MVZn5005 Managing Projects in an International Context

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/2/0. 7 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. et Mgr. Jana Honková, M.Sc. (lecturer)
Tuck Lloyd Crawford MacRae, M. B.A. (lecturer), Mgr. Martin Chovančík, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Martin Chovančík, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Martin Chovančík, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies – Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies – Faculty of Social Studies
Tue 14:00–17:40 PC25
Prerequisites (in Czech)
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Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 21 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/21, only registered: 0/21
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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 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. 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 Foundation Certification Examination should they choose to do so.

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 understanding of risk and the ability to formulate a risk management strategy.

3. A basic understanding of project scheduling tools and techniques combined with a working knowledge of:
    a. Product Breakdown Structures;
    b. Product flow diagrams;
    c. Activity networks;
    d. Critical path analysis;
    e. Gantt charts;
    f. Work Breakdown Structures; and
    g. Resource allocation.

4. A knowledge of Product Based Planning and the ability to utilize the technique.

5. An understanding of cost estimating and project budgeting techniques and the ability to use them in the context of the course case study.

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 posted in the Information System folder associated with this course the week before classes commence. Pre-course reading must be done before the first class.

    Class and Topic Schedule

  • Other than those contained in the Student Guide posted in the Information System Course Folder, required readings are from the book:

    Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2, 2017 Edition. The book is available through the Masaryk University Shopping Centre:

    The Lecture and Seminar Timetable can be downloaded from the Information System Course Folder.

    required literature
  • Managing successful projects with Prince2. Sixth edition. Norwich: Axelos, 2017, 327 pp. ISBN 978-0-11-331533-8. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, workshops, case study.
Assessment methods

Grading Scheme

Graded Activity 1 worth 10% of Grade

Project Initiation Documentation
60 min Exercise

Graded Activity 2 worth 15% of Grade

Delivery Stage Activities
60 min Exercise

Graded Activity 3 worth 15% of Grade

Project Closure Activities
60 min Exercise

Exam worth 60% of Grade

Course Exam
60 min duration

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.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020.
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