ITECH 7401 Leadership for IT Project Management

ITECH 7401 Leadership for IT Project Management
Task
Leadership Blog
Due Date
Week 11 – Leadership Blog – Fri, Oct 2, 2015 – by Fri, 5:00 pm
Worth
20% (30 marks)
Purpose
The purpose of this task is to encourage students to expand their thinking through reading and sharing of their
ideas in a web 2.0 format used by many project managers.
Learning Outcomes
The following learning outcomes are reinforced in the completion of this task: K5, S2, S3 and A1.
Background
A blog is a discussion or informational site published on the web consisting of regular entries or posts in
chronological order. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites. Many blogs
focus on a particular topic; team blogs will focus on an area of project management leadership.
Blogs are useful for first time and experienced project managers, and are widely used in the industry. The
purpose of your project management leadership blog is to share the results of your research and investigations
with other members of your team, and gather their feedback regarding your thoughts and ideas.
For some examples project management blogs see: http://projectnewstoday.com/2013-top-25-projectmanagement-blogs/
Requirements
Students are required to work in a team (three to 5 members). Each individual student is required to select a
journal article on some area of project management leadership related to the course, or extending the course
ideas, and write a blog reviewing the journal article, providing a critique of the ideas including conclusions and
lessons learned (approximately 1000 words). The review should be supported by references from literature,
demonstrating wider reading and critical thinking.
Each team member’s blog will be reviewed by the other team members (approximately 100 words per review).
Each team member will be required to review two other team member’s blogs.
Each team will submit the aggregated blogs, articles and team members’ reviews. Team blogs maybe created in
Word, in Moodle or some other forum.
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NOTE: Each student should confirm the appropriateness of their journal article with the course lecturer and/or
tutor completing this assignment. A list of topic areas is provided below:









types of projects
history of project management
project management skills
models of change
managing resistance to change
organisational culture
sources of conflict
resolving conflict
strategies for negotiation

Academic Presentation:
Blogs should be presented in accordance with:

General Guide to Referencing: http://federation.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/164121/FedUni
General-Guide-to-Referencing-2014.pdf
General Guide to Writing and Study Skills:
http://federation.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/190044/2014-General-Guide-to-Writing-and-Study

Skills.pdf, see pp.35-36. For further help on report writing, see:
http://sydney.edu.au/business/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/90359/Txt_business_reports.pdf
Submission:
For Mt Helen students a blog will be created for your team in moodle (check with your course lecturer). The
blog will be marked within the Moodle shell. Partner students please check with your course lecturer. Please
refer to the Course Description for information regarding late assignments, extensions, special consideration,
and plagiarism. A reminder all academic regulations can be accessed via the university’s website, see:
http://federation.edu.au/staff/governance/legal/feduni-legislation
Feedback and Marks:
Feedback and marks will be provided in Moodle. Marks will also be available in FDL Marks.
Time Required:
Preparation for this task will take approximately 20 hours.
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Assessment Criteria & Feedback

Student

Leadership Blog:

CriteriaMarking Scale
Poor Excellent
1 …………………. 5
team – submission of aggregated blogs0
individual – quality of discussion review of article0
individual – quality of conclusions and lessons learned0
individual – evidence of research0
individual – copy of journal article0
individual – reviews of other student’s blogs conducted and
included
0
Total Mark [30 marks]30.0
Total Worth [20%]20.0
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