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IT Project and Portfolio Management

About the course

The overall academic and learning goals of the course are to enable the student to analyze, reflect on and manage an IT project in an organizational context. The organization and management of an IT project is of growing importance for many organizations, whether in the private or public sector. Development and implementation for IT projects go hand in hand and competent project management will be an important factor for the many types of tasks and areas in the companies. The key point is that different perspecitves are important for the understanding of the IT project, the challenges and hence the type of management pursued.

The first part of the course introduces the students to the concepts, theories and prescriptions of how managers should practice project management and portfolio management. The second part of the course shows how and why these concepts, theories and prescriptions usually fail in real life. New theoretisation based on what actually happen in practice is introduced and discussed.

At the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Identify the different perspectives on IT Projects and portfolio management and their implications for how we understand IT projects and how each perspective is linked to various types of management tools
  • Apply and account for what different perspectives means for problem identification and analysis, and solutions in relation to a chosen case
  • Compare and contrast the different perspectives on several dimensions
  • Relate theoretical perspectives to practice and explain the types of considerations that may arise from a project/portfolio manager or project responsible person
  • Critically analyse the identified and/or used perspectives to address the need for other/new approaches to project/portfolio management

The course is an introduction to different perspectives on project and portfolio management and consists of a combination of lectures, class discussions, project work and peer-to-peer feedback. Thus, a high level of active participation and reflection is expected from the students. The lectures will focus theoretically on reading and discussing various perspectives. Further, during group work you will identify project and portfolio management tools and discuss them in relation to the different perspectives.

Written individual assignment without oral (7-scale). Maximum 15 standard pages of 2400 characters with spaces (tables and pictures do not count). Possibillity of group work. The exam language is English, but your English proficiency will not be taken into consideration when evaluating the assignment. See exam dates here.

Articles will be available on the learning platform, LearnIT, which you will get access to when submitted to the course.

Attention: please take into consideration that the amount of literature for the first session might be substantial.

Read more about the course here.


The course is valuable for people who want to learn about the latest developments on project and portfolio management  as well as reflect on their work practices related to these activities. Specifically, any project member or project stakeholder as well as project, programme and portfolio managers would benefit by looking at project and portfolio management activities through different lenses.



Arisa Shollo

Arisa Shollo has a Ph.D. and is Asociate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. Her main research areas include several objects in the field between Organizational Decision-making, Management of IT and Decision Support. In particular she is interested in analyzing companies' use of information with Organizational Decision-making as the main theoretical approach. Under this belong objects concerning how organizations collect, analyze and use information in reaching organizational decisions. She has published and presented her work at a number of major international journals and conferences, including Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Information Systems Journal,  ICIS, ECIS, Academy of Management, EGOS, and NFMOC.

Klaus Nielsen

Klaus Nielsen is educated at the IT University in Copenhagen, Cambridge and holds two MBA programs (HRM and Technology). As a freelance consultant, he has worked with project management and program management for many years. He has written 'I Am Agile', 'Mastering the Business Case', 'McGraw-Hill Education ACP Agile Certified Practitioner Exam' and 'Achieve PMI-PBA® Exam Success', as well as several articles that have been published worldwide. Klaus Nielsen is the founder of Global Business Development (, PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) and for almost six years, Klaus Nielsen has taught in project management and program management as an external lecturer at the IT University.

Lars Kristian Hansen

Lars Kristian Hansen has been working on project and portfolio management for more than 10 years, being a consultant, employed in large public organizations, and as a researcher. Lars has obtained a PhD Degree in IT project management and has published his work in national and international journals. Lars has a long experience as a lecturer and lecturer on portfolio management, including as external lecturer at Aalborg University, IT University, University of Southern Denmark, and presenter at Copenhagen Business School and University of Copenhagen and at national and international conferences.

IT projects are almost impossible to compare to each other and often judgements of good or right projects are based on unconscious use of fundamental devices. Associate professor at the IT University, Arisa Shollo, advices organizations to become more aware of the kind of the judgement devices they use in project selection processes as they lead to different kind of projects being selected . Projects within digital transformation would rarely be selected based on business cases and cost benefit models.

- Most organizations make judgements of weather a project is good enough or not based on different devices, such as business cases, personal networks, experts and so on. But organizations should start investigating where these judgements come from and what kind of projects and eventually organizations they lead to, says Arisa Shollo.

Read the whole article here



Tuition fees
Before the beginning of each semester, you must pay a tuition fee for the courses or projects you participate in. The price covers both tuition and exam.

For some participants, the tuition fee is paid in part or full by their employer. Others pay themselves.

Prices per course/project for EU/EEA citizens:

  • Price per course of 7.5 ECTS points: DKK 10.625,-
  • Price per course of 7.5 ECTS points: DKK 12.150,-
    (weekend course / food included)
  • Price per course of 10 ECTS points: DKK 14.170,-
  • Price per course of 15 ECTS points: DKK 21.250,-

Prices per course/project for non-EU/EEA citizens:

  • Price per course of 7.5 ECTS points: DKK 18.800,-
  • Price per course of 15 ECTS points. DKK 37.600,-

Why do non EU-/EEA participants pay a higher tuition fee?
The IT University receives a fixed rate per course from the Danish Ministry of Science. Admission of non-EU/EEA students is not subsidized by the state. Therefore, the students must pay this difference themselves.

Admission requirements

  • A secondary eduacation (only courses at BSc level).
  • Bachelor's degree or a professional Bachelor's degree (courses at MSc and Professional Masters level).
  • Applicants for Professional Master Courses must also have two years relevant work experience subsequent to their qualifying degree. This requirement does not apply to applicants for BSc or MSc courses.

Residence and citizenship
You have to be a citizen inside EU/EØS and have a residence permit in Denmark to apply for a single subject. It is not possible to get a residence permit based on your application for single subjects.


The IT University will send an invoice for payment. The tuition fee must be paid before the course starts. Tuition fees are non-refundable once the course has started, except in the event of death, illness or the like. In such cases an exemption application accompanied by evidence of the exempting circumstance must be sent to the Study Administration.

All applicants must document qualifying exams (copy of diploma, grades, course certificates or the like).

Applicants for Professional Master Courses must also document at least to years professional experience subsequent to their qualifying degree.

If you have a foreign qualifying exam there can be special demands for documenting your English language skills. Documentation can be a TOEFL or an IELTS. Please contact the office of Professional Education, if you have any questions regarding this.

How to apply
You apply for single subjects in our application system. Please have the documentation ready before you begin the application process. It is also possible to save the application and return to it later.

When you enter the application system for the first time, you have three different ways to log in. You find help in the log on guide.

If you need help to fill out the application and understand the process in the application system, you can read this application guide that goes through the application process step-by-step.

When you have completed and sent your application you will receive an advising mail on the e-mail address registered in the application system. When you receive an e-mail you have to log on to the application system to review you messages.

If you need help to fill out the form, please contact us.