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Professor
CINZIA DESSI' (Tit.)
Period
First Semester 
Teaching style
Convenzionale 
Lingua Insegnamento
ITALIANO 



Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[11/80]  MANAGEMENT [80/25 - Ord. 2017]  Direzione e Creazione d'Impresa 6 36
[70/84]  ENERGETIC ENGINEERING [84/00 - Ord. 2018]  PERCORSO COMUNE 4 36
[70/88]  CHEMICAL AND BIOTECHNOLOGICAL PROCESS ENGINEERING [88/00 - Ord. 2017]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 36

Objectives

The course aims to provide students with the basic tools of the methodology of Project Management, showing principles, tools and main techniques used during the 5 phases of the project life cycle, both for small and large projects, focusing on the right processes needed to defining, planning, organizing, monitoring and closing projects, from a managerial view.

A) KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING. At the end of the course, the student will know and understand the principles and methodologies that should be applied in the definition of an effective business strategy, with a comprehensive overview of what is the methodology of the project management and its scope of application. He/she will be able:
- To evaluate what is a project rather than an organizational routine;
- To recognize phases in which the life cycle of a project is correctly divided;
- To identify which aspects contribute to the pursuit of a project's success or failure;
- To set what type of organizational structure is a support for the enterprise during the project development.

B) ABILITY TO APPLY KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING. At the end of the course At the end of the course, the student will be able to critically evaluate the entrepreneurial choices and to increase their managerial skills in the field of project management through:
- The application of the project management methodology, in various organizational areas;
- the knowledge of the necessary management skills that will enable he/she to solve critical issues related both to technical and relational aspects, typical of the development of projects inside organizations.

C) MAKING JUDGMENTS. At the end of the course, the student will have developed critical spirit, unhooked from ideological bias and political considerations. He/she will have acquired full capacity in formulating autonomous and conscious judgments, with reference to the strategic context of the company with the ability to solve problems closely connected to the 5 phases of the lifecycle of a project. He/She:
- will have the knowledge of the main aspects relating to the articulation of the various processes inherent each of the 5 phases of the project lifecycle;
- will have the capacity of analysis and judgement both from a specific point of view of the various phases and processes, both in a general perspective of the whole process, from its conception to its conclusion.

D) COMMUNICATION SKILLS. At the end of the course, the student will be able to communicate his/her knowledge reached, inherent in the management of the company, with particular reference to project management. He/she will be able to communicate correctly and effectively with the various stakeholders in the sector, in private and in public audience, because he/she will have mastered the technical language typical of project management. He/she will have matured communicative skills closely connected to:
- The project development framework.
- The identification of information and data useful for the correct development of a project;
- The examination of main issues typical of project management and the world of projects.

F) EARNING SKILLS. At the end of the course, the student has developed learning skills that will enable him/her to continue the project management theme individually, also through the analysis and study of further specialized material, coming from both fields as specialized institutions of the subject, and research and academic fields. This will enable him/her to learn without difficulty the evolution of business realities and markets, through the acquisition of new methodologies of analysis in the field of projects, as well as to update and develop their knowledge and skills in the professional field.

Prerequisites

There is no formal prerequisite to attend the course. However, it is desirable that students have basic knowledge of management concepts like organization, enterprise, strategy, competitive advantage, innovation.

Contents

GENERAL PART (Total 8 hours)
Introduction to the project management. (2 hours)
- The project management and its worldwide diffusion.
- The Project Management Institute (PMI).
Project definition (3 hours)
- Characteristics
- Internal and external projects
- Small and large projects
- Program, sub-project, task and sub-task.
Project lifecycle (3 hours)
- The 5 areas of successful project management of Project Management Institute (PMI)
- The 9 knowledge areas of Project Management Institute (PMI)

SPECIFIC PART (Total 28 hours)
First stage of the project lifecycle: the project definition (6 hours)
- The idea
- Scope, time and cost
- The contest
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 2/9 Project Scope Management
- Project stakeholder
- The project manager
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 1/9 Project Integration Management
- The project charter
Second stage of the project lifecycle: the project planning and scheduling (9 hours)
- The work breakdown structure
- The project team
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 6/9 Project Human Resource Management
- The project timing
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 3/9 Project Time Management
- Gantt chart
- Pert
- The critical path
- Project costs budget
- Risk planning and managing
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 8/9 Project Risk Management
- The project communication
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 7/9 Project Communication Management
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 9/9 Project Procurement Management
Third and fourth stage of the project lifecycle: the project execution and monitoring (9 hours)
- The project monitoring
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 4/9 Project Cost Management
- The earned value
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 5/9 Project Quality Management
Fifth stage of the project lifecycle: the project closure (2 hours)
- The customer evaluation
- The project final report
- The project evaluation
The project’s success (2 hours)

Contents

GENERAL PART (Total 8 hours)
Introduction to the project management. (2 hours)
- The project management and its worldwide diffusion.
- The Project Management Institute (PMI).
Project definition (3 hours)
- Characteristics
- Internal and external projects
- Small and large projects
- Program, sub-project, task and sub-task.
Project lifecycle (3 hours)
- The 5 areas of successful project management of Project Management Institute (PMI)
- The 9 knowledge areas of Project Management Institute (PMI)

SPECIFIC PART (Total 28 hours)
First stage of the project lifecycle: the project definition (6 hours)
- The idea
- Scope, time and cost
- The contest
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 2/9 Project Scope Management
- Project stakeholder
- The project manager
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 1/9 Project Integration Management
- The project charter
Second stage of the project lifecycle: the project planning and scheduling (9 hours)
- The work breakdown structure
- The project team
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 6/9 Project Human Resource Management
- The project timing
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 3/9 Project Time Management
- Gantt chart
- Pert
- The critical path
- Project costs budget
- Risk planning and managing
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 8/9 Project Risk Management
- The project communication
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 7/9 Project Communication Management
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 9/9 Project Procurement Management
Third and fourth stage of the project lifecycle: the project execution and monitoring (9 hours)
- The project monitoring
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 4/9 Project Cost Management
- The earned value
- The 9 knowledge areas of PMI: 5/9 Project Quality Management
Fifth stage of the project lifecycle: the project closure (2 hours)
- The customer evaluation
- The project final report
- The project evaluation
The project’s success (2 hours)

Teaching Methods

The course adopts active modality of teaching with the aims to get involved students during the lessons and to teach wide specific skills.
 The 70% of lesson hours, will be traditional lectures, consistent with the achievement of the objective A); B); C); E).
 The 10% of hours, will be exercises in class, consistent with the achievement of the objective B); C); E).
 The remaining 10% of hours, will be for analyzing and discussing in class case studies and/or academic articles, consistent with the achievement of the objective C); D), E).
 The 10% of hours, there will be invited projects’ expert, with the aim to describe what happens in real life of projects, consistent with the achievement of the objective B); C); E).

Teaching Methods

The course adopts active modality of teaching with the aims to get involved students during the lessons and to teach wide specific skills.
 The 70% of lesson hours, will be traditional lectures, consistent with the achievement of the objective A); B); C); E).
 The 10% of hours, will be exercises in class, consistent with the achievement of the objective B); C); E).
 The remaining 10% of hours, will be for analyzing and discussing in class case studies and/or academic articles, consistent with the achievement of the objective C); D), E).
 The 10% of hours, there will be invited projects’ expert, with the aim to describe what happens in real life of projects, consistent with the achievement of the objective B); C); E).

Verification of learning

The final exam is a written test, formed by 10 open questions that should be answered in 2 hours and a half.
- 2 questions will be related to General part of the course. These questions will be able to evaluate the student’s knowledge level related to the general part of the project management methodology and its environment. In that way it will be tested the student’s knowledge and the achievement of the objective A); C); D).
- 3 questions will be related to the first and the second phase of the project life-cycle. These questions will be able to evaluate the student’s knowledge level related to the definition, planning and scheduling phase of a project, with more details. In that way, it will be tested the student’s knowledge and the achievement of the objective A); B); C); D).
- 3 questions will be related to the third and fourth phase of the project life-cycle. These questions will be able to evaluate the student’s knowledge level related to the implementing and monitoring phase of a project, with more details. In that way, it will be tested the student’s knowledge and the achievement of the objective A); B); C); D).
- 1 question will be related to the fifth phase of the project life-cycle and the project’s success. These questions will be able to evaluate the student’s knowledge level related to final phase of a project, the closure phase, with more details and condition to achieve the success in the projects. In that way it will be tested the student’s knowledge and the achievement of the objective A); B); C); D).
- 1 question will be related to one of the nine knowledge areas of the PMI Bok. These questions will be able to evaluate the student’s knowledge level with specific reference to a professional tool like the PMI Bok, as the fundamental guide for practitioners in that topic. In that way it will be tested the student’s knowledge and the achievement of the objective A); C); D); E).
Each answer will have a score expressed in thirties and depends on the difficulty of the question, for a total amount of 32/30 that means to reach the mark of 30/30 with honors. That is related also for those exams that have and excellent content in their answers and excellent use of the language. To pass the exam is required a score at least of 18/30. That means having a minimum knowledge of the topic with a basilar exposition of concepts.

Verification of learning

The final exam is a written test, formed by 10 open questions that should be answered in 2 hours and a half.
- 2 questions will be related to General part of the course. These questions will be able to evaluate the student’s knowledge level related to the general part of the project management methodology and its environment. In that way it will be tested the student’s knowledge and the achievement of the objective A); C); D).
- 3 questions will be related to the first and the second phase of the project life-cycle. These questions will be able to evaluate the student’s knowledge level related to the definition, planning and scheduling phase of a project, with more details. In that way, it will be tested the student’s knowledge and the achievement of the objective A); B); C); D).
- 3 questions will be related to the third and fourth phase of the project life-cycle. These questions will be able to evaluate the student’s knowledge level related to the implementing and monitoring phase of a project, with more details. In that way, it will be tested the student’s knowledge and the achievement of the objective A); B); C); D).
- 1 question will be related to the fifth phase of the project life-cycle and the project’s success. These questions will be able to evaluate the student’s knowledge level related to final phase of a project, the closure phase, with more details and condition to achieve the success in the projects. In that way it will be tested the student’s knowledge and the achievement of the objective A); B); C); D).
- 1 question will be related to one of the nine knowledge areas of the PMI Bok. These questions will be able to evaluate the student’s knowledge level with specific reference to a professional tool like the PMI Bok, as the fundamental guide for practitioners in that topic. In that way it will be tested the student’s knowledge and the achievement of the objective A); C); D); E).
Each answer will have a score expressed in thirties and depends on the difficulty of the question, for a total amount of 32/30 that means to reach the mark of 30/30 with honors. That is related also for those exams that have and excellent content in their answers and excellent use of the language. To pass the exam is required a score at least of 18/30. That means having a minimum knowledge of the topic with a basilar exposition of concepts.

Texts

Antonello Bove – PROJECT MANAGEMENT: la Metodologia dei 12 step – HOEPLI – 2008, [Ed. 2015]

Project Management. Body of Knowledge. Edizione Italiana. (Terza Edizione, 2004). American National Standard ANSI/PMI 99-001-2004

For Erasmus students.
If Erasmus students prefer using English books, they can opt for the books below and tell to the Professor.
Dennis Lock, The essentials of Project Management. Second Edition. Gower. 1996
Project Management Body of Knowledge, 4th Edition, PMI Project Management Institute Global Standard

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