Applied Project Management – (NQF4 Credit Bearing)

Applied Project ManagementThe Applied Project Management (APM) serves as an introduction or refresher course to project management. The course provides delegates with a thorough overview of best practices in the field of project management and teaches hands-on project management techniques.  It is not industry specific, the knowledge and skills that are gained during the course can be applied in any project environment.

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Course Overview:

The Applied Project Management (APM) course is a complete introduction and refresher course for all those embarking on any type of project, in any industry.  The course focuses specifically on working with a team of people to perform a project and is based on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI)® Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth edition.  It also covers all the areas defined in the SAQA level 4 unit standard for project management.

The course includes 10 worksheets which delegates will use to initiate, plan, and track their own project.  The entire project life-cycle is covered; from project initiation to project closure.

The most important objective of this course is to enable participants to take the concepts that they have learned and immediately apply them in their respective working environments. In addition to the standard course material, delegates are also provided with the book Project Management Jumpstart by renowned author Kim Heldman.

Course Format:

Delegates attend 3 class-based sessions over 3 days. The APM course requires delegates to complete a Portfolio of Evidence (POE) which needs to be submitted 1 month post course to be assessed and moderated by SAQA. Upon successful completion of the course, delegates receive an NQF4 credit bearing (5 credits) certification.

Those who do not pass the assessment and who do not wish to resubmit another POE will receive a certificate of attendance.


Course Syllabus:

The course consists of 5 modules:

Principles of project management

This module gives a complete introduction to project management and includes the following topics:

  • Why do we use project management and where is it used?
  • The relationship of project management to other management disciplines.
  • The difference between project and product life-cycles.
  • Project management tools and techniques.
  • Project management methodologies.

Project Initiation

This module covers the methods and tools used to initiate a new project.  The following topics are covered:

  • Events that trigger the start of a project.
  • Developing a Project Charter.
  • Working together as a team and motivating the team.
  • Project team roles and responsibilities.

Project Planning

The module covers the end-to-end process of planning a project from requirements definition to project plan presentation.  Planning includes the following areas:

  • Defining the requirements of the project.
  • Planning the project’s scope of work and developing the work breakdown structure (WBS).
  • Resource requirements and assigning resources to a project.
  • Developing the project cost estimate and budget.
  • Risk planning and assessment.
  • Quality planning.
  • Procurement planning.
  • Project scheduling and the critical path method (CPM).
  • Communications planning.
  • Project baselines.

Project Execution

The module covers the day-to-day management of projects and includes the following topics:

  • Kicking off the project execution process.
  • Project progress meetings.
  • Project progress measurement and tracking.
  • Developing project status reports.
  • Earned Value Management and reporting.
  • Managing project scope and schedule changes.
  • Controlling the project’s risk.
  • Managing the project resources.
  • Cost management and control.

Project Closure

The module covers the formal close-out of a project and includes the following topics:

  • Project close-out.
  • Post project reviews and lessons learned reports.
  • Project closure report.
  • Project benefits measurement
Who should attend this course?

Delegates who:

  • Are new to project management.
  • Have been given a project to manage.
  • Have never had any formal project management training.
  • Require a refresher course to sharpen already existing project management skills.
  • Wish to understand the complete project life-cycle.
  • Wish to accumulate 21 hours of formal project management training towards a PMI certification.
Training Quality Assurance

The course is accredited with the Services SETA and is aligned to the registered SAQA unit standard 120372, “Explain the fundamentals of project management”, level 4 (5 credits). ProjectLink has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI). This course carries 19.5 PDU’s for PMI® certification holders.

Course Benefits:
  • Course file with all the course presentations and exercises.
  • Heldman, K. (2013) Project Management Jump Start, 3rd edition.
  • Certificate of Attendance.
  • Certificate of Competence (if POE is successfully completed).
  • Earn 19.5 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for maintaining a PMI certification.

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