Project Management: Plan, Execute and Evaluate
Thirty credits within the field of social sciences.
Syllabus for students spring 2021, spring 2020, spring 2019, spring 2018
- Course Code:
- IM143L revision 3
- Level of specialisation
- Main fields of study:
- No main fields
- Date of ratification:
- 26 January 2018
- Decision-making body:
- Faculty of Culture and Society
- Enforcement date:
- 18 January 2016
Thirty credits within the field of social sciences.
Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations
The course is not part of a main field of study.
The aim of this course is to develop the understanding, as well as practical skills, within the field of project management. The traditional lines between permanent and temporary organizational forms are nowadays blurring, which requires new perspectives on management, collaboration and organization. The course provides students with an orientation in this developing landscape as well as knowledge and skills to lead organizational development in practice, by reflecting on a project that the students plan, execute and evaluate. This course provides students with an understanding of common challenges and approaches to leading organizational development. Furthermore the course provides an opportunity for to develop knowledge on leading organizational change in their specific areas of expertise.
The course consists of two modules:
Module 1 provides students with the knowledge about project management from a practical and research perspective. It insists on the context of projects, managerial aspects and of the outcomes for the project. This module is based on lectures and discussions about project management’s models, tools and techniques.
Module 2 is based on an independent work where students in groups (between 3 and 4 students) must identify a “problem” related to IMER. Based on the identified problem, students must also design and execute a project to answer this problem. Students have to provide a project plan using relevant models, tools and techniques. Students must report their project plan into a written report as well as doing an oral presentation. The final seminar is an occasion to critically analyze and review other groups’ projects. Supervision is provided under the course period. Supervision is not provided outside the course period and not provided in the case that a failed project must be re-written and resubmitted.
Upon completion of the course the student shall be able to:
- Define project and project management as empirical phenomena and a field of research.
- Define, interpret and exemplify the challenges in project management both in regards to the outcomes of projects and of the projects itself (process).
- Identify and describe the characteristics of projects as a form of organization.
- Describe different models, tools and techniques in project management for broad stakeholder involvement and discuss the extent to which these are essential to sustain a coalition of diverse stakeholders.
- Assess different approaches to project management and select the relevant approach to answer an identified problem.
- Identify and assess ethical issues involved in balancing the interests of different stakeholders.
- Use project management models and techniques to prepare, deliver and present a project plan.
- Critically and reflexively relate their plans to contemporary literature on projects and organizational development.
Learning activities vary between module 1 and module 2.
Module 1 consists of a lecture series including discussions, seminars and practical assignments. Module 2 consists of an independent project work with supervision and a final seminar at which students present their project and discuss other groups’ projects.
The course is assessed through three examinations as follows:
One individual essay (7 credits) graded according to the A-U scale following guidelines in line with learning objectives.
One project-plan report in group (7 credits) graded according to the A-U scale following guidelines in line with learning objectives.
A final seminar for project presentation and discussion (1 credit) graded with “Pass” or “Fail” following guidelines in line with learning objectives.
Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).
Course literature and other teaching materials
- Brulin, G. & Svensson, L. 2016. Managing Sustainable Development: a Learning Approach to Change. Milton Park, Abingdon: Taylor and Francis.
- Cicmil, S., Hodgson, D., Lindgren, M. & Packendorff, J. (Eds.). 2009. Project management behind the facade, Ephemera – theory and politics in organization 9(2), 78–194. http://www.ephemerajournal.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/9-2ephemera-may09.pdf
- Hallin, A. & Karrbom Gustavsson, T. 2012. Project Management:supports certification of project managers. Solna: Liber.
The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).
If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.
The Language of Instruction is English