Project Management

Course Date: 29.7. - 9.8.

The main objective of this course is to introduce you to modern methodologies, principles and tools required for defining and managing projects in complex environments. You are going to prepare a formal project plan and business case of a selected project. In addition, all participants will get hands on experience in managing complex projects by creating and managing them by using various online tools.

Course Fee: 800€


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Course description


The main objective of this course is to introduce you to the methodologies, principles and tools required for defining and managing projects in complex environments following modern project management methodologies. You are going to prepare a formal project plan and business case of a selected project. In addition, participants will get hands on experience on managing agile projects by creating and managing an agile project using Visual Studio online. We will illustrate our cases by real examples that you might get across while participating in an international project.

Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 14:00

Credits: You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course. Please inform the organizing staff if you require any extra supplements, such as Transcript of Records. The student is eligible to receive up to 5 ECTS credits, however please follow the instructions here and consult the acknowledgment process with your university in advance.

Price: Course fee includes the application fee, study materials and afternoon / evening social activities and events, welcome and goodbye drink. Other expenses, such as transportation, meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside town, entrance fees, some of the sport activities and rentals), and required equipment (i.e. personal laptop) are not included in the price.

Accommodation: For accommodation options, please visit the dedicated page here.


Jakub, Slovakia - Project Management

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Course Goals and Objectives

This course provides an integrated introduction to PM. By “integrated”, it is meant that the student will learn all of the fundamental aspects of modern PM, both managerial and technical. Students will also become familiar with some PM software tools. Finally, in discussions and cases students will learn how to apply the skills required of a project manager.

This course will:

  • Provide experience in using the concepts, techniques, and tools available to project managers for organizing, planning, and controlling projects.
  • Help you develop an appreciation for the managerial, cultural, and social aspects of PM.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of the organization’s strategy during project selection.
  • Provide an understanding of the critical role of work breakdown structures and networks in planning, scheduling, and estimating the status of projects.
  • Create an awareness of potential conflicts and scheduling problems that occur on projects.
  • Demonstrate how to reliably estimate the status of projects.
  • Expose you to MS Project, and demonstrate it usefulness for planning and scheduling projects.

In pursuing these objectives, the course will:

  • Use the textbook
  • Combine theory and practice
  • Combine the strategic with the tactical
  • Use relevant concepts to analyze and assess complex project management situations

Course Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, the students will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of the PM life cycle, including: Plan, Control, and Organize and Allocate Resources
  • Understand PM processes
  • Comprehend basic tools and techniques to plan, organize and manage a project
  • Optimize results while managing the triple constraints
  • Manage stakeholder communications
  • Describe the principles of Team Leadership
  • Describe the career paths in the PM profession
Considering working as a Project Manager or improving your project management skills to the next level.
Course outline

1st week:

Day 1 – Projects and the Project Manager, project enviroment

  • Definitions
  • The project manager’s role
  • Internal and external environment
  • Project structures
  • Project and product life cycles
  • The Project Management Office
  • Rationale and business case
  • Mission, goals and strategy
  • Portfolio management
  • Financial analysis

Day 2 – Charter, scope

  • The PM Plan
  • The Charter
  • The Triple constraints
  • Project justification
  • The specification of scope
  • Constraints, limits, assumptions, and technical requirements
  • Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Priority Matrix

Day 3 – The WBS, cost estimation

  • WBS structure
  • WBS Dictionary
  • Graphical vs. outline format
  • Work Packages
  • Control accounts
  • Top down and bottom up cost estimation
  • Types of estimates and accuracies
  • Parametric estimates
  • Budget and contingencies

Day 4 – Stakeholder engagement and communications, The network and the critical path

  • Identify stakeholders
  • Manage stakeholder expectations
  • Forward and backward passes
  • Slack and critical path
  • Assigning resources
  • Milestones
  • Lags, leads and loops

Day 5 – Automation tools for network and critical path analysis, Earned Value Management

  • Tutorial for automation tool
  • Planned value, earned value and actual cost
  • Cost and Schedule Performance Indices
  • Cost and schedule analyses

2nd week:

Day 6 - Risk analysis, quality

  • Positive and negative risks
  • Risk strategies
  • Qualitative risk analyses
  • Program Evaluation and Review Technique
  • Contingencies and reserves
  • Quality standards
  • Cause and effect diagrams
  • Audits

Day 7 - Procurement, ethics

  • Contract types and risks
  • Incentive and award fees
  • Ethics and professional responsibility
  • Ethical case studies

Day 8 – New tools, own project

  • PRINCE2, SCRUM etc.
  • Own project

Day 9 - Status Project, own project

  • Councelling
  • Own project

Day 10 – Presentation of students’ final projects, Presentation of lessons learned

*Program/Course Outline is subject to change.

Grading Standarts:

Student participation is defined as contributing to the discussion in each class.

The course will consist of class participation and final project, weighted as follows:

Class participation: 25%


Project will be a team assignment

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