Planning and controlling a PhD project (autumn 2017)

ECTS credits:
2 ECTS (PhD students from Arts, Health, and Science and Technology)

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: Autumn 2017
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignments or the like: The course will cover 2 days from 9.00 to 16.00, and a ½ day follow-up from 9.00-12.00 (3-6 months later)
Capacity limits: Minimum 12 and maximum 24 participants

Objectives of the course:
This course will give a brief introduction to Project Management disciplines with focus on planning and controlling the students own PhD projects.

As a specific outcome all participants will have a plan with deliverables, milestones, and schedules for their PhD Project

Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Plan and control their own PhD project with respect to deliverables, milestones and schedules
  • Describe and understand basic elements of planning and controlling a project as well as stakeholder and risk management

Compulsory programme:
Two course days and ½ day follow-up after 4-6 months with active participation.

Participants who are absent more than a half day (3 hours) will not be able to pass the course unless special arrangement has been agreed with the course lecturers.

Course contents:
The course will cover:

  • The PhD Project: Context, content and process
  • Work packages, Work Break Down (WBS) Structures
  • Personal planning
  • Project Planning with activities and milestones
  • Brief about estimation, uncertainty, duration and workload
  • Risk Management
  • Control and progress measurement

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

Name of lecturers:

Course Coordinator & lecturer: Per Svejvig, Associate Professor, PhD, Department of Management

Lecturer: Jette Lundin, Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Management

Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures, exercises, group work, discussions, individual/group assignment working with the participants own PhD projects

Olsson, J. R., & Attrup, M. L. (2015). Power in Projects, Programs and Portfolios: Achieve project excellence and create change with strategic impact. Copenhagen: Djøf Publishing.

Course homepage:
Dropbox will be used for sharing course material

Course assessment:
Short paper concerning planning and controlling the students PhD project. Evaluation is passed / not passed

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Special comments on this course:

Time and place:
Module 1:

  • 12 September 2017 9.00-16.00, building 2636, room U116, Fuglsangs Allé 4, 8000 Aarhus C
  • 13 September 2017 9.00-16.00, building 2636, room U115, Fuglsangs Allé 4, 8000 Aarhus C

Module 2:

  • 9 January 2018 9.00.-12.00, building 2610, room S313 A and S313 B, Fuglsangs Allé 4, 8000 Aarhus C

Deadline for registration is Sunday, 13 August 2017. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than Wednesday, 16 August 2017.

Due to an Agreement between Danish Universities coming into force as of 1 January 2011, participants from other universities than Aarhus University will have to pay DKK 1,200 per ECTS. In principle this also applies to external parties, but exemption can be granted under specific circumstances.

How to register for the course:
Please be aware that your registration for the course not necessarily equals your admission for the course. You will receive an e-mail after the registration deadline regarding whether you are admitted for the course or if you are registered on the waiting list.  

Registration for participants from Aarhus University

Registration for participants from other universities

If you have any questions, please contact PhD Partner Nanna M. E. Pedersen, GSST (