Project Management:
Mastering Project Management Essentials

Short Course

Study Units



6 Months

Start Dates


Registration from

1 June 2020


R 6 510

The purpose and description of this short course

The purpose of this programme is to introduce students to the fundamentals of project management. This programme covers the essentials of project management, the project management life-cycle and project planning. Furthermore, the various project management knowledge areas are discussed in this programme. The planning, control and organising of projects through the use of planning techniques and documentation and specifically electronic or applied technology (such as MS Project, Prince II, Excel) is also discussed. In unit three the importance of people and effective human resources management is discussed with various practical examples. The course concludes with contemporary project management issues, including problem solving and decision-making techniques. The programme is highly recommended for business unit managers, line managers and team leaders. It is an essential programme for anyone who is part of or leads a project team, specifically medium to large business projects.

Programme Outcomes:

  • Discuss and explain the appropriateness of the various organisational structures.
  • Supervise and monitor a business project team.
  • Report progress on a business project.
  • Identify and rectify problems occurring in a business project.
  • Set up, run and close a business project.

The student who completes this progamme will have:

  • An in-depth understanding of the range of project organisational structures regarding functional and matrix.
  • An in-depth understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of organisational structure.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques for general supervision of people.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the methods and techniques for reporting progress to higher authority.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the nature and scope of a business project.


Unit One Formative Assignment
Unit Two Formative Assignment
Unit Three Formative Assignment
Summative Assignment (all units)

Z. Auths
A. van der Merwe

(Study material including support material are provided. Recommended readers are for further personal reading)

This short course consists of three (3) easy to follow study units.
Complete 3 formative assignments and 1 summative assignment to qualify for the certificate in 

Project Management: Mastering Project Management Essentials

Unit 1

The Nature of Project Management

The first unit of this programme introduces the student to the nature of project management. It discusses the features of project management vs business management, identify different types of projects and the various project management stakeholders.  Continuing with the introduction, the various phases of the project life-cycle is discussed and the associated tasks and expected outcomes of each phase. Essential project planning tools and techniques are discussed, focussing on the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), the Critical Path Method (CPM) and the Gantt Chart. Unit one concludes with an overview of various organisational structures, a discussion on project management structures and seamlessly combining organisational structures with project management structures.

Unit 2

Ensuring Quality Projects

In part two of this short course quality is discussed depth as an integral part of any business project. The student will be introduced to the various concepts and perceptions of quality and how to control and measure quality, using a variety of tools, to ensure the project owner or client’s expected outcome of the project, while managing the budget for the project. The second unit also covers the very important but often neglected closing down procedures of a project, which includes ensuring final payments, signing off the final delivered project and post project reviews and appraisals. The unit will conclude with a chapter on project documentation, the usage thereof, including various applied technologies that can be used in the management of project planning and documentation control.

Unit 3

Contemporary Project Management Issues

The success of any project is dependent on a good project manager that understands all the various aspects of project management, and specifically the effective management of human resources or the people employed for the delivery of the project. Aspects such as management by objectives, setting goals, healthy workplace relationships, delegating work, leadership styles and techniques, and effective communication is discussed. Contemporary human resources issues such as motivation and managing cultural and organisational diversity is covered in detail. The programme concludes with an in-depth discussion on project management problem solving and decision-making techniques. This includes factoring in certainty, uncertainty and risk in project decision-making. Problems-solving techniques such as the six-hat, brainstorming, nominal groups and Osborne’s checklist is also discussed to ensure a well-rounded approach to problem solving, and essentially, effective project management.

Entry Requirements: Grade 12 (If you have not completed Grade 12 (matric) then you must be older than 23 years and have 2 years work experience)

The importance of doing a short course

Our online short courses are flexible programmes that allow for both flexibility of time, and flexibility of location. In other words, you can work through the required coursework at a time during the day when it suits you best. Furthermore, you can study in a location that works for you. So, you can really study anywhere, anytime.

The short courses are structured in such a way that you complete compact units of learning within specific timeframes. Each unit is just enough, with applicable industry related content that can be practically applied for personal or professional gain. Because of the short courses’ nature of “just in time” and “just enough” learning, these non-credit bearing courses are naturally in high demand.

Doing a short course will be ideal if you want to:

  • Gain up-to-date knowledge, skills and best practices applications in a particular field;
  • Expand your competencies and knowledge to a particular field;
  • Gain specialised knowledge and skills that is transferrable to the workplace;
  • Empower yourself with the ability to adapt to innovation and change in a specific industry or field;
  • Develop skills, attitude and knowledge in a specific field for personal or professional gain.
  • Furthermore, showcasing the newly gained skills and abilities obtained from completed short courses can:
  • Highlight your CV as an employee candidate of choice;

Improve your chances to access higher education, particularly in cases where you did not meet the normal and formal entry requirements of a programme;

The secondary purpose of the short courses is to up-skill predominantly unskilled and/or semi-skilled individuals, who are mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds. Short courses create opportunities for previously disadvantage individuals to participate in life-long learning and in the process become active role players in the economy and society at large.

Moreover, the short courses support the vision of the College which is to “create prosperity through knowledge.” In addition, the College’s mission to “allow each and every willing and able person, regardless of race, gender, background, disability or age; the opportunity to be educated with basic and advanced skills in such a way that the acquired knowledge can be practically and innovatively utilised in any working environment the individual may wish to enter”, is further enabled through our short course offerings.

Although students who complete a non-credit bearing short course may not qualify for credits on any level of the HEQSF, they may include the information, provided in the academic transcript, to enhance their Curriculum Vitae (CV) or to substantiate a portfolio of evidence (POE) in order to obtain recognition of prior learning (RPL) for access and/or advanced standing for a related programme (Council on Higher Education, 2016).

The short courses are BMT College programmes that are quality assured by our internal higher education structures and approved by our Academic Council, as per the best practices and guidelines of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) for the offering of short learning programmes by higher education institutions. The short courses are therefore not accredited by an external body.

BMT College is registered as a private higher education institution with the Department of Higher Education under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration No. 2011/HE07/002. Our full qualifications are accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

Pricing and Payment Plans

Payment schedule for the short course

Course Start Date​


Debit Order Payment

R930 x 7 months

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R6 510