Project Management Foundations online short course

Course starts 24 August 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
18 August 2020
Course Starts:
24 August 2020
10 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R14,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Project management is an important skill for those eager to boost their impact on their organisation. 

This online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) will guide you to discover new and established project management tools and techniques, and help you gain an understanding of a project life cycle.

Whatever industry you find yourself in, the transferable skills that this project management course gives you will help you to work more effectively and efficiently.

You’ll learn how to build and lead project teams, handle time and budget constraints, and communicate workable solutions to stakeholders.

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What will set you apart

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

  • The practical skills to address requirements like project scope, risk, time and costs
  • The ability to identify challenges and improve processes to effectively manage project teams
  • A certificate from UCT validating your new-found knowledge and capabilities

Is this course for you?

This course is aimed at both those currently working in a project-oriented role and those aspiring to launch a career in formal project management. Professionals who are new to the field, or who are looking to upskill themselves, will gain the foundational knowledge and confidence they need to run projects more effectively to make a real difference to their company.

At the same time, existing project managers can polish and consolidate their understandings, and earn a certificate as proof of their refined competencies. There are no formal prerequisites for this course.

Course curriculum

Refine your ability to lead projects in your organisation as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course. 

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to project management
  • Module 2 Getting started: Identifying stakeholders and initiating a project
  • Module 3 Managing risk
  • Module 4 Work breakdown structure
  • Module 5 Realistic scheduling and accurate estimating
  • Module 6 Understanding cost, time, and scope
  • Module 7 Managing a project team
  • Module 8 Clear communication among project stakeholders
  • Module 9 Measuring progress and solving common problems
  • Module 10 Advancing your practice of project management

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Acquire project management skills 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.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 24 August 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.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

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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.