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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The student will learn how to achieve the set of competences needed in the job world. In particular, soft skills; among them, cognitive styles, task management, inter-personal communication will be considered. The student will learn how to make a WBS, a Gantt and a PERT.

Course contents

The syllabus is reported below. More information on the course approach can be found on www.robertoverdone.org.

I.Introduction (approx 3 hours).

II. A Pragmatic Approach to Project Management (approx 9 hours).

- Projects, Roles, WBS

- Gantt and PERT Diagrams

- Cost Assessment

- Submitting a Project Proposal

III. Soft Skills and Aptitudes (approx 5 hours).

- Introduction to Cognitive Processes

- Success and Talent

- Aptitudes

- Leadership

IV. Communication Skills (approx 5 hours).

- Fundamentals of Human Communication

- Persuasion

- Inter-Personal Communication

- Presentation Skills

Additionally, the course will include a Madness session where all students will introduce themselves in one minute, and a CV contest.


Slidesets. Several books will be suggested for additional reading during the classes.

Teaching methods

Most lectures are based on the alternation of a presentation by the instructor and group work.

Morevoer, students will be assigned tasks to be performed by precise deadlines.

Assessment methods

The student will undergo a written questionnaire plus an oral exam.

The written questionnaire will include close-answer questions on the theoretical aspects related to soft skills. Students will be incentivised to pass it before end of the course. Otherwise, they will be given the chance to pass it on the day of the oral exam.

Prior to the date of the exam the student will deliver via email to the instructor by a specific deadline (normally two weeks before):

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

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

3) His/Her CV with a cover letter, simulating the application for a job position as project manager.

During the oral exam, the student will present in five minutes the slideset prepared.

Teaching tools


Online forms and tests.

Office hours

See the website of Roberto Verdone