Master of Commerce in Programme
Management (MComPM) – NQF L9
The purpose of the Master of Commerce in Programme Management (Professional) degree is to enable working professionals aspiring to gain superior knowledge and understanding of leading and managing the cross-functionally shaped fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0 or 4IR) virtual dynamic learning organisation. Momentous changes are occurring in the 4IR environment, and dynamic value chain management is now more than ever before a vibrant and extremely valuable field of study. In today’s high technology environment, one cannot be a successful leader without having profound project and programme management acumen. The ability to deal with rapidly changing advancements in technology and international competitive markets of Industry 4.0, is enhanced.
Customer expectations, product and service enhancement, collaborative innovation, and organisational forms are aspects most affected by the Industry 4.0 economy. These aspects are comprehensively addressed and researched on the Masters course, and students learn how to best maximize organisational benefits of strategic importance that lead to success. The Master of Commerce distance learning format and structure allow for flexibility and meet the needs of working professionals with limited time to study. It is an accredited NQF Level 9 qualification.
Cranefield College is an ISO-9001-certified leader in private higher education and selects only the best in terms of highly qualified and experienced lecturers who are at the cutting edge of development and research in their fields. This ensures that students enjoy first-class tuition and derive maximum practical benefit from their studies. Moreover, history has proven that they are positively influential in the job market very early in their studies. Successful students receive a solid foundation for more advanced studies through which they could continue to achieve greater heights. Exceptional students may progress to Cranefield’s PhD in Commerce and Administration, which signifies the highest level of academic attainment.
After completing the Master of Commerce, students will be able to (depending on option selected):
- Demonstrate with advanced knowledge and skills how to collaboratively lead and programme-manage the cross-functionally shaped value chain of a modern virtual dynamic learning organisation in the quest to optimise its performance in the Industry 4.0 economy.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in applying methods and processes, including infrastructural asset management, to mitigate risk and complexity encountered in Industry 4.0 organisational value chains, utilising initiating organisation and partner resources to optimally add value.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in communicating, critiquing and defending creative ideas produced through independent research, while conforming to meeting the theoretical and technical requirements of advanced research.
- Demonstrate command of research design, research methodologies and execution of the research process.
“Apply what you learn today in your job tomorrow”
Employers in the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0 or 4IR) economy prefer job-relevant education and training for improving the abilities of employees and 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.
Cranefield’s teaching and learning are comprehensively technology-enhanced. Execution of the 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. Students have the option to complete all three elective modules, plus the research methodology module and a mini-dissertation, or alternatively, one elective module plus the research methodology module and a dissertation of limited scope.
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.