Project Management

Are you starting out on your project management career? On our CAS in project management you will learn how to use modern tools in a meaningful and targeted way.

Project management is required in many professions today. This work-study programme provides you with powerful tools that you can use day after day. 

  • Training as a manager with technical, methodological, social and personal competence 

  • Transfer of best-practice methods 

  • Application in practical contexts to real cases 

  • Use of new and varied forms of teaching such as eLearning, Action Learning and business games 

  • Lively exchange between professionals with different backgrounds 

Factsheet

  • Degree/Certificate Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
  • Duration 20 study days
  • Schedule Tuesday evening, Friday and Saturday (fortnightly)
  • Application deadline 6 weeks before start, later registration also possible if places are available
  • ECTS credits 12 ECTS-Credits
  • Costs CHF 8,500
  • Teaching language German
  • Location Bern, Schwarztorstrasse 48
  • Department Business
  • Next session Autumn 2021

Content + structure

Portrait

Designing, organising, leading, controlling and evaluating. CAS Project Management meets the needs of modern businesses. Project work is a critical success factor in most companies. With this work-study course in project management, you be able to form your team into a unit, achieve goals on time and react adequately to changes in the project environment, thus increasing you and your company’s professional edge. After completing this course you will be in a position to embed essential project management basics in your organisation. 

Course objectives

If you want to manage complex projects successfully, this course will equip you will all the necessary. 

Professional competence

You will be able to

  • independently grasp problem and systematically identify and specify requirements. 

    go through the phases of a problem-solving process in a structured and conscious manner, use appropriate methods and work out an adequate solution given your requirements and resources. 

    understand the basics of project management structures and processes, you know the key factors for successful project management 

    apply your knowledge methodically and situationally. 

    take on leadership tasks and encourage a positive team atmosphere. 

    carry out several simpler projects in parallel in the role of programme project manager. 

    understand the organisational framework for a project-oriented organisation and advise the management about key developments in various projects. 

Methodological Competence 

You will be

  • familiar with elementary methods of project management and solution development and are able to apply these in a situation-specific, targeted and technically correct manner. 

  • able to relate what they have learned to their own working environment and draw conclusions for their own future practice or that of your employer. familiar with the concepts and methods of internationally accepted standards and are able to apply them in a situation-specific manner. 

  • able to design a project controlling system that takes into account stakeholders. 

Social Competence 

You will be able to

  • coordinate a creative group process and bring it to a successful conclusion. 

  • take on co-responsibility, discuss matters in the group and deal constructively. 

  • achieve common goals and recognise the value of a collective learning process. 

  • be fair to the other members of the group and give constructive feedback. 

  • You can master difficult situations in a team and formulate insights into communication and group dynamics. 

Self-competence 

You will

  • develop confidence in your ability to understand a situation in its complexity, to develop adequate alternative solutions and to assess their usefulness from a holistic perspective. 

  • be able to play a constructive and goal-oriented role in a creative process. 

  • represent your own points of view and analyse them in dialogue. 

  • develop your own methodology for dealing with personal resources and master the successful application to your own life style. 

The CAS Project Management is structured as follows: 

  • Problem analysis and solution design:  problem types, system analysis, problem analysis, requirements analysis, creativity techniques, solution development, validation and testing 

  • Classic project management: project management processes, procedure models, order clarification, project structuring and organisation, resource management, process and schedule planning, risk management and profitability, quality management, contract and procurement management, project monitoring and controlling, reporting, project completion, success control, maturity models 

  • Simulation: this is a practical exercise in the use of selected procedures and instruments. It deals with complex decision-making situations under uncertainty and raises your awareness of the effects of your decisions 

  • Leadership and communication: basics of project leadership, leadership without authority, actively managing project environments, social structures, teams, roles, group dynamics, conflict management, motivation, information and communication planning 

  • Agile project management: areas of application (in contrast to classic PM), basic agile management values, change from leadership functions to roles, from manager to facilitator, uncertainty, methods and planning tools, steering projects with task boards and standups, compatibility of classic and agile methods, self-management and self-organisation 

  • eCollaboration: Modern digital tools for collaboration (teams, SharePoint, OneNote, Skype) are not just explained, but are applied in practice through practical projects. 

Short presentations, discussions, teaching talks, case studies, group activities and many practical exercises are close to your professional environment - ready for direct application. 

We supplement these forms of teaching with other innovative teaching and learning methods: 

  • eLearning: interactive learning units with exercises and self-tests 

  • Simulation: different groups are responsible for managing a project simulated on the computer and compete with each other by comparing the project results 

  • Action Learning: working on an real world problems take from your jobs. This is done for half of the semester 

  • Case study: observation of a current situation from a project which is discussed in relation to content from the classroom. 

Successful participation in the programme requires regular attendance and a pass in the assessments. The following are regarded as proofs of competence: 

  • eLearning: students collect learning points when working through the eLearning units and the corresponding exercises. 

  • Action Learning: Students solve a practical problem from everyday business life in groups of four and apply the methods they have learned. Each group is accompanied and evaluated by a coach. 

  • Case study: you observe and reflect in pairs on a current situation from everyday project life and make references to the content of the lessons. The work is supervised and evaluated by a coach. 

Qualification + title

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) of the Bern University of Applied Sciences in "Project Management" (12 ECTS credits) 

Lecturers

Our lecturers are proven experts with extensive practical and theoretical knowledge in their subject areas. They have at least a university degree plus many years of experience in higher education. 

Requirements + admission

Are you involved in projects? Are you a manager who wants to acquire the basics for a smooth project flow? With CAS Project Management, you will impress your company - regardless of the industry - with knowledge that can be implemented immediately. 

University degree

You will be admitted to the programme with a degree from a university, university of applied sciences, university of teacher education, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, or an equivalent foreign university and at least two years of professional experience.

Higher vocational training

If you have a qualification from a higher vocational education institution (Diploma Höhere Fachschule HF, Federal Diploma, Federal Certificate of Proficiency) and several years of professional experience, you will also be admitted to the programme. However, you will be required to attend our Introduction to Academic Study before starting the CAS. Completion of this module is a prerequisite for admission to the CAS.

Exceptions

In exceptional circumstances applicants may still  be admitted. The head of the degree programme will make a decision based upon your application and extenuating circumstances. Please contact us. 

Knowledge & Skills

It is advantageous for the learning process if practical project experience is already available, so that connections between theory and practice can be established.

For all students of our CAS programmes we offer a half-day course Effective Learning. Attendance is recommended and is free of charge for CAS students. At this event, you will learn about the practice-oriented learning style used at universities of applied science.

Organisation + Registration

The programme lasts 20 study days. Classes are held fortnightly on Tuesday evening and Saturday (full day) and on three to four Fridays (full day). The maximum number of participants is 24.

Documents required for registration

You can register online via registration form. For registration we require following documents (in PDF format, max. 1 MB per document): 

  • Diplomas 

  • Curriculum Vitae 

  • Passport-sized photo (in JPG format) 

Please upload these documents even if you have already submitted them for another application. 

Fortnightly on Tuesday evening and Saturday (full day) and three to four Fridays (full day).

The registration deadline for the programme is 6 weeks before the start of the course. Since the course is always well attended, early registration is recommended. If places are available, later registration is also possible. 

CHF 8,500 
 
All compulsory literature, course materials and assessments are included in the price.

The general terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to make changes. In case of doubt, the wording of the official BFH regulations are binding. 

Advice

Study Counselling

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Head of the degree programme

Administration

Information events

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we offer you our personal advice in addition to the information events.  By telephone or online via MS Teams.

Please contact us!

E-mail: weiterbildung.wirtschaft@bfh.ch 
Phone: 031 848 34 02

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