Project Management: From Theory to Practice (ON CAMPUS)

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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. All participants will get hands on experience in managing complex projects by creating project artifacts and managing different phases of a case study based on a real project. In addition you will get an overview of the main skills needed by a project manager and how to develop them during your career.

Acquired skills

  • Understand modern project management using methodologies such as PMI and PRINCE2
  • Understand the differences between the Waterfall and Agile approach
  • Develop and implement a project plan and business case
  • Understand the the list of skills that a PM needs and how to develop them

General information

Course term: 125.07. - 05.08.

Free seats: 12

Price: 750 €

Category: Bussiness & Marketing

Status: Early Bird

Deadline: 30.04.2022


Course is running: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 14:00 = 4 hr 30 min + 30 min break


Lectuer Dr. Les Tickner PhD avatar

Dr Les Tickner PhD


Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

Senior Lecturer at Northumbria UNI


A qualified Civil Engineer with over 34 years’ industry involved in the design and construction of countless projects. Latterly worked as a Director of Environmental Services then as Leadership and Talent Manager in the Public Sector. Currently employed as a Programme Leader, Module Leader and Lecturer at the University of Northumbria and Associate Lecturer at Newcastle University and QA International Development.

My academic strengths are in the areas of logistics, quantitative and qualitative research skills and financial data analysis. During my PhD studies at the University of Northumbria, I studied organisational performance measurement in the Public Sector researching the many contributory factors that play a part in performance improvement including, engagement, leadership, management, empowerment, autonomy, structures, and strategy

Course outline

1st week:

Day 1

  • Welcome, course admin, Introductions, Objectives
  • Project & project management (PM) defined, basic characteristics
  • Project life cycle & constrains
  • Project manager & project team: traits & skills
  • The characteristics of a PM (assertivity, resilience, self-awareness)

Day 2

  • Project environment and company organization (ITIL quick overview, PMO
  • Project stakeholders: overview
  • Managing conflicting Organisational priorities (i.e Operations‘ priorities, Inflight projects)
  • Project Methodologies & standards (Prince2, PMBOK, Agile, etc.)
  • Overview of the differences between Agile and Waterfall.
  • Case study introduction

Day 3

  • Communication (MBTI self-assessment)
  • Project Initiation (Project Mandate, Project Brief, Business Case, Project Charter, Feasibility Study)
  • Project management system and communication plan (sharing and archiving information)
  • Regulated industries (i.e. BioPharma, Banking, Healtcare, etc...) and Audits
  • Homework review and discussion

Day 4

  • Project Initiation (Project Mandate, Project Brief, Business Case, Project Charter, Feasibility Study) - continued
  • The Project Board (Steering Commitee, Project Sponsor)
  • RACI matrix
  • Influencing and Leadership
  • Homework review and discussion
  • Guest speaker 1 - TBD

Day 5

  • Assigning resources (resource pools, matrix structure)
  • Project Planning (Project Plan, MS Project vs Excel vs other tools)
  • Planning and forecasting (Product Based Planning)
  • „Reverify 3 times“
  • Managing conflict
  • Risk and Issue Management
  • Management by exception
  • Homework review and discussion

2nd week:

Day 6

  • Project Budgeting, Funding & Financial management (Capitalization, ammortization, accruals, etc.)
  • Deliverables, Quality criterias and Project Controls
  • Quality Management
  • Project Execution (Tolerances, Checkpoints, Reports)
  • Homework review and discussion

Day 7

  • Project Stages and Work Packages
  • Managing Issues & Risks (and also assumptions and dependencies)
  • Dealing with difficult situations (exception reports, escalations)
  • Change Management & Change Control
  • Picking up an ongoing project (from another PM or from...nobody)
  • Homework review and discussion

Day 8

  • Project Governance and reporting
  • Project performance tracking (KPIs)
  • Meeting Minutes and summaries
  • Homework review and discussion
  • Guest speaker 2 - TBD

Day 9

  • Re-planning and re-baselining
  • Testing (SIT, UAT, etc.)
  • Project Closure (Releasing to Operations, Decommissioning, Project Evaluation Review)
  • Configuration Management
  • Professional attitude
  • Homework review and discussion

Day 10

  • Reporting to very senior management
  • Obtaining approvals
  • How to get your first PM or PC job (CV, interviews, building your experience
  • Recap and course closure

*Program/Course Outline is subject to change.

Literature and resources

Note please that the items below can be:

  1. Downloaded from the web (name yet to be announced) OR
  2. Sent by mail upon request prior to the course OR
  3. Downloaded onto attendant’s flash

whatever appears more appropriate. Other items are available upon request.


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.


  • attendance in class 15%
  • team assignment 40%
  • individual assignment 35%
  • exam 10% (optional, if required by home University)

Course time total 125 hours

  1. Total time of in-class work = 50hours
  2. Preliminary assignment = 10hours
  3. Preparation = 65hours


Course fee includes the course itself, application fee, study materials, Prague public transportation ticket for 2 weeks, afternoon/evening social activities and events, welcome drink and goodbye graduation party. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside of town over the weekend and entrance fees), and required equipment (i.e. pencils, paper for illustrations) are not included in the price.

Please note, after the 30th of April 2022 there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee.

COVID-19 Antigen Tests upon arrival to Prague you might be asked to take a COVID test or you will have to take the tests regularly during your stay. We will have Antigen tests ready for you at the student dormitory Botic and in the classrooms, if needed..

COVID-19 Cancellation fee - in case a particular course will be cancelled without an alternative course or the Summer school program will not be happening even in an ONLINE version due to Coronavirus in your country or in the Czech Republic, we will be refunding all amount so cancellation fee is 0,- EUR.

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*Program/Course Outline is subject to change.


  • Considering working as a Project Manager or improving your project management skills to the next level
  • Homework: Prepare project artifacts based on case study and/or work/research on a skill and/or self-assessment. Skills, Theory, Real life examples, Practice/Case study (based on homework review)


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