TPK5100 - Applied Project Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 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, group based assignments and student presentations. Instructions are given in English and the Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

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.

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a semester paper counting 40 % and a written exam counting 60 %. The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade according to the grading scale using percentage points.

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

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


Course materials

Bassam Hussein. 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 01.09.2009
More on the course

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: 2
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination (1) 100/100 A

Release 2020-12-16

Submission 2020-12-16

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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