MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree

Each module contains 3 ECTS. You choose a total of 10 modules/30 ECTS in the following module categories: 

  • 12-15 ECTS in technical scientific modules (TSM)
    TSM modules teach profile-specific specialist skills and supplement the decentralised specialisation modules.
  • 9-12 ECTS in fundamental theoretical principles modules (FTP)
    FTP modules deal with theoretical fundamentals such as higher mathematics, physics, information theory, chemistry, etc. They will teach more detailed, abstract scientific knowledge and help you to bridge the gap between abstraction and application that is so important for innovation.
  • 6-9 ECTS in context modules (CM)
    CM modules will impart additional skills in areas such as technology management, business administration, communication, project management, patent law, contract law, etc.

In the module description (download pdf) you find the entire language information per module divided into the following categories:

  • instruction
  • documentation
  • examination 
Advanced Project Management (CM_AdvProjMgmt)

The goals of an organization can be efficiently pursued only through proper project management, as a means able to consistently tackle their needs. Thus the role of the Project Manager becomes essential, as responsible to achieve the objectives, respecting the constraints determined by the project context. Modern Project Managers must have in-depth technical and management knowledge.
The course provides the students with the main tools and methods to manage projects and to analyse the organizational context, to provide useful information that can translate into organizational improvements and increased efficiency in the pursuit of business objectives. The course gives also the opportunity to certificate the knowledge acquired in project management with the CAPM certification (Certified Associated in Project Management) provided by the PMI (Project Management Institute).


Basic Knowledge in Project Management

Learning Objectives

  • understand the project management lexicon to communicate in a correct way
  • provide theoretical and practical knowledge for proper and integrated project management
  • define the project plans to plan and manage the project
  • define the project life cycle to improve the project strategy
  • define the main tools and techniques to manage the project
  • define the processes and the related work flow for an efficient project management
  • understand the power of knowledge to improve the results of the organization

Contents of Module

  • Project introduction to understand the context
  • Terminology introduction to use a common lexicon
  • Scope and objectives definition to define requirements, assumptions and constraints
  • Definition and use of the WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) to define the main components of the project
  • Time management to define project activities, critical path and project schedule
  • Cost management to define project budget and the project contingency
  • Control management to protect the plans with the Earned Value Management System

Teaching and Learning Methods

Front lessons – to better understand the content of the lessons: best practices and excercises
Test Case – to be developed in little group or by themselves
Content Test – to understand the knowledge of the concepts of the previous lessons
Project work – to develop a project in little group applying the contents of the lessons


PMI (2012), PMBOK V. ed., PMI
IPMA (2007), ICB v.3.0, IPMA
A. Bassi (2009), „Gestire l’innovazione nelle PMI, Franco Angeli
A. Bassi, M. Sampietro, T. Villa (2011), Lavorare per progetti, ETAS
R. Mulkay (2012), PMP Exam Prep, RMC

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