Third-Cycle Courses

Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course GEM012F valid from Spring 2015

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  • The course aims to equip participants with skills and tools for creating added value through creativity and innovation in their research and development (R&D) projects. Additionally, the ambition is to enhance the knowledge on optimising results in R&D projects through the use of structured processes from the project management field and other complementary disciplines.
  • The course deals with key project methods focusing on the following: R&D project success criteria; clear definition of project specifications; planning methods and techniques for R&D programmes; estimating R&D costs; obtaining and allocating resources; R&D organisation, addressing uncertainties in R&D projects; leadership styles for R&D projects; communication in R&D projects.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • demonstrate knowledge of how to plan, organise, implement and control R&D projects
    exhibit fundamental understanding of how to effectively manage R&D projects so that objectives and key success criteria are established and efficiently achieved
    exhibit familiarity with innovation strategy and how it is executed by the new product portfolio
    demonstrate the ability to identify the best method to manage R&D projects in terms of resources, cost, time and stakeholders
    exhibit the ability to categorise activities, link them together, and assess progress along a defined course of actions
    demonstrate knowledge of project responsibilities and accountability
    demonstrate the ability to manage project risk and uncertainties
    demonstrate understanding of leadership styles for R&D projects.
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • demonstrate aptitude to appreciate tools and techniques for setting up and managing projects.
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • establish awareness of projects as a method of work and innovation strategy.
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Exercises
  • The course consists of lectures, seminars, group work, individual reflection and literature surveys. Active participation in course activities and group work is a requirement.
    Individual: After each session, the students shall write a reflection on what they have learned and relate it to their own research project.
    Group work: Active participation, reflection and presentation of weekly case studies/exercises.
Examination Formats
  • Miscellaneous
  • For a Pass on the course, participants must attend 80 % of the scheduled course activities and participate actively in seminars and presentations.
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • To be admitted to the course, applicants have to be admitted to a PhD programme at LTH.
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
  • Priority is given to 1) students who have previously applied to the course and were eligible at the time, 2) students who are closest to finishing their PhD programmes.
  • Wingate, L.: Project Management for Research and Development: Guiding Innovation for Positive R&D Outcomes (Best Practices and Advances in Program Management Series). Auerbach Publications, 2014. ISBN 9781466596290.
Further Information
  • Project Management in R&D Projects is an elective faculty-wide third-cycle (PhD) course at the Faculty of Engineering. The course is intended for both future project managers and project participants.
Course code
  • GEM012F
Administrative Information
  •  -05-02
  • FN1/Anders GustafssonFN2/Eva Nordberg KarlssonFN3/Per Tunestål

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