Advanced Business Project Management

Course Description:

Get the knowledge and tools to plan, execute and control major projects that achieve your organisation’s objectives and meet statutory requirements. Learn the techniques to deal with serious issues and keep a project on track.

Course basics:

Block release


Course Level:

Start Dates:
17 August, 2020

Full Time

Exec Ed Category:
Project and Operations Management

Course Cost:

Course Structure:

Three full-time one-week blocks, spread over three months. Assignments and revision exams are done between blocks

Would you like a thorough understanding of the disciplines and techniques of project management? Would you like to be able to plan, execute and close major projects? Do you want the knowledge to keep a project on track while dealing with risks?

Project managers or key project office staff who wish to enhance their skills and perspective. Senior and middle managers who are responsible for, or involved in, projects. Professionals, from any discipline, who play an important role in projects.

What’s covered?

Through interactive discussion, case studies done in syndicates, and focused exercises, the following are some of the topics covered:

  • The project life cycle and terminology used in projects
  • Aligning corporate strategy to project selection
  • Project definition including business case, scope and resource planning
  • Moving from work breakdown structure to ‘hands-on’ project scheduling
  • Project estimating techniques
  • Management of risks and issues
  • Project change control – avoiding ‘scope creep’
  • People aspects – high performance teams and organisation structures
  • Quality expectations – how to recognise and meet them
  • Project governance through the sponsor and steering committee
  • Stakeholder communication including reporting and facilitation of meetings
  • Progress and performance evaluation using ‘Earned Value’ techniques
  • International project management
  • Procurement, outsourcing, and the management of contracts
  • Common causes of project failure - the role of audit / review to avoid them
  • Ethics, professional conduct, safety, health and environment
  • Bringing the project to an orderly close
  • Special topics like cultural diversity and managing in an unstructured environment

Two 3 hour examinations are written, and two assignments are submitted.

A certificate is awarded to participants who pass both examinations and both assignments.  Each must achieve a mark of 50% or above. 

Supplementary examinations and resubmission of assignments may be permitted under certain circumstances.

The course is offered on block release
Week 1: 18-22 November 2019
Week 2: 27 January 2020 – 31 January 2020
Week 3: 2-6 March 2020

To apply please download and complete the application form below

Application Form Part 1

Application form part 2

Career Information & Numeracy Tutorial


You will gain a thorough grounding in techniques for planning, executing, controlling and closing projects of any size or complexity. You will broaden your perspective on project governance aspects like project selection and stakeholder management.

Staff who manage projects, or play roles at senior level are able to meet significant business requirements. Through a broad understanding and perspective, they communicate effectively at all levels and have the tools to deliver projects successfully

Disclaimer: Accreditation
This short course is accredited by the university in accordance with its statutory mandate. It does not lead to a qualification registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).