Manufacturing Management in the Evolving Economy NQF L8

Manufacturing Management in the Evolving Economy is exactly the same course as Module PGB4 of the Postgraduate Diploma, a qualification accredited at NQF Level 8. Classes are inter-active live online. After completion of this short course, students will receive credit for Module PGB4 if they qualify for admission to the PGDipPM. There would then be two modules remaining to earn the full academic qualification.


Technology-Enhanced Distance Learning; interactive online

Starting Date:

Third Quarter

Class Participation:

Live online (Global)

Course Duration:

12 Weeks on a part-time (online) basis


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  • Course Content

    The content of this short course explains how manufacturing enterprises are repositioning their businesses to capture growth opportunities and financial success more effectively and efficiently in the evolving Industry 4.0 economy. Business models are progressively more focused on innovation and collaboration opportunities to achieve digitised, virtual and resource-efficient factories. To be successful, modern manufacturing firms must adopt accelerated technological strategies, innovation and knowledge creation while operating in an environment of challenges and opportunities, aiming for economic, social and environmental sustainability. The cyber-physical environment in which they operate inherently involves key technologies, enablers, smart manufacturing systems and processes that need to be properly mastered and managed.

  • Technology-Enhanced Distance Learning

    All short courses are completed individually through technology-enhanced distance learning (although student collaboration is encouraged) within a relatively flexible timeframe.

  • Course Fee

    The fee is R 21, 200.00, which includes your online study material. Persons based outside South Africa can pay in US Dollars, Euros or GB Pounds. Payment of fees must be effected before access to the course.

  • Language Requirements


  • Course Availability

    Short courses are available internationally. A new cycle starts once a year (July)

  • Assessment and Awarding of Certificates

    Final assessment takes the form of a formative group assignment and an individual examination assignment. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the short course. The certificate states that the student has successfully completed the Short Course: ‘Manufacturing Management In The Evolving Economy’. Should you achieve a distinction, this will be indicated on your certificate.

  • Academic Calendar

    Short courses are available internationally.

    PGB4: Manufacturing Management in the Evolving Economy.

    Quarter 1 2024 Quarter 2 2024 Quarter 3 2024 Quarter 4 2024
    1st Lecture 11 Jul
    2nd Lecture 25 Jul
    3rd Lecture 08 Aug
    4th Lecture 22 Aug
    5th Lecture 20 Sept

    Classes are inter-active live online.

  • Lectures:

    There are 5 online lecture dates per Module, 09h00 to 12h00.

  • Who is this course designed for?

    Working professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of how manufacturing management is practised in the evolving Industry 4.0 economy.

  • Study Material & Support

    Study materials include a textbook, live online lectures, lecture videos, a tutorial letter, and a detailed step-by-step study guide, which guides the student through the syllabus and the practical assignments.

  • Your principal lecturer

    Professor Pieter Steyn Pr Eng, BSc Eng, MBA, DCom

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What past students say about our courses

The MCom programme at Cranefield has fundamentally changed my outlook and made my service delivery and strategic focus more nuanced. The modules are the best strategic and business learning I have undertaken, vastly overtaking my previous studies both within and outside South Africa. I highly recommend Cranefield for every senior government official.

Neil Lewis

Senior Manager: Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA

I have definitely benefitted from my experience with Cranefield. When I completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management, I was a Project Manager at a bank. The course matter delivered by Prof Steyn and his colleagues equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to move across industries and I am now privileged to be the Operations Director of an organization which is leader in transport infrastructure.

Chris Papas

Operations Manager