UNISA Short Course in Applied Project Management in an Information Technology Environment

UNISA Short Course in Applied Project Management in an Information Technology Environment

Short Course in Applied Project Management in an Information Technology Environment (70467)Purpose

This short course on software project management is intended for first time project managers and project managers wanting to expand and formalise their knowledge. The course aims to provide students with the basic skills, knowledge and competence to effectively understand and manage information technology projects.
 
There is a need for a project management course focusing specifically on the management of Information Technology (IT) projects. Most similar courses focus less on IT, form part of a curriculum for a formal degree, and are less skills oriented. Given the growth of the IT industry, a need exists for computer specialists, as well as project managers, to gain a practical and theoretical foundation for managing IT projects, as this area has been grossly neglected over time.
There is a definite need for courses which do not require the employee to interrupt their work schedule for an extended period to obtain a formal qualification. This certificate course fills this need as it focusses on sensitising the prospective student on concepts, techniques and strategies available to the IT project manager.

Target group

This course is intended for the following target market:
 

  • Project managers working within an Information Technology environment looking for a certified qualification,
  • General project managers that also want to focus on the management of Information Technology related projects, and
  • Persons working within an Information Technology related environment and wishing to broaden their career path to include project management of IT projects.

Admission requirements

  • Matriculation certificate qualification.
  • Experience in an Information Technology environment or exposure to project management practice is recommended.

Duration

Semester course
 Language medium

English
 Registration periods

for more information about registrations visit http://cs-cert.unisa.ac.za
e-mail address: cense@unisa.ac.za

Tuition method

UNISA open distance learning by means of tutorial letters and additional tutorial matter necessary for the course; telephone, email support and the Internet; consultation and solutions of material. Note: the study material will be in English only.
 Kind of assessment

Note:
Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment:
Two written assignments that include theoretical and practical questions
Summative assessment:
Written examination must be passed at the end of the short course in order to obtain the UNISA certificate.
 Applied Project Management in an Information Technology Environment (CSPM1DR)Syllabus/Content Topics

  • The context of the management of information technology projects: the environment, project management framework, process groups and knowledge areas.
  • The information technology project management profession: its history, professional organizations such as the Project Management Institute (PMI), certification, ethics.
  • Information technology project integration management: the strategic planning process, the project charter, the project management plan, as well as project execution, management and monitoring.
  • Software project scope management, requirements elicitation, the work breakdown structure and change control.
  • Software project time management: activity scheduling, various tools and techniques, activity duration estimation and schedule development.
  • Software project cost management: cost management principles, concepts, types of cost estimates and methods.
  • Software project risk management: qualitative risk analysis, risk management plan, risk monitoring and controlling.
  • Case studies are used to illustrate software project management techniques and project management software assisting project management tasks are delineated.

Course leader

Prof E Kritzinger (PhD)
School of Computing,
Information Security,
Office: Block C 3-26, Cnr Christiaan de Wet and Pioneer Avenue, Florida Campus, UNISA
Tel: 011 670 9116
Email: Kritze@unisa.ac.za
 
Ms K Engelbrecht
 Programme administrator(s)

School of Computing
Office: Block C 3-06, Cnr Christiaan de Wet and Pioneer Avenue, Florida Campus, UNISA
Tel: 011 670 9131 / 9139
E-mail: cense@unisa.ac.za


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.