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Post-graduate Certificate in Business

(PGCBBG) Post Graduate Certificate in General Business (Administration)

Duration

e.g. 4 credits = 2 x 2 / year = 6 months

Language

English

Study Mode

Online

On-Campus (bespoke)

Campus

Johannesburg. South Africa

Swakopmund, Namibia

Houston, Texas, USA

(only for bespoke pre-booked courses)

Credits Required

4 Credits

Max 2/3 subjects per Semester

Part of the program is a PoE

View in PoE in Subject details below

Dates

Feb,

June,

Sep,

Nov.

Course Specific Details

Expanding your education, developing your business skills, and leveraging your personal talents are all critical stages to becoming a future-ready company leader.

  • Increase the scope of your strategic thinking. You can use this general business administration credential to get admission to a Master of General Business Administration program through the assistance of industry professionals and hands-on experience.
  • Make an instant contribution to your company’s success by learning practical and innovative ways of leading teams in an environment of a high-performance culture.
  • The new fast-tracked degree program at PCiBs allows you to study subjects that will interest students in our active learning processes while also getting a degree faster. The intake for each teaching period is sequential, and all topics are based on scenario-based learning, with all subjects focusing on competency-based learning.
  • Students can complete this graduate certificate within two (2) semesters.

The Graduate Certificate in General Business (Administration) is a stepping stone towards a Graduate Diploma in General Business (Administration) and ultimately a Masters degree; to earn it, you must complete the first four courses of our online Masters of General Business (Administration) degree program.

Career

Obtain a top-tier position in one of the following industries:

ENGINEERING,

BANKING AND FINANCE,

MEDICAL,

MINING,

HEALTHCARE,

CONSTRUCTION, 

OIL and GAS,

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY,

PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT,

and other related fields are included (too many to list).

 

Jobs in the project management discipline are increasing as a result of the expansion of industries.

Levels of Educational Qualification

Using the educational services provided by PCiBS, students can earn qualifications from international affiliated and accredited universities that are recognized by a national qualification framework (NQF) that is divided into levels. The European qualification levels are from level 0 to level 08.

  • Courses (Various Levels),
  • Post-graduate certificates (Level 08/9),
  • Post-graduate Diploma (Level 08/9),
  • Masters (Level 09), and
  • Ph.D.’s (Level 10).

 

All courses require students to earn a passing grade by achieving a predetermined percentage on their exams in order to demonstrate their ability to perform as competitive individuals in the workplace. Individuals who are performance-based are evaluated on their ability to participate in a lecture and practical simulations (live) of various projects that are incorporated into each of the Program’s curriculums.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Admission requirements for Post- graduate Diploma or Master’s Degree:
  • Any Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized institution
  • A professional qualification that is equivalent to a diploma / degree and a minimum of two years of working experience

OR

  • Previous work experience in the field of Project Management (minimum 5 years) demonstrated through a CV
  • Acceptance Advantage: Two letters of recommendation by your peers to start your postgraduate studies explaining your experience and why you would undertake to start these studies.

PLUS

  • Recognition of Previous (RPL) Study: All subjects / transcripts documents need to be certified / notarized. All non-English documents must have a certified and evaluated English translation attached to the application.
  • English level: For non-English speaking students, TOEFL / IELTS or equivalent is required for students who did not study at English speaking school. The Admission Committee will also consider factors such as TOEFL/IELTS scores.
  • One passport-size photo.
  • Passport copy / national ID card certified / notarized.

All PCiBS’ programs are conducted in English and all correspondence will be in English.

 

You can do your free TOEFL / IELTS practice test here.

Program Tuition Fees

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Articulation / Further study

Post-graduate

After completing the Post-graduate Certificate of Business (in the chosen specialization/major), you have the option of taking the credit(s) from your studies and furthering your qualification by completing the Post-graduate Diploma in Business (in the selected specialization/major) or a Master’s Degree (in the chosen specialization/major).

Other Study Options

Additional Information

(PGCBBG) Post Graduate Certificate in General Business (Administration)

Subject details and topics – 4 credits required

Core
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-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.
Elective
PCiBS-MGT-514 Property Investment
This course discusses advanced techniques of property investment. There are various vehicles that can be used for property investment and this course aims to develop an in depth understanding of the principles and categories used in property investment. The course looks at residential, old age homes, retirement centers, storage areas, parking garages to name a few.  The course focuses on fixed property types and the characteristics; the functions and pricing of a specific property market. The course elaborates on various types of properties such as: commercial buildings, corporations and residential properties. The course delves into the various financing models for properties and investigates property investment analysis. We discuss cash flow analysis; interest rates; gearing and risk analysis for specific property investments. Students cover purchasing contracts in more depth and investigate property investment techniques; selling and purchasing property. We look at investment vehicles in more depth and discuss the various options available to property investors. We have a detailed look at financial management; budgeting; real estate tax and capital gains tax. Ethics and governance issues to establish trusting relationships with agents and investment houses.
PCiBS-MGT-534 Project Leadership
This course analyzes diverse sectors of project management leadership, the team’s performance, the team activity, and range of organizational behaviors; groups and teams effectiveness and various topics related to project teams. Project teams comprise of various job sectors, job descriptions and divisions in organizations. This course explores the roles of project team members from project initiation to completion (cradle to grave). An overview of leadership on teams (groups);  organizational team leadership is provided in organizational structures whilst managing culture differences. The course also addresses team conflict; motivation; performance; managing individual and team behavior, plus the management of company strategies. We also discuss the manager as a person; leadership making decisions and organizational structures and their performance and effectiveness.
PCiBS-MGT-542 Property Ownership and Management
This course discusses topics such as the structures, maintenance and repair or restoration of buildings. Maintenance of buildings must be performed, or the correct contractors / individuals must be utilized. The course discusses commercial buildings for businesses, organizations or corporations and residential properties. The course covers topics in financing commercial, and residential and other properties, real estate and leasing contracts. Students develop business management techniques for property and other management functions. Property sale and marketing techniques are also addressed. Topics cover housing laws, building maintenance, supervision and tenant leasing. We look at financial management, budgeting and maintaining financial data. There are topics around real estate tax, options provided to tenants, cancellation of leases, subletting and lease negotiations. The topics conclude with tenants, lease agreements, security deposits, subletting and rent control. Ethics and governance issues to establish trusting relationships with tenants.
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-546 Project Quality, Risk and Procurement Management
This course discusses various methods of analysis of project risk, quality, procurement management and the project review and completion around managing portfolios, a program and multiple projects. This course discusses all project risk elements, such as: environment, planning, identification, analysis, evaluation, treatment, monitoring and review of associated risks. Furthermore, it discusses the following project procurement elements, namely: planning, strategies, legal issues, solicitation, monitoring and control, including project review and completion. This course builds on various methods and analysis of project quality management around managing portfolios, a program and multiple projects. It will address the project quality context, quality planning, quality assurance and quality improvement, plus the quality development during the project lifecycle and total quality management (TQM).
PCiBS-MGT-548 Project Communication, Stakeholder and Integration Management
This course discusses methods and processes used in stakeholder analysis around managing portfolios, a program and multiple projects. Items that are addressed are: environments, categorization; internal and external factors; inter-relationships; roles and responsibilities and the influences of stakeholders. Team selection, team development and conflict within the project environment are also discussed. This course provides additional methods for analysis of stakeholder communication, project management information system, the project life cycle, project integration management, monitoring and change control, and the project review and completion. This course investigates project communications management around managing portfolios, a program and multiple projects, including issues relating to the various phases throughout their life cycles. It will assist to identify a project management information system (PMIS) and analyze the project success criteria. The importance of project integration management, the processes that guide the project plan setup and the strategic plan of a project.
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.