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Project Management (DLMWPTE01)

Course No.:

DLMWPTE01

Course Title:

Project Management

Hours Total:

150 h

Credit Points:

5 ECTS

Course Type: Pflicht

Course Availability: WS, SS

Course Duration: 1 Semester

Admission Requirements:

None

Course Coordinator / Instructor:

See current list of tutors in the Learning Management System

References to Other Modules:

Please see module description

Course Description:

The course is focused on the fundamental theories of project management. The course begins with a definition of project management followed by a discussion of its limitations from the perspective of line management. The organizational and theoretical aspects of projects and their impact are considered in detail. Students are then presented with the usual methods of project management (e.g. PRINCE2, PMBOK Guide, V-Model, and Scrum) and their possible applications.

Following an introduction to the basic methods of project management, consideration is given to multi-project management, as it is often seen in international corporations and has its own distinct challenges. Multi-project management shares many similarities with portfolio project management which is also discussed in detail. Students are made aware of the instruments and processes used for project portfolio coordination and steering.

To compliment an understanding of formal tools and methods (so-called hard factors), there is a short discussion of soft factors, which are critical to the eventual success of any project. Those soft factors discussed include managing team constellations, leading a project team, and managing expectations of leaders in a control circuit as well as the structural preparation of decisions, strategies for conflict resolution, and project communication.

Course Objectives and Outcomes:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the terms project, project management, and project economy.
  • Promote the role and forecast the role of project management in business ventures and make strategy decisions regarding project management.
  • Select and adapt, or design an appropriate project management system or project architecture that defines the strategy, structure, technology, and culture to be adopted.
  • Describe the relevant norms and standards regulating the implementation of project management.
  • Explain the important association and institutions regulating the practice of project management and evaluate their various certification processes.
  • Discriminate between different project management methodologies and select appropriate methods based on the unique features of the project at hand.
  • Evaluate different organizational structures that can be implemented for the management of project, design an appropriate organizational structure, and identify the key responsibilities of project participants.
  • Describe the aims of multi-project and project portfolio management and the role of a project portfolio manager, specifically the phases of managing a project portfolio.

Teaching Methods:

The learning materials include printed and online course books, vodcasts, online knowledge tests, podcasts, online tutorials, and case studies. This range of learning materials is offered to students so they can study at a time, place, and pace that best suits their circumstances and individual learning style.e.

Course Content:

1 Introduction to Project Management

1.1 The Project

1.2 Project Management

2 Macro- and Microeconomic Aspects of the Project Economy

2.1 The Development and State of the Project Economy

2.2 Fundamental Questions Regarding the Operational Project Economy

3 The Project Management System

3.1 Project Management System Models

3.2 Assessment of Project Management Systems

4 Norms, Standards, and Methods

4.1 Norms and Standards

4.2 Project Management Methods

5 The Project Organization

5.1 Participants and Entities

5.2 Basic Forms of Project Organization

6 Project Portfolio Management

6.1 Multi-Project and Project Portfolio Management

6.2 Phase Model of the Project Portfolio

Literature:

  • Project Management Institute. (2013). A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK Guide) (5th ed.). Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute.
  • Tiemeyer, E. (Ed.). (2010). Handbuch IT-Projektmanagement: Vorgehensmodelle, Managementinstrumente, Good Practices. Munich: Carl Hanser.
  • Majer, C., & Stabauer, L. (2010). Social competence im Projektmanagement: Projektteams führen, entwickeln, motivieren. Vienna: Goldegg.
    Huber, A., Kuhnt, B., & Diener, M. (2011). Projektmanagement: Erfolgreicher Umgang mit Soft Factors. Zurich: vdf Hochschulverlag AG ETH.

Prerequisites to Qualify for Assessment:

• Depending on the course: Completion of online knowledge tests (approx. 15 minutes per unit, pass / not pass)
• Course evaluation

Assessment:

Exam, 90 min

Self-study: 90
Self-testing: 30
Tutorials: 30