TPK5100 - Applied Project Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 65/100
School exam 35/100 4 hours A

Course content

The subject focuses on the application of project management methods and tools during initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing processes. Examples from real-life project cases are used extensively in this subject to present and discuses the fundamental theory and approaches used to manage projects successfully. The subject covers the following topics: - A through introduction to project characteristics - Key concepts of stakeholders management - Project success, dimensions and factors - Project life cycle - Project organising - An array of tools and techniques for planning, including identification of project scope, work breakdown structure, resource planning, estimates, budgeting, and scheduling. - Through introduction to the principles of project risk management -Through introduction to the principles of project evaluation and earned value method

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you will be able to:


  • Identify and analyze the pitfalls and challenges related to project initiation phase and to identify important conditions for success in projects.
  • Explain key knowledge areas in projects and project processes.
  • Describe how the project objectives can be broken down to deliverables and work packages using the project breakdown structure (WBS).
  • Be familiar with the main methods for time and cost estimation
  • Identify and discuss the importance of risk management in projects and to identify important pitfalls and success factors for the implementation of risk management process.
  • Describe the main components of the project estimates and central causes of overruns
  • Describe various methods of project control.
  • Describe the main categories of project organizations structures (project, classical and matrix) and explain the advantages and disadvantages of the different structures.


  • Prepare good project goals and success criteria.
  • Perform a stakeholder analysis.
  • Illustrate how the WBS can be established.
  • Describe and set up various tools that can be used in a risk management process.
  • Set up logical relationships between work packages in a project, perform network analysis and identify the critical work packages in the network.
  • Solve challenges related to resource limitations in projects using; resource leveling, float or by changing relationships.
  • Use of indices (cost and time indices) for monitoring project status and for the establishment of future forecasts.

General competencies:

  • Recognize the importance of involving stakeholders to identify project goals, risk factors and mitigation methods.
  • Consider conditions for success of project work in their own business.
  • Analyze project status based on information about time and cost indices, and develop forecasts for the scope of work upon completion
  • Evaluate and select appropriate project organization model based on project characteristics as duration, size and complexity.
  • Recognize challenges caused by organizational factors in projects (such as structure, culture, authority, and responsibility).

Learning methods and activities

Combination of lectures, in-class- assignments, hand-in exercises and group based assignments. Instructions are given in English and the Examination papers will be given in English only.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Mandatory work from previous semester can be accepted by the Department by re-take of an examination if there haven't been any significant changes later.

At postponed exam (re-sit exam), the examination form may be changed from written examination to oral.

Continuation and voluntary repetition / improvement can be carried out for some sub-evaluations without having to reassess both sub-evaluations in a topic. There is an opportunity to complain about partial assessments in this topic before all sub-evaluations have been completed.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Bassam Hussein. The Road to Success. Narratives and Insights from Real-life Projects. Fagbokforlaget 2018.

Supporting literature: Jeffery K. Pinto. Project Management - Achieving Competetive Advantage. fourth edition. Pearson 2016.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TPK4115 7.5 AUTUMN 2009
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Project Quality Management
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 35/100 A 2023-12-18 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 70
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 5
SL324 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL111 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 35
SL111 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 67
SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 2
Autumn ORD Assignment 65/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Oral examination 35/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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