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  • Project and Communication Management - Prof. Manuel De Nicola - a.a. 2017/2018

    ACADEMIC POSITION
    2012-present: Associate Professor of Accounting and Business Administration, Faculty of Communication Sciences, University of Teramo;

    NATIONAL ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS:
    Member of AIDEA (Italian Academy of Business Economics).
    Member of AIDEA-Young (Italian Academy of Business Administration).
    Member of S.I.D.R.E.A.(Italian Society of Accounting and Business Administration Teachers)

    EDUCATION
    1999-2002: Ph.D. in Theory and praxis of economic and financial communication, University of Napoli “Federico II”.
    2001, AIDEA summer school in Research Methodology, University of Messina,
    2005, EIASM summer school in Technology Management, University of Vaasa (Finland), 2005

    RESEACH AREA
    - Corporate social responsibility.
    - Accounting History.
    - Financial accounting and reporting.


    TEACHING EXPERINCES
    2000-present: Business administration, Accounting, Business strategy, at Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and Specialization Courses (University of Teramo, University of Napoli “Federico II”).
    2008: Corporate social responsibility, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of University of Szeged-Hungary (as visiting professor within the ERASMUS Teaching Mobility Program).
     

     

    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.

    Teaching methodology

    Teaching methodology is based on the “active learning” approach. It includes:

    - briefing, this is an “independent learning” stage, undertaken by students, either on their own or with others, mostly outside class hours. Students can acquire a first cognition on concepts, problems and possible solutions by consulting multimedia resources posted by the instructor on the e-learning platform. Students are expected to further investigate such issues and post on the e-learning platform their findings, remarks and possibly all the information sources they consider significant;

    -class discussions, during which an active debate on problems and possible solutions is stimulated by commenting on the briefing activities, also through business cases analysis, role-playing, paper analysis, video analysis, business gaming and similar ones. In this light «lecturers’ time is concerned more with identifying clear learning goals, providing support and feedback during learning, and assisting in the collation, presentation and assessment of learning outcomes than with conventional teaching» (Gibbs, 1992);

    -debriefing, is a systematically organized class activity that allows to assess the quality and effectiveness of the learning and teaching process.  During the class selfevaluation sessions are available; intermediate exams will be held as well as debates about particular issues of major importance. This makes prompt check and feedback actions possible, so that both students and instructor can reciprocally fine tune their respective learning and teaching style. 


    PREREQUISITE AND PREPARATORY

    • Prerequisite: None
    • Proparatory: None


    TEACHING PLAN

    Academic Year 2017/2018

    UNIT 1 PROJECT AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT: INTRODUCTIVE ELEMENTS, ORGANIZATION STRATEGY AND PROJECT SELECTION  (CH. 1-2)

    UNIT 2 STRUCTURE, CULTURE, COMMUNICATION AND PROJECT DEFINITION IN PROJECT ORGANIZATION (CH. 3-4)

    UNIT 3 TIME AND COSTS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT (CH. 5)

    UNIT 4 PLANNING PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND RISK MANAGEMENT (CH. 6-7)

    UNIT 5 PROJECT SCHEDULING, PROJECT DURATION AND PROJECT COMMUNICATION PLAN (CH. 8-9)

    UNIT 6 PROJECT MANAGER, PROJECT TEAM AND PROJECT COMMUNICATION: MANAGERIAL APPROACHES (CH. 10-11-12)

    UNIT 7 PROJECT PROGRESS AND PROJECT PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (CH. 13)

    UNIT 8 PROJECT CLOSURE: TYPOLOGIES, POST-IMPLEMENTATION EVALUATION AND RETROSPECTIVES (CH. 14)

    UNIT 9 INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS AND PROJECT OVERSIGHT (CH. 15-16)

    UNIT 10 "AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND CAREER PATHS: MANAGERIAL APPROACHES AND IMPLICATIONS (CH. 17-18)"

    UNIT 11 "COMMUNICATION PROJECT MANAGEMENT: CASE STUDIES AND TEAM PRESENTATIONS"

    UNIT 12 "COMMUNICATION PROJECT MANAGEMENT: CASE STUDIES AND TEAM PRESENTATIONS"

    28/10/2017 Room 9 h10.30

    3-4-5/10/2017 Room 9 h10.30

    The student office hours are Tuesday, 12:30 am - 1:30 pm, and Wednesday, 12:30 am - 1:30 pm.  To make an appointment, please send an email to mdenicola@unite.it or call the instructor at 0861.266049. During office hours, the instructor can meet with students also by skype. After class period student office hours may vary as circumstances dictate.


    The lecture schedule will be downloadable as soon as possible


    Project Management: The Managerial Process, 6/e

    • Autore: Erik W. Larson, Clifford F. Gray
    • Edizione:  6/e, The McGraw-Hill/Irwin series
    • Link ebook:

     
    During the lessons a selection of research articles, readings and business cases will be suggested



     Intermediate examination are listed in the lecture schedule

    The final exam consists of an oral and written part for everyone. 

    The oral part covers the whole material assigned. Exemption from final exam is offered for students who pass intermediate exams, prepare and give oral presentations (or similar tasks) during the class (individual/team); bonus points will be added according to the presentation effectiveness. 

    The written part consists on the preparation and defense of a written report about a business case analysis or a review of a scientific paper. 

    Grading criteria:

    60% n. 4 IE - intermediate examinations during the class (1 test for each units n.1 to n.4); 

    20% TA - team assignment (or individual assignment, in the case of not attending students) 

    20% BG participation, class participation, peer evaluation participation, evaluation given during peer evaluations, forum and on-line learning system participation (or individual assignment, in the case of not attending students).

    The instructor reserves the right to modify/change course requirements as circumstances dictate. For example, the instructor may wish to change the number and frequency of intermediate exams or other assignments if unexpected changes in the class schedule occur. If such a modification is needed, you will be notified by e-mail or through the course Web site.


  • Unit 1

  • Unit 2