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Planning and controlling a PhD project (Autumn)

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Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: Autumn 2016
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 (or 13.00-16.00) (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: Søren Erik Nielsen, 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:


Module 1:
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 9.00-16.00
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 9.00-16.00

Module 2:
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 9.00.-12.00


2610-541 and 2610-515 (S514A and S515B)
Fuglsangs Allé
8000 Aarhus C


Deadline for registration is Tuesday, 30 August 2016. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than Thursday, 1 September 2016.

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.

Registration for participants from Aarhus University.

Registration for participants from other universities.

Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any questions, please contact PhD Partner Liselotte Kaspersen, GSST (

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Revised 16.05.2017