Project Management for Computer Scientists - COM00030H

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Steve King
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Module summary

The aim of the module is to equip students with the knowledge required to manage technical projects through well-established project management techniques in a variety of different contexts.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

The aim of the module is to equip students with the knowledge required to manage technical
projects through well-established project management techniques in a variety of different contexts.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Identify success criteria for a project, and evaluate the project against these.
  • Develop a project schedule.
  • Assess, analyse and manage (commercial and other) risks in the project.
  • Apply an appropriate framework to demonstrate understanding of professional, legal, ethical, social and environmental impacts of a project
  • Understand the core concepts of cybersecurity management.

Module content

An understanding of robust project management techniques to include:

  • Defining measurable project objectives
  • Stakeholder identification and engagement
  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Budget management
  • Efficient resource allocation
  • Contract, IPR and ethical considerations
  • Risk categorisation and mitigation
  • Project evaluation
  • Cybersecurity standards and data protection
  • Structured approach to security risk and business continuity

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Peer feedback in seminars

Indicative reading

  • The Mythical Man Month, Fred Brooks, Addison-Wesley, 1975
  • Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling, Harold Kerzner, Wiley, 2013
  • Agile Project Management: A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Success, Anthony Mersino, Vitality Chicago, 2015.
  • Ethics in computing : a concise module, Kizza, Joseph Migga, Switzerland : Springer, 2016
  • Cyber-Risk Management, Refsdal, A., Solhaug, B., Stølen, K., Springer, 2015



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