Project and communication management - Prof. Antonio Prencipe - a.a. 2016/2017
INFO ABOUT THE COURSE
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
Projects and project management are terms increasingly common in advanced organizational contexts. In fact, a project management approach becomes necessary in organizational contexts and marketplaces characterized by a high degree of complexity and rapid change. The course aims to transmit to the student specialized knowledge about planning, organization, start-up, management, monitoring and project evaluation, together with the understanding of the most used and qualified methods in the field of project management. In addition, the student will acquire knowledge and skills about specific aspects of communication management in projects, having the opportunity to understand the complexity of the project communication processes - internal and external – jointly with the advanced approaches in order to achieve effective, efficient and flexible communication. At the end of the course, the student will have acquired skills and capabilities for the analysis and resolution of the most usual management issues in projects, jointly with the management of their information-communicative aspects. In particular, the student will have the ability to evaluate project decisions, to determine the performance of the project during its implementation and apply suitable tools and methods for project communication.
- Knowledge and understanding: The course aims to transmit to the student knowledge about planning, organization, start-up, management, monitoring and evaluation of projects, together with the understanding of the most used methods in the field of project management . In addition, the student will acquire knowledge and skills about specific aspects of communication management in projects, having the opportunity to understand the complexity of the project communication processes - internal and external - and of the means to achieve effective efficient and flexible communication.
- Applying knowledge and understanding: At the end of the course, the student will have acquired knowledge and methodologies for the analysis and resolution of project management issues and their information-communicative aspects. In particular, he will have the ability to evaluate project decisions to be taken, to determine the performance of the project during its implementation and apply suitable tools and methods for the project communication, both internal and external, in order to manage the complexity of information processes characterizing projects.
- Making judgements: The student, through the course, will have acquired the typical methodological approach of project management, with a focus on communication processes. Therefore, he will be able to deal with the management of projects in a systematic and flexible way, formulating and taking decisions even in relation to their nature, the risks associated with them and the human aspects influencing their evolution. In addition, he will be able to manage and effectively organize the project team, synchronizing the information process, as well as the project and external stakeholders, with the typical autonomy of a project manager in the leadership of projects.
- Communication: The student will have the ability to communicate competitively and with good language skills, in accordance with the peculiarities of project management, even in contexts that require a medium to high specialization. In particular, the student at the end of the course will have acquired soft skills suitable for the effective management of the mechanisms and processes that characterize communication in projects, even complex ones, such as the preparation and exchange of models and documents with the project team and project stakeholders, the organization and management of meetings and project reviews. In addition, the student will properly prepare reports about the project management activities and critically illustrate the project results.
- Learning skills: The student, at the end of the course, will have acquired the ability to understand and study the evolutionary dynamics that qualify the project management and the associated communication processes, both internal and external. The student will acquire specific skills for managing independently critical aspects concerning the project management. In addition, it will be able to learn the specifics of each context in which the project is being implemented, from an organizational, managerial and communication view.
PREREQUISITE AND PREPARATORY
- Prerequisite: No prerequisites are provided. Prior to attending classes, the student must have acquired a basic knowledge of business economics, with particular reference to the management, organization and corporate communication aspects.
- Preparatory: None
Unit 1 – Project and Project Management: introductive elements, organization strategy and project selection (Chapters 1-2)
Unit 2 –Structure, Culture, Communication and Project Definition in Project Organization(Chapters 3-4)
Unit 3 – Time and Costs in Project Management (Chapter 5)
Unit 4–Planning Project Management and Risk Management(Chapters6-7)
Unit 5–Project scheduling, Project duration and Project communication plan (Chapters8-9)
Unit 6 – Project Manager, Project Team and Project Communication: managerial approaches (Chapters10-11-12)
Unit 7–Project progress and Project Performance Assessment (Chapters 13)
Unit 8–Project closure: typologies, post-implementation evaluation and retrospectives (Chapter 14)
Unit 9 - International Projects and Project Oversight (Chapters 15-16)
Unit 10 - Agile Project Management and career paths: managerial approaches and implications (Chapters 17-18)
Unit 11 - Communication Project Management: business game e case history
Unit 12 – Hard and Soft Models in Project Management: Methodological Analysis and practical exercises
- Tuesday hour 13.30 - 15.30 - classroom 9
- Wednesday hour 13.30 - 15.30 - classroom 9
- Thursday hour 13.30 - 15.30 - classroom 9
- Erik W. Larson, Clifford F. Gray (2011),Project Management: The Managerial Process, 5/e. The McGraw-Hill/Irwin series. ISBN: 978-0-07-340334-2.
INTERMEDIATE TESTS AND EVALUATION
During the course are planned Self-Assessment Tests and Interim Tests with regard to each learning Unit in order to assess the knowledge gained by the student over the learning progress. The exercises, teamwork and other educational activities contribute to the training of the final overall assessment of the student. At the end of the course is planned a final and oral assessment.