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CIU260 - Development projects in practice  
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-11 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPLOL
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Technology and Learning

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0112 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Tekniklektor  Malin Kjellberg

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

The course Leading self, individuals and groups, CIU225.


The aim of the course is that students develop knowledge of basic project management techniques as well as the ability to lead and participate in development projects with focus on learning and leadership within activities or organisations connected to the subjects physics, chemistry or technology.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • describe and apply central project management concepts and tools
  • define project goals in communication with the client given available resources and present conditions
  • adapt the project after changing circumstances in relation to the project goals
  • create the conditions for a successful project handover and communicate the end result to the client and other interested parties (such as MPLOL)
  • create conditions for one's own and others' contributions to the project
  • choose and apply suitable data gathering method in order to evaluate an existing or reworked product or process
  • evaluate the project process, the project result and one's own contribution to these


This course introduces basic project management techniques and tools as well as social science data collection methods. These methods are directly applied in practice by teams of 3-5 students managing a small development or evaluation project with focus on learning and leadership within an organization (industrial company or school) connected to the engineering subjects of the students; physics, chemistry, technology or mathematics.

The project assignment may include a complete whole development cycle or contribute to a particular part of the (ongoing) development or evaluation process within the client organisation. The project work should, however, still include the following steps:
  • Formulation of a project goal, deliverables and boundaries in consultation with the sponsor and client organization as well as drafting a realistic plan to reach this goal.
  • Implementation according to plan but with adjustments due to changing circumstances as well a continuous documentation of the work.
  • Delivery and final communication to the client in the form of a project report and presentation.
  • Evaluation of the group's project process and project result.
The course has a strong emphasis on process (carrying out a project), which the students need to balance with the product/delivery focus of the client.


The course starts with a few seminars and a workshop where the students are introduced to project management methods, techniques and tools in parallel with the startup of their projects. Thereafter the course is minimally scheduled with a few class sessions for status reporting and the focus lies on the work in the projects.

The projects are (generally) carried out in teams of 3-5 students from the same engineering subject (chemistry, physics or technology, even mathematics is possible). The subject connection is important as the course is counted as a practicum/placement (VFU) for the degree Master of Science in Secondary Education (ämneslärarexamen). Alternatively the students have a subject connection in the practicum/placement course, MVE390 Internship breadth, which opens up for mixed subject groups in this course (CIU260).

The students are expected to suggest project tasks in advance of course start. The course leader and teacher team may have tips and ideas about suitable projects. The course leader approve of the project tasks before the course starts. Each project has a sponsor within the client organisation (implies participation in the project and some time investment of the sponsor) and, if needed, a supervisor from the university. A significant part of the work in the project should be carried out in situ at the client organization, due to the course status as practicum/placement(VFU)).

At the start of the project the teams should define the project goal(s), deliverables and boundaries in consultation with the sponsor and client organization. They need to produce a project plan with clear cut stages and individual responsibilities and apply a few methods for project control and follow-up. Each team will present their project, internally as status reports of project progress to the course participants and course leader and in the end, externally to communicate the result to the sponsor and client. A written report directed to the sponsor and client organisation is to be compiled at the end of the project (with a public part when confidentiality has to be concerned).

The project team members will review and evaluate the project process together and individually value their own contribution to the project process and result and in writing argue for what they consider to be a justified grade for their work.


  • Project Management, 2010, 4e utgåvan, Harvey Maylor, Prentice Hall.
  • Lära till lärare: Att utveckla läraryrket, vetenskapligt förhållningssätt
    och vetenskaplig metodik
    , [Learning to become teacher: To develop the teacher occupation, scientific approach and method] 2007, Jörgen Dimenäs (editor), Liber.
  • Complementary material.


The course is examined through assessment of all assignments (individual and group) and an individual grade on the scale Fail, 3, 4 or 5.

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