UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOUNDATIONS

In collaboration with leaders in online education, GetSmarter

Duration

10 weeks, excluding
orientation

Effort

7–10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

ON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH:

1

The practical skills and knowledge you need to get project-based work done more effectively and efficiently, on time and within budget

2

The ability to identify and address risks, estimate time and cost, manage a team, and communicate with stakeholders

3

A certificate from UCT that recognises your new competencies in project management - a certain boost to your CV and confidence

COURSE CONVENOR

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.

COURSE CURRICULUM

Module 1 Introduction to Project Management
Learn about the various aspects involved in project management.

Module 2 Getting Started: Identifying Stakeholders and Initiating a Project
Learn how to identify the key stakeholders in a project and how to define the scope of a product.

Module 3 Managing Risk
Gain an understanding of risk within the context of a project.

Module 4 Work Breakdown Structure
Learn about the work breakdown structure as a tool for breaking down a project into its component parts.

Module 5 Realistic Scheduling and Accurate Estimating
Explore the importance of accurately estimating the time and money a project requires to support good business decision-making.

Module 6 Understanding Cost, Time, and Scope
Examine issues of efficiency and productivity and how to get the most out of a project with the resource limitations of a given project.

Module 7 Managing a Project Team
Create a high-performance team framework and learn how group dynamics can affect a project’s success or failure.

Module 8 Clear Communication Among Project Stakeholders
Explore the importance of communication as a key factor in all successful projects.

Module 9 Measuring Progress and Solving Common Problems
Minimise additional costs and delays by identifying and addressing problems timeously.

Module 10 Advancing Your Practice of Project Management
Examine different opportunities for individuals and organisations to improve their practice of project management.

 

Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.

 

LOUISE HEYNS - PAST STUDENT image

"I recently started a new job and people regularly mention how organised I am. Initially I thought the way I work is normal and that everyone manages their work that way. I soon realised that this is not the case and that the principles I learned during the course have just become so embedded in the way I work that I don’t notice them anymore. This has not only impressed my managers but has also resulted in people trusting me, something that is key if you want to succeed in any working environment."

LOUISE HEYNS - PAST STUDENT

AN ONLINE EDUCATION THAT SETS YOU APART

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:

usp-slot-one

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

usp-slot-two

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

usp-slot-three

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

GET MORE INFORMATION

Want to know more?
Enter your information below to learn more about the UCT Project Management Foundations online short course, including receiving the course prospectus, from GetSmarter.

* Required Field

Please enter your first name

Please enter your last name

Please enter a valid email address

Yes, I want to receive more information about the UCT Project Management Foundations online short course. Contact me by:

Email: *

Please select an option

Phone: *

Please select an option

Please provide a valid phone number

Please select highest level of education

Please select years of work experience

Email me about the educational programmes that GetSmarter (a brand of 2U, Inc.) and the 2U family of companies offer with multiple institutions.

Please select an option

By consenting to receive communications, you agree to the use of your data as described in our privacy policy. You may opt out of receiving communications at any time.