About this course

In a dynamic and often complex world of work, it’s important to know what it takes to lead successful projects. And this course was designed with that goal in mind.

Each of the four project management phases is covered in detail. You will explore each project phase and the tasks that should be focused on to ensure the successful planning and execution of any project. While the subject matter is comprehensive a guided approach has been applied to the learning content so you will be able to master the subject matter with ease, and confidence.

Course summary
  • 12 Units

  • 6 months at 8 hours/week
  • Certificate included
  • Lecture-led

Fundamentals of Project Management


Short Course


Fully Online


6 months


8 h/week

Pay as little as R466* / monthly

Flexible payment options available

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What you will learn about

This course contains 12 units and can be completed in 6 months at the recommended pace of 8 hours per week:

  • Unit 1: The Environment of Project Management
  • Unit 2: The Project Life-Cycle
  • Unit 3: The Feasibility Phase
  • Unit 4: Project Selection Models
  • Unit 5: The Planning Phase: Work Breakdown Structure
  • Unit 6: The Planning Phase: Project Scheduling
  • Unit 7: The Planning Phase: Planning Project Resource Requirements
  • Unit 8: The Planning Phase: Cost Estimating, Budgeting, and Cash Flow Planning
  • Unit 9: The Planning Phase: Project Communication Management
  • Unit 10: The Execution Phase: Implementing Scope, Quality, and Risk Management
  • Unit 11: The Execution Phase: Monitoring, Controlling, and Reporting
  • Unit 12: The Close-out Phase

With our structured approach to teaching, you will be able to acquire valuable knowledge and skills with ease. All courses include an orientation week, assessment and feedback opportunities as well as guided lesson plans from your course lecturer every week.

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the environment of project management;
  2. Explain the project lifecycle and the importance thereof in project management;
  3. Recognise the importance of a feasibility study, the selection models, the development of a business case, and the preparation of a project scope;
  4. Plan the project deliverables with the use of Work Breakdown Structure;
  5. Prepare a project schedule;
  6. Identify and plan project resource requirements;
  7. Apply knowledge to cost estimating, budgeting and cash flow planning to a project;
  8. Explain the project communication plan and how to communicate with project team members and other stakeholders;
  9. Implement scope, quality and risk management plans;
  10. Apply project knowledge to monitor, control, and report on the project; and
  11. Complete the project close-out activities.

This course offers you an in-depth curriculum with 12 units. Each unit focuses on the critical phases of a project. Each phase is further unpacked exploring the various activities that the project manager and project team are responsible for. You can expect to gain practical skills in the following areas:

  • Project feasibility
  • Project selection
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Project scheduling
  • Project resource requirements
  • Costing
  • Project budget
  • Project communication plans
  • Project scope
  • Project quality
  • Project risk management
  • Monitoring
  • Controlling
  • Reporting
  • Project closeout

Is this course right for me?

This course is designed to appeal to employees who are responsible for project work. Less experienced employees will find that the course will help them understand the process and be more effective in managing a project.

The management of successful projects cuts across various employment disciplines, and as such, individuals involved in any industry wherein project management is required for business success, will benefit from this course. The course is therefore useful to managers, specialists and administrators in any industry inclusive of IT, Finance, Development, Public Management etc.

More and more strategic goals and operational plans require companies to make use of project management methodology. Sound project management directly contributes towards the delivery of a successful project that is cost-effective and completed on time. Many employers believe project management to be a valuable skill, that also improves employees’ productivity, provides employees with career advancement opportunities, and provides an opportunity to be at the forefront of exciting projects in the workplace.  

This course is developed for students starting in Project Management, and those wanting to improve their skills. The course consists of comprehensive, accessible text that introduces concepts, themes, theory, and skills in a guided manner necessary to gain comprehensive knowledge of project management.

Across a wide variety of industries, this course will assist students who are interested in a career as a: 

  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Project Administrator
  • Project Sponsor
  • Project Manager
  • Events Planner
  • Events Manager

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Short Course Admissions

  • Minimum of Grade 10 (Standard 8)
  • Grade 12 or NQF 4 equivalent preferred
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Alternate admission is possible on the basis of Mature Age exemption (23 years and older)
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • Students should also possess a basic level of digital literacy skills

In order to secure a spot in any cohort, students are required to first successfully complete the application process and register by the cohort registration deadline. Registration includes documentation submission and payment of the course fee, there are no registration fees.

Fees payable upon registration will differ depending on the payment option you choose, your Enrolment Consultant will explain this in detail during the application process.

At iQ Academy all of our programmes are offered via distance education. Depending on the course you choose you’ll either be studying fully online or with textbooks and online support.

  • Online-only courses: All course material is available online and can be downloaded, there are no textbooks.
  • Internet-supported courses with textbooks: You will receive textbooks via courier and the course is supported by compulsory online learning activities. Your course material will also be available online.
  • Teaching and learning will take place online whichever study method you choose. That means that you will need to partake in online learning activities and classes. For more information on each study method, enquire now.
  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account

Recommended data:

  • At least 1GB of data per month for online-only courses
  • +/- 500MB of data for internet-supported courses

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Short Course FAQ’s

Our short course programmes are courses that can be completed over several weeks or months, depending on the course you enrol for. Short courses are designed to complement a working professionals lifestyle through flexible distance learning. Assessments are done through the submission of assignments, no exams are required.

Our curricula are developed by industry experts and are internally quality-assured and approved by our Academic Board. Our short courses are institutional programmes and are non-credit bearing. For more information on our institutional registration and accreditation status view our accreditations.

Short courses are typically non-credit-bearing programmes, affording students the opportunity to build their professional credentials without the higher cost and time associated with studying for a university degree or qualification.

There are no written examinations for this course. As part of your learning, you are encouraged to complete short quizzes throughout each module, which help you build and test knowledge. You will be required to complete and submit one summative assessment at the end of each module. To meet the requirement for this course, you will have to pass the final summative assessment for each module, before you can get certified.

Once you have completed your course, you will get an iQ Academy Short Course Certificate. Your certificate demonstrates that you have acquired industry-relevant skills which can enhance your promotional and employment opportunities. In order to qualify for a certificate you will need to:

  • Pass all your assignments
  • Pay up your student account
  • Email a certified copy of your ID document to: certificate@iqa.ac.za
  • Your certificate will be couriered to you at no extra cost provided you confirm your delivery address and it is accurate and up-to-date.

    All short courses are lecture-led. The mode of delivery is distance education and all instruction takes place on our student portal, iCan. Your course lecturer will prepare a teaching and learning plan for the duration of the course as well as lesson plans for each week. Students should work through the learning material independently, according to the course schedule in the iCan Calendar. Support is available for academic and technical-related queries on iCan.

    Your lecturer will also host regular online classes. The content covered will be in line with the course schedule and weekly lesson plan. Sticking to the schedules provided will ensure you don’t miss out on any opportunities to learn and ask questions. In between classes you can engage with your lecturer directly on iCan or you can discuss the learning content with other students in the discussion forums, which are set up per module for your convenience.

      Our short courses integrate interactive media with e-learning activities as well as traditional didactic components such as written notes. There are also opportunities for collaborative learning through discussion forums. The following learning activities form part of the overall learning path:

      • Reading activities
      • Multimedia activities such as video clips and podcasts
      • Online announcements of activities and assignment submission
      • Discussion forums
      • Self-reflection
      • Case studies
      • Live online lectures
      • Assessment activities & compulsory submission of formative and summative assessments per module