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Program Management Best Practices

Program Management Best Practices
  • Code: ISM4TX410
  • Extent: 5 ECTS (135 h)
  • Timing: 2nd semester
  • Language: English
  • Level: Advanced professional studies
  • Type: Elective

Starting level and linkage with other courses

ICT Management Frameworks (ISM2TX110) must be completed before taking this course.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • knows various types of programs
  • understands the difference between projects, programs and portfolios
  • understands what is meant by program maturity
  • understands what skills are required from program managers
  • understands program lifecycle and different stages of program processes
  • understand different program management best practices
  • is able to manage scope, time, costs, quality, human resources, communications, risks and stakeholders in different stages of program process in international context
  • is able to plan how to apply chosen program management best practices in own work context

Course contents

  • Project, program and portfolio management
  • Different types of programs
  • Program maturity models
  • Process for managing programs
  • Program lifecycle
  • Program manager’s mindset and skills required
  • Program management best practices

Cooperation with the business community

Visiting lecturers and company visits

International dimension

Readings are from international business contexts. Students work in multicultural teams.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Contact hours
  • Independent studies
  • Pair and team work
  • The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

“Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the generic term used for the award of credits on the basis of demonstrated learning which has taken place in the past”. APL gives a student an opportunity to demonstrate his/her knowledge and skills. A student displays with the competence demonstration that s/he manages the course objectives and contents mentioned in the course description. It is possible to participate in the competence demonstration only once before taking the course. A competence demonstration is assessed on the scale from 1 to 5.

Teacher(s) responsible

To be announced

Course materials

  • The Standard for Program Management, Project Management Institute, 2008

Other selected materials and cases provided by the teacher(s) as handouts.

Assessment criteria

  • Team assignments
  • Individual assignments

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.