Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Second semester
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Course description

The course aims to develop knowledge on project management in order to respond to the needs of today's complex markets.
The learning objectives of the whole course can be defined as follows:
Knowledge and understanding: the student must demonstrate understanding of project management terminologies, the role and responsibilities of the project manager and the main contents of the PMI book. The student will also have to know the models and concepts underlying strategic project planning for the search for competitive advantage. Thanks to these skills the student will be able to understand the processes necessary to ensure that the various aspects of the project are coordinated appropriately.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
the student must know how to apply the knowledge acquired during the study of specific examples and cases that the teacher will illustrate during the course or at the reception for non-attending students. The student must have project management skills for the satisfaction of needs for which it was undertaken (customer needs, specifications, service levels ...).
Autonomy of judgment: the student must be able to think independently on the methodological choices regarding the different areas of knowledge of the project and the different processes. You must be able to demonstrate that you can select suitable approaches, strategies and tools for the solution and presentation of business cases.
Communication skills: the student must be able to clearly and comprehensively explain the main topics covered by the course and the final exam (written and oral). In addition, you must develop synthesis skills in the written and oral presentation of the arguments.
Learning skills: the student will be able to study and deepen the contents proposed by the teacher through the independent learning of further bibliographical references for the expansion of knowledge. Finally, you must also demonstrate reasoning skills with other knowledge acquired in different disciplinary fields.


Prerequisites for students enrolled in the Master's Degree course in International Marketing and Management. Learners are required to have learned the basic contents of economics and business management.


The course addresses the historical evolution of project management following the methodological approaches of the Project Management Institute (PMI). The different areas of knowledge of project management are explored, from project integration and scheduling to risk management and the relationship with the different stakeholders.
Block 1 (16 hours): Introduction to the course for the development of knowledge in reference to the definition of a project and its timing, the definition of project objectives and the allocation of project resources. These steps will help define the work that needs to be done or, in other words, define the scope of the project.
Block 2 (16 hours): Analysis of the existing integration between knowledge areas and project management processes. In addition, the course addresses the main techniques and outputs to manage the project management process groups of initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and closure of a project.
Block 3 (16 hours): Quality management and communication strategy related to the project, exercises, case studies, business games and exam simulations.

Teaching Methods

The teaching activity of the course is organized in lectures, testimonials, strategic simulations, meetings with representatives of the business world, specialists, professionals. In order to improve learning, students are invited to view the material on the e-learning platform.
The theoretical arguments will be supported by the presentation of case studies that can be illustrated by the teacher to encourage the interactive debate with students on the dynamics present in the various companies.


- Project Management 2° Edition (2014) by Adrienne Watt. ISBN 13: 9781774200131

- A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) SIXTH EDITION (2017). Project Management Institute, 2017 ISBN 10: 1628251840

Learning assessment

All students (trainees and non-trainees) will have to take an exam.
The exam will be divided into two tests: written and oral.
The written test consisting of 8 open questions on the topics of the program, each question will be assigned a score of 4 points for the first 7 questions and 2 points for the last, the test will last 90 minutes.
The oral interview can only be accessed by those who have obtained at least the grade of 18 on the written test. The oral exam is compulsory for those who have obtained a grade from 27 to 30, optional in other cases.
The vote, out of thirty, will be the result of the two tests.
The exam will take place at the end of the course in the ordinary sessions and will cover the whole program.
The criteria for assessing the degree of learning refer to the understanding of the topics included in the study program, to the ability to communicate in both written and oral form, including the ability to use an appropriate language typical of the project management discipline, to the ability to synthesis and critical analysis.

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