Software Project Management - Syllabus

Embark on a profound academic exploration as you delve into the Software Project Management course (SPM) within the distinguished Tribhuvan university's CSIT department. Aligned with the 2074 Syllabus, this course (CSC415) seamlessly merges theoretical frameworks with practical sessions, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the subject. Rigorous assessment based on a 60 + 20 + 20 marks system, coupled with a challenging passing threshold of , propels students to strive for excellence, fostering a deeper grasp of the course content.

This 3 credit-hour journey unfolds as a holistic learning experience, bridging theory and application. Beyond theoretical comprehension, students actively engage in practical sessions, acquiring valuable skills for real-world scenarios. Immerse yourself in this well-structured course, where each element, from the course description to interactive sessions, is meticulously crafted to shape a well-rounded and insightful academic experience.

Course Description:

This course familiarizes students with different concepts of software project management mainly focusing on project analysis, scheduling, resource allocation, risk analysis, monitoring, control and software configuration management.

Course Objectives:

The main objective of this course is to provide knowledge of different concepts of software project management so that students will be able to understand and handle various projects including very high risky and innovative projects using different project management skills.


Introduction to Software Project Management

Software engineering problem and software product, software product attributes, Definition of a Software Project (SP), SP Vs. other types of projects activities covered by SPM, categorizing SPs, Project management cycle, SPM framework, types of project plan.

Project Analysis

Introduction, strategic assessment, technical assessment, economic analysis: Present worth, future worth, annual worth, internal rate of return (IRR) method, benefit-cost ratio analysis, including uniform gradient cash flow and comparison of mutually exclusive alternatives.

Activity Planning and Scheduling

Objectives of activity planning, Work breakdown structure, Bar chart, Network planning model: Critical path method (CPM), Program evaluation and review technique (PERT), Precedence diagramming method (PDM), Shortening project duration, Identifying critical activities.

Risk Management

Introduction, nature and identification of risk, risk analysis, evaluation of risk to the schedule using Z-values

Resource allocation

Identifying resource requirements, resource allocation, resource smoothening and resource balancing.

Monitoring and control

Introduction, collecting data, visualizing progress, cost monitoring, earned value analysis, project control

Managing Contracts and people

Introduction, types of contract, stages in contract, placement, typical terms of a contract, contract management, acceptance, Managing people and organizing terms: Introduction, understanding behavior, organizational behavior: a back ground, selecting the right person for the job, instruction in the best methods, motivation, working in groups, becoming a team, decision making, leadership, organizational structures, conclusion, further exercises.

Software quality assurance and testing

Testing principles and objectives, test plan, types and levels of testing, test strategies, program verification and validation, software quality, SEI-CMM,SQA activities, QA organization structure, SQA plan.

Software Configuration Management

Introduction, need, basic configuration, management function, baseline, configuration

management responsibilities.

Lab works

Laboratory / Project Work:

Students should prepare a project report using different concepts of software project management. The project can be done in groups with at most four members in each group. Each group can select a case study and apply the concepts of software project management focusing on project analysis, scheduling, risk analysis, resource allocation, testing.