Prague, Czech Republic

Project Management, From Theory to Practice (Term 1)

when 26 July 2021 - 6 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 800

The main objective of this course is to introduce you to modern methodologies, principles and tools required for defining and managing projects in complex environments. All participants will get hands on experience in managing complex projects by creating project artifacts and managing different phases of a case study based on a real project. In addition you will get an overview of the main skills needed by a project manager and how to develop them during your career.

Course leader

Dr Les Tickner (Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK)
A qualified Civil Engineer with over 34 years’ industry involved in the design and construction of countless projects. Programme Leader, Module Leader and Lecturer at the University of Northumbria.

Target group

Young professionals and university students with an intermediary level of English, considering working as a Project Manager or improving your project management skills to the next level

Course aim


Understand modern project management using methodologies such as
Understand the differences between the Waterfall and Agile approach
Develop and implement a project plan and business case
Understand the the list of skills that a PM needs and how to develop them


Day 1

Welcome, course admin, Introductions, Objectives
Project & project management (PM) defined, basic characteristics
Project life cycle & constrains
Project manager & project team: traits & skills
The characteristics of a PM (assertivity, resilience, self-awareness)

Day 2

Project environment and company organization (ITIL quick overview, PMO
Project stakeholders: overview
Managing conflicting Organisational priorities (i.e Operations‘ priorities, Inflight projects)
Project Methodologies & standards (Prince2, PMBOK, Agile, etc.)
Overview of the differences between Agile and Waterfall.
Case study introduction

Day 3

Communication (MBTI self-assessment)
Project Initiation (Project Mandate, Project Brief, Business Case, Project Charter, Feasibility Study)
Project management system and communication plan (sharing and archiving information)
Regulated industries (i.e. BioPharma, Banking, Healtcare, etc...) and Audits
Homework review and discussion

Day 4

Project Initiation (Project Mandate, Project Brief, Business Case, Project Charter, Feasibility Study) - continued
The Project Board (Steering Commitee, Project Sponsor)
RACI matrix
Influencing and Leadership
Homework review and discussion
Guest speaker 1 - TBD

Day 5

Assigning resources (resource pools, matrix structure)
Project Planning (Project Plan, MS Project vs Excel vs other tools)
Planning and forecasting (Product Based Planning)
„Reverify 3 times“
Managing conflict
Risk and Issue Management
Management by exception
Homework review and discussion

2nd week:

Day 6

Project Budgeting, Funding & Financial management (Capitalization, ammortization, accruals, etc.)
Deliverables, Quality criterias and Project Controls
Quality Management
Project Execution (Tolerances, Checkpoints, Reports)
Homework review and discussion

Day 7

Project Stages and Work Packages
Managing Issues & Risks (and also assumptions and dependencies)
Dealing with difficult situations (exception reports, escalations)
Change Management & Change Control
Picking up an ongoing project (from another PM or from...nobody)
Homework review and discussion

Day 8

Project Governance and reporting
Project performance tracking (KPIs)
Meeting Minutes and summaries
Homework review and discussion
Guest speaker 2 - TBD

Day 9

Re-planning and re-baselining
Testing (SIT, UAT, etc.)
Project Closure (Releasing to Operations, Decommissioning, Project Evaluation Review)
Configuration Management
Professional attitude
Homework review and discussion

Day 10

Reporting to very senior management
Obtaining approvals
How to get your first PM or PC job (CV, interviews, building your experience
Recap and course closure

The summer course in Project Management will introduce the students in the science and art of project management. The students will learn about the principles of project management, the tools and the techniques that are part of every Project Manager’s tool kit and will apply this on case studies and an in-class group project to apply their knowledge on a real project. They will learn about the modern evolutions of project management (like Agile). The second part of the course will introduce them into the project management certifications offered by the Project Management Institute and will get an introduction into the Certified Associate in Project Management of CAPM certification.

Credits info

5 EC
You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course which you may use to show evidence of the skills you have learnt during the course and have the credits accepted by your home university.

Fee info

EUR 800: Course fee includes the application fee, study materials, Prague public transportation ticket for 2 weeks, afternoon/evening social activities and events, welcome drink and goodbye graduation party. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside town over the weekend and entrance fees), and required equipment (i.e. pencils, paper for illustrations) are not included in the price.

Please note, after the 30th of April 2021, there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee.

In addition, we have adopted a COVID-19 Cancellation fee - in case the course will be cancelled without an online alternative or the Summer school program will not be happening/possible due to the lasting Coronavirus restrictions in your country or in the Czech Republic, we will be refunding all course fee back so the cancellation fee is 0EUR.
EUR 182: Accommodation fee for a 13night stay at Botic Student House starts at 14 EUR/night.

Everyday afternoon or evening activities organized - sports, weekend trips, city tours, sightseeings, parties etc.

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