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Under-graduate Associate Degree in Business – Project Management Office

(BBPAPO) Undergraduate Associate Degree in Business – Project Management Office

Duration

e.g. 8 credits = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 / year = 2 Years

e.g. 8 credits = 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 / year = 18 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

16 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 familiarizes students with the essential concepts of project management and the business discipline. Throughout the course, a structured strategy is employed to help students enhance their competencies in the particular business area covered. The course’s major objective is for the student to exhibit mastery of the business discipline throughout their time there, so that they can contribute significantly to any project in which they are involved.

 This course introduces students to the profession of project management by covering essential project management principles. It emphasizes the fundamental prerequisites for starting a small business. Throughout the course, a structured strategy is employed to help students develop their competencies in the particular discipline being studied. The fundamental objective of the course is for the student to exhibit expertise in this area so that they can contribute significantly to any project in which they participate. The course provides an overview of the following topics: introduction to project management ideas and terminology; requirement identification; project lifecycles; the project manager and his/her team; organizational structures for projects; project communication and document control. Estimation, costing, planning, and control involve project planning, scheduling, and schedule control, as well as resource allocation and consideration, cost planning, and performance evaluation. Risk management, procurement, human resources, quality, communication, stakeholder relations, and integration management are just a few of the themes covered.

Project management office leadership is a critical talent for anyone who want to have a positive impact on their company’s performance.

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),
  • Certificates (Level 05),
  • Diplomas (Level 05),
  • Associate Degree (Level 06),
  • Degrees (Level 07),
  • 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 a competitive individual 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 Project Controls Majors, which are listed below.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Admission requirements for Undergraduate:
  • Age: Minimum age 18 years
  • Recognition of Previous (RPL) Study: All 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

Under-graduate

After completing the Associate Degree in 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 Bachelor of Business Degree (in the selected specialization / major).

Other Study Options

Additional Information

(BBPAPO) Associate Degree in Business – Project Management Office

Subject details and topics – 16 credits required

Year 1
Project Management Office PMO
Assignment
PCiBS-PPE-190 Project Portfolio of Evidence I
This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme. 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.
Core
PCiBS-BUS-200 Business Communication & Report Writing
Acquiring basic business communication skills to enhance the capabilities of our students in the business environment. An overview of applied skills on teams (groups), organizational, the didactic, interpersonal and business communication contexts is provided. The practical part of the course is provided with assignments in the other PCiBS courses, where this course will establish the basic outlines of minutes, reports, presentation skills that require a specific style of writing for business. The specific competencies concentrate on the performance of these skills as applied to professions such as project management and leadership.
PCiBS-MGT-160 Fundamentals of Project Management
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 small 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 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-PCM-151 Introduction into Planning
This course deals with the basic principles of scheduling and introduces the students to the planning discipline. It focuses on the basic requirements of setting up standard schedules for small 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 project that they are involved with. It ensures that a basic logical process is followed to develop a schedule. A scheduling overview is presented to the students and includes: the work breakdown structure; basic schedule specification; stakeholders; the role of a project planner. The elements of scheduling include: the schedule development; activities; types; calendars and constraints. The elements of scheduling principles include: understanding float; basis of schedule; baseline a schedule; reporting; calculations and forecasting. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-PCM-152 Introduction into Costing
This course deals with the basic principles of costs and introduces the students to the costing discipline. It focuses on the basic requirements of setting up budgets and standard control accounts for small 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 project that they are involved with. It ensures that a basic logical process is followed to develop a budget and control accounts. A costing overview is presented to the students and includes: the work breakdown structure; basic cost and budget standards; stakeholders; the role of a project cost controller / cost engineer. The elements of budget include: the budget development; controls accounts; activity-based costing; cost elements; pricing and costing; materials, labor; budgeting and cash flow management. The elements of cost principles include: understanding the basis of estimate; contingency; freezing (baseline) the budget; reporting; calculations and forecasting. The monitoring and control of costs. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-PCM-153 Introduction into Estimating
This course deals with the basic principles of estimating and introduces the students to the estimating discipline. It focuses on the basic requirements of setting up an estimate to align budgets and standard control accounts for small 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 project that they are involved with. It ensures that a basic logical process is followed to develop an estimate. An overview is presented to the students and includes: the work breakdown structure; basic estimating standards; the stakeholders; the role of a project estimator. The elements of an estimate include: the estimate development; basis of estimate; control accounts; bottom up estimating techniques and other techniques; resource and material quantities; pricing and costing; materials, labor; estimating and estimate management. The elements of estimating principles include: understanding the basis of estimate; contingency; freezing (baseline) the budget; reporting; calculations and forecasting. The monitoring and control of the estimate. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-SCM-142 Procurement & Contracting
The role of procurement and contracting in supply chain management. The role of purchasing, decision making, the purchasing and contracting process, various markets and products, utilizing purchasing intelligence, standard contracting methodologies and when to use them, outsourcing of procurement and supply chain risk management, sole sourcing and supply chain strategy, using new product development in organizations, expediting and quality control, purchase and contract performance management, supplier assessments, standard negotiating techniques and facilities management, plus contracting of services.
PCiBS-STA-130 Maths, Data Structures & Statistics
Sampling and the collection of data; frequency distributions and graphical representations of the data collected. Identification, use, evaluation and interpretation of statistical computer packages and statistical techniques. Statistical concepts are demonstrated and interpreted through practical coding and simulation within a data framework. Supporting mathematical concepts with statistical concepts using simulation within a data structure framework. Basic algebra, calculation of lines and planes, Use of numerical techniques.
Elective
Elective (Select any 1 of the subjects listed below)
PCiBS-BUS-120 Business Management I
The entrepreneurial mind-set; the differences between managers and managing; performance and motivation; ethics, values, social responsibility, attitudes, culture and emotions; the manager as a person; making decisions; leadership; organizational structures and managing culture differences; groups and teams effectiveness; operations & financial management; strategies for competitive advantage; human resource management; value chain and sustainable development management concepts.
PCiBS-BUS-122 Business Management & Ethics / Governance I
This course focuses on the differences between managers and managing; performance and motivation; governance; ethics, values, social responsibility, attitudes, culture and emotions; the manager as a person; making decisions; leadership; organizational structures and managing culture differences; groups and teams effectiveness; operations & financial management; strategies for competitive advantage; human resource management; value chain and sustainable development management concepts.
PCiBS-CON-170 Construction Management Fundamentals
This course deals with the basic principles of project management and introduces the students to the project management discipline on a construction site. It focuses on the basic requirements of setting up small 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 project that they are involved with. The course introduces construction based Project management concepts; needs identification; the project life cycles; the project manager and the project team; types of project organizations; 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-LAW-115 Introduction to Project Law
This course provides a broad overview of the legal issues within the context of a project. Basic principles of law in the context of projects. Investigate the parties involved in projects, including individuals and incorporated bodies; intellectual property law; partnerships, joint ventures and alliances; law of torts; legal issues involved with tendering; formation and the management of contracts; contractual disputes and the resolution; intellectual property law; consumer protection and trade practices; ownership and occupation property law; planning laws and building legislation.
Year 2
Project Management Office PMO
Assignment
PCiBS-PPE-290 Project Portfolio of Evidence II
This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme. 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.
Core
PCiBS-BUS-222 Business Management & Ethics / Governance II
This course evaluates how to strategically align and plan for investments in business and projects. How to follow proper governance; utilize processes for continuous improvement and use analytics to advance business goals. It focuses on the aspects of governance and ethics with advanced methods and processes. An overview these will cover: concepts of strategic thinking and implementation and operational development; overview of concepts like dimensional modelling; the Life cycle model; using data mining; using Key Performance indices (KPIs); developing proper KPI’s and their metrics; making them stick and applying them correctly to motivate people’s performance; using balance score cards in managing performance. Making business decisions decision by using quantitative modelling tools and techniques. High-level introduction to project management concepts.
PCiBS-LAW-215 Project & Contracting Law
This course provides an in-depth principle of the legal issues within the context of a project and its contracts. The standard principles of law of contract. Utilizing the law to ensure that projects have the correct contracting principles imbedded in the organization. Law of sales, credit agreements, lease. 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. Investigating various methods of contracting and the risks attached to each method.
PCiBS-MGT-205 Project Communication, Stakeholder and Integration Management II
This course introduces methods and processes that are used in stakeholder analysis, such as: 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 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, including issues relating to the various phases throughout the project life cycle. 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. In this course we also expand on the learnings from PCiBS-MGT-160 and apply the principles of that course in the course assignments. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-MGT-240 Project Quality, Risk and Procurement Management II
This course introduces methods of analysis of project risk, procurement management and the project review and completion. This course discusses the following project risk elements, namely: 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 introduces methods and analysis of project quality management. 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). In this course we also expand on the learnings from PCiBS-MGT-160 and apply the principles of that course in the course assignments. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-MGT-250 Project Scope, Schedule, Cost & Resource Management II
This course will elaborate on project scope and the management of scope in controlling portfolios, a program and multiple projects. It discusses issues relating to scope definition throughout the portfolios, a program and multiple projects life cycle. It will incorporate a combined work breakdown structure, 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 portfolios, program and multiple projects life cycle. It incorporates the portfolios, program and multiple projects strategy and cost management is addressed from a planning, estimating and control point of view. Earned value management (EVM) in portfolios, program and multiple projects are discussed with the advantages and disadvantages of EVM. In this course we also expand on the learnings from PCiBS-MGT-160 and apply the principles of that course in the course assignments. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-MGT-260 Project Management for Various Industries
This course elaborates on more advanced methods; processes; principles in project management and introduces the students to the project management discipline. It focuses on managing portfolios, a program and multiple projects in various industries. 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 elaborates around the various industries that use Project management and how they 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. In this course we also expand on the learnings from PCiBS-MGT-160 and apply the principles of that course in the course assignments. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-PCM-254 Project Controls II
Introduction Project Controls & Project Management concepts; needs identification; scope; WBS and other breakdown structures; integration of data; pulling it all together; the project; the project manager, project controls team and other project team members; the role of project controls; projects in organisations; project communication and documentation. Planning and control: planning & scheduling; management of schedules and controlling of projects; resource types, considerations and allocations; measurement and performance evaluation. Costing and control: costing; budgeting; managing costs and controlling costs; allocations; accruals; payments. The role of Estimating and its functions in project controls. Managing change and controlling change. The importance of documentation in projects and contracts.
PCiBS-STA-230 Maths, Data Structures & Statistics II
Sampling and the collection of data; frequency distributions and graphical representations of the data collected. Descriptive measures of location and dispersion. Identification, use, evaluation and interpretation of statistical computer packages and statistical techniques. Estimation theory and supporting mathematical concepts. Statistical concepts are demonstrated and interpreted through practical coding and simulation within a data framework. Introductory concepts, various types of data and the number system. Statistical applications of quantitative techniques: solving and application. Supporting mathematical concepts with statistical concepts using simulation within a data structure framework. Basic algebra, lines and planes, determinants. Advanced numbers and polynomial equations. Use of integration techniques plus the modelling of differential equations. Use of numerical techniques.