Classes will be held on Fridays, from 3 to 6 pm, starting on February 22, 2019, till June 7, 2019, at the School of Engineering: Viale Risorgimento 2. Room 0.6 (ground floor, historical building).

Normally, classes start at 3.15.

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.

The course will also address the issue of the new competences and professionalities required by the 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).

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 weaknesses, with respect to soft skills: for this reason, 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. So, 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 at least 70% of classes (attendance will be checked during the classes at random times).

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

CV Contest.

A professional and experienced recruiter (Giorgia Bertozzi, PwC, London) will open a (virtual) position as project manager. Students of this course will be allowed to submit their own CV to simulate a true job application. The CVs will be analysed by the recruiter, and winner(s) elected – with consequent simplification of their exam.

Self-Assessment of Own Aptitudes.

The course includes the use of a professional tool to assess the profile of students in terms of aptitudes, and the match to job profiles.


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”);

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;

5) additional material resulting from instructions provided during the classes.

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).

What the students think of this course.

If you plan to attend the course in 2019, it might be useful to read what the former students think of it. All feedback received through a google form, collected in July 2018, is available here: PMSS18_feedback. The next edition of the course will be slightly different than 2018, inspired by such feedback.

Material for classes and exam in 2019.

PMSS19_Intro (Slides)

PMSS19 – SWOT   (Template)

PMSS19 – One Page Report Template (Template)

PMSS19_communication_skills (Slides)

Associate Project Manager_Job Description (CV Contest)

PMSS19_how_to_conduct_a_presentation (Slides)

PMSS19_how_to_make_a_slide_set (Slides)

IDESIO_PITCH_180sec_2017 (Slides)

PMSS19_Project Management 1 (Slides)



Audio recording of classes: the audio of classes is recorded; the audio files are made available through a shared dropbox folder. Contact the instructor via email to get access. Files are in audionote format; students can find on the Web free converters to any other audio format.

Exam dates.


Forms and Files.

To be filled only by students attending classes, upon request by the instructor.

PMSS19_students_attending (File)

Attendance 2019 (Form)

Record your password (Form)

Test#1 (Form)

Test#2 (Form)

Test#3 (Form)

Attendance March 22 (Form)


1)Write down clearly WBS, Gantt, PERT on paper

2)Take a picture of it with your smartphone

3)Send it to roberto.verdone [at] with subject PMSS – IS2 by Wednesday 27, 6 pm