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Short Learning Programme
Nuclear Project Management
The South African policy makers have identified nuclear power for future expansion in the power generation electricity grid and necessitates due cognizance of all aspects of nuclear power generations which includes the following as per the worldwide drive to standardize on design, construction, regulation and licensing nuclear power generation facilities to maintain exacting safety and design standards,to reduce economic risk;to reduce regulatory risk and to establish an effective high-level nuclear waste disposal programs. The module is aimed at participants that require understanding of the integration of managing projects in the Nuclear Industry. The industry is highly regulated due to not only the manageable risks associated with the industry, but also to enable those involved to build reliable and trustworthy track records as far as industry, regulation and public partners are concerned.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of the module is impart acceptable project management knowledge-base and to illustrate to the participants through case-studies how project management can be employed as a key discipline in the Nuclear Power Industry to ensure the safe and continued growth the mentioned industry. Project Management Based Knowledge: Project Scope Management Project Time Management Project Cost Management Project Quality Management Project Human Resource Management Project Communications Management Project Risk Management Project Procurement Management Project Integration Management Additionally the course will convey certain project- and organisational management aspects related to Nuclear Power Facilities Projects. The following will be specifically focused on: Defence in Depth Cultural Compliance to improve nuclear safety Nuclear Power Facility Knowledge Maintenance Change Management Risk Management Life Cycle Management

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
B.Eng or 4 years applicable experience in chemical- / nuclear- / mechanical engineering industry.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
NQF level 8 Qualification. BSc Hons / BEng

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria


After completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Apply specialist knowledge in project management disciplines
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the approaches in Nuclear Project Management pertaining to:
  • Organisational Design
  • Project Lifecycle Design
  • Systems Design Approach
  • Safety Design Approach

I (the assessor) will know that the participant has achieved this specific outcome if he/she:

Have demonstrated mastery of specialist knowledge and skills pertaining to the theory, concepts, processes, tools and techniques of project management.


Three mechanisms will be employed to assess participant’s learning progress: Completion multi-choice tests, deployed via eFundi (10% of final mark). Completion of 5 mini-assignments (50% of final mark). Development of a project management plan and presentation thereof (40% of final mark). Attendance at the lecture sessions is also compulsory. The student requires a 50% final program mark to pass the course.
Method of assessment: 
Satisfactory achievement of the outcomes will be assessed by means of tests, assignments and a project management plan and presentation thereof. The following methods of formative and summative assessment will be done to determine if the learner successfully acquired the agreed-upon outcomes, namely: Formative assessment: It will be done in the following manner to determine to what extend the individual students acquire the agreed-upon competencies and to guide them in this regard: Preparation tests and assignments – 50% to the formative assessment Post-lecture assignments and design projects - 50% to the formative assessment Summative assessment: Examination will contribute 100% to the summative assessment

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Professionals, scientists and engineers working in the power generation industry (nuclear, chemical and mechanical engineering industry), regulatory institutions, government departments and nuclear energy institutions who need to develop technical expertise in reactor analysis.
Contact us
Ms Sue-Mari van Rooyen
Telephone number: 
018 299 4369