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Title: A MODEL FOR TEACHING IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT SIMUTANEOUSLY TO UNDERGRADUATE MANAGEMENT AND IT STUDENTS


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  • A MODEL FOR TEACHING IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    SIMUTANEOUSLY TO UNDERGRADUATE MANAGEMENT AND IT
    STUDENTS

Presented by Carl Rebman University of San
Diego Decision Sciences Institute November 18,
2007
Paper co-authored by Fred L. Kitchens and Queen
E. Booker
2
Purpose of the Paper
  • To describe a model for teaching Information
    Technology Project Management to MIS and General
    Management majors to
  • Improve the management skills of MIS students
  • Improve the IT skills of management students
  • Develop the project management skills of both
    groups of students

3
Why MNSU opened ITPM to non MIS students
  • Declining MIS enrollment
  • Course holds 36 students enrollment had been 5-7
    students
  • Project management was listed as one of top
    skills recruiters are looking for from our new
    graduates

4
Problem with course
  • Designed to emphasize software development using
    project management
  • Students only prior exposure to project
    management in the college is a module in
    Production and Operations Management
  • This module can be as little as one class hour
    and generally no more than two at MNSU
  • MIS curricula emphasize software and technology
    management
  • General management curricula emphasize general
    management skills such as human resource
    management

5
Course Design
  • 16 week semester course
  • 4 weeks intensive seminar in project management
    concepts using 3 hours class time and a minimum
    of three hours online per week emphasizing
    project management concepts covered under the
    project management guidebook and the project
    management certification exam as well as
    effective team management and the system
    development lifecycle
  • 12 weeks of hands-on IT related project
    management exercises, each designed to last 3
    weeks although students decide how long each
    project will take for their team to complete

6
Course Design Assessments
  • Three assessment at the end of the first four
    weeks
  • An assessment on the technical nature of project
    management tools
  • A pre-assessment of IT knowledge and expertise
  • A self-assessment of the students perception of
    their own management style.

7
About the projects
  • During the third and fourth weeks, students are
    assigned to teams of 4 (the chair was
    particularly helpful in this instance. Once the
    class filled, he only added students in groups of
    4).
  • During the fourth week, the students assess their
    strengths and weaknesses and select one of the
    four projects to manage within their team
  • Each team also decide on when each project will
    begin and when it SHOULD end. Teams can choose to
    complete the projects in parallel or one at a
    time.

8
Expectations of the Project Manager
  • Each project manager
  • Develops a project plan consisting of all the
    planning tools for a project
  • Is required to submit the project plan for
    approval as they would in a business environment.
  • Is given a limited budget
  • Is required to submit four scope reports during
    the duration of their respective projects, with
    the last scope report submitted after the
    completion of the project.
  • Is given an hourly bill rate based on graduation
    date. The hourly rate ranges from 200 for
    students graduating in three semesters to 300
    for students graduating in the current semester.

9
Assessments Post Project
  • At the end of the project, team members evaluate
    the project manager on his or her use of the
    project management tools, and using the same
    questions used in the self-assessment earlier in
    the semester.
  • The assessment results are provided to the
    project manager for reflection purposes only.
  • At the end of the semester, students are
    assessment on project management tools and
    techniques and IT concepts covered by the class.

10
During the Project Period
  • Prior to the scheduling of the projects, training
    sessions on each of the types of IT technologies
    are scheduled for which students are enrolled.
    The purpose is to see if the scheduling of
    training influences when students decide to begin
    certain projects.

11
Sample Projects
  • Prototype a data warehouse (database design only)
  • Design a wireless network for a hotel
  • Design a spreadsheet based decision support
    system
  • Design a market basket analysis module for retail
    sales
  • Design through data architecture an ERP system

12
Assessment and Evaluation Results
  • This approach to teaching Project Management was
    attempted in 2005 and 2006.
  • In the fall semester 2005, the class consisted of
    15 IT related majors and 9 management students.
  • In the fall semester 2006, the course had 17
    MIS/IT related majors and 55 general management
    majors.

13
Assessment and Evaluation Results Continued
  • The goal of the class is to improve the project
    management skills of both groups while improving
    the general management skills of the MIS students
    and the IT skills of the general management
    students

14
Assessment and Evaluation Results Continued
  • Based on a comparison of pre- and post-test
    results
  • The general management students actually
    performed better than expected on the pre-IT
    test.
  • The MIS students significantly (.05) improved
    their knowledge on general management concepts.
  • The general management students improved between
    pre-test and post-tests but not as significantly

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Student Assessment of the Course
    Fall 2005 Fall 2006
Question Student Type Mean Mean
Opinion of subject content GM 4 4.3
Opinion of subject content MIS/IT 3 4.1
Course meets expectations GM 4.3 4.4
Course meets expectations MIS/IT 4 4.1
General opinion of assignments GM 4 4
General opinion of assignments MIS/IT 4.2 4.1
Progress on Projects GM 4 4
Progress on Projects MIS/IT 4 4
Course Format GM 4.5 4.3
Course Format MIS/IT 4.4 4.1
16
Problem with the class format
  • Students were not required to attend class after
    the fourth week
  • This behavior crossed over into other classes
    much to the dismay of other faculty members

17
Future Steps
  • College is building a new college of business
    that is scheduled to have a lab conducive to
    group work which will allow the course to require
    students to attend class as required to complete
    projects
  • Depending on groups and group skills, not all
    projects can be completed successfully in the
    time allotted. More time will need to be
    emphasized regarding techniques for keeping
    projects on task.

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