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2011/2012  BA-HA_E82  Project Management

English Title
Project Management

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn . Spring
This course will also be offered in Spring 2012
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course Coordinator
  • Kjell Tryggestad - Department of Organization
Secretary Anne Lindgren Hassing - alh.ioa@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The course’s development of personal competences: In addition to developing a professional competence as a project manager, students will be trained in collaborating to solve group assignments and make presentations.

Objectives: At the end of the course the student should be able to:

Understand theoretical-empirical relationship,demonstrate ability to establish explanatory relationship between theory and the case i.e. using theories to generate and explain issues concerning significant aspects of the case and using the case to discuss fundamental assumptions, possibilities & limitations in the applied theories
  • Use analytical tools to examine the challenges of managing projects under high uncertainty.
  • Account for required course reading and to illustrate points from the literature with examples from the case.
  • Carry out critical assessments of the scope of alternative theories/standards (‘best ‘practice’) and tools and compare their relevance to the case.
Academic prerequisites: It is advantageous, but no prerequisite, to have some basic social science knowledge, especially in organization theory, sociology and managerial economics. Students enrolled at BA-Information management programme are not allowed to take the elective due to overlap.
4 hour open book exam
4 hour open book exam:
Assessment Written Exam
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship No censorship
Exam Period Autumn Term and Spring Term
Aids Open Book, Written and Electronic Aid is permitted
Duration 4 Hours

The exam is a 4 hour written, open book exam. The exam is PC-based with no internet access. It is also possible to write in hand.
Assessment is based on the following three criteria: 1) Ability to account for course reading; 2) Ability to establish an explanatory relation between course readings and exam case; 3) Ability to carry out critical assessments of the scope of alternative theories/standards (‘best ‘practice’) and tools and compare their relevance to the case.
Course Content

The course consists of three interrelated building bricks. The first brick consists of theories that enable us to analyse and answer the question of what the project is and what it can do. Here we also focus on the link between the project and its main constituencies, such as the client and ‘mother’ organization. The second brick consists of particular project-related topics such as the role and tasks of project management, project management tools, and project evaluation. The third brick consists of analysis and discussions of cases based on the course readings.

Students will be introduced to the project and its particular organizational form. What are the important project management tasks? What does the project require in terms of managerial actions and dispositions? What are the ‘tools of the trade’? These are some of the relevant questions that this course will address. Students will be introduced to ‘best practice’ project management and tools and trained in evaluating their assumptions and practical (ir)relevance with the help of a collection of research based articles and empirical cases. Last but not least, the important question of evaluating project success (and failures) will be addressed.

Teaching Methods
The method of teaching will be a combination of class lectures, analysis and discussions of cases based on the theme and readings of the day. In addition to class lecturing, each teaching session will include student presentations. Two groups of 4-5 students will be appointed to prepare a power point presentation based on supplied questions. The presentation last no longer than 10 min. per group, and our aspiration is that each student should at least have participated in one group presentation when reaching the end of the course.


Maylor, Harvey. (2010):Project Management. Prentice Hall pp. Xiii-XXiii, 1-414.


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