One of the prescribed books is written by lecturers on this course. Please see below: 


pm_book.jpg - 21.39 kBUsed 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


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


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 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.



The Nature of Projects and Project Management

Planning the Project Lifecycle in Phases

Structuring the Organisation for Project Work

Initiating and Defining the Project

Identifying Work, Responsibilities and Roles

Project Scheduling

Advanced Scheduling and Network Analysis

Project Control

The Business Context of Projects

Project Cost Management

Project Quality Management

Project Management and ISO 9001

Project Human Resources Management

Aspects of Labour Law for the Project Manager

Project Communications Management

Project Risk Management

The Project Manager and the Law of Contract

Project Procurement and Contract Management

To cater for short courses and subjects that only include the basics of project management the first nine chapters of this book is available in an even more affordable format to providers of training and education (now also available in book stores).

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: or Protea Bookshop:

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.