Course code WUT18
Course title Introduction to Project Management
Institution Warsaw University of Technology
Course address Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology, Nowowiejska str. 15/19
City Warsaw, Poland
Minimum year of study 3rd year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words project management, work breakdown structure, estimating, scheduling, critical path method, risk management, change management, earned value method, project team
Language English
Professor responsible Tomasz Starecki, D.Sc.
Telephone + 48 22 825 3709
Participating professors Tomasz Starecki, Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology
Number of places Minimum: 16, Maximum: 20, Reserved for local students: 0
Objectives The goal of the course is to introduce the students to the PMI (Project Management Institute) methodology of project management. After a brief presentation of the basic terminology, the lectures describe typical project activities and efficient methods of project management. Knowledge aquired at the lectures is practiced during project classes, an important part of which is analysis and discussion of the project task solutions presented by the project teams.
Programme to be followed Lecture topics:
  • Basic terminology of project management
  • Project, process, program, the project life cycle, organizational form of the project, stakeholders, project manager and his role
  • Project initiation, methods of gathering data and analysis of the customer needs and requirements, identifying  stakeholders, project goals and objectives, critical project success factors
  • Work breakdown structure (WBS) – establishing and usage
  • Risk management, sources and factors of risk in the project, risk identification, evaluation, mitigation and monitoring
  • Estimating of  resources, time, budget, etc.
  • Introduction to scheduling, critical path method
  • Managing project tasks, monitoring project, reporting
  • Change management
  • Earned value method as an example of cost management approach
  • Procurement and contracting
  • Closing the project. Managing project team
  • Main reasons of project failures

Project classes:

Projects are done in small project teams. Every team has to work out a solution to an individual project management problem. The solution is then presented and discussed with the other teams. According to the methodology presented at the lectures, the teams have to work out the following topics: WBS, schedule and risk analysis of the given projects.


  1. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
  2. J. R. Meredith, S. J. Mantel Jr., Project Management: A Managerial Approach
  3. E. Yourdon, Death March. The Complete Software Developer’s Giude to Surviving „Mission Impossible”


Prerequisites None
Course exam Based on the students activity while working on the project tasks