Course code FORN400

FORN400 Project Management for PhD candidates, veterinarian research students and Residents

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Course responsible: Asmamaw Tadege Shiferaw
Teachers: Solveig Fossum-Raunehaug, Arnstein Moe
ECTS credits: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course is taught and have exam in spring parallel and autumn paralell.
Course frequency: Twice per year.
First time: 2016H
Last time: 2021V
Preferential right:
PhD candidates enrolled into a PhD programme at NMBU, Diplomat/European Veterinary specialists and research candidates in veterinary medicine.
Course contents:


  • About projects: Concepts, structure and definitions.
  • What characterizes research projects?
  • Pitfalls and benefits.
  • Formulating project goals and objectives at different stages and levels of the research project.
  • Organizing research projects - Roles, stakeholders, responsibilities.
  • Scheduling: How to free resources and identifying time thieves within the project.
  • Uncertainty: Risks and opportunities in the project.
  • The Project Manager's responsibilities and tasks.
  • Cooperation and team building in research projects.
  • Status reporting and project control
  • Project closing and benefit realization
  • Building a Data Management Plan (DMP)

Learning activities:

Under supervision by the course instructor, the student prepares plans for his/her own resarch project.

Two compulsory submissions, of which one is a home examination

Learning outcome:


  • Good knowledge of how to plan, organise, manage and lead research projects
  • Able to develop teams, strategic 'anchoring' and understanding of the project plan among the project partners 


  • Is able to prepare the necessary documents needed to plan his/her own research project.

General competence

  • Knows relevant project methods and tools. By teaching and exercises, the student is trained in preparation, implementation and evaluation of research projects 
Learning activities:
Lectures on project related subjectsGroup work based on the students' work on their own projects, under supervision by course instructorPlenary presentations and discussionsLitterature studySubmissions following each of the two two-day gatherings
Teaching support:
CanvasSupervision during and between the two-day gatherings
Book (in Norwegian): Stavne: Prosjektguiden - for nye og erfarne prosjektledere. Hegnar Media, ISBN 9788271463625. 250 sider. Or  (in English): Andersen, E.S., Grude, K.V., Haug, T.: Goal Directed Project Management. Kogan Page; Fourth Edition (July 28, 2009). ISBN 978-0749453343. 260 pages  Selected papers, in total ca. 100 pages
MSc or other equivalent education
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
LecturesGroup work in which the participants work with their own project, with guidance from the instructors.Plenary presentations and discussions.Home work, preparation of project plans.Written assignment/ submission.

Submission of home examination  (to be graded).

Examination details: pass / not pass.

The submitted written assignment must be approved to be examined.

Nominal workload:

60 hours

  • Lectures 25 hours
  • Individual work 35 hours. Group work, home work incl. litterature studies and submissions
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
Lectures and exercises. Two gatherings (2 x 2 days), altogether 25 hours.
If more candidates sign up for the course than there is seats available, the Dean of Faculty at each faculty will decide which candidates from his faculty shall have priority to the course.
External and internal examiner prepare examinations.
Examination details: Home Exam: Passed / Failed