Project Management for PhD Students
Prof. David Vernon
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Critical success factors in the transition to independent research
Why project management?
From theory to practice
Rhythm and time management
Manage your PhD
Time to write
Finished in four years! A step-by-step plan
The transition to post-doc: managing research in a successful university
All other lectures are based on the course text and are prepared by the students (see below).
Follow the link above to buy either a physical or an electronic copy of the book
B. E. Lovitts, "The Transition to Independent Research: Who Makes It, Who Doesn't, and Why", The Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 79, No. 3, pp. 296-325 (2008).
M. Shattock, Managing Successful Universities, Second Edition, McGraw Hill (2010); Chapters 1-2
This course will adopt an inverted approach to student instruction. For each class, the students must prepare a presentation that would be suitable for teaching the material under each of the ten headings in the Course Outline above.
The material under the first and tenth heading should be abstracted from the [Lovitts 2008] and [Shattock 2010], respectively (see Essential Reading above) and the material under the remaining headings should be abstracted from the corresponding chapter in the course textbook.
During the class, each student will present his material and the lecturers will play the role of students. After the presentation, lecturers and students will review the material delivered and discuss how it might be improved.
There will be six short assignments based exercises in Chapters 2-8 of the course textbook. All exercises must be completed successfully to pass the course. The specific exercises will be assigned as the course progresses.