Advanced Diploma in Project Management – PM | Cranefield College

Advanced Diploma in Project Management
(AdvDipPM) – NQF L7

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The purpose of the Advanced Diploma in Project Management is to provide the opportunity for project management practitioners to deepen their knowledge and understanding of project management theories, methodologies and practices to enable them to pursue a career within the project management work context. This diploma in Project Management also provides learners with the opportunity to advance to higher organisational positions, as well as PMP (Project Management Professional) certification. The Advanced Diploma in Project Management is an accredited NQF Level 7 qualification.

After completing the Advanced Diploma, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate and apply project management principles as supported by the new-economy management functions of leading, creating, implementing and improving in both a content and context organisational environment; and
  • Understand the complexities of programme management and continuous improvement principles, and apply these to enhance organisational performance; and
  • Reflect critically on the role of quality and performance management in the organisational supply chain, in particular the cross-functional programme-managed component thereof, with the aim of improving the performance of the organisational value chain; or [elective]
  • Compare business strategy theory with practice to meet challenges in both internal and external organisational environments, in a prescriptive and emergent manner, so as to enhance the value creation ability of the learning organisation; or [elective]
  • Evaluate the creation of effective and efficient project and process teams, from a behavioural perspective, with the aim of improving the performance of the organisation; or [elective]
  • Analyse strategic financial management theories, including the fundamentals of contract and corporate law, in order to contribute to the effective functioning of the financial sector of the organisation and to demonstrate how the use of an appropriate financial strategy can add value to the overall corporate strategy of an organisation [elective].

Apply what you learn today in your job tomorrow

In the current 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 day per month away from work for classes.

Classes can be attended live, or live on-line via the Internet. 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.

The learning programme requires the execution of learning content (modules) in a specific order that is in line with the accepted national and international bodies of knowledge of this applied science. The different learning modules therefore are offered in a prescribed order.

NQF level 7, with 120 credits

The Advanced Diploma consists of three modules of 40 credits each.

Module Order of Precedence

Step 1: Complete the M1 followed by M2:

Module M1: Project Management: Leading, Creating, Implementing and Improving
Module M2: Programme-Managing Organisational Performance and Innovative Improvement

Step 2: Complete ONE of the following electives:

Module M3: Supply Chain Quality and Performance Management
Module M4: Transformational Corporate Strategy
Module M5: Creating High-Performance Project and Process Teams
Module M6: Financial Management of Corporate Projects and Programmes

*If the Admissions Committee determines that your current academic qualifications and working experience are not sufficient for admission, the applicant will need to complete Module Mα (Project Management: Perspective, Planning and Implementation) at an additional cost before proceeding to module M1.

Registration Fee:
R 3, 400.00

Fee per module:
R 17, 200.00

Academic Programme Fee Calculation:
R 3, 400.00 + (3 x R 17, 200.00) R 51, 600.00 = R 55, 000.00

*If the applicant needs to complete Module Mα, an additional cost of
R 16 200.00 for the module will be billed.

Payment Options:
Pay full fee or per module.

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

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

*Fees may be claimed back from your organisation’s SETA (South Africa).

M1 and M2

M1 and M2 are offered four times per annum at Cranefield’s Midrand tuition centre (also streamed live online globally). If undertaken live online or at the main tuition centre in Midrand, the learning programme can be commenced in any quarter of the year:

  • To allow for flexibility throughout the year to commence.
  • To continue the (AdvDipPM), M1 must be undertaken first and then followed by M2.

M1 and M2 run four times per annum in the following timeslots:

  • Jan to March (Initial)
  • April to June (Repeat)
  • July to Sept (Repeat)
  • Oct to Dec (Repeat)

M1 and M2 are also offered class-based once per annum in East London (see academic calendars).

Elective modules

The elective modules (a choice of three between M3, M4, M5 and M6) are each presented twice per annum in Midrand, Gauteng in the following timeslots:

  • M3: Jan to March & July to Sept
  • M4: April to June & Oct to Dec
  • M5: Jan to March & July to Sept
  • M6: April to June & Oct to Dec

Note again that all lectures at the main tuition centre are streamed live online via Cranefield’s online Virtual Learning Evironment (VLE), making it possible to attend interactive classes via the Internet. Therefore, you do not need to be based in Gauteng province to undertake a module presented at the main tuition centre in Midrand.

Accreditation
The Advanced Diploma in Project Management AdvDip(PM) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education at NQF level 7, with 120 credits (consisting of three modules of 40 credits each). The qualification is registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. It particularly serves to meet the need for a professional qualification on the graduate level in project, programme and portfolio management.

Certification
The AdvDip(PM) is fully aligned with the USA Project Management Institute’s (PMI) PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) and is an ideal route towards gaining international certification as a PgMP (Program Management 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 high definition (HD) videos of important topics. Cranefield’s learning mode is supported by its 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 days 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.

A Degree or Diploma coupled with relevant experience. However, applicants who do not yet hold a tertiary qualification may in some cases be considered for entry onto the Advanced Diploma programme on the basis of recognition of prior learning (RPL). For the purpose of RPL assessment, all relevant information and documentation, including a detailed curriculum vitae (particularly describing the applicant’s substantial work experience) must be submitted to the Registrar (Academic). This is designed to provide opportunities to those who meet the following criteria:

  1. Have completed at least the National Senior Certificate (or international equivalent).
  2. Have been employed or active in the community for at least eight years since leaving secondary school.
  3. Have gained substantial management experience in the workplace, holding a position of authority and responsibility.
  4. Have successfully completed the foundational module Mα (Project Management: Perspective, Planning and Implementation) or PM Short Course (Project Management: Perspective, Planning and Implementation) at Cranefield College.
  5. Have completed other courses related to the required competencies at credible institutions.

Applicants must generally comply with at least 1) to 5) above, but evidence related to 5) will also contribute significantly to RPL. Where an applicant has been identified by his or her employer as having leadership potential resulting from Human Resources career-path tracking, it is sufficient for him or her to comply only with 1), 2) and 4) above. In evaluating students for RPL purposes, current competencies in the field of Project Management that have been acquired by experiential learning through related studies and/or experience will be closely assessed.

Submission of Documents:

  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).

Entrance requirement without any degree or a National Diploma (or equivalent)

  1. Module Mα Project Management: Perspective, Planning and Implementation or the Project Management Short Course and/or other relevant courses (recognition of prior learning).
  2. Have passed matric (or international equivalent), and have also gained substantial appropriate practical experience.
  3. Proficiency in English is also required.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

As mentioned above, prospective students who are not in possession of an accredited tertiary qualification may in some cases be considered for entry into the Advanced Diploma programme.

  1. Module Mα Project Management: Perspective, Planning and Implementation or the Project Management Short Course and/or other relevant courses (recognition of prior learning).
  2. Have passed matric (or international equivalent), and have also gained substantial appropriate practical experience.
  3. Proficiency in English is also required.

For this purpose a student must:

  1. Have completed secondary school (NQF level 4).
  2. Have been employed or active in the community for at least 10 years since leaving secondary school, or have gained substantial experience in the workplace and hold a position of authority and responsibility.
  3. Have completed courses related to his or her competencies at credible institutions.
  4. Submit a curriculum vitae describing his or her work experience.

Where a student has been identified by his or her employer as having leadership potential resulting from Human Resources career-path tracking, it is sufficient for him or her to comply only with 1) and 4) above.

A mark is awarded in the form of a percentage. At least 50% is required to pass the assignment. Both assignments must be passed in order to pass the module. A mark of 75%, or higher, signifies a distinction.

ACADEMIC CALENDARS

Main Tuition Centre in Midrand, Gauteng

Registrations are Now Open for 2018.
View the academic calendar or apply now.

Class-based and live online globally 2017 class dates

  • Lecture dates for 2017 are shown below.
  • Lectures are from 08:00 – 13:00.
  • On-site classes offered on the main tuition centre in Midrand, Gauteng are also streamed live online globally.

(Applicable to persons who have covered the necessary scope through previous studies and/or experience.)

Module M1: Project Management: Leading, Creating, Implementing and Improving

Quarter 1 Quarter 2
(repeat)
Quarter 3
(repeat)
Quarter 4
(repeat)
1st Lecture 24 Jan 25 April 01 Aug 17 Oct
2nd Lecture 21 Feb 23 May 29 Aug 07 Nov
3rd Lecture 27 March 20 June 28 Sept 04 Dec

Module M2: Programme-Managing Organisational Performance and Innovative Improvement

Quarter 1 Quarter 2
(repeat)
Quarter 3
(repeat)
Quarter 4
(repeat)
1st Lecture 16 Jan 19 April 03 Aug 19 Oct
2nd Lecture 23 Feb 25 May 31 Aug 09 Nov
3rd Lecture 28 March 22 June 26 Sept 06 Dec

Note that M1 and M2 are each offered 4 times per annum in Gauteng and are compulsory modules for the Advanced Diploma

Note that M3 to M6 can be taken in any sequence for either the Advanced- or Postgraduate Diploma. These modules are offered twice per annum on the main tuition centre in Gauteng as shown below.

Modules M3 to M6

M3: M4: M5: M6:
1st Lecture 26 Jan 24 April 17 Jan 18 April
2nd Lecture 13 Feb 29 May 14 Feb 22 May
3rd Lecture 13 March 26 June 14 March 19 June

Modules M3 to M6: (repeated as follows)

M3: M4: M5: M6:
1st Lecture 24 July 09 Oct 25 July 10 Oct
2nd Lecture 21 Aug 30 Oct 22 Aug 31 Oct
3rd Lecture 18 Sept 27 Nov 19 Sept 28 Nov

East London
Class-based and live online globally 2017 class dates

Note that only Advanced Diploma classes are physically offered in East London. All other qualifications can be enrolled for, and attended live online. A student who wishes to attend the face-to-face classes at our auditorium, shall have to travel to Midrand, Gauteng.

  • All Cranefield’s academic programmes are offered through the technology-enhanced distance learning mode.
  • East London students may attend classes for any qualification streamed live online from Cranefield’s auditorium at the main tuition centre in Midrand, Gauteng.
  • Eastern Cape classes are offered at East London Golf Club, 22 Gleneagles Road, Bunkers Hill, East London.
  • Lectures are from 08:00 to 13:00 on the dates shown below.

M1: M2: M4:
1st Lecture 24 April 24 July 16 Oct
2nd Lecture 22 May 21 Aug 06 Nov
3rd Lecture 26 June 20 Sept 04 Dec