Module title: Agile Project Management

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CSI10100
Module leader: Pritam Chita
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social Informatics

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: ME
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Pritam Chita
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures are used for the delivery of all core material - all LOs
Reading exercises to be completed before classes to enable students to develop their understanding as independent learners
- all LOs
Post-lecture discussion groups on VLE set-up to allow discussion, questions and also sharing of ideas Later tutorial sessions will be used for students to present their chosen material.

Formative Assessment:
Students will be required to deliver different elements of project work that will be of different lengths and durations throughout the trimester and will receive some formative feedback on these elements during the tutorials.

Week of Assessment 9
Type of Assessment task on assessment criteria
Task Format individual
Anticipated student effort (length/volume) 3000 Words

Week of Assessment 15
Type of Assessment task on assessment criteria
Task Format individual
Anticipated student effort (length/volume) 3000 Words

Summative Assessment:
Continuous assessment is used on this module and it consists of two elements which may be required in any order as determined by the module leader. One element involves the students assembling a portfolio of work based on a project delivery scenario. It will consist of several pieces such as a deconstructed product flow diagram, a sprint plan or a design and management approach definition. Students are expected to spend about one half of the trimester on this assessment and will receive 50% of the overall module mark. The multiple portfolio pieces will combine to form a significant coherent piece of work and it is anticipated that the length of these deliverables should not exceed 3000 words or the equivalent.

The other element consists of a more typical coursework assessment where students will select an essay topic and submit a paper in the style of a fully referenced academic journal article. The anticipated length of this assessment should not exceed 3000 words. Students are expected to spend the remaining half of the trimester on this assessment which will also receive 50% of the overall module mark.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Groupwork (Scheduled) 48
Independent Learning Guided independent study 104
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 50 1,2,3 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Essay 50 1,2,3,4,5 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

• Understanding project start-up through project evaluation and project planning techniques.
• Compare and contrast big up front design and iterative approaches such as Lean, Kanban, Scrum, XP and DSDM Atern.
• Assess approaches to managing risk within projects and evaluate metrics for project monitoring and control within an agile project management environment.
• Analysis of software development process improvement approaches through different types of maturity models and the role of learning in practice.
• Evaluation of software teams, group dynamics & leadership as key factors in the successful delivery of agile projects.
• Consider the adoption of a tailored Agile approaches such as Scrum or Agile PM (DSDM Atern) to manage the delivery of software development projects.
• Evaluate difficulties & issues when scaling software agility and the use of approaches such as SAFe and LeSS.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically assess project management approaches & project lifecycles within an organisational context.
LO2: Analyse different approaches to iterative and incremental project delivery.
LO3: Appraise project management planning, estimation and risk management techniques.
LO4: Assess approaches to project management improvement and maturity.
LO5: Analyse leadership and behavioural factors within project environments.

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