Advanced Diploma in Project Management Course (AdvDipPM) – NQF L7
Cranefield College’s Advanced Diploma in Project Management course is designed for working professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of project and programme management theories and practices to enable them to pursue a career, and apply cutting-edge portfolio management skills and principles in the prevailing fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0 or 4IR). The Advanced Diploma’s distance learning format and structure allow for flexibility and meet the needs of working professionals with limited time to study. The Advanced Diploma in Project Management is an accredited NQF Level 7 qualification.
Momentous changes are occurring in the 4IR environment, and project and programme management is now more than ever before a vibrant and extremely valuable field of study. One cannot be a successful leader without possessing project and programme management acumen. The project and programme management knowledge gained 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). Successful candidates with sufficient practical experience will be equipped to sit for the PMI’s PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, and the more experienced for PMI’s PgMP (Program Management Professional) certification. Such candidates also qualify for ICB levels D and C certifications.
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 in their fields. This ensures that students enjoy first-class tuition and derive maximum practical benefit from their studies. Moreover, they will be in a position to be positively influential in the job market very early in their studies. Nevertheless, the syllabus carefully guides every student systematically from first-step foundations and into more advanced aspects at the appropriate point in each module of the course. The needs of those who are already experienced in the job market are accordingly attentively met.
Advanced Diploma graduates are equipped to be leaders in the 4IR economy, but will also have gained a solid foundation for advanced postgraduate studies, through which they could continue to achieve greater heights in terms of developing their expertise. Qualifying students who further their studies through Cranefield may next enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management (completed part-time in nine months) and thereafter for the Master of Commerce in Programme Management (completed part-time in two years, depending on module choices and personal progress). Exceptional students may later in their careers progress all the way to the Cranefield PhD in Commerce and Administration, which signifies the highest level of attainment.
After completing the Advanced Diploma, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate and apply the project and programme management acumen required to strategically support the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0 or 4IR) economy management functions of leading, creating, implementing and improving; and
- Understand the risks and complexities of the Industry 4.0 economy, the profound influence these elements have on organisational transformation and change, and how to counter it in order to sustain organisational improvement and performance; and [elective]
- Reflect critically on the role of quality and performance management in the 4IR organisational value chain, particularly the cross-functional programme-managed supply chain and project components thereof, with the aim of achieving optimal benefits of strategic importance; or [elective]
- Understand and apply organisational strategy theory and practices to meet challenges in a predominantly emergent manner in the internal and external organisational environment to enhance the value creation ability of 4IR learning organisations.
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.