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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CAP6028
Tracking Number - 2927

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-10-14
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Core for MSIT, to GC. Objectives need revision. Emailed faculty 12/10/13. updated. Approved pending Acct #, Sel Topics and Textbooks. Emailed 3/4/14. Approved. To Sys 4/23/14 to SCNS 5/1/14. Approved eff 10/14/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-09-11
  2. Department: Deans Office
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 8-3807-000
  5. Contact Person: Paul Bao
  6. Phone: 8636677076
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: CAP
  9. Number: 6028
  10. Full Title: IT Risk Management
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): IT Risk Management
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Various aspects of Risk Managements throughout the life of a project. The course will also present various quantitative/qualitative risk assessment models.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Increased education access, education attainment and economic development are key priorities for the Florida region served by USF. The U. S. Labor Department, Florida Works, and regional development councils have identified key occupational growth areas anticipated in education; management and administration; nursing and health sciences; criminal justice; industrial, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution engineering; information technology and industrial applications of technology.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD
  29. Objectives: • Understand the concepts of risk management in projects and programs.

    • Learn risk management techniques used currently by program managers.

    • Discuss Risk management concepts as demonstrated through preparing case studies and a comprehensive risk management plan.

    • Develop a systematic approach to risk management from project initiation, to project planning, implementation, control, and close out. Various techniques and models for quantitative/qualitative risk assessment and risk management, in areas such as cost, schedule, and outputs are discussed, along with their applicability to various project management environments

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon the completion of this course, students should be able to:

    • Build a risk profile for projects and programs

    • Apply various risk techniques to a project or a program

    • Analyze and develop case studies and risk management plans

    • Use various techniques and models for quantitative/qualitative risk assessment and risk management through the lifecycle of a project

  31. Major Topics: Week Topic

    Week 1 Chapters 1, 2 & 3 – Risk Management Practices; Risk Concepts; The Risk Management Structure

    Week 2 Chapters 4, 5 & 6 – Expert Interviews; Planning Meetings; Risk Practice Methodology

    Week 3 Chapters 7, 8 & 9 – Documentation Reviews; Analogy Comparison; Plan Evaluation

    Review for Test #1

    Week 4 Test # 1

    Select Case Study Topic

    Week 5 Chapters 10, 11 & 12 – Delphi Technique; Brainstorming; Crawford Slip Model

    Week 6 Chapters 13, 14 & 15 – SWOT Analysis; Checklists; Risk Breakdown Structure

    Week 7 Chapters 16, 17 & 18 – Root Cause Identification and Analysis; Risk Registers/Tables

    Week 8 Chapters 19, 20 & 21 – Assumptions Analysis; Decision Analysis - Expected Monetary Value; Estimating Relationships

    Review for Test #2

    Week 9 Test # 2

    Chapters 25, 26 & 27 – Rating Schemes; Urgency Assessment; Data Quality Assessment

    Week 10 Chapters 28 & 29 – Risk Modeling; Sensitivity Analysis

    Week 11 Chapters 30 & 31 – Monte Carlo Simulations; Risk Factors

    Week 12 Chapters 32 & 33 – Risk Response Matrix; Performance Tracking & Technical Performance Measurement

    Week 13 Chapters 34 & 35 – Risk Reviews & Audits; Other Common Techniques

    Chapters 22, 23 & 24 – Network Analysis; PERT; Other Diagramming Techniques (Time Permitting)

    Review for Test # 3

    Week 14 Test #3

    Case Study Presentations

    Term Project Presentations

  32. Textbooks: o Pritchard, Risk Management Concepts and Guidance, ESI International Arlington, Latest Edition, ISBN 978-1-890367-39-8
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Proposed Online Resources

    The course requires students to use the internet for investigative purposes

    Supplementary Readings

    An updated and recent reading list will be provided at the start of the semester. Other materials such as web resources, handouts, etc. will be provided in class and via Blackboard.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Student performance will be evaluated based on 3 tests, a case study, and a term project. The relative weights for each of these components in determining the final grade are as follows:

    • Test #1 20% of final grade

    • Test #2 20% of final grade

    • Test #3 30% of final grade (cumulative)

    • Term Project 15% of final grade

    • Case Study 15% of final grade

    A grade will be determined based on the total of possible points earned, as follows: A: 90 – 100, B: 80 – 89, C: 70 – 79, D: 60 – 69, F: 0 – 59

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: See Item V.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: No credit will be given for missed/late work unless the student has a documented medical or family emergency.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Master of Science in Information Technology
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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