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System Development & Project Management (PE)


This is a specialisation course. It depends upon the number of participants whether the course will take place

Admission requirements



ICT development projects face increasing complexity. In addition to technological challenges, managerial and organizational issues arise, causing failure to a vast number of development initiatives. The lecture based part of this course focuses on the management of the development process, including the systems development life cycle, alternative approaches to software development, techniques for project management, and critical success factors. The project-based part of the course, which builds on the software engineering course from the third semester, provides an opportunity to experience and apply the issues and techniques discussed in the course.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course students should have a firm grasp of the concepts, approaches, techniques and developments in the management of ICT projects, based on lectures and case studies as well as on direct experience in managing a hands-on ICT development project. The course looks both at in-house development projects as well as external and off-shore development projects and explicitly includes issues related to intra-organizational ICT projects. In addition, concepts related to managing across multiple projects such as quality management and the capability maturity model are discussed as well. The course takes a broad organizational approach to project management, ranging from the traditional project management techniques to measurement issues, financial evaluation, and the management of user expectations and involvement. In addition, the students will get some insight into the subtleties of running an IT company and the fundamental principles of being successful in business.


The schedule can be found on rooster

Mode of instruction

The course is structured around two building blocks: nine theory sessions, including in-class reading and case study assignments, and an ambitious, practical system’s development project, to be carried out in pre-assigned groups of about 6 students.

Assessment method

Written exam:
It will be based on materials covered during class and assigned readings or handouts. It is a closed book, closed notes exam.

Your assignment is to propose, plan, calculate, manage, and execute towards a (very basic) prototype, a software development project in a specific, pre-assigned area.
You will present your working system and the underlying architecture in a ‘trade-fair’ at the end of the semester and will be graded on a variety of aspects.
You will be graded on how well your group does, how cooperative and informative your group is for the other groups in the trade fair, and how impressed attendees of the ‘trade fair’ are with your collective effort.

Your total grade for this course will be based on the following:

  • 15% project proposal (‘bid’) [group]

  • 20% detailed project plan plus functional specifications [group]

  • 5% Deutsche Bank case presentation [group]

  • 5% in-class participation and peer student evaluation [individual]

  • 45% written exam [individual]

  • 10% project presentation at trade fair [group]


System Development & Project Management

Reading list

Bob Hughes and Mike Cotterell (2009): Software Project Management, McGraw-Hill
Further reading assignments are provided online through blackboard. Additional reading assignments may be added as the course progresses, and will be made available through Blackboard.

Contact information

For more information, please contact Programme Co-ordinator ms. Judith Havelaar LL.M