TPK4420 - Project Flexibility


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 50/100 A
Oral examination 50/100 25 minutes A

Course content

As unique endeavours, projects are frequently exposed to the unexpected. To manage such uncertainty, flexibility is often required. The course describes how projects are managed and designed for flexibility all project phases. The course also includes a critical perspective, and addresses drawbacks of project flexibility. In addition to flexibility, key words include resilience, adaptability and governance. The following topics are addressed: stakeholder analysis, project governance, project models, flexible designs of both the project processes well as the project delivery, assumption surfacing, change management, project resilience, agile project management, project evaluation and uncertainty management. These topics will be illustrated with examples from applications within manufacturing, construction, IT and organizational change projects.

Learning outcome

Knowledge, the candidate gets knowledge about:
- Key concepts within the field of project flexibility management.
– Different approaches to flexibility.
- Understanding of advantages and disadvantages of flexibility.
– Tool box for analyzing flexibility.
– How flexibility is seen from different stakeholder’s perspective.

Skills, the candidate can:
- Apply different approaches to achieving flexibility in projects.
– Understand the incentives for different stakeholders related to flexibility.
- Apply key tools for change management in projects.

General competence, the candidate can:
- Understand basic relationships between organisations, projects and the outside world.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. Evaluation will be based on a report and an oral exam. To get admission to the exam, a preliminary course report must have been submitted and approved. The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written and oral assessments.
As a part of the course, students shall write a report on a selected aspect of project flexibility. The report shall be based on the course material, supplemented by further literature that students are expected to find as a part of the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Report on selected topic

Further on evaluation

Report and oral exam can be in English or Norwegian. Presentation of report is mandatory and is done in English.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

The course requires good knowledge of general project management principles.

Course materials

Course material is selected academic publications on the topic.
These will be made available to the students.
In addition, it is a part of the course that students shall find literature to be used in the project report.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TPK4505 7.5 01.09.2014
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 3
No.of specialization hours: 6

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Production and Quality Engineering - Production Management
  • Production Management and Control
  • Industrial Economics
  • Machine Design and Materials Technology - Product Development
  • Production and Quality Engineering - Manufacturing Systems
  • Project Management
  • Construction Management
  • Production and Quality Engineering - Production Management
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering



Examination arrangement: Oral examination and Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 50/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD work 50/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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