Project Management: From Theory to Practice (Term 2.)

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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. 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.

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: 227.07. - 07.08.

Free seats: 12

Price: 700 €

Category: Bussiness & Marketing

Status: Early Bird

Deadline: 30.04.2020


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.


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 is running: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 14:00

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


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%

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 2020 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


For accommodation options, please visit the dedicated page

*Program/Course Outline is subject to change.


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