate with knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable him/her to manage an information systems project.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A candidate who passes this paper should be able to:

  • Manage project scope using various techniques
  • Use project management software tools to prepare project schedules
  • Identify, monitor and control project risks
  • Undertake information systems projects
  • Allocate resources

CONTENT

Introduction to information systems project

  • Overview of a project
  • Characteristics of information projects
  • Examples of information systems projects
  • Information systems project environment
  • Project personnel roles and responsibilities
  • Project management principles
  • Purpose of project management

Information systems project lifecycle

  • Project identification and selection
  • Project planning
  • Feasibility study
  • Project objectives
  • Project proposal
  • Project design
  • Project development
  • Project implementation
  • Project monitoring and control
  • Project review and evaluation

Project scope management

  • Scope definition
  • Scope verification
  • Scope control
  • Constraints and assumptions
  • Using software tools to assist in project scope management

Project planning

  • Components of a project plan
  • Features of a good project plan
  • The project charter
  • Creating work plans
  • Control plans
  • Introduction to a case study
  • Using software tools to assist in IS project planning

Work breakdown structures (WBSs)

  • Overview of WBSs
  • Determining project tasks
  • Creating WBSs
  • Establishing task dependencies and relationships
  • Creating activity lists
  • Methods of subdivision
  • Planning time scales
  • Using software tools to assist in creating WBSs

IS project Estimation

  • Estimating concepts and methods
  • Estimation accuracy/inaccuracy
  • Task-based estimation
  • Effort, productivity factors, influence factors
  • Using software tools to assist in IS project estimation

Scheduling

  • Schedule concepts and methods
  • Network diagrams
    • Precedence logic
    • Estimating duration
    • PERT, CPM
  • Resource planning and allocation
  • Resource scheduling
    • Gantt chart and histograms
  • Using software tools to assist in scheduling and resource management

IS project organisational structures and communication

  • Overview of organisational structures
  • Integrating project work and project organisational structures
  • Project team lifecycle
  • Team management
  • Overview of communication management
  • Managing stakeholder communication
  • Using software tools to assist in project organisation and communication

IS project quality management

  • Overview of quality management
  • Project quality factors
  • Quality planning, assurance and control
  • Tools and techniques for quality management
  • Overview of project management standards (PRINCE 2)
  • Software tools and techniques for project quality management
  • ISO certification
  • Using software tools to assist in quality management

Information systems project risk management

  • Common sources of risk
  • Risk identification process
  • Risk management tools and techniques
  • Risk analysis
  • Risk monitoring and control
  • Using software tools to assist in risk management

IS project implementation, completion and evaluation

  • Change management
  • Project evaluation
  • Team evaluation
  • Project documentation
  • Using software tools to assist in project evaluation

Emerging issues and trends



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