A.Y. 2017/2018. Classes were held in 2018 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).

A.Y. 2018/2019. Hopefully, same schedule in 2019.

Introduction and Motivation.

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.

Technical skills are the stones to build your professionality, but soft skills are the cement.

Soft skills form an essential component of the training program for a student, whether he/she is enrolled in a degree in Engineering, Science, Economy, Law, Language, or whatever else.

Motivated by this, the course in particular addresses the topics of: i) project management, a discipline that helps to apply technical knowledge; ii) inter-personal communication; iii) team working and leadership; iv) self-awareness of own attitudes, v) employability. An introduction to the world 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 is incentivised. During the past edition of the course, two thirds of the students attending it were not enrolled in Telecommunications Engineering (see below for some of their comments to the course).

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: attendance is mandatory. The course will be based on lectures given by the instructor, seminars held by professionals, interactive and team working sessions, active learning approaches. For these reasons, it makes no sense to choose this course, if you are not going to attend most or all lectures: students will be admitted to the exam if they have attended 70% of classes.

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

More details can be found here.


The exam will provide a pass/fail outcome (no mark).

Before the date of the oral exam the student will deliver to the instructor:

1) a one page report of a selected lecture chosen by the instructor, following the template provided (“One Page Report Template“); ALTERNATIVELY, his/her CV following the guidelines provided during the course;

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

3) a SWOT analysis related to his/her future career after graduation, following the guidelines provided during the course (“SWOT_Chart“);

4) a powerpoint presentation describing the project proposal, following the guidelines for presentations discussed during the course; ALTERNATIVELY, a three-minute pitch describing only the project concept.

At the oral exam, all material provided is possibly discussed; the presentation is given a maximum time slot of ten minutes and in case of a team of students, they can share it (each one presenting one part of the slide set).

Material for classes and esam in 2018.


PMSS18_Project Management

Presentation by G. Bertozzi

Associate Project Manager_Job Description


PMSS18 – One Page Report Template

PMSS18 – Project Proposal Template





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.

What the students think of the course.

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.

Assessment form.

If you plan to attend the course in 2019, it might be useful to read what the former students think. All feedback received through the form above (collected in July 2018) is available here: PMSS18_feedback.

Exam dates.

Please note that the date of July 13 has been anticipated to July 11 (morning) – the instructor will be unavailable on the 13th for medical reasons.

  • 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 11, 9 am, 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.
  • Sept. 3, 3 pm, Prof. Verdone’s office. Deadline to submit documents: August 27, EOB.