PROJECT MANAGEMENT AT UNISA

Project Management at Unisa


Purpose of Project Management Course

Training of delegates in all aspects of project management

Target group

Any individual wishing to study project management

Admission requirements - Project Management


Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification

Duration

One year

Language medium

English

Registration periods

December to January and/or June to July

Tuition method

UNISA open distance education

Kind of assessment

Note:

Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies.

Formative assessment:

Two assignments per module

Summative assessment:

One portfolio of evidence per module

The Project Management Framework (DAPM01M)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 8
Syllabus/Content Topics

The Context Project Management
  •     The necessity for project management
  •     The project management context
  •     What is a project?
  •     What is a programme?
  •     What is project management?
  •     Relationship with other management disciplines
  •     Organisational structuring for project management
  •     Combination on line and project management structure



Strategic Project Management (DAPM02N)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 8
Syllabus/Content Topics

Managing by Projects: Strategic Perspective

A Changing Public Sector environment: The Importance of a Strategic Response
  •     The changing nature of public sector management
  •     Analysing the environment: the systems approach
  •     Characteristics of the management environment
  •     Implications of the environment on public management
  •     Ways in which management reacts towards the environment

Strategic Management: The Process

    Strategic management defined
    Strategic planning: envisioning an institution’s future
    Strategic management: the process

From Strategy to Implementation: The Use of Projects
  •     Managing by projects
  •     Setting up project support offices
  •     Strategy implementation/project management interface
  •     Establishing a project-based management structure
  •     Project implementation



Managing Change through Projects

Change Management: Transforming Institutional Service Delivery through Projects
  •     Conceptualisation: change management
  •     The scale of change on public institutions
  •     The principles of change
  •     Types of change
  •     Stability and chance
  •     The context of change in the South African public service
  •     Change in a strategic project management environment
  •     From change to projects

Change Management: The Process
  •     Three phases of transition
  •     The change management process
  •     Elements that often derail change initiatives

Managing the Human aspects of Change
  •     Resistance to change
  •     Reactions to change
  •     Managing resistance to change
  •     Role of transitional communication
  •     Cultural aspects of change management
  •     Role of project managers as change agents
  •     Managing change: skills requirements



Project Management for Development and Upliftment (DAPM03P)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 8
Syllabus/Content Topics

Project Management and Development
  •     Local government in South Africa
  •     The role of government in managing development projects and programmes
  •     Functions of the public manager as a project manager in development

Project Management for Upliftment
  •     Policies, programmes and strategies
  •     Project management and upliftment

Community Participation in Development Projects
  •     Defining participation
  •     Empowering communities
  •     Enabling structures for community participation
  •     Community involvement in the project cycle



Project Management Processes (DAPM04Q)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 8
Syllabus/Content Topics

Project Phases
  •     The project life cycle
  •     Project stakeholders

Project Initiation
  •     Project identification
  •     Project team set-up
  •     Project definition

Project Planning
  •     Planning issues
  •     Planning and projects
  •     Planning processes
  •     Work breakdown structure (WBS)
  •     Network diagrams
  •     Bar charts
  •     Milestones

Project Execution and Control
  •     Implementing the project
  •     Controlling the project

Project Closing
  •     Avoiding drift
  •     Having a closing event

Influences on Projects

    Project review



Project Time Management (DAPM05R)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 8
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • Project Time Management
  •     Optimising time
  •     Time management: the process

Time Management Techniques and Tools
  •     Project management techniques
  •     Project time management tools

Personal Time Management for Project Managers
  •     The importance of personal time management
  •     Eliminate time wasters
  •     Eliminating inappropriate work
  •     Delegate and monitoring tasks of team members
  •     Setting personal goals and objectives
  •     Opitimise waiting and traveling time
  •     Common challenges in time management



Project Cost Management (DAPM08U)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 8
Syllabus/Content Topics

Resource Management
  •     Resource management
  •     Conclusion

Cost Estimating
  •     Developing estimates
  •     Methods of cost estimating
  •     Cost estimating outcomes
  •     Cost estimate considerations

Cost Budgeting
  •     Functions of a budget
  •     Public sector budgets
  •     Project budgets
  •     Preparing the budget
  •     Cost baseline

Cost Control
  •     Earned value analysis
  •     Outputs from cost control



Project Quality Management (DAPM11P)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 8
Syllabus/Content Topics

Quality Planning

    Project planning management
    Quality planning

Quality Assurance

    Quality assurance
    Quality improvement

Quality Control
  •     Quality control system
  •     Tools and techniques for quality control
  •     Outputs from quality control



Project Human Resource Management (DAPM07T)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 8
Syllabus/Content Topics

Organisational Planning

    Nature of planning
    Organisational planning
    Tools and techniques for organisational planning

Staff Acquisition
  •     Project post analysis
  •     Staff acquisition
  •     Inputs to staff acquisition

Team Development
  •     Distinguishing team building from team development
  •     Theoretical stages of team development
  •     Team development
  •     Barriers to project team development
  •     Team effectiveness
  •     Team effectiveness review (TER)

People Dynamics in Project Management
  •     Role of the project manager
  •     Role of the project team members
  •     Important people dynamics in project management
  •     Politics and project management
  •     Ethics and professionalism in project management



Project Communication Management (DAPM12Q)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 8
Syllabus/Content Topics

Project Communication Management: A Macro perspective
  •     Understanding government communication
  •     The context of government communications: framework and constraints
  •     Task group government communication: key findings

Project Communication Management: Key Focus Areas
  •     The importance of project communication management
  •     Communication management planning
  •     Communication roles and responsibilities of the project manager
  •     Communication for effective conflict resolution
  •     Communication for project team building
  •     Communication with a diverse team
  •     Communication for results
  •     Communication for effective task delegation

Presentation: The Art of “Selling” the Project
  •     Benefits of project presentation
  •     Selling the project
  •     Preparing for an effective presentation
  •     Starting the presentation
  •     Delivering the presentation
  •     Completion

Project Meeting Management
  •     Setting the agenda
  •     Conducting the meeting
  •     Dealing with specific meeting issues

Project Documentation and Reporting
  •     Project management documentation
  •     Documentation types
  •     Project reporting
  •     Report writing skills
  •     Reporting
  •     Notices and project-related memoranda
  •     Feasibility studies
  •     Business plan



Project Risk Management (DAPM10N)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 8
Syllabus/Content Topics

Introduction to Risk Management and the Risk Management Cycle
  •     The role of risk management project management
  •     The scope of risk management

Risk Identification
  •     What to use in risk management
  •     What to do in risk management

Risk Assessment
  •     What to use in risk assessment
  •     What to do with risk assessment

  • Risk Response Development and Control
  •     What to use in risk response development
  •     What to do with risk response development
  •     What to use in risk response control
  •     What to do with risk response control



Project Procurement Management (DAPM09V)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 8
Syllabus/Content Topics

Project Procurement Management and Planning
  •     Procurement management
  •     Project procurement planning
  •     Statements of work (SOW)

Solicitation Planning, Solicitation and Source Selection
  •     Solicitation planning
  •     Source selection

Contract Administration and Close-out
  •     Contract administration
  •     Contract close-out

Quality, Ethics and Procurement
  •     Quality and procurement
  •     Total quality management (TQM)
  •     Planning quality
  •     Ethical considerations in project procurement
  •     Overview of the framework for public tenders in South Africa



Information Technology for Project Management (DAPM06S)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 8
Syllabus/Content Topics

Introduction to MS Project 2007
  •     Choosing project management software
  •     Overview of MS Project 2007
  •     The do’s and don’ts of MS Project 2007

Building Your Plan, Track and Manage Your Project 

Course leader

Mr L A A Matthews MA (Development Management)

Centre for Public Administration and Management

Office C-402, UNISA Florida Campus

Tel: 011 471 2357

Fax: 011 471-3568

E-mail: amatthew@unisa.ac.za



Programme administrator(s)

Ms L Champion

Centre for Public Administration and Management

Office C-402, UNISA Florida Campus

Tel: 011 471 2975

Fax: 011 471-3568

E-mail: lchampion@unisa.ac.za