4199 Information Systems Project and Risk Management
Univ.Prof. Dr. Edward Bernroider, Dr. Roman Walser
Contact details
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  • Weekly hours
  • Language of instruction
02/04/19 to 03/12/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
This class is only offered in summer semesters.
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Friday 03/15/19 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D2.0.030
Monday 03/18/19 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM D2.0.030
Wednesday 04/10/19 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM D2.0.030
Monday 04/29/19 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM D2.0.030
Monday 05/06/19 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM D2.0.030
Monday 06/24/19 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM D2.0.030


This course aims at developing the following:
  • To consider critically the role of project and risk management within Information Systems and the value of projects in achieving organizational objectives;
  • To provide a firm grounding in project management and understand the critical role of risks;
  • To provide a firm grounding in the process of analyzing the context, and planning, scheduling, monitoring and controlling resources (physical, technological, human and others) for the achievement of focused Information Systems project objectives;
  • To consider the factors involved in promoting digital transformation of organizations, and critically examine the problems and risks of changes;
  • To utilize techniques for the monitoring and the control of projects to improve effective problem solving, effective communication, numerical and quantitative skills, effective use of tools, self- awareness, effective teamworking, interpersonal and research skills;
  • To understand the specific requirements of Information Systems projects within all taught sub-areas such as dynamic requirements, risks and uncertainty, etc.
  • To understand the state of the art in terms of current research in a selected taught sub-area and being able to identify current challenges and knowledge gaps.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students should:

  • Understand and evaluate the main factors and the range of different techniques that lay behind successful Information Systems project management;
  • Appreciate and be able to discuss a range of approaches for different types of Information Systems projects;
  • Be able to identify, assess and control risks (e.g. resource constraints) on achieving project goals;
  • Evaluate the effects of organizational issues on Information Systems projects;
  • Apply theoretical insights in relation to risks from current research potentially affecting the effectiveness of Information Systems projects;
  • Understand the specific constraints, tools and mechanism of Information Systems projects with a focus on organizational change and digital transformation;
  • Be able to apply assessment and learning techniques to develop Information Systems project processes.

Attendance requirements

According to the examination regulation full attendance is intended for a PI.

Teaching/learning method(s)

This course will be using a combined lecture and seminar character. Seminars will develop key elements of an Information Systems project focused on the context of organizational change and risks, and also include short calculations, problem and task based discussions. Preparation of tasks prior to every unit is usually required. Discussions will help students in understanding the requirements and working on concepts of and prepare for the multiple-choice exam. A suitable reading list will be provided for each session. It is expected that students will engage and use learn@WU as digital learning environment.


  • Exam(s) with a mix of open and multiple choice questions (worth 60% of final grade);
  • Group assignment (worth 30% of final grade);
  • Active participation and quizzes (worth 10% of final grade).


Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

This course is offered to Information Systems Master students, who have successfully completed the course “IT Governance and Controlling” (listed in the Master program as part of the Common Body of Knowledge) and exchange students.


1 Author: Maylor, H.
Title: Project Management

Publisher: Prentice Hall/London
Edition: 4
Remarks: You can also use the 3rd edition.
Year: 2010
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Strongly recommended (but no absolute necessity for purchase)
Type: Book
2 Author: Schwalbe, K.
Title: Information Technology Project Management

Publisher: Thomson/London
Year: 2004
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
3 Author: Raydugin, Yuri
Title: Project Risk Management: Essential Methods for Project Teams and Decision Makers

Publisher: Wiley, New Jersey
Edition: 1
Year: 2013
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
4 Author: Kendrick, Tom
Title: Identifying and Managing Project Risk: Essential Tools for Failure-Proofing Your Project

Publisher: American Management Association (AMACOM), New York
Edition: 1
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book

Recommended previous knowledge and skills

Students should have acquired a good level of understanding of the topics taught by the CBK course “IT Governance and Controlling”.

Availability of lecturer(s)

Students are welcome to discuss course-related issues during weekly surgery hours or by appointment (email:


Last edited: 2018-11-29