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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Project Management for Digital Business
Module Code MT229
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: James Byrne
Semester 2: James Byrne
Autumn: James Byrne
Module TeachersJames Byrne
Cliona McParland
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

With companies becoming more projectized, there is a huge increase in projects being commissioned as a response to digital disruption – companies have to adapt much more quickly, and projects are being used to support and drive digital transformation efforts. While organisations have moved increasingly towards agile approaches in the Digital Business domain, hybrid approaches crossing both traditional and agile are gaining in popularity. This module covers both conventional and agile approaches to project management to support digital business.

Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate and describe the technical and sociocultural aspects of managing projects related to digital business
2. Discuss and critique significant factors in planning successful projects
3. Comprehend conventional, agile and hybrid approaches to project management
4. Critically analyse aspects of project management that can contribute to overall project failure
5. Understand how to plan, estimate and analyse project times, costs and risks
6. Explain and identify critical path and total slack, resource levelling and resource-limited scheduling
7. Understand the practical implementation of the agile Scrum approach to project management

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Group work25No Description
Assignment Completion30No Description
Independent Study46No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to modern project management for digital business

Conventional, Agile and Hybrid approaches to project management

Organisation strategy, structure and culture relating to projects

Defining projects and estimating project times and costs

Developing a project plan

Risk management, scheduling resources and costs

Managing project teams

Agile approaches and behaviours

Agile roadmap, release planning/sprints, daily working

Release preparation and agile management

Hybrid project management

Project management for digital products and devops

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentDevelop a report and supporting presentation on the analysis of a large, failed digital transformation project30%n/a
AssignmentCase study analysis of digital business scenarios exploring the role of agile project management70%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Robert K. Wysocki: 2019, Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, Hybrid, 8th, Wiley, 1119562805
  • Clifford F. Gray, Erik W. Larson: 2021, Project Management: The Managerial Process, 8th, McGraw-Hill Education, 1260238865
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
DBIBSc in Digital Business and Innovation

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