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Advanced Diploma in Project Management Course (AdvDipPM) – NQF L7

Advanced Diploma in Project Management

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). 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 Advanced Diploma in Project Management is an accredited NQF Level 7 qualification.

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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.

NQF level 7, with 120 credits

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

Module Order of Precedence

Step 1: Complete Module 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

*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, 750.00

Fee per module:
R 19, 200.00

Academic Programme Fee Calculation:
R 3, 750.00 + (3 x R 19, 200.00) R 57, 600.00 = R 61, 350.00

*If the applicant needs to complete Module Mα, an additional cost of
R 19 200.00 for the module will be billed.

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 Advanced Diploma commences every quarter starting in January, April, July, or October. New enrollments start with module M1, followed by M2 and either M3 or M4. Modules M1 and M2 are offered four times per annum, while modules M3 and M4 are offered twice per annum. The sequence of the modules depends on which quarter the new 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.

Modules M1 and M2

Modules M1 and M2 are offered four times per annum at Cranefield’s Midrand tuition centre (simultaneously streamed live online globally). The learning programme can be commenced in any quarter of the year.

Elective modules

The electives (a choice between M3 and M4) are each offered twice per annum in the following timeslots:

  • M3: Jan to March and July to September
  • M4: April to June and October to December

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 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 Advanced Diploma in Project Management (AdvDipPM) 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. Moreover, module M1 is validated by ECSA for 3 CPD points.

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.

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.

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: ADVANCED DIPLOMA

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

The Advanced Diploma in Project Management (AdvDipPM) comprises THREE modules: M1, M2 and ONE elective.
Module M1 is undertaken FIRST followed by Module M2, PLUS ONE elective from Modules M3 and M4 in any order.

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

  • Module M1: “Project Management: Leading, Creating, Implementing and Improving”
  • Module M2: “Programme-managing Organisational Performance and Innovative Improvement”
  • Module M3: “Supply Chain Quality and Performance Management”
  • Module M4: “Transformational Corporate Strategy”
QUARTERS

MODULES

Q1

2020

Q2

2020

Q3

2020

Q4

2020

M123 Jan
18 Feb
10 Mar
09 Apr
07 May
26 May
14 Jul
06 Aug
10 Sep
30 Sep
28 Oct
25 Nov
M215 Jan
11 Feb
09 Mar
07 Aug
05 May
25 May
13 Jul
11 Aug
16 Sep
28 Sep
26 Oct
23 Nov
M320 Jan
17 Feb
16 Mar
06 Jul
03 Aug
07 Sep
M406 Apr
04 May
01 Jun
05 Oct
02 Nov
01 Dec

NOTE that there are 3 lecture dates per module.
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Do not hesitate to contact the administration should you require clarification on any of the above.