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Short Course
Public Sector Project Management
A need exists within the broader public sector to orientate and capacitate public officials on national, provincial and local spheres as to the application of Project Management for the implementation of institutional programmes and ultimately the improvement of service delivery.

Purpose of the course:

The objectives of this short course are to – - Improve knowledge and understanding of the context and dynamics of project management; - Improve personal development within the context of project management and the strengthening of professionalism and capacity; - Enhance foundational competencies in project management areas to improve the quality of services delivery; and - Improve marketability and employability of students especially within the operational functioning of government in South Africa, but also in other public sector agencies and in the private sector

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Grade 12 and proficiency in English.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:

Learning Outcomes:

The course is structured to operationalise the Learning Outcomes of Public Sector Project Management (PSPM).  The Study Guide is designed to provide essential skills that are needed to make effective contributions and to have immediate impact on the accomplishment of policy programmes and projects. Public officials in all spheres of Government assigned to work on projects will find this Course useful in providing Project Management tools and techniques and will gain insight on how to enhance their contributions to success. The emphasis is not only on how the project management cycle works, but also – and more importantly – on why it works that way. This Guide offers universally applicable concepts, principles and techniques, and is not specialised for a certain project type, for example construction, product development, service delivery or research, or for a certain size of project. This Study Guide can thus be used to prepare and equip participants to manage small as well as large projects in a variety of contexts

  • The concepts “projects” and “project management” can be defined.
  • The contribution of Project Management for organisational success with specific reference to project-based public management is understood.
  • The steps in the Life Cycle of a project can be applied
  • Projects can be identified.
  • A particular project by factor in time, cost and quality issues can be planned.
  • A Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) can be complied and a Gantt-Chart of a particular project developed.
  • A checklist for project planning and implementation can be developed.
  • The contributions of the respective knowledge areas (PMBOK) are appreciated.

Course Outcomes

  • Defining the concepts “projects” and “project management”.
  • Understand the contribution of Project Management for organisational success with specific reference to project-based public management.
  • Apply the steps in the Life Cycle of a project.
  • Identify and define projects.
  • Plan a particular project by factor in time, cost and quality issues.
  • Compile a Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and develop a Gantt-Chart of a particular project.
  • Develop a checklist for project planning and implementation.
  • Appreciate the contributions of the respective knowledge areas (PMBOK


Method of assessment: 
Outcomes are assessed in an integrated manner wherein not only the student’s evidence of the mastering of discipline-specific knowledge and skills are assessed, but also writing and communication skills, computer literacy and ability to critically analyse and effectively evaluate work-place related problems. Within 6 weeks after completion of the contact session, participants must submit an individual assignment as a requirement for the Summative assessment. Each participant must submit an assignment in which an applied project must be completed in terms of the project management Life Cycle, Gantt chart, Budget, Communication Plan, and Risk Management Plan.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
- Public and municipal officials on all managerial levels responsible for the design and execution of service delivery and institutional projects. - Portfolio or Standing Committee Members and political representatives responsible for the monitoring and oversight of IDP- and related municipal projects. - Public sector project managers involved in the operationalisation of departmental/municipal policies, strategies and programmes
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Telephone number: 
018 285 2821