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University Of Pretoria

University Of Pretoria

Online Short Course on Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling

Whether you're an aspiring professional or a beginner looking to enter the exciting field of project management, our online short course is tailored to provide you with the necessary knowledge and tools to succeed.

Next course dates:

8 May 2024

Course fee:

R9 142.50 (Including VAT)

Course Duration:
8 weeks

20 hours,
recommended 50 hours


Course Duration:
8 weeks

20 hours,
recommended 50 hours


University of Pretoria

Experienced Lecturer:
Prof Herman Steyn

What our students say

University of Pretoria

Experienced Lecturer:
Prof Herman Steyn

What our students say

Who is The Online Short Course In Project Management For?

Project management is crucial for organizational success, ensuring that projects are completed on time, within budget, and to the desired quality. Project managers play a pivotal role in coordinating resources, managing risks, and driving project teams toward achieving objectives.

Professional training in project management is essential for individuals aiming for excellence in this field. Our well-structured online short course in project management not only provides theoretical knowledge but also equips you with practical skills and industry best practices. This not only enhances your employability but also improves your project management capabilities, opening doors to exciting career opportunities.

Why Must I Study This Course?

We take pride in offering an exceptional online short course that is meticulously designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of project management principles, practices, and scheduling. Here is what sets us apart:

  1. Our lecturer, Prof Herman Steyn, has more than two decades of experience in project environments in industry and is recognized as a leading, international author on project management. He brings real-world understanding into the virtual classroom and shares practical examples to enhance your understanding of project management principles. His credentials as an established professor and researcher in project management ensure insight into current, scientifically proven methods.
  2. Our course content is regularly updated to reflect the latest industry trends and practices. We ensure that you learn the most relevant skills and techniques that are in demand in the job market. Developing a plan for a real-life project forms part of the course and can benefit your employer and your personal projects. By staying up to date with industry advancements, we prepare you to tackle real-world project challenges effectively.
  3. The 8-week course is presented in a clear and concise manner, ensuring an engaging learning experience. The course is fully online to enable you to study when and where it suits you.

What Will My Course Content Include:

  1. Introduction to projects and project management
  2. Project lifecycles and phases
  3. Initiating a project and defining the project scope
  4. Identifying project work, responsibilities and roles
  5. Project scheduling
  6. Project control

The course earns credits as the first one of 8 modules of the well-known comprehensive PPM (Programme in Project Management). People who enrol for the other 7 modules of the PPM within a reasonable time after completing this course, receive the full course fee paid for this course as a discount.

Course Leader:
Prof Herman Steyn

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Admission Requirements:

  1. No formal tertiary qualifications are necessary to enroll in our course; however, practical experience in any project type is highly recommended.
  2. The minimum requirement typically includes grade 12 with subjects like accounting or mathematics. In certain cases, prior learning may be acknowledged for applicants who do not meet this requirement.
  3. Please note that the course will be presented in English, so participants should have a proficient command of the English language to comprehend the course material effectively.
  4. Find the next course intake date here

Message of gratitude of ‘the PPM Course’
Kathleen van Graan
Which started of as a thought to enhance my Personal / Executive Assistant career and become the best PA that I could be, developed into a journey which, soon after completing the course, would change my life and career. The PPM course could mean a stepping stone to a higher degree or higher designation in the organisation for some, for me it meant a whole new destination.

Payment for courses

To secure a person’s seat on a course full payment of the course fee has to be received.

If a client cannot make full payment some time before a course starts, options exists at Mobicred or Fundi to grant a loan to the client and make the full payment to EUP on behalf of the client. The client then pays back the fee in monthly instalments to the organization that granted the loan.

To use Mobicred, you need to complete an online credit application at, agree to the terms and conditions, and provide the necessary documents.
Fundi provides short course loans and educational finance services, catering to people seeking career enhancement through additional training. Please click on to submit an online credit application.

However, if a client itself is in a position to make the full payment (at least a few days before the course starts), it is the preferred option.


08 May - 03 July 2024


Delegates who successfully complete the online short course and comply with the related assessment criteria (where applicable) are awarded a certificate of successful completion by the University of Pretoria. (Click here to view an example certificate)


Upon completing the course, you'll possess a globally recognized certification, enhancing your employability and paving the way for career growth. By enrolling in our project management online short course, you open up a world of exciting career opportunities, including but not limited to:

  • Project Coordinator:
    Assist project managers in planning, executing, and monitoring projects.
  • Project Scheduler:
    Develop and maintain project schedules, ensuring timely completion of tasks.
  • Project Analyst:
    Analyze project data and performance metrics to identify areas for improvement.
  • Junior Project Manager::
    Take on greater responsibilities in managing small-scale projects.
  • Project Support Officer:
    Provide administrative support to project teams and stakeholders.
  • Project Assistant:
    Assist in various project-related tasks and facilitate smooth project operations.

Our project management training takes a unique and practical approach to skill development, ensuring real-world application and effectiveness. Each candidate participates in hands-on assignments, crafting project plans tailored to their workplace context, fostering immediate implementation and learning.

The training goes beyond one-size-fits-all approaches. Practical work takes place in the learners' workplaces, allowing for customization and relevance to individual work environments. While some projects may be used as examples, the emphasis is always on adapting the training to suit each candidate's unique circumstances.

Our Online Short Course is open to individuals from a wide range of diverse backgrounds. We offer training in generic project management principles, not limited to specific fields like Engineering, IT, or Construction. This inclusive approach ensures that our graduates are equipped to excel in any industry or domain.


Our comprehensive modules on project management principles, practices, and scheduling aim to equip learners with essential skills and knowledge for successfully initiating and managing projects in their work environments. By the end of the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Introduction to Projects and Project Management:
    Gain a solid understanding of project fundamentals, including key concepts and principles of effective project management.
  • Initiating Projects and Stakeholder Analysis:
    Learn how to initiate a project and conduct a thorough analysis of stakeholders to ensure their active involvement and support throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Project Lifecycle, Phases, and Milestones:
    Familiarize learners with the different phases of the project lifecycle and key milestones that guide project progress.
  • Scope Development and Stakeholder Engagement:
    Enable learners to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to develop a well-defined Scope Statement for projects, ensuring alignment with stakeholders' expectations.
  • Scope Change Management:
    Equip learners with the skills to manage changes to project scope effectively, ensuring project objectives are maintained while accommodating necessary adjustments.
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Work Packages:
    Learn how to create a structured WBS and break projects into manageable work packages, facilitating resource allocation and project planning.
  • Roles and Responsibilities:
    Identify and assign roles and responsibilities to team members and other stakeholders for efficient project execution.
  • Project Scheduling and Resource Allocation:
    Master project scheduling techniques and resource allocation strategies to optimize project timelines and resource utilization.
  • Basic Project Plan Development:
    Develop a comprehensive project plan, including a Scope Statement, WBS, Work Packages, Schedule, and a basic Resource Workload Histogram.
  • Basic Project Control:
    Acquire skills in basic project control to monitor project progress, identify deviations, and implement corrective measures.
  • Introduction to Project Management Systems:
    Understand the fundamental principles, benefits, and limitations of widely-used project management systems like MS Project and other relevant tools.

Explore our comprehensive learning outcomes


Upon enrolment into the Programme in Project Management (PPM) Online, access is provided to the university’s online platform. All material is provided, including a textbook that is sent by courier to each participant (all costs are included in the course fee).

Click here for information on the textbook


During the module, learners will engage in practical application exercises and case studies to test their comprehension and problem-solving abilities. This includes:

  1. At least three syndicate exercises to encourage collaboration and real-world problem-solving skills.
  2. Several individual exercises where learners will solve problems independently and then discuss their solutions in class.
  3. Brief discussions of relevant cases to enhance understanding of practical project management scenarios.

To evaluate learners' understanding and application of concepts, an individual assignment will be given in the workplace, accounting for 100% of the final grade.


The online course runs on a learning management system, Blackboard Learn.

  • Delegates must have a computer with access to the internet, with sufficient data to connect to the portal and to participate in the course.
  • The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browsers must be used to access course material (other browsers like Internet Explorer are not officially supported).
  • The device must have a properly installed, activated and/or plugged-in microphone.
  • The course content may include videos and delegates must be able to access external sites (e.g. Youtube). The device should ideally have a properly installed, activated and/or plugged-in webcam.
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The PPM is recognized by the following:

  1. PMI (Project Management Institute) – USA and Globally
  2. ECSA (Engineering Council of SA)
  3. SACPCMP (South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions)
  4. SACNASP (South African Council for Natural Scientific Professionals)
  5. PMSA (Project Management South Africa)

On successful completion of the PPM, suitable candidates may be eligible to apply for the professional designation of Project Manager (PM) conferred by Project Management South Africa (PMSA). PMSA is the SAQA recognized professional body representing the interests of project managers across sectors.

Contact Information

Simbulele Mtshotane

Course Coordinator

All Administrative Matters
+27 (0)12 434 2603
Mobile: +27 (0)73 760 7402
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Mpolokeng Rammutloa

Programme Manager

Prof Herman Steyn

Course Leader

All Academic Matters
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