Introduction.

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 (and partially the second one) 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; iv) self-awareness of intellectual abilities; 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 context 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 marginally oriented to the engineering discipline. In all cases, students from other Schools will have a chance to get in touch with the fundamentals of engineering mindset, a useful experience.

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.


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.

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

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.