Business

Project Management

Course Fee R799.00

What Is This Course About?

There has been a growing awareness of project management as a special skill and competency that is learned and applied, much the same as the traditional specialization areas of engineering or architecture. Project management is a separate and distinct function that is performed independently of, but in conjunction with, contractors / construction managers, speciality engineers, architects or suppliers.

A project is a set of activities carefully chosen to optimise the use of resources such as time, money, people, materials, energy, provisions, communication, quality, risk etc. to meet pre-defined objectives.

Who Should Be Doing This Course?

Business managers have the responsibility to deliver many projects – and should aim to optimise the use of resources such as time, money, people, materials, energy, provisions, communication, quality risk etc. to meet the pre-defined objectives.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Provide a definition of what is meant by the term “project” and “project management”.
  • List processes or stages associated with the management of a project.
  • Provide and discuss at least two “constraints” that are typically associated with the planning and managing of projects.
  • List the 4 phases of the project life cycle as per the “Method 123 Ltd” model.
  • Discuss what is involved in identifying and defining the business case in the initiation of a project.
  • Identify and discuss at least 4 other “plans” that are developed during the project planning phase.
  • Provide a broad overview of the contents of a Project Plan and list at least 4 of the “subsidiary plans” e.g. Cost management, plan, etc.
  • If given a list and time scale for the activities in a relatively simple project, be able to translate these into a bar chart format.
  • Explain what is meant by a Network Diagram and give an example of when a Network Diagram may be used as part of a project planning process.
  • List and discuss the general management skills that form an integral part of the execution or project.
  • Explain what is meant by Project Integration Management and discuss the related components of project plan development, and integrated change control.
  • List at least three of the project execution facilitating processes e.g. quality management.
  • Explain what is meant by the term “control” as it applies to project execution and list three project control/controlling processes.
  • Identify and explain what is involved in project closeout.

How Is Your Course Mark Calculated? 

Your course mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck! 

Study At Your Own Pace!

We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you! 

In the 6 chapters of this course you'll be covering the following areas:

CHAPTER 1 An Introduction To Project Management
CHAPTER 2 The Project Life-Cycle
CHAPTER 3 Project Planning
CHAPTER 4 Project Execution
CHAPTER 5 Project Processes
CHAPTER 6 Project Lessons Learned
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Sarel Snyman

Educator

Sarel started his professional career in Human Resource Management and People Development. He then moved into Information Technology (IT) and pursued a successful career as Senior Business Analyst, Senior Project Manager, Client Account Manager and Programme Director. His experience includes Enterprise Resource Planning implementations, with the focus on SAP and Oracle environments.
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Dr Jan Kietzmann

Educator

Jan Kietzmann received his PhD in 2007 from the London School of Economics and joined Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business at SFU in 2008. As a professor of MIS and of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Jan's research interests combine organizational and social perspectives related to new and emerging technologies. Jan’s current research projects include such phenomena as social media, crowdsourcing, user-generated content, 3D printing, gamification and sharing economies. Jan is perhaps best known for his award-winning 2011 article Social media? Get serious! Understanding the functional building blocks of social media.
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Wow, great course

Johannes Mphatlhe Kgatitswe
21-11-2016

It was bit tough at first but I managed to achieve more with each chapter. 

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Very interesting and informative

John Lempe
01-02-2017

The Project Management course was very interesting, informative and eye opening. I have learned a great deal of things in this course.

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