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Project Management


The Project Management short course not only covers the fundamental tools and techniques of project management, but also provides perspective on general principles of management that can be applied to virtually all professions. Apart from its value as one of our independent short courses online, the course also means that a student who performs sufficiently therein (and meets other admission criteria) may gain admission to the Advanced Diploma learning programme or exemption from the first module of the Advanced Certificate learning programme (Module Alpha), depending on his or her situation.

Note that such admission and exemption are not automatic following the completion of the course: These depend on an assessment performed by the Cranefield Admissions Committee, considering all recognition of prior learning (RPL) and practical experience to date.

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 the Project Management Short 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.
The student’s step-by-step study guide systematically navigates him or her through the video lectures and other study material. The course lecturers are also personally available online to answer any specific questions that a student might have about the work. The student will complete practical assignments involving baseline planning and critical analysis of real-world case studies, which will be formally evaluated (with personal feedback).

A broad outline of the contents of the syllabus is as follows:

  1. General Principles of Management: An introduction
    • Leadership
    • People
    • Communication
    • Strategy
    • Customer focus
    • Employee empowerment and decentralised decision-making
    • Continuous improvement
    • Systems thinking
    • Common mistakes and problems in organisations
    1. 1.1 Project Management Overview
      • Attributes of a project
      • Project life-cycle
      • The project management process
      • Benefits of project management
      • Preparing a request for proposal
      • Developing a winning proposal
      • Proposal contents
      • Pricing considerations
      • Proposal submission and follow-up
    2. 1.2 The Project Manager, Teams and Organisations
      1. A – The Project Manager and Team
        • Responsibilities of the project manager
        • Skills of the project manager
        • The new-economy functions of management
        • Leading, creating, implementing and improving in the project life-cycle
        • Project team development and effectiveness
        • Conflict on projects
        • Problem-solving
        • Project communication and documentation
        • Personal communication
        • Reports
      1. B – Types of Project Organisation
        • Functional-type organisation
        • Project-type organisation
        • Matrix-type organisation
        • Advantages and disadvantages
    3. 1.3 Project Planning, Monitoring and Control
      1. A – Planning the Work
        • Project objective
        • Feasibility
        • Estimating
        • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
        • Organisational Breakdown Structure (OBS)
        • Linear Responsibility Charts (LRCs)
        • Developing the network plan
        • Role of project management software
        • Critical path method
        • Schedule bar charts
        • Cumulative budgeted cost (CBC)
      1. B – Working the Plan
        • Project monitoring and control
        • Trade-off analysis
        • Cost-benefit analysis (scope changes)
    4. 1.4 Scope Management
      • Effective change control systems
      • Managing change
      • Post-project evaluation
    5. 1.5 Procurement
      • Procurement Schedule
      • Procurement Cycle
    6. 1.6 Project Accounts
      • Determining Actual Cost
      • Determining the Value of Work Performed
      • Cost Performance Analysis
      • Cost Forecasting
      • Cost Control
      • Managing Cash Flow
    7. 1.7 Resource Planning
      • Resource Considerations
      • Resource-Constrained Planning
      • Planned Resource Utilisation
      • Resource Levelling
      • Resource-Limited Schedulingl
    8. 1.8 Project Risk Management
      • External Risk
      • Internal Risk
All short courses are completed individually through technology-enhanced distance learning. You do not need to attend any classes. You have access to your lecture videos and other material on a weekly basis, and all your assignments are submitted online.

The 2020 fee is R 11, 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 effected before access to the course.

Short courses are available internationally. A new cycle of short courses starts every first Monday of each month from February to November. Although it is best to register as soon as possible before the start date, you may still join the course up to one week following the start date. If you miss that latest intake date (i.e. one week after the start date), you will be able to join the following cycle (generally around three weeks later).

You will complete weekly online exercise assignments that combine to yield your final mark. The questions may involve multiple choice, a brief discussion of an important issue, or solving a short case study. Your final course mark will be based on the average of the weekly scores achieved. The final pass mark is 50%. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course. Should you achieve a distinction (75% or higher), this will be so indicated on your certificate.

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

The distance learning approach requires a student only to have basic Internet and email access.

R 11, 500.00


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