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PHD COURSE: PLANNING AND CONTROLLING A PHD PROJECT (spring 2018)

2017.12.12 | Annemarie Etzerodt

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.

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.

The course will cover two and a ½ day:

  • Module 1: 13-14.03.2018 from 9.00 to 16.00
  • Module 2: 28.08.2018 from 9.00-12.00

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 content:

  • 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
  • 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 risk management

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • PhD project plan with work breakdown structure, work packages, personal planning, milestones and time schedule, and risks
  • PhD project supervisor agreement

Course parameters:

Language: English

ECTS credits: Only by agreement with the relevant Graduate School. The course corresponds to 2 ECTS      

Level of course: PhD course

Capacity: Minimum 12 and maximum 24 participants

Register at: https://auws.au.dk/Planning_and_controlling_a_PhD_Project before 05.02.2018.

Please be aware that registration to the course not necessarily equals admission. You will receive an e-mail no later than 06.02.2018 notifying whether you are admitted to the course.


Teaching:

Lectures, exercises, group work, discussions, individual/group assignment working with the participants own PhD projects

Lecturers:

  • Course Coordinator & lecturer: Per Svejvig, Associate Professor, PhD, Department of Management
  • Lecturer: Constance Elizabeth Kampf, Associate Professor, Department of Management

Preparation:

The students shall prepare the following two documents:

  • PhD project plan with work breakdown structure, work packages, personal planning, milestones and time schedule, and risks
  • PhD project supervisor agreement

Literature:

  • 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.    

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