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Project Management Essentials - Accredited

Unit Standard: 
NQF Level: 
Course Category: 
Management & Leadership

Duration: 2 Days
Time: 8:30am-4:00pm

Project Management is an indispensable business function for business in achieving strategic objectives.  In a fast-paced business world, product lifecycles are much shorter which forces organisations to start new projects at an increasing rate.  However, as projects become more complex, project failures, delays, and missed deadlines are becoming increasingly common.

“Project management can be defined as a way of developing structure in a complex project, where the independent variables of time, cost, resources and human behaviour come together.” Rory Burke

According to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), it is crucial that every business leader understand the nature of projects.  Business leaders don’t have to be practising, professional project managers, but at the very least, they need to be aware that the project world, which brings about positive change outcomes, is different from the ‘business-as-usual’ world.


Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in computer literacy, numeracy, literacy and communications at NQF Level 4 or equivalent


  •  People in organisations who recognise that taking a project's approach to strategy and work leads to greater success.
  • Project Team leaders or Team members, who have limited experience in managing projects, and who wish to gain a good understanding of the fundamentals of good project management.
  • People with some experience who wish to refresh their exposure to the discipline of Project Management


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Utilise a structured project approach to plan and manage work initiatives for greater success.
  • Define what is meant by a project and how it differs from normal management tasks
  • Set clear and realistic objectives for a project and understand the stages of the project life cycle
  • Appreciate the range of techniques and tools used in planning, organising and controlling projects and be able to select appropriate methods to suit the size and type of project being managed
  • Understand how different Project Management software applications can help you to plan and track projects.
  • Plan for effective communications
  • Gain and maintain the support and commitment of others and clearly identify the role of project team members
  • Monitor, control and adjust a project effectively and create a true picture of the progress achieved
  • Review and learn from strengths and weaknesses identified on completion of a project
  • All learners will receive a set of template documents to assist them with future projects – Project Charter, Kick Off Presentation, Change Control, Risk Management Action Plan, Skills Matrix, and Project Closing Checklist


Project Definition and Life Cycle

  • What is a project?
  • What is project management?
  • How does traditional Project Management differ from Agile Project Management?
  • Phases of the Project Life Cycle
  • Identifying project goals and key decision points
  • The project management system – procedures and documentation

Initiating a Project using the Project Charter

  • Defining and clarifying project objectives, scope and constraints
  • Stakeholder identification and management

Project Planning - Understanding the Principles

  • Planning tools and methods
    • Work, product and cost breakdown structure
    • Critical path management, including buffers and slack time
    • Scheduling using Gantt charts - communicating the plan
    • Strategies for establishing the true project costs (budget)
  • Risk management and assessment during the lifetime of the project
  • Practical use of Project Management software to help plan and track Project Communication
  • Maintaining communication throughout the project

Project Monitoring and Control

  • The critical management of the Triple Constraints – Time, Cost and Scope
  • Responding to problems and changes
  • Progress tracking, reporting and assessment

Project Closure

  • Closing the project well

Official course name: 
Explain Fundamentals of Project Management