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Prescribed & Recommended Books

Prescribed book for PPM Online, PPM Weekender and PPM Midweek

Project Management – A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Title:          Project Management – A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Edition:         Fourth, revised edition
Authors:        H Steyn (Ed), M Carruthers, A Dekker, Y du Plessis, D Kruger,  B Kuschke, A Sparrius, S van Eck & K Visser
ISBN:             978-0-620-64746-5

Book Review

Book Review

Used extensively by several universities since 2003

“I own and have read many project management books and in my view, this book is the best hand-on guide to project management covering all elements in an easy to digest manner.”

— Prof Marco Angermeier, Biberach University of Applied Science, Germany

“I could not put the book down … what made [it] such a pleasure is that I understood it so easily. Everything in the book makes sense”

— Sandra Millar

 “…an invaluable source of information

— Dave Stebbing, Projects Superintendent, Beatrix Gold Mine

“I do enjoy the manner in which the book is written, specifically for MBA students who must focus on application… very practical yet enough theoretical base… well done!”

— Giyose Dorrington, Nelson Mandela University Business School

About This Book

About This Book

This prescribed book is written by some of the lecturers presenting the Programme In Project Management (PPM).

Since 2003 the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions of this book have been used extensively in teaching several courses. This provided the opportunity of improving and updating the material to bring you this state-of-the-art Fourth Edition.

The widespread use of the book enables the publishers to offer it at a most competitive price.

The book is written by South Africans, for South Africans; readers relate easily to the idiom, language and cases.

It provides a structured approach and practical tools that are essential for project managers to develop skills that are essential in all spheres of business and govern­­ment.

Project management draws heavily on a number of knowledge areas that are quite dissimilar; from “hard”, technical aspects, such as risk analysis and scheduling to “soft” disciplines such as teamwork, leadership and communi­cation. The book has therefore been written by nine experienced practitioners with complementary backgrounds, experience and qualifica­tions. In addition to academic backgrounds that ensure credibility, the authors all have decades of practical, professional experience.

The practical approach makes internationally accepted knowledge areas of project management relevant to the South African context.  In addition to practical hints, it refers to the latest PMBoK standard and to the PRINCE2 methodology. It includes case studies, short stories about real projects, and end-of-chapter questions and problems. Since 2003, these have proven to be of great value to lecturers.

A new chapter was added on The Business Context of Project Management addresses strategic, business-related aspects of projects such as Project Portfolio Management.

Several universities and college courses have been using the book on undergraduate modules, post-graduate modules in engineering and commerce (including MBA) as well as on continuing education programmes.

Tutor material such as PowerPoint presentations and some solutions to problems are available to lecturers who adopt the book for relatively large classes. The publishers, editor and authors could also interact in a supportive role with lecturers prescribing the book.

Download the pdf brochure of this book

Table Of Contents

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1: The Nature of Projects and Project Management

Chapter 2: Planning the Project Lifecycle in Phases

Chapter 3: Structuring the Organisation for Project Work

Chapter 4: Initiating and Defining the Project

Chapter 5: Identifying Work, Responsibilities and Roles

Chapter 6: Project Scheduling

Chapter 7: Advanced Scheduling and Network Analysis

Chapter 8: Project Control

Chapter 9: The Business Context of Projects

Chapter 10: Project Cost Management

Chapter 11: Project Quality Management

Chapter 12: Project Management and ISO 9001

Chapter 13: Project Human Resources Management

Chapter 14: Aspects of Labour Law for the Project Manager

Chapter 15: Project Communications Management

Chapter 16: Project Risk Management

Chapter 17: The Project Manager and the Law of Contract

Chapter 18: Project Procurement and Contract Management

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The books can be purchased from most academic bookstores in South Africa. This book is not available in e-book format.

Book orders can be placed online at Van Schaik: www.vanschaik.com or Protea Bookshop: www.proteaboekwinkel.com.

Only orders for 10 or more books can be placed at Funda Project Management (Pty) Ltd, please email Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Prescribed book for Online Short Course on Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling

Project Management Principles Practices and Scheduling

This book consists of the initial eight chapters of the book Project Management - a Multi-disciplinary Approach.

Title:          Project Management Principles Practices and Scheduling
Author:        Prof Herman Steyn
ISBN:             978-0-639-77975-1

About This Book

About This Book

This book is written by Prof Herman Steyn, the lecturer of the Online Short Course on Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling.

Learn about projects, the project lifecycle, organizational structures in project environments, project scope management, work breakdown structures, project scheduling and project control, including Earned Value.

Table Of Contents

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1: The Nature of Projects and Project Management

Chapter 2: Planning the Project Lifecycle in Phases

Chapter 3: Structuring the Organisation for Project Work

Chapter 4: Initiating and Defining the Project

Chapter 5: Identifying Work, Responsibilities and Roles

Chapter 6: Project Scheduling

Chapter 7: Advanced Scheduling and Network Analysis

Chapter 8: Project Control

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Recommended book for the Programme in Project Management

Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology

Title:          Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology
Authors:        John M. Nicholas, Herman Steyn
ISBN:             9780367277345

Book Review

Book Review

“An excellent book which provides comprehensive coverage of project management theory and practice with insights from technology-based case studies, practical examples and exercises. An essential core text for project management students in engineering and technology disciplines.”

— Jane Britton, University College London, UK

About This Book

About This Book

Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology is a highly regarded textbook that addresses project management across all industries. First covering the essential background, from origins and philosophy to methodology, the bulk of the book is dedicated to concepts and techniques for practical application. Coverage includes project initiation and proposals, scope and task definition, scheduling, budgeting, risk analysis, control, project selection and portfolio management, program management, project organization, and all-important "people" aspects—project leadership, team building, conflict resolution, and stress management.

The systems development cycle is used as a framework to discuss project management in a variety of situations, making this the go-to book for managing virtually any kind of project, program, or task force. The authors focus on the ultimate purpose of project management—to unify and integrate the interests, resources and work efforts of many stakeholders, as well as the planning, scheduling, and budgeting needed to accomplish overall project goals.

Brief Table Of Contents

Table Of Contents

Part I Philosophy and Concepts:
1. What is Project Management?
2. Systems Approach

Part II Project Life Cycle:
3. Project Life Cycle and Project Conception
4. Project Definition and System Definition
5. Project Execution and Closeout

Part III Systems and Procedures for Planning and Control:
6. Basic Project Planning Techniques
7. Project Schedule Planning and Networks
8. Advanced Project Network Analysis and Scheduling
9. Cost Estimating and Budgeting
10. Project Quality Management
11. Project Risk Management
12. Project Procurement Management and Contracting
13. Project Monitoring and Control
14. Agile Project Management and Lean

Part IV Organizational Behavior:
15. Project Organizational Structure and Integration
16. Project Roles and Stakeholders
17. Managing Participation, Teamwork, and Conflict

Part V Project Management in the Corporate Context:
18. Meta-Management of Projects and Program Management
19. Project Selection and Portfolio Management
20. International Project Management

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Accreditation

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.

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