Software Project Management, Theory (TIETS19-THEORY)

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Welcome to Software Project Management, Theory (TIETS19, Theory) homepage.

News

  • Important! Electronic exam system will be changed from tenttis to TUNI EXAM after new year. Tenttis closes 31.12.2019. During period 1.1.2020 – 26.1.2020 it is not possible to take the electronic exam. New TUNI EXAM will open latest by 27.1.2020.
  • Starting from 1.1.2020, old Moodle forum of the course will be closed. New Moodle-forum (in https://moodle.tuni.fi/) will open in December.
  • Exams and summaries done before 30.11.2019 are evaluated.

Teacher responsible

Timo Poranen (timo.poranen at tuni.fi)

Curriculum

Link will be added later.

Workflow to study the course

There are no lectures. Workflow to study the course and to get credits is as follows:

  1. Join course’s Moodle-forum to enroll the course.
  2. Start reading the book:
  3. Select an article for the summary task and submit article’s details in the Moodle.
    • Write the summary and return the summary in the Moodle.
    • The summary will be graded in the beginning of the next teaching period. If you need to get your summary evaluated sooner, contact lecturer by email.
  4. Take an electronic exam (the exam is under “Tietojenk√§sittelytieteiden tutkinto-ohjelma”).
    • The exam will be evaluated in the beginning of the next teaching period (that is, if you take the exam in period II, then it will be evaluated in the beginning of period III.
    • If you take the exam during summer, the exam will be evaluated in August. If you need to get your exam evaluated sooner, contact lecturer by email.
    • Read more about the exam.
  5. After you have received credits, you can leave the Moodle-forum.

Article summary task

  • This task must be done independently. Your task is to write a 2-3 pages summary of a scientific article related to software project management.
  • Familiarise yourself to the software engineering and project management journals and select an article related to software project management. You can use other journals and conference proceedings too. General project management articles and articles that deal with some specific area related to software development (like agile development models, testing process, quality management, team work, etc.) are also ok if there is a connection to the project management.
  • Some general management journals
  • Some computer science journals (only some of the articles are related to software project management)
  • IEEE Journals and conference proceedings
  • Full texts are available from ScienceDirect when you use university’s computers. Try also keywords “project management”.
  • The article should preferably be new, published during the last three years.
  • Submit the article details to the Moodle.
    • Lecturer will approve whether your selection is ok or not.
  • Read the article, understand the article, and write a summary:
    • The summary should be slightly longer than a traditional scientific article abstract, about 2-4 pages. In any case, the maximum lenght of the summary is four pages.
    • What is a summary of a scientific article? see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summary and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_(summary).
    • You can write the summary in Finnish or in English. Use this template (.docx, don’t change fonts/heading/margins etc. If you can’t work with .docx format, you can use your favourite editor and return the summary as .pdf document).
    • Return the summary to the Moodle.
    • Grading: failed, passed (0 extra point), adequate (1), well done (2-3 extra points).

Exam

  • There are 6 questions in the exam. Each question can give you at most 4 points, so the maximum number of points from the exam is 24. Passing line is about 10 points. There is one question from Part I of the book (Taming the Soft Machine), two questions from Part II (Planning), two questions from part III (Process) and one question from part IV (People). The questions are selected randomly, so every time you take the exam the questions might be different.
  • Most of the questions are essay-type questions, and some questions ask you to define or explain some terms (or methods etc.).
  • Because there is only 1h 55 minutes time to answer the questions, do not answer too lenghty.
  • Questions are in English. You may answer in English or in Finnish.
  • If you pass the exam, you will get the credits for the course after you have returned an article summary.
  • The exam will be evaluated in the beginning of the next teaching period, and if you take the exam during summer, it will be evaluated in August. If you need to get your credits earlier, contact lecturer.