Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completing the course, the student is able to describe typical phases of a project and use common project management tools and methods. Further, the student knows the benefits of project planning, is able to create a project plan and is able to identify risks and make a mitigation plan.

After completing the course, the student has an experience of completing a real project. Student can work in a group, has experience of reaching intermediate timeline milestones, is able to explain quality requirements of in-project deliverables, and is able to communicate within project team as well as with external stakeholders. The student is also able to evaluate the outcome of the project and knows how to write a final report.

After completing the course, the student has acquired a deep new knowledge on the project topic.

Credits: 10

Schedule: 10.01.2023 - 09.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Lauri Palva, Vesa Vuorinen, Tomasz Kucner

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

Email is

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Introduction to common project management tools, introduction to project management methods, risk management, resourcing, standardization and standards, product development process.

    Student groups will plan and realize a real project work assigned by the teachers and researchers of the department. The final outcome of the project will be reported to the stakeholders.

  • applies in this implementation

    Lectures, seminars and the final gala are common events intended for all students. At first, the lectures deal with project planning and management related to the project work. Later, the lectures deal with topics related to the business case exercise.   

    Students will be assigned to Project groups of typically four to five students. Each project group will get a project topic from a research group in the EEA department. The projects are related to research or education activities of the department.  A project group will have an instructor, who is a professor, a lecturer, a post-doc or a post-graduate student from the department.

    Each project group will make a Project plan which, for example, describes the goals of the project, defines various roles in the project and sets milestones. After the projects have been completed, the project outcomes will be presented in the final gala and a project report will be submitted.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, exercises, group exercises, homework. Working in a project, completing the project, self-assessment, peer-review.

  • applies in this implementation

    The evaluation is based on the project work. Even though the project work is a group assignment, the students will receive individual grades. The methods for the evaluation are self-assessment, peer-evaluation within a project group and teacher (=instructor) assessment. The evaluation will done twice, intermediate evaluation in the half-way of the semester and final evaluation at the end of the course.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching 30 h, independent studies 237 h

    Compulsory attendance (Seminars): 10 h

  • applies in this implementation

    Contact teaching 40 h

        Lectures 14 h
        Seminars 10 h
        Instructor sessions 16 h

    Independent studies 227 h (including working in groups)

        Project planning
        Project execution
        Seminar presentations


Study Material
  • applies in this implementation

    Common materials, like Lecture notes, will be provided in MyCourses before or shortly after the lectures. Project group specific materials will be provided by the instructor and they will delivered as agreed by the group.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - V
    2023-2024 Spring III - V

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Courses on Sisu (

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    The lectures are arranged during periods III and IV. The schedule will be in the "Lectures" section. The Business aspects exercise contains a seminar, schedule will be in "Project tasks" section. The schedule of the Final Gala will be in it's own section.