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Project Management in Multicultural Environment

Project Management in Multicultural Environment

Code: TOO8LF001
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: semester: 3, 5 - 7
Language: English
Level: Joint professional studies
Type: Free-choice studies


At least two semester studies. Earlier experience in project management (PM) is highly desirable.

Learning outcomes

The student extends his/her qualifications for PM by getting familiar with project planning, well-managed implementation and finishing of projects. This is done with help of real cases taken from working life. The centre of a special attention is leadership, inner communication of a project, consideration of multiculturalism and introduction of helping tools.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student is able

  • to prepare a project plan for a particular purpose
  • to pay attention to the factors of good leadership, controlling and communicating in multicultural projects
  • to consider the meaning of PM tools in the right way
  • to close a project in a controlled way
  • act according to HH3S descriptions in different roles, mainly as a leader within, orchestrator and cosmopolite.

Course contents

  • PM – a big picture
  • PM skills and knowledge areas
  • Project planning model
  • Project work in companies
  • Preparing a project plan based on real cases
  • The well-managed implementation of a project
  • PM tools
  • The inner communication
  • Change management
  • Multiculturalism in projects
  • The future of project work

Cooperation with the business community

The course uses cases from working life.

International dimension

Contributions by the multinational student groups, use of multinational cases.

Teaching and learning methods

The course is comparised of contact (30%) and distance teaching (70%). At the beginning of the course, there is an orientation part including course objectives, learning environment, project planning model and group forming, in the middle of the course a checkpoint and at the end of the course a closing part with presentations and feedback. The learning is mainly based on solving tasks and cases individually and in small groups. The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h.

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Based on accreditation of prior learning application with the main responsibility for the course.

Teacher with the main responsibility for the course

Tiina Siilasto

Course materials

Material in e-learning platform, literal and online sources.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student knows some concepts related to the project management, but the overall view of the course area is missing. The student knows essential concepts in project management. The student masters the essential concepts of project management.
Skills The student can fairly cope with given tasks and has the skill to create a basic project plan to be implemented. The student has the skill to utilize design models in project-, inner communication- and change management plans as a digi-applier and to use the basic features of MS Project. In the roles of orchestrator, cosmopolite and digi-applier the student masters the essential concepts the project management. The student has the skill to find solutions to more demanding international project cases in multicultural environment and to use a wide range of project management tools. 
Competence By knowing models needed, the student has the ability to participate in project work with other project members. Especially as leader within, the student is committed with the project and is able to independently apply all the plans needed in project management. Especially in the roles of a leader within, orchestrator and co-doer, the student has the ability to take responsibility of the whole project and complete all areas in project management.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Assessment Assessment target   % of
course grade
Targets Minimum grade of 1 required for all targets.    

group tasks




    Total 100%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course 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 on an E-form.