Programme Management: A Monitoring and Evaluation Approach online short course

Course starts 9 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
3 November 2020
Course Starts:
9 November 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R11,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


While project management is vital in ensuring that specific tasks run according to plan, it takes a programme manager to successfully lead a collection of projects to meet high-level goals.

The Programme Management: A Monitoring and Evaluation Approach online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) helps you understand how best to design, plan, and implement a programme, as well as actively monitor and evaluate phases throughout the process.

Over eight weeks, you’ll engage with the core aspects of programme management across the four key phases of the programme life cycle, namely diagnosis, planning and design, monitoring and implementation, and outcomes. You’ll also explore the tools required in each phase, and gain strategies for finance and resource tracking against a programme goal.

With expert guidance from experienced UCT faculty, you’ll walk away with the key stakeholder management and governance skills needed to successfully deliver on programmes of various size and scope.

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What will set you apart

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

  • Core abilities in M&E, and strategies for finance and resource tracking against desired programme goals

  • Practical tools to strategically design, plan, and operationalise a programme by applying the four phases of Programme Life Cycle management

  • Key stakeholder management and governance capabilities to oversee programmes of varying size and scope

  • Validation of programme management skills in the form of a certificate of completion from Africa’s leading university1

1 QS Top Universities (2019).

Is this course for you?

This course will be relevant to anyone who wants to lead a programme or collection of projects towards a common goal. This includes both individuals in the public sector who must strategically deliver on programmes with economic and social benefits, and private sector professionals who must report projects against funds and objectives.

Project, product, and portfolio managers will find the programme management skills and tools learnt in this course valuable to their current roles. Additionally, existing programme managers, project coordinators, and programme coordinators can grow in confidence and signal their worth to their employers with an updated skill set and certificate of completion as validation of their knowledge.

Course curriculum

Learn to confidently design, manage, and monitor a programme as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Diagnosis: Problem analysis
  • Module 2 Design: Building the Theory of Change
  • Module 3 Planning and design: Design tools and M&E framework
  • Module 4 Planning and design: Operational planning
  • Module 5 Implementation: Managing programme teams and basic finances
  • Module 6 Implementation: Implementing adaptive monitoring systems
  • Module 7 Programme outcome: Evaluation and economic efficiency
  • Module 8 Managing stakeholders for programme success

Your Course Convenor

The design of this online short course is guided by UCT faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Sarah Chapman

Sarah Chapman

Associate Professor in Programme Evaluation, School of Management Studies;
Director, Institute for Monitoring and Evaluations, UCT

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Gain the tools and knowledge required for effective programme 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 9 November 2020.

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