Credits: 1

Schedule: 12.09.2019 - 14.05.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2019-31.07.2020): 

Ville Kivimäki

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Teacher in charge
Ville Kivimäki

Eeva Lilja

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2019-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2019-31.07.2020): 

After the course the student has created a personal development project plan (PDPP), has been thinking about the goals of one’s studies, and knows how to plan and follow one’s development.

Content (valid 01.08.2019-31.07.2020): 

After the course the student has created a personal development project plan (PDPP), has been thinking about the goals of one’s studies, and knows how to plan and follow one’s development.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

Through our course, teachers help students to take the first steps along their way towards PDPP. PDPP is not related to studies alone. It can be used to plan basically anything. To put it simple, PDPP is a project to achieve something that has personal relevance. In our point of view, one could make
a PDPP, for example, about how to lose weight, change careers or – like in most of our cases – how to graduate in a given period of time.
The biggest advantage of PDPP is that it is made from a personal point of view.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2019-31.07.2020): 

The student has created the PDPP and participated in at least two PDPP development workshops/clinics during the autumn. The last version of the PDPP must be turned in via MyCourses.

Workload (valid 01.08.2019-31.07.2020): 

Based on student's own planning.

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

The first step is to define what the PDPP is about for the student.

30 minutes
The second step
is to prepare the first draft of the PDPP. After submitting the draft,
we ask the student to attend the workshop to talk about how the student could keep
developing from version 0.3 of the PDPP.

4,5 hours
The third step
is to define what the student will add to the next version, 0.7. This
step is basically for the student to decide what ideas from the discussion they will use in
the next version.

1 hour
The fourth step
is to submit the 0.7 version of the PDPP and to again receive ideas
on how to develop it further.

10 hours
The fifth step
is similar to the third.

1 hour
The final step
is to submit version 1.0 of the PDPP. We encourage the student to
keep the PDPP updated and to develop it further when necessary.

10 hours
Through this iterative and incremental process, students are able to find their own personal targets
and design the means and tools for tracking how they are advancing towards set targets
and this can be checked after the course in retrospective.

Expected workload in total is 27 hours.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2019-31.07.2020): 

The material student needs for creating the PDPP.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Part of the PDPP process is to define student's own targets and find relevant information sources. Some links and hints are available though:

For more reading around the PDPP concept, see:

Institute, P. (2017). A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ( PMBOK® Guide )—Sixth Edition (ENGLISH)
(6th edition.). Project Management Institute.

Kivimäki, V & Meriluoto, S. (2018). Holistic Perspective to Individual Study Plan:
Personal Development Project Plan, in G Craddock , C Doran , L McNutt & D
Rice (eds) , Transforming our world through design, diversity and education.
Studies in health technology and informatics , vol. 256 , IOS PRESS , pp.
514-526 . DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-923-2-514

MCSE, M. (2018). PMP Exam Prep: PMBOK Guide, Second Edition
(1st edition.). Pearson IT Certification.

Saari, O. (2015). Aki Hintsa: Voittamisen anatomia. WSOY.

Logical Framework Approach. See, e.g.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2019-31.07.2020): 


Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2019-31.07.2020): 


Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2019-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2019-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2019-31.07.2020): 

The course may be included in elective studies of either master’s or bachelor’s degree. Personal guidance available also in Finnish and in Swedish.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Autumn 2019

This is a premininary schedule of the workshops. In every Workshop Thursday you can have conversaion about every topic, but these are the special themes of each Workshop Thursdays. 

12.9.    14.00-15.00   What is PDPP?
19.9.    14.00-15.00   Life management and project management
26.9.    14.00-15.00   Time management + pizza and portfolio
3.10.    14.00-15.00   Lifelong learning
10.10.  14.00-15.00   What is PDPP?
17.10.  14.00-15.00   Do I live by my values?
24.10                         NO WORKSHOP
31.10.  14.00-15.00   Measurement and monitoring
7.11.    14.00-15.00   Stress management + pizza and portfolio
14.11.  14.00-15.00   What is PDPP?
21.11.                        Time management
28.11.                        Advanced use of Excel
5.12.                          NO WORKSHOP
12.12.                        Wrap up your PDPP/portfolio with pizza and glögi


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