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Post-graduate Certificate in Business – Management

(PGCBBM) Post Graduate Certificate in Business – Management

Subject details and topics – 4 credits required

PCiBS-MGT-520 Methods for Sustainable Development  
This course discusses the sustainability in projects. We look at what the Project Management Profession in their portfolio, program and multiple projects do to engage their teams to focus on sustainability. Project management must consider the economic, environmental and social aspects of the project life-cycle with its resources, processes and required deliverables.  The sustainable benefits of projects must transparent, fair and ethical with proactive stakeholder participation. To achieve this, proper planning, monitoring and controlling of project delivery and their various support processes must be performed. This course will show you how to develop objectives and plans for sustainability, plus put them into practice. Projects need to go “green” and be environmentally friendly. Sustainability has a few focus areas such as: good health and wellbeing; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; innovation; climate action; life below water and life on land. It also touches on human rights; labor practices; the environment; fair operating practices; consumer issues; community involvement and engagement.
PCiBS-MGT-528 Project Management Fundamentals
This course deals with the basic principles of project management and introduces the students to the project management discipline. It focuses on the basic requirements of setting up projects. It focuses on managing portfolios, a program and multiple projects for project management companies. The course follows a structured manner and allows students to develop their competencies for the specific discipline in question. The main aim of the course in to demonstrate proficiency in this discipline to ensure that the student can be a valuable asset to any project that they are involved with.
The course Introduces Project management concepts; needs identification; the project life cycles; the project manager and the project team; types of project organisations; project communication and document control. Estimating, Costing and Planning and control: planning, scheduling and schedule control of projects; resource considerations and allocations; cost planning and performance evaluation. It focuses on Risks, procurement, human resources, quality, communication, stakeholders and integration management.
PCiBS-MGT-512 Entrepreneurial Innovation
This course discusses entrepreneurial creativity, leadership, innovation and identification of opportunities: develop the creativity role; techniques to facilitate creativity; barriers to creativity; creative versus critical thinking. We discuss the need for creativity and the reasons why organizations should encourage creativity in the business world. We investigate the difference between personality and creativity. We discuss innovation in companies, the why and the what, plus developing innovation and the innovation process. Problem solving within innovation and identification of opportunities: development and opportunity identification; idea development process; evaluate and prioritize ideas, ideation and design thinking. Creativity within innovation; design thinking towards facilitating business innovation. The course addresses opportunities, research around opportunities and analyzing information to get into business. Apply design thinking techniques to match how business innovation is transformed into new products, services and or processes.  We look at legal and financial issues, including preparing a business plan. Expose various managerial challenges; different ways if going into business; how to do market research; analyze opportunities, draft a business plan; including financing and the legal considerations. Finally, we address some key management functions in starting up a new venture.
PCiBS-MGT-516 Organizational Change Management
This course discusses organizational change and the behaviors that follow changes in an enterprise in a global scale. We investigate models and processes of change with their complexities and core drivers of change are discussed. Successful change management is considered with the key guiding principles that are required for change. With change in organizations, there are issues and dilemmas that need to be resolved and we investigate some requirements around the around the changes that must be monitored and managed. We look at organizational design and the benefits of the types of structures with their advantages and disadvantages of this. We furthermore look at a matrix organization and discuss the benefits that a project management organization can have to streamline your organization to benefits from this type of structure. We also look at companies with a project structure from an internal and external perspective. The course looks at key diagnostics and interventions required to change behaviors of organizations that require a transformation. The course addresses issues in managing organizational change; key factors with change; the change processes for personnel; hard and soft interventions, the differences and their impact. 
PCiBS-MGT-536 Project Change Management  
This course discusses advanced Project Controls & Project Management concepts; life-cycles of projects; portfolios, program and projects differences; scope management and change control; integration of various breakdown structures and data sets. We focus on change management and the role of the project controls manager; the portfolio / program / project manager, project controls team and other project team members; the role of project controls. Controlling performance measurement in respect to change management on projects with project controls. The use of planning, costing, estimating, administration and document control to manage change control at portfolio, program and projects level. The various processes and methods of monitoring and controlling changes at portfolio, program and project level. Contracting, managing claims and disputes through project-based change management. Change control and its importance will be discussed, plus managing change and controlling change at project level through the project monitoring and control activities. The importance of documentation in change management of projects and contracts. 
PCiBS-MGT-538 Project Programme & Portfolio Management  
This course discusses principles of project management and introduces the students to the project management discipline. It focuses on the requirements of setting up projects. The course builds on the use of project management and how portfolios, a program and multiple projects benefit from this type of management style.  It discusses concepts; life cycles; project teams; communication and document control. It covers estimating, Costing and Planning and control thereof and focuses on risks, procurement, human resources, quality, communication, stakeholders and integration management.
PCiBS-MGT-544 Project Scope, Schedule, Cost & Resource Management
This course discusses project scope and the management of scope, schedule, cost and resource management in controlling portfolios, a program and multiple projects. It will incorporate a combined scope to address work breakdown structures, the goals and objectives, constraints, the operational concept, budget and time, and who has the management authority around managing portfolios, a program and multiple projects. It also elaborates on project time and cost management including issues relating to the project life cycle and all its phases. It incorporates time definition and estimating plus discuss the various networks that are available. The project strategy and the projects associated cost management is addressed from a planning, estimating and control point of view. An in-depth discussion about earned value management (EVM) with samples of project control with EVM. 
PCiBS-MGT-550 Project Contractual & Legal Matters
This course discusses an in-depth principle of the legal issues within the context of a project and its contracts, using the standard principles of law of contract. It discusses the legal nature of individuals and organizations. Utilizing the law to ensure that projects have the correct contracting principles imbedded in the organization. Law of sales, credit agreements, lease. This course also focusses on the management of project-related contracts and looks at the consumer laws. The legal issues involved with tendering and the enquiry period; formation of contracts; management of contracts; contractual disputes and the resolution; conflict and aggression; disputes and the final arbitration or mediation process. Identify the pit falls of project contracting and mitigating claims. In addition, the course discusses the law of torts (negligence, breach of contract) and property, such as: Intellectual property, copyright, patents and trademarks. Various methods of contracting and the risks attached to each method are also investigated.
PCiBS-MGT-556 Strategic Management  
This course enables you to gain a detailed knowledge of strategic management. The course covers the concept of strategy and strategic management. It also discusses internal and external strategy and the application of strategy solutions to all aspects of business. Strategic management forms part of the business, corporate and international environment, where the strategy is about competing now and in the future of any organization. We focus on understanding the dynamics of competition; changing industry factors; ethics and governance and the strategic positioning of companies. Develop an understanding of strategy formulation, how to gain the competitive advantage in the marketplace and using thought leadership and thinking strategically. We discuss the planning and management of a phase of the strategic management plan. The course addresses these different phases and how to respond to them in the course. Current leadership and management must be creative and innovative to stay ahead of the pack. Corporations and companies need competent and skilled individuals to manage strategically. This course discusses your current knowledge of strategic issues and problems facing global organisations. The useful strategic skills this course will provide, can be applied within any organization.