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Master 2019/2020

Project Seminar

Area of studies: Applied Mathematics and Informatics
When: 1 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Valentina Kuskova
Master’s programme: Applied Statistics with Network Analysis
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus


This course is about organizing projects, both in academia and in practice. Current marketplace de-mands multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving, and this is especially true in applied statis-tics, where all tasks are organized as project. Throughout the semester we will become familiar with the most advanced current topics, presented by guest speakers and the ANR researchers. Whether you plan to work in the corporate world, or develop your career in academia, you will be forced to generate knowledge and disseminate it to others, and doing so would require to organize individual projects, so there is no doubt that you will use the skills acquired in this course.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course gives students an important foundation to develop and conduct their own research as well as to evaluate research of others.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Know topics, terminology, and principles of project management approach.
  • Know the most recent advances in network science and applied statistics.
  • Know the requirements and guidelines of project management.
  • Be able to understand the basic steps of project organization.
  • Be able develop and/or foster critical thinking skills.
  • Be able to criticize constructively and determine existing issues in project management.
  • Have project planning skills.
  • Have oral presentation skills.
  • Have basic academic writing skills in both English and Russian.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • What is project management?
    Project management is a vast practice that includes in it various project management topics. These topics are important to understand, and you generally learn more about them with experience. There are certain topics that are more complex than others. The range from covering the type of project you are undertaking to the various specific management areas of the project itself.
  • Business analysis and requirements management
    The session will look into finding what is missing in the required case and what is required to close the gaps.
  • Project management in academia
    The session looks into project management in a university setting – the triangle of time, cost and quality. We’ll also discuss soft skills that make academic projects more successful.
  • Cost Management
    This session looks at evaluating costs of different project stage, creating an appropriate budget, and following the budget closely.
  • Time and schedule management
    This session looks at setting realistic deadlines and assuring that the deadlines are met.
  • Stakeholder management
    This session covers the foundation of relational approach to stakeholder management.
  • Resource management
    This session will look into breaking down necessary resources, including human resources for project completion.
  • Agile project management
    The agile working methodology or ‘movement’ allows project managers and other stakeholders to assess and examine the direction of the project during its life cycle. Sprints or iterations are regular and consistent which allow for a constant-growth model which team members follow. At the end of each sprint or iteration it is required that the project team deliver results in moving the project along.
  • Ethics
    This session will discuss the ethical issues arising in project management
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Weekly homeworks
  • non-blocking In-class presentations
  • non-blocking Participation and responsibility grade
  • non-blocking Final Paper
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.3 * In-class presentations + 0.1 * Participation and responsibility grade + 0.6 * Weekly homeworks
  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.5 * Final Paper + 0.1 * In-class presentations + 0.1 * Participation and responsibility grade + 0.3 * Weekly homeworks


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Cavanagh, M. (2011). Second Order Project Management. Burlington, VT: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=411221
  • Eskerod, P., & Jepsen, A. L. (2013). Project Stakeholder Management. Burlington, VT: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=504481
  • Harris, E. (2009). Strategic Project Risk Appraisal and Management. Farnham, England: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=292718
  • Neal, J., & Harpham, A. (2012). The Spirit of Project Management. Farnham: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=456961
  • Silvius, G. (2011). Sustainability in Project Management. Burlington, VT: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=451780

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Heagney, J. (2012). Fundamentals of Project Management (Vol. 4th ed). New York: AMACOM. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=388987
  • Hill, G. M., & ESI International. (2008). The Complete Project Management Office Handbook (Vol. 2nd ed). Boca Raton: Auerbach Publications. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=202504