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Health Information Systems

Informatics for
Information Managers

Program Closed as of Spring 2020

HTH 111 - Project Management for the Health Sector- Fall 2019

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
36 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Enrolment in the Health Informatics, or Health Information Systems
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Karen Ward
Course Dates:
11/25/2019 - 02/02/2020

Required Course Materials:
The FAST FORWARD MBA in Project Management, 5th Edition, Author: Eric Verzuh, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Other required materials will be posted in the A2L content modules.
Optional Course Materials:
Additional materials will be posted in Avenue to Learn
Course Description:
This course will focus on the key components of effective project management in general and as it is applied to the work environment of the Health Informatics and the IT professional. Students will learn the fundamentals of project management, including project life cycle, system development life cycle, stakeholder engagement, initiating a project, planning, executing, and closing a project. These project management essentials will be explored further as learners apply the project life cycle within the context of IT as issues of outsourcing, quality standards, cost and risk management will be discussed. Course activities will provide the opportunity for students to learn, analyze and apply project management principles to the health informatics field.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will:
•Define basic terminology, project lifecycle phases and key processes used to manage health
•Distinguish between the project management and system development life cycles and how they are integrated in health environments
•Examine and/or explore the phases of project management: Initiating, planning, executing,
monitoring and controlling, delivering and closing a health care project
•Define project scope and stakeholder expectations
•Define roles and responsibilities for health project stakeholders
•Understand and explain health project change management concepts and the importance of
change management to project success
•Identify, analyze, quantify, mitigate, and manage risks to health projects
•Propose a project management plan for a health project
•Demonstrate working effectively with a project team
•Illustrate the requirements of a robust health-project plan
•Build a robust work breakdown structure and high level project schedule
•Evaluate project team resources without prejudice
•Sequence the execution of a health-project plan
•Determine the critical path of a health project
•Defend how implementing benefits realization methodologies early can positively impact health projects

Course Evaluation

The final grade is calculated based on the following components:

Participation: 10%
Project Pitch Assignment 15%
Project Plan Assignment  75% ( This project is divided into 6 parts; details will be posted on Avenue to Learn)

Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in  project management and promotes the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case studies, group discussions, projects, etc.).

Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied.  Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request. 

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):

In accordance to McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified.
Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours days of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within
48 hours days of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48-hour day window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).

Academic Integrity

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
1.   Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
2.   Improper collaboration in-group work.
3.   Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Academic Accommodations:
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
On-line Elements:
In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites.  Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to and in hard copy so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to All submitted work is subject to normal
verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the Policy, please go to  McMaster Academic Integrity Policy.
Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage,  FAQs & Policies ( policies#Dropping).
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Course Schedule:

Module/Topic/Week Assignments
Module One | Foundations of Project

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Module Two | Conceptualizing the

Module Three | Communications

Module Four | Project Plan


Module Five | Risks, Constraints,

Module Six | Execute, Monitor & Control

Module Seven | Analysis & Quality

Module Eight |Deliver, Evaluate & Close

Module Nine | Leadership, Ethics, and