Project Management: From Theory to Practice

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 for 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.

Acquired skills

  • 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.

General information

Course term: 122.07. - 02.08.

Free seats: 12

Price: 950 €

Category: Bussiness & Marketing

Status: Available

Deadline: 30.04.2024

Description

The summer course in Project Management will introduce the students in the science and art of project management. The students will learn about the principles of project management, the tools and the techniques that are part of every Project Manager’s tool kit and will apply this on case studies and an in-class group project to apply their knowledge on a real project. They will learn about the modern evolution of project management (like Agile).

Students will be asked to think about the sort of projects/industries that they would like to focus on. Skills taught will be applicable to all areas of Project Management, but students will have the opportunity to apply them to particular projects that they personally find interesting in the activity and discussion sections each day. Each day, time will be dedicated to working on individual projects and final assessments.

An essential part of the course will be guest speakers sharing their experience with managing their Projects. They will be talking about the tools, methodologies, and approaches used to make the Project a successful one.

Schedule

  • Day 1Introduction to the course - Introduction to Project Management, Identifying characteristics of a project, Identifying a Project Manager + Activities: How we define Project Management, Project Manager skills, Identifying projects that interest us.
  • Day 2Project lifecycle, Evaluating success, Work breakdown structures + Activities: Advantages of PM, Data collection for evaluation, Project breakdown structure
  • Day 3Identifying and prioritizing stakeholders, Stakeholder communications, Project scope, Scope creep + Activities: Stakeholder mapping, Comms and PR planning
  • Day 4Project Scheduling + Activities: In advance, students will be asked to identify a scheduling tool/app and to familiarize themselves with them. Class time will be used to present back to one another what has been found and an introduction on how to use the tools/apps that have been identified. This is reflective of industry- not everyone will have access to the same software/programs etc, so this is a useful way of diversifying knowledge about what is available to PMs.
  • Day 5Challenges and risk management, Likelihood and consequences + Activities: Introduction to risk assessments
  • Day 6Introduction to operations, logistics and strategy planning + Activities: Identifying the ops, logistics and strategies related to our projects
  • Day 7Team engagement, How to manage a team, Leadership qualities + Activities: Employability skills, How to engage with industry
  • Day 8Project closure and review + Activities: Final data collection and evaluation, Reflection and how to build upon experiences
  • Day 9Individual project - Time to work on final assessments
  • Day 10Individual project - Time to work on final assessments, Final presentations, Evaluation Teams, Evaluations

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

Lecturer

Lecturer Chantal Dickson avatar

Chantal Dickson & team

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The University of the West of England

Senior Lecturer at UWE Bristol

Bio

Chantal Dickson is a Senior Lecturer in Project and Events Management at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol, UK. With over 15 years of experience in the project management industry covering the business events and community events sectors within Australia and the UK, Chantal brings an international perspective on the industry to the classroom. In addition to working at UWE Chantal also works with a number of different projects including educational projects focusing on delivering successful student outcomes in universities, developing successful strategies for delivering successful community events, and creating meaningful stakeholder partnerships for destinations and events.

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Dr. Martin Laar (Netherlands)

has a bachelors in Business Administration, a master in International economics and a PhD in strategic marketing. As a senior manager and black belt project leader, he worked for 10 years at the global headquarters of the Philips Corporation in Amsterdam and Hong Kong. After leading major change operations in both banking and consultancy, he switched to the cultural sector in 2015. As BU director for the Dutch National Media Museum , he initiated and implemented a complete overhaul of the museum, the online environment and the internal organization. Dr. Laar is now a senior lecturer at the Windesheim College in the Netherlands. Having worked in several Central European countries both academically and professionally, dr. Laar is well familiar with Prague and much looking to meet you all there!

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Luc De Ceuster (Belgium)

obtained his Masters Degree in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from the Belgian Military Academy (Polytechnic). After completing his studies he was an officer in the Royal Engineers where he fulfilled different leadership roles. He left the military to become a professor at the SABENA Pilot Training center where he was responsible for a large part of the ground school courses. He continued his career again in construction (environmental technologies) and joined IBM and AT&T as Account Executive and Account Director. In 2006, he left for Prague where he founded APraCom and De Ceuster academy. Since then he has been providing Project Management courses for different Universities and provides training and coaching for companies.

Website www.DeCeusterAcademy.cz

Course outline

Literature

*Program/Course Outline is subject to change.


Literature and resources

Note please that the items below can be:

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  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.

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.

Assessments

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

Course time total 125 hours

  1. Course runs 2 weeks Monday to Friday 9:00-14:00
  2. Total time of in-class work = 50hours
  3. Preliminary assignment = 10hours
  4. Preparation = 65hours

Price

Course fee includes the course itself, application fee, study materials, afternoon/evening social activities and events, welcome and goodbye drink as part of the graduation party. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, public transportation ticket, 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 2024 there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee.

Terms and Conditions - Cancellation fees

Costs of living in Prague

Accommodation

For accommodation options, please visit the dedicated page

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Prerequisites

  • B1 CEF absolute minimum, B2 and above strongly recommended.
  • Laptop or a tablet needed for course assignments.
  • Interest in Project Management :)

Testimonial

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