Project Management at University of Oulu


  • Course: Project Management (Industrial Engineering and Management degree)
  • Stage of study: 1st year of Bachelor’s studies 
  • Number of students: 310 
  • Teaching mode: online

 Learning solution

Building of a town house

How it was used

  • The project business game was used as a final, integrative assignment of the Project Management course. Students were provided with the basic information about the town house project they had to manage. They were also provided with information related to the tasks of the project and cost of resources and personnel based on which they had to calculate the budget and schedule for the project. The project game was then played during which students needed to make decisions and monitor the progress of the project as well as make earned value analysis calculations to estimate the completion time and costs. Different unexpected events and risks also realized during the game. The objective of the player is to get the best financial, schedule and quality results by completing a network of tasks given the cost of employees, purchased material and external resources. A short video on the game mechanics was also provided as a pre-material.  
  • The students played the game individually (around 45 minutes/game) and could play the game as many times they wanted during a pre-determined period. The game was integrated to Moodle and the game results, which affected the course assessment were returned directly from the game to Moodle.

Comments and experiences

The project business simulation game was considered as a very good way to learn about the key aspects of project management and to have the opportunity to apply the project management knowledge in practice. Here are a few students’ comments: 

  • I liked the project business game very much – it was really useful in testing and applying all the knowledge that I had gained during the course. 
  • The game really took my learning to the next level and supported me to learn how things are done in practice – it also provided a nice and different experience compared to the usual ways of teaching 

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