Purpose

To enable learners to align project planning components and to integrate these into a single overall project management plan for a simple to moderately a complex project. Attendance of this course will enable learners to analyse and refine a project organisational structure, its profiles, roles and responsibilities. They will further be able to determine the required change and configuration control procedures and integrate it into an integrated project management plan.

Target Group

This course is aimed at project managers who need an introduction to the concepts and methodology of Project Management for simple to moderately complex projects.

Minimum Requirements for Enrolment

It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:

  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 (equivalent to Grade 12);
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 (equivalent to Grade 12);
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3 (equivalent to Grade 11);
  • Unit Standard: Develop a project risk management plan for a simple to moderately;
    complex project at NQF Level 5 (equivalent to a National Diploma or Certificate); and
  • Unit Standard: Develop a project quality management plan for a simple to moderately;
    Complex project at NQF Level 5 (equivalent to a National Diploma or Certificate.

 

Pre-course work

3.1 Pre-attendance activity In preparation for the course learners are required to prepare by completing the following actions prior to attendance of the course:

The information contained in these documents will form the basis of their learning throughout the course.

Action 1: Source the following documents from your department or sector:

  • Medium Term Strategic Framework for your department or sector. Extract from the framework the strategic goals and aims (only) for your department or sector; and
  • The procurement process and policy documents applicable for your sector or department, as well as the planning cycles relevant to your department or government sector. List the typical planning cycles relevant to your environment;
  • Standard Quality and Risk policies used for your department or sector;
  • Remember to source first from your own sector or department or alternatively you can find relevant information on the National Treasury website at: www.treasury.gov.za.

Action 2: Select an example project from your department that you can use as basis for activities and exercises that will follow. It can be a project that you worked on, a project that you managed or a project that is currently running within your department. Make sure that you have access to the following information on this project (if available):

  • The Project Brief: this is very important as you will use this to complete two or three activities in the course;
  • A Gantt Chart; and
  • Project Charter and / or Plan.

Action 3: Familiarise yourself with the following documents provided on the resource CD. These readings are for context purposes:

  • State of the Nation Address 3 June 2009 (Essential reading);
  • Batho Pele Principles (Essential reading) – http://www.dpsa.gov.za/batho-pele/Principles.asp; and
  • Machinery of Government May 2003 (Reference document for you current and future enrichment).

Action 4:

4.1 Project Risk Management Read through the folder titled “Risk Management Plan”, which is contained in the folder on Pre-attending reading, and answer the questions posed.

4.2 Project Quality Management Read through the folder titled “Project Quality Plan”, which is contained in the folder on Pre-attendance, reading, and answer the questions posed.

NOTE: Notify your supervisor/manager that you are embarking on the Project Management course. In order to successfully complete this course and take back your learning’s’ to your environment, it is essential for your supervisor/manager to support you on this journey. To this end the availability of time, resources and an enabling environment will benefit both you and you department.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Refine project organisational structure, profiles, roles and responsibilities;
  • Determine integrated change control procedures;
  • Produce an integrated project management plan document; and
  • Obtain approval for the integrated project management plan.

Accreditation

This is a credit-bearing course aligned to unit standard: 244824: Develop an integrated project plan for a simple to moderately complex project. NQF Level 5; Credits 8. After the successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Competence.

Unit Standard ID Title NQF Level Credits
 244824 Develop an integrated project plan for a simple to moderately complex project  5  8

 

Assessment Approach

This course follows an integrated assessment approach, comprising:

  • Pre-contact reading and activity;
  • Formative Assessment;
  • Post-contact activity and summative assessment, and Workplace practice.

Duration

This course is presented over five (5) working days.

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