81799 - PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND SOFT SKILLS M

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Roberto Verdone

  • Credits 3

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

The student will learn how to acquire the necessary skills to be a successful engineer. In particular, non-technical (also known as soft) skills are discussed; among them, emphasis will be given to inductive/deductive/analytical/design reasoning, to communication skills and employability. Moreover the student will learn how to use the basic tools of project management, including GANTT and PERT diagrams, workpackage breakdown, project cost estimation, and relevant aspects.

Course contents

Success and Talent.

Soft Skills and their Role in Engineering.

Communication Skills.

Team Working.

Engineering as a Job.

Employability.

Project Management.

Research Project Proposals.

Business Model Proposals.

Experiences from the Field.

Readings/Bibliography

Handouts provided by the instructor.

Teaching methods

Chalk and Talk.

Interactive Sessions (brainstorming sessions, discussions, etc)

A number of seminars given by engineers working in industry and pursuing a PhD.

Team Working.

Assessment methods

The student will undergo an oral exam. Prior to the date of the exam (one day before) the student will deliver via email to the instructor:

1) a one page report on a topic agreed with the instructor, following the template provided by the instructor (see www.robertoverdone.org under "Courses")

2) a three page research project proposal, following the template provided by the instructor (see www.robertoverdone.org under "Courses")

3) A SWOT analysis related to his future career after graduation.

4) A powerpoint presentation on a topic agreed with the instructor, following the template provided by the instructor (see www.robertoverdone.org under "Courses").

During the exam, all above items will be discussed orally.

Teaching tools

Chalk and Talk.

Interactive Sessions (brainstorming sessions, discussions, etc)

A number of seminars given by engineers working in industry and pursuing a PhD.

Team Working.

Links to further information

http://www.robertoverdone.org

Office hours

See the website of Roberto Verdone