Software Project Management(SPM) Syllabus

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Title Software Project Management
Short Name SPM
Course code CSC415
Nature of course Theory and Practical
Semester seventh-semester
Full marks 60 + 20 + 20
Pass marks 24 + 8 + 8
Credit Hrs 3
Elective/Compulsary Elective

Course Description

Course Description:

This course familiarizes students with different concepts of software project management mainly focusing on project analysis, scheduling, resource allocation, risk analysis, monitoring, control and software configuration management.

Course Objectives:

The main objective of this course is to provide knowledge of different concepts of software project management so that students will be able to understand and handle various projects including very high risky and innovative projects using different project management skills.

Units and Unit Content

1. Introduction to Software Project Management
teaching hours: 5 hrs

Software engineering problem and software product, software product attributes, Definition of a Software Project (SP), SP Vs. other types of projects activities covered by SPM, categorizing SPs, Project management cycle, SPM framework, types of project plan.


2. Project Analysis
teaching hours: 8 hrs

Introduction, strategic assessment, technical assessment, economic analysis: Present worth, future worth, annual worth, internal rate of return (IRR) method, benefit-cost ratio analysis, including uniform gradient cash flow and comparison of mutually exclusive alternatives.


3. Activity Planning and Scheduling
teaching hours: 7 hrs

Objectives of activity planning, Work breakdown structure, Bar chart, Network planning model: Critical path method (CPM), Program evaluation and review technique (PERT), Precedence diagramming method (PDM), Shortening project duration, Identifying critical activities.


4. Risk Management
teaching hours: 4 hrs

Introduction, nature and identification of risk, risk analysis, evaluation of risk to the schedule using Z-values

5. Resource allocation
teaching hours: 4 hrs

Identifying resource requirements, resource allocation, resource smoothening and resource balancing.


6. Monitoring and control
teaching hours: 4 hrs

Introduction, collecting data, visualizing progress, cost monitoring, earned value analysis, project control


7. Managing Contracts and people
teaching hours: 5 hrs

Introduction, types of contract, stages in contract, placement, typical terms of a contract, contract management, acceptance, Managing people and organizing terms: Introduction, understanding behavior, organizational behavior: a back ground, selecting the right person for the job, instruction in the best methods, motivation, working in groups, becoming a team, decision making, leadership, organizational structures, conclusion, further exercises.


8. Software quality assurance and testing
teaching hours: 5 hrs

Testing principles and objectives, test plan, types and levels of testing, test strategies, program verification and validation, software quality, SEI-CMM,SQA activities, QA organization structure, SQA plan.

9. Software Configuration Management
teaching hours: 4 hrs

Introduction, need, basic configuration, management function, baseline, configuration

management responsibilities.

Lab and Practical works

Laboratory / Project Work:

Students should prepare a project report using different concepts of software project management. The project can be done in groups with at most four members in each group. Each group can select a case study and apply the concepts of software project management focusing on project analysis, scheduling, risk analysis, resource allocation, testing.