1650 Project Management in Public Sector

1650 Project Management in Public Sector

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 2nd or 3rd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 30
  • Other forms of study: 90
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Jože Benčina, PhD

1. Objectives and competences


  • understands the meaning of the valuating of the projects and uses appropriate methods for ex ante and ex post evaluation of investment projects,
  • understands legal framework and organisational environment of investment planning in public sector and is acquainted with weaknesses of investment decision making in public sector
  • designs project organisation at decision-making and management level using PRINCE2 guidelines,
  • sets-up the project plan, and analyses the progress of the project considering issues of the relationship between decision-making and operational level,
  • understands and designs quality management and risk management plan

Student is qualified:

  • for ex-ante and ex-post investment project evaluation using IT technology
  • for communication and cooperation with investment project stakeholders
  • to plan investment project and to govern and manage the investment project in it's whole life cycle
  • to take responsibility as a member or manager of a project team

2. Content

  • Projects and investment projects
  • Investment projects in public sector
  • Project evaluation (ex ante), cost benefit analysis
  • PRINCE2 guidelines
  • Project proposal and project selection criteria
  • Project management methods
  • Planning and evaluating project effectiveness
  • Project plan
  • Project quality management
  • Project risk management
  • Monitoring the project implementation
  • Evaluation of project outcomes (ex-post)

3. Readings

  • Young, L. Trevor, (2007). The Handbook of Project Management – A Practical Guide to Effective Policies and Procedures. Kogan Page Limited.
  • Kerzner, Harold (2009). Project Management – A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling. John Wiley & Sons Inc.
  • Bentley, Colin: PRINCE2 – A Practical Handbook. Elsevier 2010
  • Lacerda, F. M., Martens, C. D. P., & De Freitas, H. M. R. (2016). A Project Portfolio Management model adapted to non-profit organizations. Project Management Research and Practice, 3, 5120. https://doi.org/10.5130/pmrp.v3i0.5120
  • Zarinpoush, F., & Imagine Canada. (2006). Project evaluation guide for nonprofit organizations: fundamental methods and steps for conducting project evaluation. Toronto: Imagine Canada.

4. Intended learning outcomes


  • understand broader regulatory and organisational framework of public investment project
  • are able of ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of a project
  • are able to prepare the project proposal
  • are able to use PRINCE project model at the management of whole investment project life-cycle,
  • understand the decision-making and management role in an investment project,
  • are to work in a project team
  • are able
    • to judge project results in term of their meaning and interprets influence of the data modification on the effects of calculations.
    • of transparent project presentation, their goals and conditions for their achievement to the end users.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lecture
  • group work
  • seminar paper
  • e-learning
  • individual tutorial

6. Assessment

  • written and/or oral exam (60%)
  • seminar work (project work,  seminar workpaper) and/or oral exam (30%)
  • coursework and active class participation (10%)