Project Management: A Practitioner’s Approach to the Managerial Process


Organized by the Research Development Programme. Date and venue to be announced

2017.12.14 | Annemarie Etzerodt

Project Management: A Practitioner’s Approach to the Managerial Process

The objective of the course is to take a practitioners approach to project management focusing on both technical and sociocultural skills.

Course parameters:

Language: English

Level of course: AU talent course

Course Structure:

1. Module: three days

2. Module: two days.

Course participants will also be doing individual and group assignment between the two modules

Capacity limits Min. 12 and max. 24 participants

Objectives of the course:

The objective of the course is to take a practitioners approach to project management focusing on both technical and sociocultural skills.

Learning outcomes and competences:

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

  • Describeanalyze and apply technical and sociocultural project management methods, models and tools related to the managerial process of a project
  • List, select and apply relevant methods, models, and tools to manage the lifecycle of an project
  • Manage and execute low to medium complex projects

Compulsory programme:

Five course days with active participation. Participants who are absent more than one day will not be able to pass the course unless special arrangement has been agreed with the course lecturers

Individual / group assignment which is part of the assessment. Each student will be asked to select a “real life” project in an organization, which should be examined in an empirical study. The project can be any type in private or public organizations as well as research projects. The assignment can be fulfilled either individually or in groups of maximum three students, however the exam report is prepared individually

Course contents:

Technical skills:

  • Scope, WBS, schedules, resource allocation, budgets, organization, resources and risks

Sociocultural skills:

  • Leadership, problem solving, teamwork, negotiation, politics and customer expectations

Project life cycle skills (inspired by PRINCE2-2009):

  • Initiating, directing, controlling and closing a project. Managing product delivery and stage boundary

Perequisites:

It is recommended, but not a prerequisite, that the student has a basic knowledge about projects either obtained from work in organizations, being part of research project(s) or others.

Name of lecturer(s):

  • Course Coordinator & lecturer: Per Svejvig, Associate Professor, PhD, Department of Business Administration, Aarhus University
  • External lecturer: Carsten Nielsen, Project Management Consultant, People & Projects

Type of course/teaching methods:

Lectures, exercises, group work, discussions, individual/group assignment analyzing a specific project in an organization, presentations and short paper

Literature:

  • Gray, C. F., & Larson, E. W. (2011). Project management: the managerial process (Fifth international edition ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Irwin.
  • Office of Government Commerce (2009). Managing successful projects with PRINCE2. London, TSO.
  • Selected journal papers

Course assessment:

Short paper of 5-10 pages analyzing a specific project from the individual/group assignment. Evaluation is passed/not passed

Provider:

Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

Special comments on this course:

The teachers of this course have extensive project management experience from industry supporting the objective of teaching professional knowledge

Date and venue to be announced

Junior Researcher, Junior Researcher Track 4, Junior Researcher Track 2, Junior Researcher Track 1