Integrated Project Management Programme

Why this programme?
The purpose of the programme is to provide a comprehensive overview of the Project Management process in a modern organisational context, which will enable students to develop a full understanding of Project Management and the methodologies/tools/techniques necessary for its proper implementation in a live project environment, so as to deliver maximum benefit to the organisation/client.

Target Audience
This programme is ideal for the following target audience:

  • People with some project management experience either as Project Managers in small projects or as project team members in larger projects.
  • People experienced in overseeing projects but not managing them and who require more detailed understanding of project management.
  • Junior / middle managers keen on developing a career in project management.

Admission Requirements
Applicants should have a first year post Matric / NQF Level 5 qualification, an acceptable level of English and some demonstrable exposure to project management either as managers, overseers or team members. This programme is NOT RECOMMENDED for applicants with no project management exposure at all. Applicants will be required to go through a selection process.

The programme will be offered over a period of 1 year.

Programme Outcomes
At the end of the programme students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of all project management processes including the project life cycle.
  • Demonstrate application of all project management processes to achieve agreed project outcomes.
  • Demonstrate application of all project management processes to maximise project management performance.
  • Demonstrate understanding of organisational conditions required for maximising project management performance.

Programme Structure:



Leadership in the Project Environment 24 hours
Project Initiation 24 hours
Project Planning  24 hours
Project Execution and Control 24 hours
Project Finance 
24 hours
Project Termination and Post-Project Review   24 hours
Portfolio of Evidence (Integrated Assessment)  
Programme Overview:


  • Project Management (PM) Terminology
  • PM & The Modern Organisation
  • The Management Dimension of PM
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Leadership & Teams
  • Introduction to Organisation
  • Introduction to Planning
  • Introduction to Control
  • Introduction to Effective Performance Management
  • Linking Management & PM
  • The Project Context
  • Understanding Project Success


  • The organization & its role in PM
  • PM – its organizational contribution & benefits
  • PM & Operations – similarities & differences
  • The project life-cycle
  • Organizational strategy – the PM starting-point
  • Project initiation & the project life-cycle
  • Project scope – a tale of opportunity & risk
  • Project scope – organizational/client requirements
  • Developing project scope
  • Project scope & project performance
  • Risk analysis & risk management
  • Stakeholders & stakeholder management
  • The project charter
  • The project manager & the project team
  • Responsibility & authority
  • The transition from project initiation to project planning


  • Nature & purpose of project planning
  • Project planning & the project life-cycle
  • Organizational Breakdown Structure (OBS)
  • Activity listing
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Time estimation
  • Precedence diagramming &network analysis (PERT/CPM)
  • Cost estimation
  • Resource estimation
  • Resource loading
  • Resource levelling
  • Confirming the project plan
  • Constructing the project plan


  • The transition from project planning to project execution
  • Executing the project scope NOT the project plan
  • Project plan as benchmark
  • Project control & the project life-cycle
  • Understanding effective project control
  • Project control model 1
  • Project control model 2
  • Controlling the overall project
  • Scope change management
  • Performance management & earned value
  • Execution problems, obstacles & difficulties
  • Maximizing project performance
  • Introduction to success, maturity & excellence


  • Introduction – Project Finance Overview and Fundamentals
  • Project Finance Structure and Participants
  • Project Finance Risks and Mitigants
  • Project budgeting
  • Project costing
  • Managing the cost element of the project
  • Sources of Capital
  • Integrative Project Financing Case Study


  • Completing project execution
  • The transition from project execution to project termination
  • Project termination
  • Project handover
  • Project close-out
  • Post-project review
  • Learning project lessons
  • Project success – identifying the winning score
  • Project benefit
  • Repeating the trick

For further information, visit: NMU Business School

Course details
  • Apply by: 24 January 2022
  • Start date: 01 March 2022
  • Schedule: March – November 2022
  • Venue: Remote Classes presented via Zoom
  • Costs: R32 990.00 per person
  • Apply: Send an email to execedpe@mandela.ac.za OR contact Nina Crause at: nina.crause@mandela.ac.za
  • Enquiries:
  • More details: Visit our web site for further information.

Course provider
Nelson Mandela University Business School
The Business School presents formal and non-formal programmes which are aimed at providing managers with a vigorous and thorough grounding in the fundamental elements of business administration, management and leadership.
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