Insegnamento a.a. 2023-2024

20278 - PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND FUNDING OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Student consultation hours
Class timetable
Exam timetable
Go to class group/s: 31
CLMG (6 credits - II sem. - OP) - M (6 credits - II sem. - OP) - IM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - MM (6 credits - II sem. - OP) - AFC (6 credits - II sem. - OP) - CLELI (6 credits - II sem. - OP) - ACME (6 credits - II sem. - OP) - DES-ESS (6 credits - II sem. - OP) - EMIT (6 credits - II sem. - OP) - GIO (6 credits - II sem. - OP) - DSBA (6 credits - II sem. - OP) - PPA (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - FIN (6 credits - II sem. - OP) - TS (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07)
Course Director:
NICCOLO' CUSUMANO

Classes: 31 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: NICCOLO' CUSUMANO


Synchronous Blended: Lezioni erogate in modalità sincrona in aula (max 1 ora per credito online sincrona)

Suggested background knowledge

None

Mission & Content Summary

MISSION

Management knowledge is mainly based on organizational views: activities run by permanent organizations pursuing institutional goals. However, private and public organizations increasingly pursue their policies and their enacting strategies, are increasingly implemented through programs conceived as organized groups of projects. Projects, i.e. temporary endeavors undertaken to create a unique result by the means of defined sets of activities/tasks and resources (PMI, 2010) can be enacted both by public or private profit or not for profit actors engaged via a range of different instruments and processes. The course exposes students to the main policies and approaches used by international organizations to fund, procure and evaluate projects conceived by companies, non-governmental organization and public institutions. Going through theory of change and project cycle management students will learn how to design and manage projects in a variety of institutional and geographical contexts.

CONTENT SUMMARY

The course is organized around three logical blocks:

 

  1. international actors and their policies towards funding and procurement third parties implemented projects;
  2. project design;
  3. projects management and evaluation.

 

  1. The first block presents the relevance of projects and project management in the field of international economic and social cooperation and development policies. Instructors present the main international institutions (EU, UN, international financial institutions) and private organizations (philanthropic foundations, NGOs) and the way they operate to fund and procure projects.
  2. The second block focuses on how to design projects by providing students consolidated managerial approaches and techniques (project cycle management, logframe approach and theory of change).
  3. The third block provides students with applied approaches and tools about how to implement and manage projects and evaluates their results.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Understand public and private interplay in implementing policies and strategies
  • Know and understand the importance of projects in today’s public and private international organizations’ activities
  • Know and understand main funding and procurement processes used by international organisations
  • Understand the importance for third-party organisations willing to engage with international actors to position themsevles strategically
  • Know main project design and management tecniques 

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Interpret international organization policy implementation strategies
  • Identify effective approaches to work with calls for proposals and tenders issued by international organizations
  • Define a project intervention logic
  • Define project activities and resources needed
  • Write a project proposal
  • Assess and evaluate a project

Teaching methods

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Individual assignments
  • Group assignments

DETAILS

  • Instructors use case studies or incidents to present real situations and activate class discussions.
  • The individual assigment consists of real-world situtation where students are asked to analyse a real call for tender;
  • The group assigment ask students to design a project in order to answer to a real call for proposal.

Assessment methods

  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
    x
  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
    x
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
    x

ATTENDING STUDENTS

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Assessment method

What it entails

What it verifies

Individual assignment (30% of the final grade)

Writing a short report to assess opportunities / threats, risks involved in entering in a business relationship with public client 

  • Understand main procurement processes used by international organisations
  • Understand the importance for third-party organisations willing to engage with international actors to position themsevles strategically

Group assignment (40% of the final grade)

Writing the concept note and the logical framework of a project to be submitted to a real call for proposal

  • Understand main funding processes used by international organisations

  • Apply main project design and management tecniques
  • Understand the importance for third-party organisations willing to engage with international actors to position themsevles strategically

Written exam (30% of the final grade)

Answering 10 multiple choices, 2 short questions, 1 essay

  • Know public and private interplay in implementing policies and strategies
  • Know the importance of projects in today’s public and private international organizations’ activities
  • Know main project design and management tecniques

 

 

Attendance is valid for all exam sessions of the academic year.

 

The course is designed to keep involved also those students who cannot attend classes.

 

In case of partial attendance, due to internship or other academic commitments, it is recommended to contact the instructors to arrange the participation to class' activities (even at a distance) and course evaluation.


NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

Not attending students are required to take a written exam on all the topics covered during the course (100% of the final grade).

 


Teaching materials


ATTENDING STUDENTS

Materials available on Bboard and listed in the syllabus


NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

Materials available on Bboard and listed in the syllabus

H. LEWIS, Bids, Tenders and Proposals: Winning business through best practice, Kogan Page, 2015 (available at the library)

 

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