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Short Learning Programme
Project Management Principles and Techniques
The NWU wishes to offer the short learning programme (SLP) in Project Management for the following reasons: • Project management is a part of daily life, not only of the individual, but also organisations. • Project management skills are seldom acquired through on-the-job training and there exists a need for these skills. • Initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling and closing out every project requires some knowledge and expertise. • Project management provides a framework to help accomplish goals

Purpose of the course:

The main objective of the SLP in Project Management is to transfer the necessary knowledge to enable participants to draft project plans, execute the plan and monitor and control the activities in such a way that the business needs are met.

Admission requirements:

Learning assumed to be in place: 
Reading and writing proficiency at the level of Grade 12

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:

Study Unit 1:

Understand the basic terminology of Project Management

  • Explain Project Management terminology
  • Explain and understand explain the project life cycle
  • Describe the different project management maturity levels
  • Identify underlying assumptions and limitations
  • Identify the stakeholders and describe their different roles
  • Identify a real life project to be used to demonstrate acquired skills
  • Define the underlying assumptions and limitations of the selected project

Study Unit 2:

Integration management
Scope management

  • Assess the impact of changes on project plans
  • Define the scope of the selected project
  • Analyze the scope
  • Draft an overall change control plan
  • Write a scope statement
  • Prepare a work-breakdown structure

Study Unit 3:

Time management (Schedule)

  • List the activities necessary to address the business need
  • Determine the critical path
  • Draft a schedule for the selected project
  • Define the basis on which time estimates were done

Study Unit 4:

Cost management (Budget)

  • dentify appropriate bases for estimating costs
  • Calculate the cost  activities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of procurement policies
  • Draft a budget for the selected project with supporting detail
  • Consider different procurement options and select the most appropriate for the selected project

Study Unit 5:

Risk management

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of risk
  • Identify skills, roles and responsibilities needed for a project
  • Identify, assess and plan actions risk with regards to the selected project
  • Draft a human resource plan for the selected project

Study Unit 6:

Quality management

  • Illustrate / Draw up a quality plan
  • Identify who the stakeholders are
  • Identify the different appropriate communication channels and media
  • Plan effective communication
  • Identify the standards relevant to the project and plan assurance and control
  • Write a scope statement
  • Draft a communication plan

Study Unit 7:

Integration management

  • Relate the knowledge areas to each other
  • Describe the impact of changes in one knowledge area on the others
  • Define the acceptance criteria
  • Ensure that all the elements of the project plan is well integrated
  • Ensure that the deliverables of the project meet the business need


Summative Assessment: Informal presentations in class Formal Assessment: 1 Project - Assignment plus 1 Practical presentation
Method of assessment: 
The assessment instrument of this short learning programme is a final project created by the student. The final project will be used to evaluate whether the student has achieved the Project management outcomes (please see above – “course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria”). The method of assessment for this short learning programme is as follows: 1. The student presents their final project to the course presenter and the whole class who do the evaluation on a pre-defined rubric. (Contribution to final mark: 20%). 2. The course presenter evaluates the project as per the above criteria (please see above – “course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria” using a pre-set rubric) and assigns the appropriate score to the student, thus indicating the extent to which the student has achieved the programme outcomes (Contribution to final mark: 80%). 3. A pass certificate will be issued after completion. Participants must attend at least 90% of classes to qualify for evaluation. Pass rate 50%

Additional information

P45 100 1
Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
This Short Learning Programme is aimed at employees in a business or institution or organisation (project-driven and non project-driven) who may be involved with or who are interested in “project-type” work. Similarly, all people who may be responsible for planning and executing projects be it small or medium in size and ranging from low to medium complexity, aspirant project managers, junior project managers, assistant project managers, operations managers, project planners, project controllers, but even senior managers and CEOs who need to gain an understanding of and appreciation for the dynamic nature, unique body of knowledge and potential advantages which may be gained by project management.
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Telephone number: 
018 285 2821