PRJ566 - Project Planning and Management

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Subject Title
Project Planning and Management

Subject Description
Students are required to select a project that involves developing a computer system. Students learn project management concepts while carrying out requirements gathering, analysis, design, and implementation planning for the identified system. Project management concepts include scope development and management, creation of work breakdown structures, including task dependencies, and cost benefit analysis using return on investment and payback. Students create dialogue maps and mock-ups of user interfaces for their systems, and use a modeling tool to create detailed software models which they then go on to implement in PRJ666.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for CPA - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Provide oral and written status reports (in person, via e-mail, and via Web-based discussion) to the instructor and the business client

2. Communicate status, problems and suggestions to other group members using required standard formats

3. Create a description of technical and business requirements in writing, using a given template, and in a software modeling tool using the Unified Modeling Language

4. Create a work breakdown structure, including tasks and dependencies, for a given project

5. Create a Web site to track status of team activities and issues and to manage project deliverables

6. Create class diagrams, object interaction diagrams and class interaction diagrams for the application being modeled using the Unified Modeling Language and a software modeling tool

7. Carry out a cost benefit analysis for a given project

8. Analyze and document the requirements using the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and a software modeling tool

9. Participate as part of an analysis and design team to ensure each required unit of work is completed on time and to specifications

10. Analyze documented requirements using object oriented techniques and create a software model of the resulting design

11. Design reports and user interfaces that meet client requirements

12. Carry out research to determine client technical and business requirements

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

SYS466, INT422 and JAC444 or advanced  experience in system analysis 

Topic Outline

Overview of Project Management 5%
  • Definition and components of project management
  • Interviewing clients

Scope Management 20%
  • Defining and controlling scope
  • Creating a project initiation document that describes scope
  • The relationship of use case diagrams to scope

Dialogue Charts 5%
  • Creating a map of user interfaces

Creating the Project Plan 25%
  • Creating a work breakdown structure
  • Network diagrams and task dependencies
  • Allocating resources
  • Estimating work
  • Introduction to MSProject

Project Tracking and Control 15%
  • Using critical path in project control
  • Setting a project baseline
  • Tracking project activity using MSProject

Cost Benefit Analysis 5%
  • Identifying costs and benefits
  • Return on Investment and payback analyses
  • Using MSProject to track human resource costs

Group Meetings With Instructor 25%
  • Each group must meet with the instructor several times during the semester
    to review progress and software model deliverables

Mode of Instruction
All concepts will be discussed in lectures. Students will form project teams to design an application system. This is to simulate a real working environment that values teamwork and coordination. A presentation session and written report are required from each team at the end of the course.

It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student’s class.

Prescribed Texts
Information Technology Project Management (with Microsoft Project 2010 CD-ROM 
by Kathy Schwalbe, ITP Nelson, ISBN# 978-1285452340

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.


  • Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.
  • Computer assignments should be documented to the instructor's standards.
  • Assignments must be handed in on the scheduled due date. Late assignments are penalized.
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.

Term Work and Final Exam
  • Students must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on term work and the final exam. Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the subject. 
  • For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Midterm 20%
Project 50%
Final Exam 30%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle