BPH_BUPR Business Projects

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
Tuck Lloyd Crawford MacRae, M. B.A. (lecturer)
Ing. Petr Smutný, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Tuck Lloyd Crawford MacRae, M. B.A. (seminar tutor)
Ing. Petr Smutný, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Ing. Petr Smutný, Ph.D.
Department of Corporate Economy - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Mgr. Jana Nesvadbová
Supplier department: Department of Corporate Economy - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Mon 16:00–17:50 S309
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
BPH_BUPR/01: Tue 10:00–11:50 S309, T. MacRae, P. Smutný
Prerequisites (in Czech)
(! BPH_ABUP Business Projects ) && (! NOWANY ( BPH_ABUP Business Projects ))
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 24 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 12/24, only registered: 0/24, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/24
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The main objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of a structured approach to managing projects in an international environment. This includes creating an understanding of the need for project management and how the PRINCE2, 6th Edition method meets this need. Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with the characteristics and context of a project and the benefits of adopting PRINCE2, 6th Edition. They will understand the purpose of the PRINCE2 roles, management products, themes, and principles, and they will be aware of what decisions the project manager is expected to make. Lastly, they will be fully versed in the purpose, objectives and context of the PRINCE2 processes and be well prepared to take the PRINCE2, 6th Edition Foundation Certification Exam held at the end of the course.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will have:

1. A thorough comprehension of the PRINCE2 methodology and the ability to apply it from the perspective of a project manager.
2. An in-depth understanding of risk and the ability to formulate a well-defined and implementable risk management strategy.
3. An overall understanding of project scheduling tools and techniques combined with a detailed working knowledge of:
a. Product Breakdown Structures;
b. Product flow diagrams;
c. Activity networks;
d. Pert charts;
e. Critical path analysis;
f. Gantt charts;
g. Work Breakdown Structures; and
h. Resource allocation.
4. A thorough knowledge of Product Based Planning and the ability to utilize the technique for all plans specified in the course.
5. An intermediate knowledge of cost estimating and project budgeting techniques and the ability to use them in the context of the course deliverables.
6. The ability to design and use progress tracking mechanisms and controls for time, cost, quality, risk, scope and benefits.
  • This course relies heavily on class participation and pre-class reading.A reading list will be sent to students the week before classes commence.

    Class and Topic Schedule

  • All readings, except for those required for lecture 2, are from the book:

    Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2, 2017 Edition. The book is available through the Masaryk University Project Management Centre of Excellence.

    Lecture 1

    Course Introduction
    Introduction to PRINCE2®, PRINCE2® Lifecycle & the PRINCE2® processes, Tailoring PRINCE2®

    Lecture 2

    Organisation Theme, Business Case Theme, Benefit Review Plan

    Lecture 3

    PRINCE2 Plans Theme, Product Based Planning

    Lecture 4

    Progress Theme.

    Lecture 5

    Quality Theme & Quality Management, Quality Review Technique

    Lecture 6

    Change Theme & Configuration Management

    Lecture 7

    Risk Theme, Risk Management

    Seminar 1

    Case Study Review, Starting up the Project, Class Exercise: The Organisation

    Seminar 2

    Starting up Class Exercise: The Project Brief.

    Seminar 3

    Initiating the Project, Class Exercise: Initiation Stage Activities and Creating Documents

    Seminar 4

    Managing Progress Class Exercise: Handling Events and Daily Activities with Logs and Registers

    Seminar 05

    Closing a Project Class Exercise

    Seminar 06

    PRINCE2 Foundation Practice Exam

    Seminar 07

    PRINCE2 Foundation Practice Exam, Review

    Seminar 08


    required literature
  • Managing successful projects with Prince2. 5th ed. London: TSO, 2009. 327 pp. ISBN 978-0-11-331059-3. info
Teaching methods
Lectures and seminars
Assessment methods

Grading Scheme

Graded Assignment 1 worth 20% of Grade

Stage Plan

Graded Activity 2 worth 20% of Grade

Risk Management Approach

Exam worth 60% of Grade


Any copying, keeping a record of tests or carrying the tests out, using forbidden aids including any communication devices or any other breach of objectivity of the exam is regarded as a failure to meet the obligations of the subject and as a serious breach of study regulations. As a consequence, the teacher grades the student with "F" and the dean is allowed to initiate a disciplinary action, which might lead to the termination of the studies.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
General note: Předmět je nabízen pouze zahraničním studentům.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2020, recent)
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