Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Project Management

Overall Course Objectives

The purpose of the course is to enable the student to participate in projects and critically and appropriately apply project management tools, concepts, models and theories in practice.

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Learning Objectives

  • Appraise the relevance of projects to engineering practices
  • Explain and critically assess the nature of projects based on four key perspectives (purpose, people, complexity, and uncertainty )
  • Identify projects potential impact on sustainability (SDGs)
  • Identify and describe typical mistakes and good practices in the management of projects
  • Apply appropriate tools, concepts, models and theories to analyze cases and real-life projects
  • Apply appropriate tools, concepts, models and theories to make practical recommendations
  • Apply appropriate tools, concepts, models and theories to explain project success and failure
  • Compare project management theory and practice and discuss its strengths and weakness in general and in relation to cases and real-life projects
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and based on evidence

Course Content

Projects are integral to engineering work. Indeed, we argue that project management is the second most important skill of engineers. Therefore, project management competences are fundamental to all DTU students.

Through the course, the student develops unique insights into how project management is practiced through the analysis of a “real” world project. Furthermore, each student will experience the role of the project manager as each student will be responsible for planning and executing at least one day of the group work.

The course is organized around classical and online lectures, reading material, group exercises/games and assignments, peer-reviews and multiple-choice quizzes. As a large portion of the learning activities occurs in groups, class participation is fundamental!

Through the group work, the students will analyze a real-life project. Here they are expected to apply tools, concepts, models and theories, both appropriately and critically, to understand the reasons for the project ‘success’ or ‘failure’, identify challenges and develop recommendations.

IMPORTANT (TO DO BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE COURSE): Every student is expected to identify an exciting project and present it to the class on the first day of the course. The project should be completed, or close to completion, so it is possible to analyze its ‘success’.

The lectures will be in English, and we strongly encourage the students to write the final report in English. By far, most bachelor courses are in Danish. However, courses at master level are mostly, if not exclusively, in English. To facilitate the transition, DTU encourages the use of English language in some bachelor courses. This course is one of them. If the student does not feel comfortable with English, they are allowed to write the report in Danish.

Teaching Method

A mixture of lectures, video lectures, project work and seminars.



After the course the students can obtain an optional ISO 21500 certificate upon successful completion of a test administered by Dansk Standard.

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3 weeks


Engineering Technology


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 63851
Course type Candidate

7.500,00 DKK