Project Launch and Software Use in Project Management

The course focuses on the continuous development (building on the module "Project Management") of technical, behavioral and contextual PM competencies based on international PM standards. It offers in-depth study (in the context of the sub-process project launch) of: stakeholder, project requirements and aims, project launch, project organization, teamwork, project structures, scope of services and deliverables, process and schedules, resources, costs and financial resources, information and documentation, communication, negotiations, legal aspects and contracts, efficiency, creativity, result orientation, personnel management, leadership, motivation and business. Furthermore, the issues of scheduling and resource planning are explained by means of practical examples. The planning of the case study is based on standard project management software.

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

KERZNER (2008): Projektmanagement. Ein systemorientierter Ansatz zur Planung und Steuerung, 2. Aufl. Project Management Institute (Hrsg. 2008): A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), 4. Edition, english Schreckeneder(2010): Projektcontrolling, Haufe Verlag Microsoft Press (Hrsg.) (2010):Microsoft Project 2010 - Das offizielle Trainingsbuch: Werden Sie fit für Project 2010! IPMA (2006): ICB - IPMA Competence Baseline 3.0 Schelle,Ottmann,Pfeiffer (2009): Projektmanager Bohinc (2007): Projektmanagement-Soft Skills für Projektleiter KERZNER (2009): Project Management – Case Studies, John Wiley & Sons

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Applied methods including macro and micro levels of teaching. Macro methods are case studies and analyses. Micro methods are keynote lectures, dialogic learning, examples and discussions. Students work individually, in groups or in the plenum.

Assessment methods and criteria

One grade for both lecture and tutorial part of class. In total 70 points for final written exam. The tutorial part is worth 30 points (continuous assessment). In total 100 points are to be obtained.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Module "Project Management 1"


Degree programme

Film-, TV-, & Media Production (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



3 WS



Learning outcome

After the successful completion of this course the students will be able to supervise projects from the project launch onwards. Students will be able to identify different areas of responsibility in project management and develop an ability to deal with problems in a structured way. The students will be able to apply methods and techniques, which will be practiced in the context of examples and case studies.

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