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Assessment item 4
Assessment 4
Value: 25%
Due date: 17-Jan-2014
Return date: 07-Feb-2014
Submission method options
Hand delivery (option applies to Internal only)
Task
Instructions
Ensure that you have completed all readings for topics 1 - 7:
Assignment requirements – based on the following Social Media Research Centre case study
As the project manager of the centre website you are required to present an initial project report to the project sponsor that includes the following specific project outputs to show how you propose to implement this project:
• Project charter
• RACI matrix
• Stakeholder Register and Stakeholder Management Strategy
• Milestone Report for the initiating and planning processes
• WBS
• Gantt chart
• Critical Path Diagram
As the project manager you may make any assumptions you think are necessary.
As you prepare your report, please don't forget to format it so that it is easy to read and conforms to the standard report format. All referencing in the project material must be in accordance with the APA style guide. Please follow the conventions for referencing set out in the APA referencing procedures on the Learning Skills site. You will find a guide to APA referencing on the web at http://student.csu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/294977/APA-Referencing-Summary-revised-2012.pdf
Social Media Research Centre Case Study
During a meeting with his boss (Alex), Bruce has been asked to establish a researcher centre. The research centre, which will commence operations in February 2013 first as an informal research group, should be established by February 2016. Alex’s decision to proceed with this major project is spurred by the fact that an associated organizational centre, which researches in a closely related area, has recently ceased operations. There is also a tremendous pressure from Alex’s senior executives to produce high quality research that is focused in nature. In fact one of Alex’s senior executives’ comments was that Alex’s Unit does not have a clear identity when it comes to its scholarly research output compared to the one in Australian National University. After several meetings with subject matter experts (consultants) and a rigorous analysis of the current trends in research in the area of information technology it has been decided that the most appropriate research area for the proposed research centre to focus on is social media. Fortunately several of Alex’s Unit staff are active researchers in this area. What made this direction even more attractive is that demand from master and doctoral students has been largely for programs in this area. Alex’s Unit also enjoys a very good relationship with an international expert in the social media area who has kindly agreed to offer his expertise to Bruce (the project manager). One of the projects within the centre larger project that Bruce has identified as important is the development of a website for the proposed centre. You are the manger of this project.
Rationale
This assessment item builds on theoretical knowledge already gained.
This assignment provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate that you are able to:
• identify, critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise the key elements of the IT project management framework, including project stakeholders, communication management, the project management knowledge areas, common tools and techniques, and project success factors;
• understand and apply appropriate communication practices within a project management context;
• research and apply established IT project management principles, skills and techniques to a case study.
Marking criteria

Item Marks Marks are awarded for ...
Project charter 30 creation of a professional quality project charter that correctly identifies and addresses all issues relevant to the provided case study
RACI Matrix 10 creation of a professional quality RACI Matrix that correctly identifies and addresses all issues relevant to the provided case study
Stakeholder Register and Stakeholder Management Strategy 10 creation of a professional quality Stakeholder register and Stakeholder Communication Strategy that correctly identifies and addresses all issues relevant to the provided case study
Milestone Report for the initiating and planning processes 10 creation of a professional quality Milestone Report for the initiating and planning processes that correctly identifies and addresses all issues relevant to the provided case study
WBS 10 creation of a professional quality WBS that correctly identifies and addresses all issues relevant to the provided case study
Gantt chart 10 creation of a professional quality Gantt Chart that correctly identifies and addresses all issues relevant to the provided case study
Critical Path Diagram 10 creation of a professional quality Critical Path Diagram that correctly identifies and addresses all issues relevant to the provided case study
Referencing, formatting and style 10 correct in-text referencing, report format, report writing style, overall presentation
TOTAL 100

Presentation
A word limit has not been set for this assignment. However, as you are expected to submit work that would be acceptable in a professional IT project management context.
This assignment should be submitted in report format: Information on report writing can be found here.
Line spacing at least 1.5 spacing.
Margins, at least a 4-cm margin on left side of page.
Font size, at least 12 point.
Header or footer with name, student number and page number
Requirements
Please follow the conventions for referencing set out in the APA referencing procedures on the Learning Skills site. You will find a guide to APA referencing on the web at
http://student.csu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/294977/APA-Referencing-Summary-revised-2012.pdf