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COMP9044 - Document Project Management

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Title:Document Project Management
Long Title:Document Project Management
Module Code:COMP9044
 
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: TIM HORGAN
Module Author: Donna OShea
Module Description: Topic-based design and development in technical communications has introduced new complexities in project management. This module focuses on how to estimate, schedule, and track documents designed and implemented using topics in a collaborative work environment. The module also includes the quality activities that are required to ensure that the documentation produced is accurate and aligned to the intended audience.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Examine the main phases associated with information development management and lifecycles.
LO2 Design and implement a project template document to plan an effective information development project.
LO3 Appraise the impact of a topic based architecture on project planning.
LO4 Plan an information development project for a collaborative work environment.
LO5 Discuss the main activities used to ensure quality assurance in the information development process.
LO6 Validate content developed in a project with the goal of assuring quality.
LO7 Investigate the best practices in managing the production and delivery of a document and collecting customer feedback.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
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Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Information development lifecycle
Plan, design, develop, produce and evaluate.
Project plan preparation
Project goals and scope. Identification of project stakeholders. Communication of plan. Project schedule. Identification of risks to the project.
Effective project planning
Templates for project plans. Project scope refinement. Role of information developer project manager. Team role and responsibilities. Project risks and dependencies. Resource requirements.
Topic architecture
Content planning for topic based architectures. Maps and topics hierarchies. Indexing and metadata.
Project Tracking
Project tracking and reporting. Topic milestones. Progress reporting. Project changes and adaption. Communication of project progress and changes.
Collaborative environments
Working in global and collaborative environments. Creating and maintaining collaborations. Effect of agile software development process on collaborations.
Documentation Quality
Information Development lifecycle and quality. Activities involved in quality assurance. Types of editorial reviews. Content accuracy. Customer feedback. Technical editing and proofreading. Editorial symbols. Peer review cycles. Peer, copy and developmental editing.
Localization and translation
Localisation and translation requirements. Topic based localisation planning. Preparing content for translation.
Production, delivery and evaluation
Planning for production and delivery. Dealing with production edits. Evaluation of project. Final reporting of project. Evaluating team performance and collecting customer feedback
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project This project will focus on the development of a project plan for an organisation using a topic based approach to information development. 1,2,4 40.0 Week 8
Project In this project the students will participate in a group project with the aim of assessing a document's quality using best practices. The group will be required to present their findings through either a project report or presentation. 5,6,7 40.0 Sem End
Reflective Journal Reflective journal focused on the critical review of student own learning throughout the module. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 20.0 Every Second Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering theory underpinning learning outcomes 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Tutorial to support learning outcomes 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning (Non-contact) Independent study 11.0 Every Week 11.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering theory underpinning learning outcomes 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Tutorial to support learning outcomes 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent study 11.0 Every Week 11.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Hackos, JoAnn T. 2007, Information development: Managing your documentation projects, portfolio, and people, John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 978-0-471-777]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Hamilton, R. L 2009, Managing Writers: A Real World Guide To Managing Technical Documentation 1st Edition, XML Press [ISBN: 978-098221910]
  • Pringle, Alan-S., O’Keefe, Sarah S. 2009, Technical Writing 101 – A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Content, Scriptorium Publishing Services [ISBN: 9780970473370]
  • Carey, M., Lanyi, M. M., Longo, D., Radzinski, E., Rouiller, S., Wilde, E. 2014, Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors, 3rd Edition Ed., IBM Press [ISBN: 978-013311897]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KINDD_9 Master of Science in Information Design and Development 2 Mandatory
CR_KIDDE_9 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Information Design and Development 2 Mandatory

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