Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management Course | Cranefield College

Postgraduate Diploma in Programme
Management Course (PGDipPM) – NQF L8

Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management Course

Cranefield College’s Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management course is designed for working professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of programme-managing the entire cross-functionally shaped organisational value chain in the prevailing fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0 or 4IR) economy. Momentous changes are occurring in the 4IR environment, and value chain management is now more than ever before a vibrant and extremely valuable field of study. In today’s world one cannot be a successful leader without possessing project and programme management acumen. Cranefield graduates gain access to the Postgraduate Diploma studies via the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Advanced Diploma in Project Management. Prospective students who achieved their NQF L7 qualifications from other academic institutions may also apply. The Postgraduate Diploma is an accredited NQF Level 8 qualification.

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

  • Demonstrate with advanced knowledge and insight the behavioural strategic advantages of creating and operating effective and efficient project and process teams in the organisational value chain, with the objective of improving its performance in the 4IR economy.
  • Understand financial management principles and theories, and demonstrate advanced knowledge and insight in the effective application of financial strategy to add value to the overall performance of the 4IR organisation.
  • Demonstrate with advanced knowledge and insight the application of organisational strategy practices to meet challenges in the internal and external environments in a predominantly emergent manner to enhance the value creation ability of 4IR learning organisations.
  • Reflect with advanced knowledge and insight on the role of quality and performance management in the 4IR organisational value chain, particularly its cross-functional programme-managed supply chain and project components, with the aim of achieving optimal benefits of strategic importance.
  • Communicate accurately and appropriately in the English language, particularly in terms of written communication in the business context, with advanced insight and understanding.

 

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 who choose to attend live or live online classes spend only one day per month away from work.

Note that classes can be attended live at the Cranefield auditorium 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 the world. Recordings of classes are available for revision purposes, or where a student is unable to attend a live session or resides in a country that falls outside the time line.

To cater to the needs of working students, there are intakes in each quarter of the year so as to allow for flexibility in terms of being able to commence studies in January, April, July or October in any given year. Learning modules are offered in series, with one module at a time being completed per quarter.

NQF level 8, with 135 credits:

The Postgraduate Diploma consists of THREE modules of 40 credits each, plus Module M7 entitled ‘Advanced Business English’ of 15 credits.

Module Order of Precedence

Step 1: Complete any THREE of the following modules which may be undertaken in any order of precedence:

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

Step 2: *Complete Module M7: Advanced Business English as part of Step 1.

*The Advanced Business English module is completed simultaneously with step 1, starting with the first module for which a student enrolls. There are no formal classes for this module. Note that some students may have completed either M3 or M4 as part of the Advanced Diploma in Project Management and must select the remaining option.

Registration Fee:
R 3, 750.00

Advanced Business English (Module M7) Fee:
R8, 750.00

Fee per module (for remaining Modules):
R 19, 200.00

Academic Programme Fee Calculation:
R 3, 750.00 + (3 x R 19, 200.00) R 57, 600.00 + R 8, 750.00 (Module M7) = R 70, 100.00

Payment Options:
Pay the full fee, or pay per module. Note that either way it is advisable for your employer to sponsor the payment(s) and claim back the fees from the relevant SETA (South Africa).

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).

The Postgraduate Diploma commences every quarter starting in January, April, July, or October. New enrollments start with any of modules M3, M4, M5, or M6. All modules are offered twice per annum. The sequence of the modules depends on which quarter the initial enrollment commences. For details please view the Academic Calendar below (or click on “Academic Calendars” at the top of the HOME page). Learning modules are offered in series, with ONE module at a time being completed per quarter.

Live lectures at the main tuition centre in Midrand are presented as follows (M3 to M6):

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

Note that all lectures at the main tuition centre located in Midrand, Gauteng are streamed live online globally via Cranefield’s online Virtual Learning Evironment (VLE), making it possible to either attend interactive live classes on site, or via the Internet. The online system also caters for viewing recordings of all classes afterwards. Therefore, you do not need to be based in Gauteng province, or reside within the South African timeline to attend classes presented at the main tuition centre in Midrand.

Accreditation
The Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management (PGDipPM) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education at NQF level 8, with 135 credits (consisting of three modules of 40 credits each plus Advanced Business English of 15 credits). The qualification is registered with 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 Posrgraduate Diploma (PGDipPM) is fully aligned with the Project Management Institute’s PMBoK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) and the International Project Management Association’s ICB (International Competency Baseline). It is an ideal route towards gaining international certification as an OPM3 (Organisational Project Management Maturity Model) professional by the Project Management Institute. Moreover, the Postgraduate Diploma is fully aligned with the International Project Management Association’s ICB (International Competency Baseline) 4-level certification model. Such candidates qualify for ICB levels C and B certifications.

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.
  • Note that students can also view recordings of all lectures online in their own time.


Live lecture session times and frequency

Time:
08h00 – 13h00

Contact Days:
Three (3) lectures days per module (streamed from Cranefield’s auditorium in Midrand, Gauteng), spread evenly over the three months duration of each module. For class dates see the ACADEMIC CALENDER below.

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.
  • Note that some classes take the form of webinars. Students receive early notification of webinars.

Cranefield’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Advanced Diploma in Project Management. Moreover, candidates who hold degrees or diplomas obtained from other recognized academic institutions and have relevant experience, may also apply. All relevant information and documentation, including a detailed curriculum vitae and the applicant’s work experience, must be submitted to the Registrar (Academic). Hence, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of Cranefield’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Advanced Diploma in Project Management, or any qualification recognised by the Admissions Committee as being equivalent, is a prerequisite for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management.
  • An ‘equivalent qualification’ means any NQF level 7 or higher qualification with similar content as Cranefield’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Advanced Diploma.
  • If certain subjects were not sufficiently covered in the ‘equivalent qualification’, relevant modules from the Advanced Diploma learning programme will have to be undertaken in addition to those of the Postgraduate Diploma learning programme.
  • Every case will be evaluated on its own merits.

 

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.

EVERY APPLICATION WILL BE ASSESSED ON ITS OWN MERITS!

General Admission for all academic programmes:

  • Possession of prescribed qualifications for admission to any learning programme does not automatically qualify a student for registration.
  • The prospective student may be requested to comply with additional requirements such as a special assignment or an oral or written examination.
  • The admission policy is reviewed annually, and the admission requirements from the previous year may not apply.
  • It is the responsibility of prospective students to keep abreast of developments.
  • Because of the nature of the admission procedures, deadlines are enforced strictly.
  • All relevant documentation must be provided by the specified deadlines.
  • Application for any programme implies acceptance by the applicant of the admission policies and procedures.

Submission of Documents:

Applying for admission to any academic programme

  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: POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA

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

The Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management (PGDipPM) comprises THREE modules to be selected from M3, M4, M5, or M6.
Modules can be undertaken in any order.

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

  • 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”.
QUARTERS

MODULES

Q1

2020

Q2

2020

Q3

2020

Q4

2020

M320 Jan
17 Feb
16 Mar
06 Jul
03 Aug
07 Sep
M406 Apr
04 May
01 Jun
05 Oct
02 Nov
01 Dec
M514 Jan
10 Feb
11 Mar
09 Jul
12 Aug
15 Sep
M630 Mar
28 Apr
27 May
29 Sep
27 Oct
24 Nov

NOTE that there are 3 lecture dates per Module.
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