Course Time and Project Management: Considering Risk & Coordinating your daily work with the big picture (IPTO)

ECTS: 1.4

Course leader: Constance Kampf

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Course fee: 1,680.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Spring 2024

Application deadline: 16/02/2024

Cancellation deadline: 29/02/2024

Course type: Classroom teaching

Start date: 15/03/2024

Administrator: Anne Fabricius

Please note:

Criteria for participation: Health Ph.d. student, at least 5 months into the PhD process.

The course A1002/06 Time and Project Management: Considering Risk & Coordinating your daily work with the big picture (IPTO)  is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, 2024.

Criteria for participation: 
University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Requirements for participation:
Health Ph.d. student, completed Time and Project Management I or at least 5 months into the PhD process

To create a framework for integrating project management tools into work habits for Ph.D. students to help them stay on track or get back on track in the second half of the PhD process.  The content includes time to reflect on bottlenecks and scheduling needs related to completing your Ph.D. project on time.  In addition, you will be introduced to risk analysis tools, and Kanban boards.

Learning outcomes: 
At the end of the course, the participants will be able to reconsider their PhD completion plan, reflecting on how to use a two-level approach to planning and controlling progress.  In addition, students will reflect on how to remove bottlenecks and risks in the second half of the PhD. 

The full workload of the course is expected to be 14 hours

The process of “how” to analyze your current PhD completion plan for bottlenecks and risks will be addressed in the context of the students’ own PhD plan and funding constraints. Furthermore, the course will include strategies to ensure that knowledge and communication related tasks such as publishing and tasks related to building a robust researcher identity are considered realistically in the plan.  Additionally, project management related risks such as estimation practices that are too optimistic will be discussed, with key takeaways for avoiding them in the way the second half of the PhD process is planned and envisioned.  As part of the holistic approach to the PhD process in addition to the thesis itself, the course will introduce risk management tools and Kanban boards as a means of ensuring the second half plan for the PhD addresses both the PhD thesis and PhD process.


Brief introduction including a) brief CV, a brief summary of advisor feedback on progress and/or midway exam feedback points related to progress, and a brief reflection on your motivation for taking the course.  Total of 2-3 pages due 1 week before the course begins.


Risk remediation plan, and examples of Kanban boards in use over the 30 days after the course.  In addition, a reflection on how the PhD student worked with their Risk remediation plan and Kanban boards over the 30 days, with examples of Kanban boards in use as well as project changes if applicable.  Total of 3-5 pages, due 30 days after course has ended.


Instructors: Constance E. Kampf, PhD.

Venue: Aarhus University, Aarhus (other)

Participation in the course is without cost for:

Course dates:

  • 15 March 2024 08:30 - 15:30