Project Management

The purpose of the 10-week Project Management short course is to equip candidates with applied knowledge and skills in project planning and implementation and assist them to function successfully as project managers. It is essential that the project manager understands the features and characteristics of project management techniques, and how to improve effectiveness and efficiency in project work. The project manager’s challenge is to develop an understanding of the project management systems approach to manage the project and develop an appropriate leadership style to lead teams and stakeholders.


Technology-Enhanced Distance Learning

Starting Date:

Every Month except December and January

Topic Lectures:

Online lectures of each topic

Course Duration:

10 Weeks on a part-time (online) basis


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  • Technology-Enhanced Distance Learning

    All short courses are completed individually through technology-enhanced distance learning. You have online access to your lecture videos and supporting study material on a weekly basis.  Weekly assignments are submitted and graded online.

  • Course Fee

    The fee is R11 500.00, 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 affected before access to the course.

  • Language Requirements


  • Course Availability

    Short courses are available internationally. A new cycle of short courses starts every first Monday of each month from February to November.

  • Learning Outcomes

    The step-by-step study guide systematically navigates the candidate through the video lectures and supporting study material. The course lecturers are available to answer any specific questions that may arise. The course evaluation consists of topic-related online multiple-choice question assignments and a final practical written assignment. After completion of this short course, you will be able to:

    1. Understand and explain the importance of project management techniques
    2. Explain that the project lifecycle is subdivided into sequential phases
    3. Distinguish between Portfolio-. Programme- and Project Management
    4. Distinguish between the different stakeholders involved in a project
    5. Understand the importance of having a proper business case strategy
    6. Explain that the project definition phase develops the business case into an initial project design
    7. Understand that the project execution phase delivers the project initiative
    8. Explain that the project commissioning and handover phase officially verifies, tests and documents project work completion
    9. Understand that the operational phase includes the deliverable operational start-up, upgrades and disposal over time
    10. Understand that project planning and control enable the project manager to outline how the project’s goals and objectives are achieved
    11. Manage the scope of work by ensuring that the project’s scope includes all the work required to achieve the project objectives
    12. Develop a work breakdown structure that enables the project manager to define the scope of work
    13. Explain how the critical path method (CPM) enables the project manager to determine the start and finish dates for all project activities
    14. Motivate that the Gantt chart enables the project manager to present the projects schedule in an easy-to-understand bar chart format
    15. Motivate that project schedule management enables the project manager to complete a project on time and within budget
    16. Explain how project procurement management enables the project manager to acquire the goods and services required to perform the project scope of work
    17. Explain that a request for proposal (RFP) from the project manager is part of project procurement management, and a formal document to procure goods or services
    18. Understand that resource planning links project resource requirements with the organization’s resource pool and project plans
    19. Motivate that project cost management enables the project manager to complete the project within the prescribed budget
    20. Understand that project cash flow enables the project manager to graphically present the flow of funds through the project’s account
    21. Explain that project control enables the project manager to monitor and control a project’s progress to finish on time, budget, and quality
    22. Explain the Earned Value concept and its use.
  • Assessment and Awarding of Certificates

    You will complete weekly online multiple-choice question assignments that count equally.  Your final course mark will be based on the average of the weekly scores achieved and the final practical written examination. The final pass mark is 50%. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course. Should you achieve a distinction (80% or higher), this will be so indicated on your certificate.

  • Entrance Requirements

    The course is open to anyone who is basically proficient in English and has internet access.

  • Who is this course designed for?

    The course is specifically designed for:

    • Professional project managers.
    • Other professionals who wish to master the essentials of management for the purpose of applying these skills in their particular work contexts.
  • Benefits of this course
    • Provides perspective on general principles of management that can be applied to virtually all professions.
    • Teaches you the fundamental tools and techniques of project management.
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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