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ING3054 Project Work in Interdisciplinary Teams

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

The course prepares students to participate in interdisciplinary teams solving common problems and tasks. The method emphasizes on the establishing and specifying the management of project work and the conditions that have to be satisfied in order to succeed in the actual implementation.

As introduction some fundamental terms, methods and considerations regarding to establishment and implementation of project work are made, followed by a description of teamwork, focusing on team roles and how these roles affect the team's work.

Learning Outcome


The student:

  • Is able to explain the important terms and methods to define, refine and specify project work.
    • Systems Thinking
    • Stakeholders and Requirements
    • Top-down and Bottom-up considerations
    • Life cycle perspectives
    • Information models
  • Is able to explain the characteristic of a self- managed team.
    • Characteristics and feature in different roles
    • Combination of the team
    • Analysis and assessment of the team


The student:

  • Is able to use concepts and methods in defining and specifying project work.
  • Can participate constructively in team work, knows his/her competences and how to compensate deficiencies.
  • Is able to present solutions in a clear and understandable way to persons who don¿t have special knowledge in the field.
  • Is able to assess the combination of a team and suggest how the team will be strengthened and balanced.

-General qualifications:

The student:

  • Knows that effective solutions require cooperation and efforts across disciplines.
  • Knows that effective solutions have to satisfy social, environmental, economical and technical operating parameters.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Lectures, case-based tasks, teamwork.

The study arrangement is case-based, concentrated on a time limited tasks. In addition, the teams will solve two one-day practical escercises. Teammembers are picked from different engineering disciplines (5-7 students in each team). The teams are evaluated and given feedback on strength and/or weakness.

The casel:

Each case:

  • Presentated initially by the representative of projects in the region.
  • Represents an area that is important for the business in the region.
  • Represents a key focus area for the college.
  • Requires involvement of all disciplines represented among the students

Compulsory learning activities

Participate Belbin Test

Contribute in teamwork (Project report)


Portfolio, accounts for 100 % of the final grade.

-  Report from Case study (50%)

- 2 Reflection notes after practacal exercises (10%)

- Individual Test (40%)

Grade:  A - E / passed;  F / failed.

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