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Course in Basics of Project Management (7215X)

Purpose

The purpose of this course is to expose students to the basic philosophy of project management as a unique, specialised discipline of management. The course will introduce certain selected project management concepts and terminologies and provide an overview of the whole project management body of knowledge (the PMBOK® Guide). It will also enable students to solve practical problems and apply some of the basic project management tools and techniques. The course will help students to attain a basic academic-oriented knowledge of the principal aspects of project management and to prepare them for further more advanced programmes. The course is aimed at all persons and every employee in a business or private/public institution, organisation or department, who may be involved with or who is interested in “project-type” work. Similarly, all persons who may be responsible for planning and executing projects in small and medium-sized business and ranging from low to medium complexity, aspirant project managers, junior project managers, assistant project managers, project planners, project coordinators, project controllers and senior managers and CEOs who need to gain a basic understanding of and appreciation for the dynamic nature and potential of this field will benefit from the use of project management. 


Target group

Specifically, the course is aimed at all and every employee in a business or institution or organisation (project-driven and non project-driven) who may be involved with or who is 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 a basic understanding of and appreciation for the dynamic nature, unique body of knowledge and potential advantages which may be gained by project management 


Admission requirements

Candidates who do not hold a National Senior Certificate may be admitted on the basis of an equivalent qualification or appropriate work experience, specifically with regard to project-type or related work. 


Duration

Six months 


Language medium

English 


Tuition method

UNISA open distance learning 


Kind of assessment

Note: 

Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies 

Formative assessment: 

Two compulsory assignments must be handed-in before or on the due date. The year mark will comprise ten percent (10%) and the examination mark ninety percent (90%) of the final mark for each of the two modules. 

Summative assessment: 

One/two-hour examination counting 70 marks must be written for each of the two modules. The examination will consist of both multiple-choice and essay-type questions. ln order to pass the course, a student must obtain a final pass mark of at least fifty percent (50%) in each of the two modules. Furthermore, a subminimum of forty-five percent (45%) has to be obtained in the examination in order to pass a particular module with a final mark of fifty percent (50%), given that the student was able to obtain a year mark of a hundred percent (100%).  


Introduction to Project Management Concepts and the Managerial Process (CBPM01L)
Syllabus/Content Topics

Topic 1 Introduction to project management dynamics 

  • Study unit 1: The need for an introduction to modern project management 
  • Study unit 2: Project management dynamics 

Topic 2 Project management philosophy, strategy and systems 

  • Study unit 3: Project management philosophy and strategy 
  • Study unit 4: Systems and the project life cycle 

Topic 3 Project management leadership and organisation 

  • Study unit 5: Leadership and effective project managers 
  • Study unit 6: Project organisation 
  • Study unit 7: Teamwork and managing project teams 

Topic 4 Project planning and scheduling 

  • Study unit 8: Project definition, performance, timing, costing and closure 
  • Study unit 9: Developing a project plan and managing risk 
  • Study unit 10: Scheduling resources and reducing project duration 

Topic 5 Project control and closure 

  • Study unit 11: Project control principles, progress and performance measurement and evaluation 
  • Study unit 12: Project audit, closure, success, failure and lessons learned 

 


Introduction to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ® guide) (CBPM02M)
Syllabus/Content Topics

Topic 1: Coordinating project elements for successful project completion 

  • Study unit 1: Project integration management 
  • Study unit 2: Project scope management 
  • Study unit 3: Project stakeholder management 

Topic 2: Achieving project objectives of timely completion, in budget and to stakeholder satisfaction 

  • Study unit 4: Project time management 
  • Study unit 5: Project cost management 
  • Study unit 6: Project quality management 

Topic 3: Utilising project team members effectively and disposing project information appropriately 

  • Study unit 7: Project human resource management 
  • Study unit 8: Project communications management 

Topic 4: Acquiring project resources efficiently from external sources 

  • Study unit 9: Project procurement management 

Topic 5: Managing project risks for maximising positive outcomes 

  • Study unit 10: Project risk management 

 


Course leader

Prof Louis P Krϋger BSc (QS) MBA DBA (UP) PMP® (PMI)® USA  

Discipline expertise: Production, Operations, Project and Quality Management  

Centre for Business Management  

Office 3-061 A J H van der Walt Building, UNISA  

Tel: 012 428 4884  

Cell: 082 809 2064  

Fax: 012 429 4565  

Fax: 012 429 3890  

Fax: 086 641 5345  

E-mail: krugelp@unisa.ac.za  

 


Programme administrator(s)

Assistant programme leader 

Prof Rigard J Steenkamp BCom (Marketing) MBA DCOM (UP)   

Tel: 012 429 4842  

Cell: 082 882 0215  

Fax2e-mail: 086 682 9213  

E-mail: steenrj@unisa.ac.za  

  

CBM Help Desk:  

Tel: (012) 352 4288 / 4170 / 4317 / 4383  

Fax: 012 429 4150  

E-mail: cbm@unisa.ac.za  

Web: www.unisa.ac.za/cbm