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Post-graduate Certificate in Business – Project Controls

(PGCBPC) Post Graduate Certificate in Business – Project Controls

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

This program covers the fundamental principles of Project Controls, as well as providing students with an introduction to the business discipline.

  • By definition, every business effort becomes a project, and thus project management abilities have become a defining characteristic of all outstanding business leaders.

  • Project Control is at the heart of any project and a project cannot function without controls in place to manage a project efficiently. 
  • Whether you intend to effect organizational change, launch a new product, or establish an industry leader through strategic innovation, you will require project management leadership abilities at the senior strategic or operational level. Our programs will equip you with those abilities and capabilities.

  • Students can complete this graduate certificate within two (2) semesters.

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Project Controls is a stepping stone towards a Masters’s degree; to earn it, you must complete the first four programs of our online Masters’s Degree in Project Controls 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

We have a Limited Time Offer!

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

(PGCBPC) Post Graduate Certificate in Business – Project Controls

Subject details and topics – 4 credits required

Core
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-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-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.
Elective
PCiBS-MGT-518 Management of Change    
This course discusses behavioral and organizational change. The models of change together with their complexities are the drivers of change. We consider how to manage change successfully and provide key principles for managing change. We focus on the drive for constant organizational change to be successful. Furthermore, we look at resolving some dilemmas around change; the sustainability of change withing companies and the drive to survive management of change. The course looks at designing organizations with the basis of change to focus on the fundamentals of leading and managing change, plus looking at change in the organization and at you as individual. The course looks at interventions that are required to change behaviors and develop a change management program. The course also addresses issues in managing organizational change; key factors with change; the change processes for personnel; hard and soft interventions, the differences and their impact. This course focuses on the nature of managing organisational change; interventions and utilizing techniques.
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-530 Project Planning Management & Control    
This course discusses advanced principles of scheduling and focuses on the planning discipline, especially around managing portfolios, a program and multiple projects. 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 an asset to any portfolio, program and multiple projects that they are involved with. It focuses on the advanced requirements of analyzing and setting up advanced schedules for large projects in various life cycles. This course develops schedule development and management; tools and techniques and outputs and deliverables. It ensures that a structured logical process is followed to develop a schedule. It discusses a wide variety of issues that the planning discipline must take ownership of and incorporate into the schedules for portfolios, a program and multiple projects. Proper alignment of all the various breakdown structures and their incorporation into the budgeting process of portfolios, a program and multiple projects.  Develop an advanced responsibility matrix; incorporate the risk register and all control accounts into the schedule. Formulate a standard methods to create schedules; maintain schedules; manage reports and outputs for portfolios, programs and multiple projects. Accept and manage the contingencies of portfolios, a program and multiple projects. Perform a QRA schedule development and incorporate all relevant issues. Discuss the pro’s and con’s of earned value reporting and how to manage it at the correct levels. Monitoring and control of the portfolios, a program and multiple projects schedules. Stakeholder management and change management for portfolios, a program and multiple projects. Finally, we will discuss the various ways to demonstrate the impacts projects have within each other in the management of portfolios, a program and multiple projects.
PCiBS-MGT-532 Project Cost Management & Control    
This course deals with the core principles of costing and focuses the students into more depth around the costing discipline, especially around managing portfolios, a program and multiple projects. 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 portfolio, program and multiple projects that they are involved with. It focuses on the advanced requirements of analyzing and setting up advanced control accounts and budgets for large projects in various life-cycles. This course develops cost development and management; tools and techniques and outputs and deliverables. It ensures that a structured logical process is followed to develop budgets and control accounts. It discusses a wide variety of issues that the costing discipline must take ownership of and incorporate into the budgets for portfolios, a program and multiple projects. Get proper alignment on all the various breakdown structures and incorporate them into the budgeting process of portfolios, a program and multiple projects.  Develop an advanced responsibility matrix; incorporate the risk register and all control accounts into the schedule. Formulate a standard method to create a budget; maintain and control a budget; manage the outputs for portfolios, a program and multiple projects. Accept the contingencies of portfolios, a program and multiple projects and manage them accordingly. Perform a QRA budget development and align to the schedule and incorporate all relevant issues. Discuss the pro’s and con’s of earned value reporting and how to manage it at the correct levels. Monitoring and control of the portfolios, a program and multiple projects schedules. Stakeholder management and change management for portfolios, a program and multiple projects. Finally, we will discuss the various ways to demonstrate the impacts projects have within each other in the management of portfolios, a program and multiple projects. In this course we also expand on the learnings from other project assignments and apply the principles of that course in the course assignments. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Research Project that must be presented during this programme.
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-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.
PCiBS-MGT-554 Project Controls & Integration 
Advanced Project Controls & Project Management concepts; life-cycles of projects; portfolios, program and projects differences; scope identification and control; integration of various breakdown structures; integration of data and pulling it all together; the project controls manager; the portfolio / program / project manager, project controls team and other project team members; the role of project controls; types of projects; communication, reporting and documentation. Developing and implementing performance measurement into projects with project controls. Using planning, costing, estimating, administration and document control to manage project controls at portfolio, program and projects level; different processes and methods monitoring and controlling of portfolio, program and projects. The importance of contracting, managing claims and disputes and the role of project controls. The importance of documentation in projects and contracts.