The course will focus on R & D & i project management in the life sciences field, with special attention to new drug development projects in the pharmaceutical sector. The level of complexity and regulation, the high degree of uncertainty and the size of this type of project (both in cost and duration) make this type of project a benchmark for professionalized project management. Given the great diversity of the sector, throughout the course there will be specific reference to other types of projects: generic, nutraceutical, cosmetics, life-cycle-management and other types of business models: biotech, start-ups, academic research, virtual companies. The course will emphasize the application in R & D & I projects of the knowledge acquired in the program, using real cases as a vehicle for discussing the theoretical concepts studied. Chemical-pharmaceutical and biotechnological projects have certain peculiarities such as their scientific basis (rather than technological), their direct or indirect application to humans, which involve particular risks and restrictions, or their geographically global conception, which substantially condition the way in which they are carried out. they manage. The sectors of application can be very broad: medicine, veterinary medicine, medical technologies, cosmetics, food, agriculture.
Type Subject

Titular Professors

Previous Knowledge

No prior knowledge.


1. Acquiring of a structured vision on the knowledge related to Project Management.
2. Starting up, planning, performing, monitoring and closing a project.
3. Foreseeing situations that may have an impact in a project.
4. Assessing project results.
5. Estimating the required resources and duration when planning the project activities.
6. Mastering the specific techniques and tools related to Project Management.
7. Enable the students to analyse the different Project Management existing options in a critical way.
8. Obtaining a practical vision on how theories on Project Management can be applied.
9. Developing Project Management skills in specific areas or disciplines.
10. Applying Project Management techniques and tools to projects belonging to a specific industry.
11. Applying a humanist view to typical Project Management problem.
12. Becoming familiar with conflict resolution management trends.


1. The evolution of the pharmaceutical industry.
2. Business models and types of products.
3. The R&D cycle.
4. Projects validation.
5. Definition and planning.
6. Execution, control and closure.
7. Future trends and impact on project management.


The teaching methodology used in the on-campus modality is divided into four steps for each of the sessions that make up the subjects of the program:
• Students must prepare at home the previous tasks of the session recommended by the teacher: reading an article, watching a video, solving a practical case or exercise, etc. In this way, the student prepares the topic of the session and acquires prior knowledge that will allow him to take better advantage of the session together with the teacher and the rest of the classmates.
• The teacher dedicates the first part of the session to working on the concepts related to the theme of the day, encouraging debate and discussion among the students, taking advantage of the fact that they have prepared the previous tasks and are based on prior knowledge.
• The teacher dedicates the second part of the session to the analysis, debate and resolution of the practical case or exercise proposed in the previous tasks. In this way, the concepts covered in the first part of the session are taken to a practical environment to strengthen the student's learning. It is essential that students work on the case or exercise at home to make the most of the contributions of the rest of their classmates during the second part of the session, as well as make valuable contributions to the group.
• It is recommended that students prepare at home the subsequent tasks of the session recommended by the teacher, which aim to finish consolidating the knowledge discussed and worked on in class.

The teaching methodology used in the online modality is based on a proprietary methodology developed by La Salle URL called SDBL (Self Directed Based Learning). SDBL is an active methodology based on situational learning and self-directed learning. With situational learning, the student is taught, through challenges, to address real problems and situations of the company with which he can consolidate the new knowledge acquired. With self-directed learning, the student decides how to advance in their training based on their previous experience.
Weekly, the LMS (Learning Management System) platform releases the content of a new topic. The operation of the week is as follows:
• kick-off Synchronous session:
o The teacher makes an overview of the contents and tasks that the student will find throughout the week. The objective of this meeting is to try to discover and reveal on a personal level which aspects of the week that are going to be discussed may be more difficult for the student individually.
o The teacher solves possible doubts of the students about the subject of the previous week.
• Among synchronous connections:
o The student visualizes the content of the sessions and develops the tasks entrusted to him about the topic of the week to consolidate knowledge and identify doubts.
• Check point Synchronous session:
o The teacher solves any doubts that students may have about the contents of the current week.
o The teacher presents additional content or practical cases, which are interesting for the students.
o The teacher generates debate and discussion among the students about the content of the current week to help the students in their assimilation, therefore, improving their learning.
o The teacher provides oral feedback about the deliverables registered by the students in the feedback well of the previous week, emphasizing the difficulties and errors found. This instance is for feedback only and not for qualification. The feedback wells are an instrument for the students to validate with the mentor, in general terms, the resolution to the proposed tasks. In this way, the feedback wells are created thinking of giving the students an opportunity to feel the answers with the mentor. Based on the feedback provided by the mentor, the students will be able to finish developing the task and present it as a final deliverable, with the advantage of having had prior advice from the teacher.
• Rest of the week. The objective is to finish the development of the tasks of the current week from the clarifications received in the synchronous check point session to pass the exercises, tasks and / or deliverables of the topic. It is worth mentioning that most of the time spent during this last part of the week should be spent on solving tasks and deliverables, rather than assimilating content (an aspect that should have been resolved between the kick-off and check point sessions).
The LMS platform gradually opens content (week by week) so that the whole group follows the same academic itinerary. In other words, the sequential opening of topics is done so that all students in the program are working on the same subjects simultaneously.


In the on-campus modality:
The evaluation of the subject will be based on participation, the grade obtained from the work and presentations and the grade obtained in the final objective test.

in the online modality:
The evaluation of the subject will be based on the grade obtained from the work and presentations and the grade obtained in the final objective test.

Evaluation Criteria

On-campus modality:
• Participation (debates, forums, comments, articles): 40%
• Work and presentations of practical cases (group): 40%
• Final objective test (multiple choice test): 20%

Online modality:
• Development of practical cases (deliverables: context, definition, execution): 60%
• Assessment Activity - Multiple Choice Test: 40%

Additional Material

• Notes on the subject.