Construction Management online short course

Course starts 19 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
13 October 2020
Course Starts:
19 October 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R12,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


With widespread transformation and infrastructure development on the agenda, the Southern African construction sector is rich with potential. Success in this field requires sound planning, management, and coordination skills.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Construction Management online short course is designed to equip you with the practical skills you need to navigate the day-to-day management of both large- and small-scale construction projects. During this eight-week course, you’ll learn how to handle client relationships, address stakeholder needs, analyse health and safety risks, evaluate environmental considerations, and manage time and cost constraints. You’ll also gain a holistic understanding of the South African construction industry and the economic factors influencing it.

Enjoy expert instruction from the leading university in Africa,1 and walk away knowing that you’ve completed South Africa’s only online, university-accredited construction management short course.

1QS Top Universities (Jun, 2019)

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of the South African construction industry and the factors affecting the market
  • The skills to manage cash flow, the tendering process, and other practical aspects of construction work
  • The ability to evaluate health and safety risks, and reflect on environmental management practices for a project

Is this course for you?

This course is suited to those looking for a pragmatic overview of construction management principles and best practices. The content is designed for both established construction industry professionals eager to formalise their knowledge, and those who are new to the field. Site managers, contractors, safety officers, quantity surveyors, and junior architects may also find it beneficial.

The course prioritises problem-based learning and makes use of real-world case studies and practical exercises to prepare students for the South African building industry.

Course curriculum

Build and refine your knowledge of construction management principles and practices as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to the South African construction industry 
  • Module 2 Compliance, contracts, and regulation
  • Module 3 Implementing health and safety, and environmental management
  • Module 4 Tendering for construction work
  • Module 5 Pricing the project
  • Module 6 Planning the project
  • Module 7 Protecting the cash flow
  • Module 8 Quality management
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This course is certified by The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for CPD points. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning and South African engineering professionals can earn up to eight CPD credits.*

International students need to consult their national professional engineering bodies to check whether this course is recognised for points towards maintaining professional status.

*Should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The University of Cape Town and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and can’t be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points. The ECSA validation number is "UCTCON20".

Learn strategies to mitigate risk on your construction project

This University of Cape Town online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you gain skills to navigate construction planning and management.

Your Course Convenors

The design of this online course is guided by University of Cape Town faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Karen Le Jeun

Karen Le Jeune

Course Convenor

Karen practised as a professional Quantity Surveyor until 2001, notably becoming a managing partner of Walters Simpson & Du Toit in 1998. Having lectured part-time at UCT whilst working in private practice, she joined as a full-time staff member in 2002. Her research interests include Generational Theory, Women in the Built Environment, Green Buildings and Service Learning.

Karen serves as a professional member of The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors, Chartered Surveyor registered with The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Pr.QS registered with The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession. Karen is also a member of the Society of Architects Planners Engineers and Surveyors (APES) and Women’s Property Network (WPN).


Mark Massyn

Mark Massyn

Course Convenor

Prior to joining the ranks of academia Mark practised as a Project Manager in the fields of commercial, industrial and low-income housing both as a practising project manager and a consultant in Project Management. His research areas include the construction and project management, construction production process, construction health and safety, low-income housing delivery models and densification.

 Mark is a committee member for the Western Cape Branch of the Chartered Institute of Building, WC Joint Practice Committee and CIDB Stakeholder forum. Mark has also served on both the Building Construction and Quantity Surveying Standard Generating Body and the National Committee of the Chartered Institute of Building (Southern Africa).


Guest Lecturers



OHS Manager at the Master Builders Association Western Cape


Associate Professor at UCT's Department of Construction Economics and Management


Executive Director at the Master Builders Association Western Cape



Quality Coordinator at GVK-Siya Zama


Project Manager at Rabie property group


Director at Status Africa Construction

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Learn about construction management and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 19 October 2020.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.