Elevate your skills to initiate, plan, and execute complex projects across a range of industries


12 weeks, excluding


10-12 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning



The skills to propose and initiate a project that requires strategy and planning.


The tools to develop a project charter, and the ability to assess and define project scope.


A completed workplace-ready project plan that outlines considerations around stakeholder integration, time and budget constraints, and procurement management.


An industry-recognised certificate of completion, issued by Africa’s leading university.1

1 QS Top Universities (Jun, 2019).


Module 1 Strategic Project Management
Learn the importance of strategically aligning project management to the overarching goal of an organisation.

Module 2 The Project Manager
Understand the role and the importance of the project manager in relation to the success of the project.

Module 3 The Project Management Process
Learn more about the standardisation of practices and tools in project management.

Module 4 Managing Project Integration, Stakeholders, and Initiation
Explore the importance of Project Integration Management and Project Stakeholder Management in initiating a project.

Module 5 Managing Project Scope
Understand project scope management and begin the planning phase of your project.

Module 6 Managing Project Time
Gain an understanding of the importance of Project Time Management as it relates to project success.

Module 7 Managing Project Cost
Determine how to balance cost against the benefits received from spending money on the project.

Module 8 Managing Project Risk
Delve into project risk management, the most effective and possibly least understood project management tool.

Module 9 Managing Project Quality
View quality as an organisational initiative as well as a project management knowledge area.

Module 10 Managing Project Communications and Procurement
Explore the two distinct but equally important areas of Project Communication Management and Project Procurement Management.

Module 11 Managing Talent in Projects
Leverage excellent human resources management to improve the success of your project.

Module 12 Project Delivery and Closure
Discover why project delivery or implementation is a vitally important component of planning.


Dr Sumarie Roodt

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems, University of Cape Town

Dr Roodt has been teaching and conducting research at UCT since 2012. She is also a research associate at the Centre for Information Technology and National Development in Africa (CITANDA) and is a National Research Foundation (NRF)-rated researcher in the Young Emerging Researcher category. Before joining academia, Roodt worked as a project manager and strategy consultant in the industry for a number of years.

Roodt has a PhD in informatics from the University of Pretoria, an MBA from UCT, an honours in psychology from Unisa, and a Bachelor of Commerce in informatics from the University of Pretoria. She also furthered her studies at the Chicago Booth School of Business, specialising in entrepreneurial finance and private equity of high-tech companies, and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education programme on mind, brain, and education. Roodt is the president of the Silicon Cape Initiative, which is Africa’s largest, most established, and most productive technology innovation network, and she also serves on the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) working group for science- and innovation-driven entrepreneurship.


This course is relevant to professionals who have experience in project management.
In order to ensure that this course is suitable for you, you’ll be required to submit a suitable project to your Head Tutor for approval once the course goes live. This approved project will be used as a building block for your ongoing project plan. It’ll also ensure that at the end of this 12-week online short course you’ll have a completed plan for a real-world project that can be practically applied in your current role.

Please consider the following recommendations surrounding the project you select to use during this course:

  • The project should be one that you have a working knowledge of, where you fulfilled a role on the project, i.e. as project manager, project sponsor, or project team member
  • The project should either have already started, and be well underway, or should be a project completed within the last 10 years
  • The project should ideally be of medium to large scale in relation to its rand value, the number of project stakeholders, and the project duration
  • You should have access to all or a majority of the project documentation

If you would prefer to do a foundational course in project management, please contact us to speak to a Course Consultant.


This UCT online short course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals, and benefit from the opportunity to:


Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities, entirely online and in your own time


Enjoy a personalised, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step


Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones


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