PPM | Weekender | GSTM

Programme in Project Management (PPM) – Midweek option

The Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) of the University of Pretoria is the undisputed leader in project management research, education and training in Africa and is responsible for the academic content of the PPM. The programme is to a large extent developed and taught by the same lectures that offer Africa’s only master’s programme in project management that is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center of the PMI (Project Management Institute).

Thousands of people have already benefitted from the PPM. It has been presented in contact classes more than 180 times since 1997. The PPM is therefore well known in the industry. The content is updated regularly to keep up with new developments.

Recognition and endorsement

  • Successful candidates receive a certificate from the University of Pretoria. To obtain the certificate With Distinction a candidate must achieve an average mark of 75% or higher on the eight modules.
  • The course is recognized by the PMI (Project Management Institute), USA (160 PDU Hours).
  • The course earns credits for ECSA members and SACNASP members who need to renew their professional registration (5 CPU credits).
  • The course earns 96 SACPCMP Hours – Category A Core.

Three alternative ways of doing the PPM

The PPM is presented in 3 alternative ways. The curriculum and the certificate for all three alternatives are identical – just the way of presentation differs. The Midweek PPM requires attendance during 4 blocks of 5 days each (Monday to Friday) in Pretoria. These 20 days in class provide for much interaction with lecturers and classmates.

People with at least a 3-year qualification after Grade 12 can consider the Online PPM or the Weekender PPM.

  • The Online PPM is presented via the Internet and no lectures are attended in a physical classroom. This option is ideal for people who are not able to, or prefer not to, attend any lectures in a physical venue in Pretoria. They study when and where it suits them.
  • The Weekender PPM is presented on 8 Fridays and 8 Saturdays in Pretoria.

The schedule is available here

The brochure for the Midweek PPM can be downloaded here

Course content

The PPM comprises the following 8 modules:

  • Project Management Principles, Practices & Scheduling
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement and Contract Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • The People-Side of Project Management
  • Legal Aspects for Project Managers
  • Financial Principles and Project Cost Management
  • Project Management in the Business Context.

Academic arrangements

Assessment is in the form of one or more practical assignments for each of the 8 modules. The last module integrates the work done in the previous 7 modules and assessment is again in the form of practical assignments – there is no other final examination.  

To be admitted to the Midweek PPM at least a Grade 12 (NQF Level 4) qualification with some indication of the ability to do simple calculations (e.g. a subject in Accounting or Mathematics) is required.   

Enrol Now Contact:

Ms Nadine Scott

Tel: +27 (0) 82 651 3594

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Find the enrollment form here

 

Alternative contacts:

Ms Amanda Mostert

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Prof Herman Steyn

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Learning outcomes

Detailed learning outcomes can be found here

Programme in Project Management (PPM) – Weekender option

The Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) of the University of Pretoria is the undisputed leader in project management research, education and training in Africa and is responsible for the academic content of the PPM. The programme is to a large extent developed and taught by the same lectures that offer Africa’s only master’s programme in project management that is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center of the PMI (Project Management Institute).

Thousands of people have already benefitted from the PPM. It has been presented in contact classes more than 180 times since 1997. The PPM is therefore well known in industry. The content is updated regularly to keep up with new developments.

Recognition and endorsement

  • Successful candidates receive a certificate from the University of Pretoria. To obtain the certificate With Distinction a candidate must achieve an average mark of 75% or higher on the eight modules.
  • The course is recognized by the PMI (Project Management Institute), USA (160 PDU Hours).
  • The course earns credits for ECSA members and SACNASP members who need to renew their professional registration (5 CPU credits).
  • The course earns 96 SACPCMP Hours – Category A Core.

Three alternative ways of doing the PPM

The PPM is presented in 3 alternative ways. The curriculum and the certificate for all three alternatives are identical – just the way of presentation differs. Alternatives to the Weekender option are the Online PPM and the Midweek PPM.

  • The Online PPM is presented via the Internet and no lectures are attended in a physical classroom. This option is ideal for people who are not able to, or prefer not to, attend any lectures in a physical venue in Pretoria. They study when and where it suits them.
  • The Midweek PPM is presented in 4 blocks of 5 days each (Monday to Friday) in Pretoria.

The schedule is available here

The brochure for the Weekender PPM can be downloaded here.

Course content

The PPM comprises the following 8 modules:

  • Project Management Principles, Practices & Scheduling
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement and Contract Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • The People-Side of Project Management
  • Legal Aspects for Project Managers
  • Financial Principles and Project Cost Management
  • Project Management in the Business Context.

Academic arrangements

Assessment is in the form of one or more practical assignments for each of the 8 modules. The last module integrates the work done in the previous 7 modules and assessment is again in the form of practical assignments – there is no other final examination.  

To be admitted to the Weekender PPM a 3-year tertiary qualification is preferred, although prior learning could be recognized. For such recognition, a comprehensive CV is required. 

Enrol Now Contact:

Ms Nadine Scott

Tel: +27 (0) 82 651 3594

E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                     

Find the enrollment form here

 

Alternative contacts:

Ms Amanda Mostert

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Prof Herman Steyn

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Learning outcomes

Detailed learning outcomes can be found here

2022 Project Management Course Start Dates

The next course intake dates for 2021 / 2022 are as follow:  

Course

Start Date

Course Fee (VAT incl.)

Online PPM

23 February 2022

R33 200

PPM Weekender

25 March 2022

R41 500

PPM Midweek

7 February 2022

R45 080

Online short course

1 November 2021

R7 324.70

 

The Online Short Course in PM Principles, Practices and Scheduling intake dates for 2022 are:

Intake 1: 01 February – 26 April 2022 (202100707)

Intake 2: 03 May – 26 July 2022 (202100708)

Intake 3: 01 August – 24 October 2022 (202100709)

Intake 4: 01 November – 24 January 2023 (202100710)

Choosing a project management course

The difficulty of choosing a project management course

How should one choose a continuing education course in project management?

A vast number of project management courses are available; shorter ones with durations from two to five days and more advanced, longer ones – typically two years for master’s degree courses (and of course longer for PhD programmes in project management). These courses come at a range of prices from free online courses to quite expensive courses with extensive residential blocks.

People often wonder whether they should opt for a generic project management course or for a specialized course such as an Agile project management course, an IT project management course, a construction management course or a course on project leadership. To add to this confusion, more specialized and advanced courses (e.g. critical chain project management courses) as well as course to prepare you for specific project management examinations also exist.

Courses are offered as fully online (distance education), partially online (blended) or presented in a classroom. The presenters are from a variety of organizations that include national and private universities, colleges, and other training providers, including individual trainers.

The courses are popular, both with project managers and with others wanting to follow careers in project management. So, how should you go about deciding which course is best for you?

Consider choosing a general project management course that develops a variety of practical skills in your workplace  

You want to make sure that the course you chose, relates to your workplace.  The first advice regarding the choice of a project management course should therefore be that developing of relevant, practical skills forms a central part of the curriculum. Therefore, make sure that practical assignments, done in the workplace, form an integral part of the course.  If such assignments form an important part of the course, a generic (or general) project management course normally suffice as your first project management course (instead of a more specialized one e.g. a construction project management course, IT project management course, engineering project management course or agile project management course, etc.)  Work performed in small groups or syndicates also contributes significantly to the development of project management skills.

Choose a project management course from a credible university of other institute 

A second, important consideration for people who want a course to improve their CVs is that the value of any certificate depends entirely on the credibility of the institute issuing the certificate. Said one well-informed advisor: “Rather have a certificate for successful completion of a short course from the most credible university than a PhD from some unknown institute.”  So, the general credibility of the university (or other institution) is essential. Normally universities are most credible.  In this regard one should however note that a high general rating of a university does not necessarily imply that they are leaders in project management. Therefore, (a) first check out their standing on a website such as https://www.topuniversities.com/qs-world-university-rankings to establish the general standing of a university. (b) Then inquire about undergraduate and more advanced postgraduate degree courses they offer in the field of project management, especially master’s degrees in project management and PhDs in project management.  Both these criteria – the general standing of the university and their credibility in project management are essential for the qualification to be worthwhile.  Furthermore, you don’t want to be a guinea pig, therefore ask how many years the university or other institute has been presenting the project management course you are interested in.  Also, what do people who already did the course, say about their course? 

Choose a project management course taught by a team of credible lecturers

A third consideration is the lecturers who present the course. Project management is a multi-disciplinary field and no single person can claim to be an expert on the wide range of dissimilar aspects – from interpersonal aspects such as teamwork and leadership to ‘technical’ aspects such as cost management, scheduling, risk management, information systems, quality management and commercial aspects such as project feasibility and project procurement management.  While a single presenter is generally acceptable for a basic course with a duration of a few days only, any more substantial course should be presented by several lecturers, each specializing in a specific aspect of project management. Lecturers should have both practical project management experience and solid academic credentials.

Consider a generic project management course

Finally, it is normally good to start off with a generic project management course that covers the basics of project management, including several knowledge areas e.g. procurement, risk, quality, etc. Admission criteria for more advanced courses e.g. to prepare you to write professional certification exams often include such prior learning.

The development of project management courses

The nature of project management courses evolved very significantly over the years: in the 1980s most project management courses focused merely on project scheduling, project budgeting and project control. From the mid-1990s most training providers offer courses with a much wider scope. While project cost management, project scheduling and control still makes much of the backbone of most courses, they nowadays typically include aspects such as managing projects in stages (with stage-gates in between), project stakeholder management, scope management, project risk management, project resource management (including human resource management), project procurement management, project quality management and communications management. In the year 2000 several courses taught people how to select the best project management software, but currently only a few dominant software providers offer courses on their specific project management software such as MSProject or Primavera.  

Therefore: make sure the institution you select is actively involved in project management research and stays abreast of new developments.

Modes of presentation of project management courses online, blended or classroom

Courses that are presented fully online have become popular and are often cheaper than those that require attendance of seminars, classes or workshops, especially if time away from the workplace and costs related to travel and accommodation are taken into account. Many however agree that, especially in a field where skills need to be developed, such as in project management, contact with the presenter and work within small groups are key. In an attempt to get the best of both, hybrid project management courses are becoming common.

Several project management courses are presented in-house for specific companies while other courses are open to the public. A credible service provider will be able to offer both types of courses. 

Generic project management courses versus courses based on specific standards or methodologies

Some project management courses are based on a specific project management framework or methodology such as PRINCE2, or a specific project management standard such as that of the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK or the IPMA (International Project Management Association) ICB4. Standard. Others draw on principles from a variety of standards, methodologies and textbooks.

Some courses aim at developing skills while others prepare candidates specifically for the PMI’s CAPM or PMP certification, or for IPMA certification. Experience has shown that people who have done a generic project management course that includes for example scheduling, cost management, procurement, risk, quality management, etc. before attempting an exam prep course, find the exam prep courses easier. They therefore also have a better chance to pass an international certification examination.

While most project management courses target project managers and project management contenders, a few more advanced courses focus on business-related aspects of project management such as project feasibility studies, business cases, project selection, programme and portfolio management, benefits realization management or value management.  These courses normally require a basic understanding of project management principles as well as financial / business principles as prior knowledge.

In conclusion: a good starting point is a generic project management course from a credible institution

Unless you already have extensive knowledge of project management, it is wise to start with a general project management course, offered by a credible university that specializes in project management. The institution should have a team of lecturers with practical project management experience, each specializing in a specific project management knowledge area. 

Such a course provides a solid base for managing projects more successfully, as well as for further education and international certifications. Advanced courses and specialized course will build on the knowledge and skills taught on such as course.

 

Accreditation

Delegates who successfully complete the PPM and comply with the related assessment criteria are awarded certificates of completion by the University of Pretoria.

The PPM is recognized by the following:

PMI (Project Management Institute) – USA

ECSA (Engineering Council of SA)

SACPCMP (South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions)

SACNASP (South African Council for Natural Scientific Professionals)

PMSA (Project Management South Africa)

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Contact Information

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Nadine Scott Nadine Scott 082 6513594
Professor Herman Steyn Professor Herman Steyn

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