Facts about the course

Study points:
7.5
Responsible department:
Faculty of Logistics
Course Leader:
Judith Ann Molka-Danielsen
Lecture Semester:
Spring, Autumn
Teaching language:
English
Duration:
½ year

LOG765 Project Planning and Control (Spring 2019)

About the course

Please notice that this course replaces and completely overlaps with IDA725 Project management as it was previously given and therefore ought to have a 100% reduction of credits awarded. 

The course will include the following topics:

  • Identifying and organizing a project, governance and financing: Project initiation related to the organizational context: strategy, goal, and objectives.
  • Managing project teams. The role of a project manager.
  • Models for project organizing, pitfalls and conditions for success, the role of the project manager.
  • Tools and techniques for identification, planning and budgeting. Estimating and controlling costs whilst dealing with project uncertainties.
  • Resource planning, work breakdown structure and scheduling.
  • Project risk management. Defining critical path and timelines
  • Progress metrics and follow-up: Project control, progress reporting and evaluation: The earned value method.
  • Quality control, documentation and change control management. Project termination and audit.

The course is connected to the following study programs

  • Master of Science in Logistics
  • Master in Change and Management
  • Experience-based Master in Logistics
  • Master in Economics and Business Administration
  • International Study Programme - Master's level

Recommended requirements

Equivalent to the requirements for acceptance to the MSc in Logistics programme. Experience in the use of IT-based tools and some knowledge of statistics are required. Mathematical skills corresponding to higher secondary school's S1 will be needed.

The student's learning outcomes after completing the course

After having completed the course, the candidate should:

  • have a deep understanding of project work. We aim to teach the basic understanding of the project working model applied analytically as well as proactively to a wide range of situations. This also entails a comprehensive understanding of the hallenges and corresponding success factors for project execution.
  • have a broad knowledge of methods and techniques to plan and conduct large projects, based on a systematic and evidence-based approach. 
  • have a thorough understanding of the tools, methods, and processes for project planning and control, especially to analyze and evaluate project status based on progress information.
  • be able to analyze risk elements in projects and suggest how to deal with them. It will be necessary to be able to create an overview of different stakeholders' interests and responsibility in projects.

Forms of teaching and learning

3 hours of lecture per week, plus mandatory exercises. There may also be individual- and group-work with assignments and self-study activities, which could comprise elements of the exam curricula, even if participation is not compulsory. Students who do not participate in the activities are themselves responsible to acquire equivalent material and lessons learned. 

Coursework requirements - conditions for taking the exam

  • Mandatory coursework: Assignment(s)
  • Courseworks given: 2
  • Courseworks required: 2
  • Presence: Not required
  • Comment: Exercises have to be handed in by specified deadlines, after which hand-in is void and the exercise will not count as passed regardless. Exercises need to be carried out in the same semester as the examination.

Examination

  • Form of assessment: Written school assessment
  • Proportion: 100%
  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Grouping: Individual
  • Grading scale: Letter (A - F)
  • Support material: Calculator that may contain data + general dictionary in mother tongue/Norwegian/English in paper version

Syllabus

Required reading list is given in fronter at the semester start

Relevant literature:
Pinto, Jeffery K. Project Management, Achieving Competitive Advantage Global Edition: Pearson College. Pearson Higher Ed, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0-273-76742-8

Pearson Education Limited
2015
4th International edition
568 pages

ISBN: 1292094796
ISBN-13: 9781292094793

Selected articles.