Within the framework of the workshop, students will be accompanied in the process to develop a topic for their master's thesis. They will be familiarized with tools from the areas of Creative Problem Solving & Idea Generating. In order to allow the brain to actual generate creative ideas, the student will learn to divide the idea process into four stages (idea generation, idea expansion, idea selection and the last stage, idea feasibility and the compliance with EU funding schemes and appropriate Project Calls).
Module 3 | () | Coursecode: K_EPM_2090003_S1_05Institutional Framework of the EU2 SWS2 ECTS
This course provides an introduction into the EU institutions. Students become familiar with the organization and powers of the most relevant EU institutions (EU Commission, Council, European Parliament, European Court of Justice). The decision making process in those institutions will be addressed and control mechanisms between those institutions are examined. The course aims at giving students a basic understanding of the functioning of the European Union. The organization of the EU Commission will be one of the focus points of this course, in particular with respect to research funding. Students will be able to gain an insight into the role of the EU institutions in research funding and handling of EU projects. The methods applied in this course include lecture, case studies, self study and elearning assignments.
Module 3 | () | Coursecode: K_EPM_2090003_S1_04Overview of EU Funding Schemes2 SWS2 ECTS
The EU provides funding for a broad range of projects and programmes covering areas such as: (a) regional & urban development; (b) employment & social inclusion; (c) agriculture & rural development; (d) maritime & fisheries policies; (e) research & innovation; (f) humanitarian aid. Funding is managed according to strict rules to ensure there is tight control over how funds are used and that the money is spent in a transparent, accountable manner. As a group, the EU Commissioners have the ultimate political responsibility for ensuring that EU funds are spent properly. But because most of the funding is managed within the beneficiary countries, responsibility for conducting checks and annual audits lies with national governments. Over 3/4 of the EU budget is managed in partnership with national and regional authorities through a system of "shared management", largely through 5 big funds - the Structural & Investment Funds.
Module 3 | () | Coursecode: K_EPM_2090003_S1_06Strategies EU 2030 - Thematic Objectives and Overview2 SWS3 ECTS
Strategic orientation and policies of the EU with challenges
1. Overview to EU fundings budgets and the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 2. Examples of project budgets and challenges in the planning phase 3. Resource planning as prerequisite for budgeting 4. General principles of financial planning, cost accounting, cost types and eligibility 5. Differences between funding regimes and regulations 6. Calculating different cost categories 7. Budgeting under different rules and corresponding impact on project financing 8. Internal vs external budget, internal control systems and financial viability of projects
1. Introduction to theoretical concepts of the concept of culture. Stereotyping, comparing cultures, dimensions and concepts; 2. Planning of internal and external communication activities within the framework of an EU project. Analytical presentation of a developed communication concept (internal and external communication plan) for the developed project idea.
The student gets an overview of different leadership styles and possible team roles that the participants can take on in European project management. Internal and external project communication will be discussed from the perspective of the students' empathy.
Module 6 | () | Coursecode: K_EPM_2090003_S2_01Excursion to the EU Institutions2 SWS5 ECTS
Overview of the Funding schemes of the European Commission (Horizon +, Erasmus+, European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, Europe AID, Creative Europe…); Networking in Brussels (theoretical Foundation through speaker and application through personal networking activity), visit of European institutions.
Module 7 | () | Coursecode: K_EPM_2090003_S2_02Quality Management in EU Projects3 SWS5 ECTS
Quality Plan, Products (Deliverables) and Processes, Responsibilities, QA Templates, Monitoring and Evaluation.
Budgeting under uncertainty: project budgets and institutional or organizational unit budgeting - Implementing EU budgets in reality with changes and strict regulations, how to adapt the plan to reality - Management tools - Content reporting and financial reporting in EU action grants - Selected practical case studies and typical problems in financial reporting (i.e. calculation methods for daily rates, exchange rates for travel costs, indirect costs, treatment of VAT, shift of costs among cost categories, depreciation etc.) - Liquidity planning in EU projects
The implementation and completion of EU projects requires the creation of a variety of documents: deliverables, interim and final reports, financial statements, project planning charts, as well as time planning, team management, online collaboration, and cost tracking. With the multitude of software offerings today, it is often difficult to choose the correct product for efficient Project Management. This course will review the traditional PM tools used in European Projects, the tools provided by the European Commission (application, reporting, administration) and focuses on aspects of utilizing those online tools.
Module 9 | () | Coursecode: K_EPM_2090003_S2_06Academic Research and Writing2 SWS5 ECTS
The course is designed to support students individually and in-depth in the development and fine-tuning of their project idea or research topic, the call identification and selection as well as in the development of a first summary of their project proposal or research topic as basis for the master thesis.
Module 11 | () | Coursecode: K_EPM_2090003_S3_01Exploitation of Project Results: Dissemination and Sustainability3 SWS3 ECTS
Exploitation, Dissemination and Sustainability. Design, implementation and monitoring of strategies.
Theoretical and ethical standards in financial reporting and auditing - EU mechanisms to prevent fraud - Appropriate final reporting and preparation for audits during and after project lifetime - Differences between reporting and audit requirements - Preparing for a financial audit from the coordinator’s perspective - Insights from the auditor´s perspective
The Master Thesis Finalization Seminar is designed to support the student individually and in depth in the development and fine tuning of your project proposal/thesis. The course will be held in the form of coaching sessions with a presentation of the project and its proposal at the end of the semester.