Project Management: From Theory to Practice (Term 2. – 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. 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: 209.08. - 20.08.

Free seats: 10

Price: 700 €

Category: Bussiness & Marketing

Status: Early Bird

Deadline: 30.04.2021


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 evolutions of project management (like Agile). The second part of the course will introduce them into the project management certifications offered by the Project Management Institute and will get an introduction into the Certified Associate in Project Management of CAPM certification.


  • Day 1Project Selection - Introduce decision making methods for project selection. Includes financial parameters, formal decision making and decision trees
  • Day 2Principles of Project Management - Defining projects and project management and differences with operations. Introducing terminology and definitions
  • Day 3A project in 10 easy to follow steps - Introducing the project management process, the different process steps and knowledge areas as defined in the PMBOK®, sixth edition
  • Day 4Charter, stakeholders and scope - Project initiation, stakeholder identification, creation of the project charter. Project planning: requirements identification, defining the scope of the project, defining and creating the WBS, identification of the activities
  • Day 5Schedule, Resources and Cost - Describe the different tools for precedence diagramming, critical path calculations and duration reduction, resources allocation and evaluation, cost and budget. Application in ProjectLibre (free download). Selecting own project and set up groups
  • Day 6Risk, Execution and Closing - Defining risk and risks management cycle, project execution and follow up (schedule condition and earned value management), changes, project closing. Own project
  • Day 7CCPM/Agile/Scrum/Kanban - Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) as an alternative to the classic approach. Introducing adaptive project environments like Agile, Scrum and Kanban. Own project
  • Day 8Introduction to Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) - Introducing the PMI foundations to project management and the CAPM certification. Importance, value and future. Own project
  • Day 9CAPM Sample test - Introduction to a typical CAPM certification test Review of the course. Own project
  • Day 10Final presentations, Evaluation Teams presenting their different projects Discussions, evaluations, final test

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


Luc De Ceuster


University of New York in Prague

Freelancer and Lecturer


Luc De Ceuster 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.



Course outline


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 2021 there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee.

COVID-19 Tests upon arrival to Prague you might be asked to take a COVID test to avoid quarantine or you will have to take the test before your departure to Prague at the airport. In that case, we have decided to contribute to the testing and reimburse you in the amount of 100,- EUR. More info here .

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.

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.


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


"I enjoyed time in Prague very much, the city is splendid, people were awesome. Even though I am not a party guy, the program offered me a lot of sightseeing, city tours, I visited museums, parks and everything possible. Two weeks is ideal time for getting to know new people, making new friendships, to learn something and enjoy city. I would recommend joining ESS for everyone."