A.Y. 2017/2018. Classes will be held on Fridays, from 2 to 5 pm, starting on February 23, till May 18, at the School of Engineering: Viale Risorgimento 2. Room 3.4 (third floor).


This course is about transversal (also denoted as soft) skills. It discusses what is talent, and to what extent success in professional life depends on non-technical skills.

According to a 2015 report by Manpower, talent depends on technical skills mainly, in 30-45% of cases. In 55-70% of circumstances, talent and success depend on self-motivation and soft skills.

According to Dublin’ descriptors, which offer generic statements of typical expectations of achievements and abilities associated with degrees awarded at the end of I (Bachelor), II (Master) or III (pHD) cycle programmes, students must be trained towards:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Making judgements
  • Communication
  • Lifelong learning skills

The last three items  are of transversal nature, i.e., they are agnostic with respect to whether a student is attending a programme in Engineering, Science, Economy, Law, or whatever else.

In agreement with this, the course in particular addresses the topics of: i) project management, a discipline that helps to apply knowledge; ii) oral and written human communication; iii) team working and leadership; iv) self-awareness of intellectual abilities, v) employability and others. Experience on the creation of startups and the development of business ideas in the multi-disciplinary context of the Internet of Things, will be also discussed.

The course is taught in the framework of the Telecommunications Engineering international degree, but it is open to students of any other degree of Engineering, and from other Schools. Indeed, the topics addressed are only very marginally oriented to the engineering discipline. The creation of interdisciplinary teams of students will be sought.

Soft skills can not be taught. They can be discussed, analysed, and students made aware of their own strenghts, and wekanesses with respect to soft skills.

The course will be based on lectures given by the instructor, seminars held by professionals, interactive and team working sessions. For this reason, it makes no sense to choose this course, if you are not going to attend most or all lectures.

The official UniBo page of the course including a syllabus is here.

More details can be found here.

Assessment Method.

The information reported here complements the one on the official page.

The student will undergo an oral exam. One week before the date of the exam the student will deliver via email to the instructor:

1) a one page report of a selected lecture, following the template provided by the instructor (“One Page Report Template“); the lecture chosen for the report will be assigned by the instructor;

2) a three page project proposal, following the template provided by the instructor (“Project Proposal Template“); this can be shared among team group members;

3) a SWOT analysis related to his/her future career after graduation (“SWOT_Chart“);

4) a powerpoint presentation describing the project proposal, following the guidelines for presentations discussed during the course, _or_

5) a three-minute pitch of a business idea discussed during the course.

During the exam, all above items will be discussed orally. The project presentation will be given ten minutes.


On March 23, Giorgia Bertozzi, Manager of PwC (London) will give a seminar on project management.




PMSS18_Project Management

Presentation by G. Bertozzi

Associate Project Manager_Job Description


PMSS18 – One Page Report Template

PMSS18 – Project Proposal Template


G-Form Apr 6 – Groups




CV Contest: outcome.

Winner (she does not need to submit the one page report, and is exempt from preparing ppt presentation at oral exam):

Beatrice Grossi.

The following students are also exempt from submitting the one page report (step one for the exam): Marco Scokaj, Sabina Hojakuliyeva, Giulia Bosi, Eleonora Zamboni, Alba Martin, Andrea Giovannini, Giampaolo Cuozzo, Giulia Sassatelli, Hanin El Figha, Henrietta Bleness, Julia Igual, Natalia Diaz, Nerea Canales.

Course assessment – by students.

If you attended the course during 2018, please fill the assessment form below to let me know WHY you liked or disliked it. You might even write a like and a dislike statement in the same form. I will use your statements to improve the course next year, and to present it to the next year students. The assessment form is not anonymous: your first name (not the family name) is requested, to make your statement personalised. No student is obliged to fill it. There is no implication on the exam. However, this open feedback would be extremely appreciated.

Roberto Verdone

Assessment form.

All feedback received through the form is available here: PMSS18_feedback. I found it very useful. Thank you to those who contributed!

Exam dates.

  • May 25, 2 pm, Prof. Verdone’s office. Deadline to submit documents: May 20, EOB.
  • June 29, 2 pm, Prof. Verdone’s office. Deadline to submit documents: June 24, EOB.
  • July 13, 2 pm, Prof. Verdone’s office. Deadline to submit documents: July 8, EOB.
  • July 27, 2 pm, Prof. Verdone’s office. Deadline to submit documents: July 22, EOB.