Quality and Project Management

Key Info

Basic Information

Professor Verena Nitsch, Professor Robert Schmitt

Further Information



Team QP




The strategic orientation of a company is of great importance, especially in times of high competitive pressure. In this context, particular importance is attributed to quality and project management. The lecture takes into account the current challenges of practice and focuses in particular on the context of production. The course, which is read by Prof. Schmitt and Prof. Nitsch in the summer semester, is offered as a written exam every semester. The lecture series with the corresponding exercises and online teaching content, each of which is tailored to the subject matter, teaches selected techniques, methods and strategies from the broad and varied subject areas of quality and project management. In addition to the necessary basics, the lecture also presents problems from industrial practice. In addition to the technical content, students are taught how to integrate soft skills into operational processes and how to systematically analyze practical cases and independently develop proposals for solutions and improvements (methodological competence). The lecture covers w.r.t. quality management the following six modules (lecture units):

  1. Understanding of quality
    1.1 What does quality actually mean to me as a customer?
    1.2 How can quality be implemented in companies?
  2. Quality management systems
    2.1 What is the purpose of quality management systems?
    2.2 How can compliance with a defined quality standard be ensured?
  3. Preventive methods of QM
    3.1 What is the meaning of preventive methods in quality management?
    3.2 How can it be ensured that the targeted success of processes is maintained?
  4. Methods in the problem solving process
    4.1 What is the purpose of problem solving methods in quality management?
    4.2 How can it be ensured that problems are solved successfully?
  5. Statistical methods in QM
    5.1 What is the purpose of statistical methods in quality management?
    5.2 How can it be ensured that efficient processes are chosen?
  6. Statistics and Six Sigma
    6.1 What is the sense of Six Sigma?
    6.2 Which methods can be used to evaluate processes?

W.r.t. project management, the module comprises the following lecture units:

  1. introduction to project management
  2. project organization (forms of project organization, working group and consortium, DIN 69901)
  3. methods of project management I (work breakdown structure, standard structure, responsibility matrix, process and schedule planning, time band diagram)
  4. methods of project management II (network planning technique (CPM, MPM, PERT))
  5. project controlling (impact, tasks, portfolio technique, MTA, EVM)
  6. teamwork in projects


Students will receive an introduction to the subject matter, specific problems, and approaches to quality and project management.

Teaching and Learning Method

Lecture with integrated exercises Classical lectures are used to provide students with a prior knowledge base. These lectures are linked with exercises that demand problem-based learning and critical discourse and are thus intended to promote active knowledge construction. All teaching materials are made available to students digitally before the lectures. Students are thus given the opportunity to inform themselves in advance and, if necessary, to discuss unclear issues in class. In self-learning phases, teaching is supported by technological aids in the sense of blended learning. In order to promote the transfer of knowledge to a later professional activity, application-oriented examples and current problems from industry and application-related research of the participating chairs are used in all courses.