Master’s Degree in Programme Management Course | Cranefield College

Master’s Degree in Programme
Management Course (MComPM) – NQF L9

Master's Degree in Programme Management Course

The purpose of the Master of Commerce in Programme Management (Professional) degree is to enable project, supply chain and value chain managers to apply and reflect critically on theories, methodologies and programme management practices within the emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) economic dispensation value chain performance management context.

Moreover, the purpose of the Master’s Degree extends to enabling managers in creating new knowledge through research mastery in the optimisation of the organisation’s value chain. The ability to deal with rapidly changing advancements in technology and international competitive markets of Industry 4.0 is enhanced. The Master’s degree in Programme Management Course is an accredited NQF Level 9 qualification.

After completing the Master’s Degree, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a command of research design, research methodologies and the execution of the research process.
  • Programme-manage the organisation’s value chain in an integrative manner so as to optimise the organisation’s value proposition in the Industry 4.0 economic environment.
  • Select methods and processes to solve emergent complexity related to programme managing project and supply chain portfolios in the Industry 4.0 situation utilising the initiating organisation’s, and that of partner organisations’, systems and resources to add value.
  • Communicate, critique and defend substantial ideas produced through independent research in an area of specialisation, meeting the theoretical and technical requirements of advanced research report writing.

“Apply what you learn today in your job tomorrow”

In the emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution economic climate, employers prefer job-relevant education and training for improving the abilities of employees and for providing them with the necessary skills to apply what they learn today in their work context tomorrow.
All academic programmes and modules are presented in English and due to the structure of all Cranefield’s academic programmes, students need to spend only one morning per month away from work for classes.

The classes can be attended live at Cranefield’s Midrand, Gauteng auditorium, or live on-line via the Internet. Moreover, recordings of all classes are available on-line for an extended period of time for students outside the timeline, and for purposes of revision.
The rest of the time, student syndicate groups meet outside of work hours to discuss their practical case studies. Cranefield’s state of the art teaching and learning technologies allow classes, and even syndicate group meetings,

to be attended live online via the Internet anywhere in South Africa and the world. Cranefield’s teaching and learning are comprehensively technology-enhanced.
Execution of the technology-enhanced learning programme content (modules) is done in an agile manner that is in line with accepted international standards. The different learning modules therefore are offered in a highly flexible order.

 

NQF level 9, with 180 credits:

Module Order

NB: Modules M8 and M9 electives can be undertaken in any order, and Module M10.1 (dissertation of limited scope: 120 credits) or M10.2 (mini-dissertation: 60 credits) immediately after Module M8, depending on the option chosen.

Options Available:

The Master’s Degree in Programme Management (Professional) consists of two options.

Option 1: Undertake module M8 (30 credits), one of the module M9 electives (30 credits), and module M10.1 (dissertation of limited scope: 120 credits). Total credits 180.

The modules comprising Option 1 are as follows:

Module M8: “Leadership and Management Research Methodology” (offered in the 2nd Quarter starting April, and repeated in the 4th Quarter starting October)

Select ONE of the following electives:

Module M9.1 “Managing for Organisational Performance” (offered in 1st Quarter starting January).
Module M9.2 “Infrastructural Asset Management” (offered in 2nd Quarter starting April, repeated in the 4th Quarter starting October).
Module M9.3 “Managing Virtual Dynamic Organisations” (offered in the 3rd Quarter starting July).

Module M10.1: “Work Context Dissertation” (can be commenced immediately after completing Module M8).

Option 2: Undertake module M8 (30 credits), all three of the module M9 electives (3×30 = 90 credits), and module M10.2 (mini-dissertation of 60 credits). Total credits 180.

The modules comprising Option 2 are as follows:

Module M8: “Leadership and Management Research Methodology” (offered in the 2nd Quarter starting April, and repeated in the 4th Quarter starting October)

Module M9.1 “Managing for Organizational Performance” (offered in 1st Quarter starting January).
Module M9.2 “Infrastructural Asset Management” (offered in 2nd Quarter starting April, repeated in the 4th Quarter starting October).
Module M9.3 “Managing Virtual Dynamic Organisations” (offered in the 3rd Quarter starting July).

Module M10.2: “Work Context Research Project” (can be commenced immediately after completing Module M8).

Module M8: “Leadership and Management Research Methodology”Purpose of Module M8:

The purpose of this module is to enable the student to demonstrate a command of research design, research methodologies and the execution of the research process. (Core, 30 credits)

Outcomes of Module M8:

After completion you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate specialised knowledge in research design, research methodologies and the execution of the research process.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate research methodologies and written communication to support the research process and findings.
  • Evaluate current relevant empirical research studies to determine the relevance to the research problem under analysis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply quantitative and qualitative research techniques in a work-context environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to document research findings in an academic and scientific manner.
  • Critically reflect on research outcomes and results within an ethical framework and in the context of project, programme and portfolio management.

 

Module M9.1: “Managing for Organisational Performance”

Purpose of Module M9.1:

The purpose of this module is to equip students with advanced knowledge and skills with respect to organisational performance management in the Industry 4.0 economic environment. It is of paramount importance that an initiating organisation effectively adds value to all stakeholders linked to its virtual value chain of partners.

To achieve optimal performance in modern virtual value chains involving partner organisations requires leaders and managers to deliver high levels of competitiveness in the market place, while designing and delivering quality products and services to customers.

Moreover, by them applying sound behavioural, structural and operational strategies optimal organisational performance results that leads to benefits of strategic importance for all participating organisations in a virtual network of partners. (30 Credits)

Outcomes of Module M9.1:

After completion you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how an organisation pursues its value adding purpose through optimal performance of its value chain while operating in a virtual network of partner organisations.
  • Distinguish between different models of organisational performance and the importance of applying appropriate performance metrics to measure levels of value chain performance in a virtual network of partner organisations.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the commonalities between different variables leading to optimal performance of its value chain while operating in a virtual network of partner organisations.
  • Grasp that designing an organisation results in its structure reflecting the various processes, and that the design influences its effectiveness and efficiency leading to its performance.
  • Demonstrate critically that organisational performance in the Industry 4.0 situation is a direct result of the impact of the initiating organisation’s climate (also of its virtual network partner organisations) on individuals and teams, as also its effectiveness and efficiency (i.e. productivity).
  • Demonstrate that a critical relationship exists between organisational culture and climate. Moreover, depending on the level of congruence, a positive or negative impact on individual and team motivation, as well as organisational performance will result for all participating partner organisations.
  • Grasp that the importance of synergy in the organisational culture and climate of participating organisations becomes a deciding factor in creating a virtual network of partners.
  • Define Industry 4.0 (the Fourth Industrial Revolution) and the influence it brings to bear on organisations with respect to leadership styles in a situation of rapid transformation and change.
  • Explain the concepts “knowledge management” and “learning organisation”, and demonstrate advanced insight and understanding of the need to abolish bureaucratic practices in Industry 4.0 organisations through diligent organisational transformation and change management.

 

Module M9.2: “Infrastructural Asset Management”

Purpose of Module M9.2:

The purpose of this module is to equip learners with the necessary knowledge and skills related to infrastructural asset management across the entire asset life cycle in the Industry 4.0 economic environment.

Moreover, to enable them to distinguish between the various facets of strategic infrastructural asset management through all its phases, and to apply world best practices to the management of infrastructural assets in the Industry 4.0 economic dispensation. (30 Credits).

Outcomes of Module M9.2:

After completion you will be able to:

  • Fully understand infrastructural assets, its management and associated asset management systems in the Industry 4.0 economic environment.
  • Evaluate all facets of infrastructural asset management across the physical asset life cycle in the Industry 4.0 situation.
  • Provide an insight into infrastructural asset creation management and infrastructural asset operations management, and the interdependence of the two.
  • Define infrastructural asset value in all its dimensions and how to formulate infrastructural asset investment decisions.
  • Understand the impact of maintenance performance management and the role it plays in corporate governance nationally and internationally in the Industry 4.0 economic dispensation.
  • Describe and evaluate the role of configuration and infrastructural asset information management in the performance of infrastructural assets.
  • Describe the role of strategic risk management relating to infrastructural asset management across the full asset life cycle.
  • Demonstrate advanced insight and knowledge of the role strategic value chain management plays within the infrastructural asset life cycle, and applying diligent change management through all phases of the infrastructural asset life cycle.

 

Module M9.3: “Managing Virtual Dynamic Organisations (VDOs)”

Purpose of Module M9.3:

The purpose of this module is to achieve advanced knowledge and skills in managing virtual dynamic organisations in the Industry 4.0 economic dispensation. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) is characterised by increasing digitisation and interconnection of products, value chains and business models. Competitiveness no longer depends solely on optimisation of own resources, but total inter-organisational value chain innovativeness and supportive partner technologies, products, services and systems.

With the aid of partners, organisations are co-creating innovative inter-organisational value and supply chains that operate in a local, regional and international collaborative business ecosystem. The complexity of today’s technologies, artificial intelligence, mass data and internet of things calls for specialisation and sustainable collaboration among organisations. This demands the introduction of new horisontal supply and value chain business models.

Virtual value chains shape organisations into strategic, collaborative, value-driven entities where non-core activities are performed by carefully selected partners. A competitive edge is gained by collaboratively performing strategic activities more effectively and efficiently.

This approach demands exceptional governance, supported by transformational leadership excellence and a systemic knowledge of applied programme management. Effective and efficient cross-functional and inter-organisational management of projects and programmes in virtual networks is a critical enabling competency for the Industry 4.0 economy. (30 Credits)

Outcomes of Module M9.3:

After completion you will be able to:

  • Comprehensively explain the characteristics of the Industry 4.0 economic dispensation and how it evolved over time.
  • Define a virtual dynamic organisation (VDO) and explain its advantages in the new economy with respect to competitiveness, collaboration and innovation.
  • Explain how virtual value chains shape organisations into strategic, collaborative, value-driven entities where non-core activities are performed by carefully selected partner entities.
  • Demonstrate the advantages gained when structuring an organisation into innovative inter-organisational value chains (including supply chains) that operate in a local, regional and international collaborative business ecosystem.
  • Create business models for effective and efficient cross-functional and inter-organisational management of projects and programmes in a virtual network of partner organisations.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and insight with respect to leading and managing collaborative programmes and projects in virtual dynamic organisations (VDOs).
  • Demonstrate that governance of virtual dynamic organisations has entered a challenging new phase in the Industry 4.0 economic dispensation, supported by transformational leadership excellence and applied programme management.
  • Demonstrate that Industry 4.0 virtual dynamic organisations foster strategic transformation and change towards cross-functionally shaped knowledge-based learning organisations and abolishing bureaucracy.

Registration Fee:
R 5, 800.00
Other Fees:
Two payments of R 49, 850.00
Academic Programme Fee Calculation:
R 5, 800.00 + (2 x R 49, 850.00) R 99, 700.00 = R 105, 500.00

Fee Payment Options:

  • Full amount once off, or:
  • R 55, 650.00 at the start (which includes the registration fee) and R 49, 850.00 at the end of the first module.

Cancellation Fee:
Contact Cranefield’s Financial Co-ordinator.

Module Repeat Fee:
Contact Cranefield’s Financial Co-ordinator.

Module M8 is offered twice per annum. The first Module M9 elective is offered in the first quarter starting January. The second elective is offered in the second quarter starting April, and repeated in the fourth quarter starting in October. The third elective is offered in the third quarter starting July. All lectures are at Cranefield’s Tuition Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. These classes are also streamed live online globally. The modules may be undertaken in any order, followed by the dissertation or script, once M8 (research methodology) has been completed.

The MCom(PM) is fully SAQA compliant, accredited by the CHE and registered with the DHET. Moreover, it is aligned with the USA Project Management Institute’s (PMI) philosophy, and an ideal route towards gaining international certification as an OPM3 (Organisational Project Management Maturity Model) professional. It is also fully aligned with the International Project Management Association’s 4-level certification. These are deemed to be the internationally most important industry-recognised certifications for project, programme and portfolio managers.

Cranefield College offers technology-enhanced distance learning. It entails the integration of self-study, live-online classes, traditional face-to-face classes, and online recordings of all classes. Cranefield’s learning mode is supported by its high-tech online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

All modules (class-based or live online):

  • Although Cranefield operates on a distance learning mode, students are advised to attend classes whether online or on-site.
  • It is particularly advised to participate in the first lecture day of each module.

Lecture session times & participation

Duration:
Five hours on a lecture day

Time: 
08h00 – 13h00

Contact Days: 
3 mornings of lectures per module, spread evenly over the three months duration of each module. For actual class dates go to “Academic Calendars” in the main menu.

Auditorium Facilities:

  • After the formal morning lecture session, the auditorium facilities are at the disposal of attending students who wish to have syndicate group discussions.
  • The lecturer will be available to assist with individual or group matters.

  • Students, who hold the Postgraduate Diploma from Cranefield College, or any qualification recognised by the Admissions Committee as being equivalent, may apply for admission to the (MComPM) learning programme.
  • A student must have achieved an average mark of at least 63% for the combination of the Advanced Diploma and the Postgraduate Diploma (or his or her equivalent highest qualification) to be eligible to apply for admission.
  • In addition, the chairperson of the Master’s panel may at his or her discretion call for an interview with the applicant.
  • A student needs to have passed the Advanced Business English (Module 7) or equivalent short course, prior to completing his or her dissertation.

Submission of Documents process:

  1. Submit certified copies of your highest qualifications.
  2. Submit a curriculum vitae, which must reflect all your qualifications and the latest grades received.
  3. The Admissions Committee may, however, require you to provide certified copies relating to all courses/programmes attended at any other institution, prior to approving admission to the learning programme involved.

All documents must be submitted to the Registrar (Academic).

Note: When undergraduate courses are still in progress at the time of application, or graduate programmes have not been completed, and are not reported on the certified copies, applicants must provide a ‘statement of registration’ to the Registrar (Academic).

ACADEMIC CALENDAR: MASTER’S DEGREE

Main Tuition Centre in Midrand, Gauteng and Streamed Live Online Globally

Registrations are Open for 2018.

The MComPM degree has two options and comprises a choice of modules, and either a dissertation of limited scope or a mini-dissertation.

For Option 1 and Option 2 modules M8, M9.1, M9.2 and M9.3 can be undertaken IN ANY ORDER.
Modules M10.1 (dissertation of limited scope) or M10.2 (mini-dissertation) may be commenced immediately after Module M8 is completed.

CLASS DATES FOR 2018 (LIVE AT MAIN TUITION CENTRE AND LIVE ONLINE) ARE SHOWN BELOW:

  • Module M8: “Leadership and Management Research Methodology”.
  • Module M9.1: “Managing for Organisational Performance”.
  • Module M9.2: “Infrastructural Asset Management”.
  • Module M9.3: “Managing Virtual Networks of Partners”.

NOTE that there are 3 lecture dates per Module.

Lectures 08:00 till 13:00M9.1M9.2M9.3M8
1ST QUARTER 201818 Jan
13 Feb
13 Mar
2ND QUARTER 201817 Apr
22 May
14 Jun
12 Apr
17 May
19 Jun
3RD QUARTER 201819 Jul
13 Aug
13 Sep
4TH QUARTER 2018 (REPEAT)
08 Oct
15 Nov
06 Dec
 (REPEAT)
17 Oct
14 Nov
04 Dec

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