Online project management course

Project Management Principles, Practices & Scheduling

The goal of the course is to teach you to develop a basic project plan. 

It is the online version of the first module of the PPM (Programme in Project Management) of the University of Pretoria that has been taught in contact sessions since 1997.

The course is suitable for all people involved in projects in any environment (including middle managers, project managers, project coordinators, project administrators…).

Upon introducing the basics of project management, the project lifecycle, project initiation, scope management, work breakdown structures, project scheduling (including network diagrams and Gantt charts) and basics of control are addressed.

The final assessment is a project management plan that is done in the environment of the participant. Participants who achieve 50% or more for the assignment receive a certificate from the University of Pretoria and get credit towards the PPM (Programme in Project Management).

Although the most popular international standards and methodologies were taken into account in the development of the course, general principles are taught rather than any specific methodology.

The “… number 1 career…” choice

Fortune Magazine

“… middle management positions are on the endangered list and may soon become extinct, giving way to a new breed, the new species in the corporate jungle: the project manager.”

PM Journal 

“… the ranks of senior executives will be filled by people capable of integrative leadership, with a rich background of getting things done through projects.”

Harvard Business Review

Why this specific course?

  • Receive a certificate from the University of Pretoria and earn credit towards the PPM (Programme in Project Management)
  • The PPM is the most popular PM course since 1997 (already presented 168 times)
  • The PPM is well known by employers – the programme of choice of several large organizations (for example, it has been presented for 10 years at a company listed on the JSE)
  • Practical skills development & enhanced ability to lead projects successfully
  • Applicable to your work environment (an assignment is done in your own environment)
  • Earn 5 ECSA CPD points
  • Work at your own pace, in comfort of your home

The course can form part of the Workplace Skills Plan of employers.

 Why at the University of Pretoria (UP)?

The leading university in Project Management training, education and research in Africa. 

For example, UP is the only university in Africa with a Masters’ programme in Project Management that is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center of the Project Management Institute (USA).

To keep abreast of developments in project management, the Graduate School of Technology Management of UP does more research in project management than any other institution in Africa.


All material is provided. Upon enrolment, a textbook will be sent by courier to the participant.

The work to be done by the participant includes viewing of lectures as videos provided via the Internet (more than 8 hours of videoing time), reading more than 100 pages from the textbook, answering of some basic questions about the material, and develop a basic project plan as assignment (preferably in the participant’s workplace). 

The assignment has to be submitted within three months of enrolment.

Admission requirements

No formal tertiary qualifications are required but practical experience on any type of project is highly recommended. The normal, minimum requirement is grade 12 with subjects such as either accounting or mathematics. Prior learning can, however, be recognized in cases where applicants do not meet this requirement.  As the course is presented in English, participants should have an adequate command of the English language to understand the material.

Course fee:

R7324-70 (Includes VAT and Textbook) 


Ms Emmaculate (Imma) Ramokgadi

Tel       082 562 3227

+27 12 434 2623

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Ms Bontle More

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Ms Amanda Mostert

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Prof Herman Steyn

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