Introductory Project Work

Fabian Fischer
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2024S, Projektarbeit (PA), 5.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04478


Project in Information Technology

This course is all about doing a programming/IT project. Students have the full semester to work on their project, either alone or, the preferred way, in groups. The course is built around five principles:

1. Do It Yourself (DIY): This course is about practising and requires you to self-study to realise your project. This means studying tutorials, documentations, looking for answers online, etc. This is a huge part of any IT career: Tinkering, debugging, internet searching, watching online videos, looking at stack overflow, consulting docs, . . . 

2. Do It Together (DIT): But this course is also about doing things together. During classes, there is time to discuss issues/blocking obstacles, etc. It is also about asking your peers – and helping out if asked. It is also about skill sharing. Ideally in your group you can help each other out to a certain extent. 

3. Follow your interest: Think about what you want to do with programming/IT stuff. How can a project during this term help you get there? 

4. Challenge yourself: Choose a project where you don’t know yet how to solve it, where there are still unchartered territories. 

5. It’s about the process: Following from (4), it’s about learning new things and to grow. Consequently, it’s less about reaching a well-defined goal, but the process towards it. This is also reflected in the grading. 

The goal of this course is three-fold: First, some very basics of project planning and management. Second, students should build on their previous term's programming skills and develop a more or less practical, hands-on project. In subsequent years, students will conduct similar projects in the context of the CDC Lab, but in this course, students do not have to work cross-disciplinary - it's all about diving deeper into IT first.

Examination Modalities

The grade consists of the following:

30 % Project proposal and project plan
30 % Mid-term milestone and presentation
30 % Final implementation and presentation
10 % Project journal


Students from other study programs or other universities are welcome, provided the room capacity permits.

Key Words

Programming, Information Technology, Project Management, Computer Science


05 March 2024, 13:00–17:00 CDS Studio , "cancelled due to sickness"
13 March 2024, 09:00–13:00 CDS Studio , "Introduction: Planning a project"
10 April 2024, 09:00–12:15 CDS Studio , "p5js Workshop"
17 April 2024, 10:45–12:00 CDS Studio , "Consultation and feedback session"
24 April 2024, 10:45–12:00 CDS Studio , "Consultation and feedback session"
15 May 2024, 09:15–12:00 CDS Studio , "Mid-term check (mandatory)" (examination)
29 May 2024, 10:45–12:00 CDS Studio , "Consultation and feedback session"
05 June 2024, 10:45–12:00 CDS Studio , "Consultation and feedback session"
12 June 2024, 09:00–13:00 CDS Lecture Room , "Final presentations (mandatory)" (examination)

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 00:00 to 24 March 2024, 23:55
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Foundation 700/002.10

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Deepening / Application 700/002.20

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas 1-3: Study Area 2: Science and Technology 569/020.02

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible