Project Management Course

Project Management Course

Course Description

In the contemporary business landscape, Project Management has emerged as one of the most esteemed career paths in the 21st century. It influences all dimensions of an organisation, ranging from human resources to financial operations, marketing to technological departments. The acquisition of a project management certification facilitates effortless career transitions for individuals.

The principles of effective project management transcend disciplinary confines, while the key concepts that make project management effective aren’t limited to just one field, they are applicable in all sorts of fields.

This Project Management course aims to equip students with a comprehensive framework for comprehending the intricacies of project management dynamics. It includes all the important parts and steps in the world of project management.

Who is the Project Management course aimed at?

  • This course is open to all individuals in different job genres or niches.
  • Its aim is to teach project management skills.
  • Valuable for different work fields.
  • Suitable for those wanting to enhance current project management skills.
  • Perfect for those entering the exciting project management field.
  • Consultants wishing to bolster their current project management skills
  • Professionals wishing to drive efficiencies, meet goals and drive successful outcomes
  • Team leaders and managers wishing to empower their teams
  • Great for those seeking a career change to project management.

Included with the course

  • 200 in-depth video lectures
  • 100 Nano courses on different niches to uplift you and grow your career and experience
  • Lifelong access to all video lecture content on the DSM learning platform

Benefits of the Project Management course

  • Enhance your project management skills: Learn effective planning, organization, and project management, boosting your capabilities.
  • Propel your career with project management expertise: Broaden job prospects and promotion opportunities.
  • Streamline processes with improved project management: Reduce errors, meet deadlines, and adhere to budgets.
  • Versatile skills for diverse projects: Transferable across industries, enabling seamless transitions.
  • Confidence in managing projects: Gain assurance in leadership and decision-making.
  • Structured approach for success: Acquire skills that benefit personal and professional endeavours.
  • Gain recognition through certification: Showcase competence and commitment in project management.
  • Problem-solving prowess: Develop strategies to excel in complex projects.
  • Leadership development: Hone leadership skills through effective team management.
  • Smooth career transitions: Elevate competitiveness through project management skills during career shifts.

Course Duration:

4 – 6 months


Below is an exhaustive compilation of the course modules you will cover

Module 1 – Introduction to the learning platform

  • Introduction
  • Learning
  • Assessments
  • Results, Support, Certificates, Notes

Module 2 – Introduction to Project Management

  • History of Project Management
  • Difference Between a Project and Operational
  • Defining Project Management
  • The Project Management
  • What is Project Management
  • The Five Project Management Processes
  • Navigating Project Management in Specific Industries
  • Project Management Glossary of Terms

Module 3 – Project Life Cycle

  • The Life Cycle of a Project and the Functions of a Project Manager
  • The Interplay Between Project Life Cycles and Contextual Factors (PART1)
  • The Interplay Between Project Life Cycles and Contextual Factors (PART2)
  • Project Management and Product Development
  • Organisational Environments
  • Organisational Structures

Module 4 – Identifying Stakeholders

  • Identifying Managers from Stakeholders
  • Identifying and Managing Stakeholders
  • Form a Stakeholder Register
  • Prioritize your Stakeholders
  • Understand Your Key Stakeholders
  • Monitoring and Communicating with Stakeholders
  • Common Stakeholders

Module 5 – Fundamentals Of Project Success

  • Managing Project Scope
  • The Project Charter
  • The Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Developing the SOW
  • The Responsibility Matrix (RACI)
  • Project Communication
  • Developing a Communication Management Plan
  • Designing a Project Proposal
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Problem Statement
  • Intervention Logic
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • The Project Schedule
  • Specify Inputs

Module 6 – Managing Risk

  • Understanding Potential Risks
  • Technical Risks
  • Organisational Risks
  • Financial Risks
  • External Risks
  • Human Risks
  • Environmental Risks
  • Risks as Threats and Opportunities
  • The Benefits of Risk Management
  • The Risk Management Process
  • Identifying Risk
  • Techniques for Identifying Risk
  • Progressive Elaboration
  • Calculating the Risk
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Risk
  • Responding to Risk
  • The Risk Register

Module 7 – The Work Breakdown Structure

  • Understanding the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Creating WBS
  • Components of the WBS
  • How to Construct a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Decomposition into Component Parts
  • Include Project Management in the WBS

Module 8 – Project Scheduling Techniques

  • Project Scheduling Techniques
  • Types of Activity Dependencies
  • Setting Project Milestones
  • Determining Project Parameters
  • Labour and Productivity Factors
  • Network Diagrams and Gantt Charts
  • Step 1 Forward Pass – Calculate Early Start and Early Finish Dates
  • Step 2 Backward Pass – Calculate Late Start and Late Finish Dates
  • Step 3 Calculate Float and Identify the Critical Path
  • Negative float
  • Creating a Gantt chart
  • Resource management
  • Levelling Resources

Module 9 – Estimating Duration and Costs

  • The Importance of Estimating Project Duration and Cost
  • Three Measures of Accuracy
  • Estimating Techniques
  • Cost Management
  • Creating a Detailed Project Budget and Estimating Costs
  • Materials Costs

Module 10 – Project Level Balancing

  • Project Resource Re-estimations
  • Understanding the Levels of Balancing a Project
  • Project Level Balancing
  • Contingency Review and Float
  • Human Resources in Project Balancing
  • Recruiting Specialists to Work on a Project
  • Managing Experts on a Team
  • External Experts
  • Subcontracting or Outsourcing
  • Overtime Benefits and Drawbacks

Module 11 – Compression Strategies

  • Balancing the Project Scope
  • Scaling Down the Project Scope
  • Fixed Phase Scheduling
  • Fast Tracking
  • Phased Product Delivery
  • Putting Product Ahead of Process
  • Reducing Profit Margins

Module 12 – Selecting and Maintaining a Project Team

  • Differentiating Between Groups and Teams in Project Management
  • Selecting Team Members
  • Optimising Interpersonal Dynamics in a Team
  • Building a Positive Team Environment
  • Assigning Activities and Responsibilities

Module 13 – Managing High-Performance Project Teams

  • Tuckermans Teams Performance Model
  • Creating a High-Performing Team
  • Frameworks of High Performing Teams
  • The Importance of Project Sponsors
  • Managing Conflict

Module 14 – Project Management and Communication

  • Introduction to Project Management Communication
  • Project Managers Communication
  • Internal Communication
  • Kick Off Meetings
  • Status and Progress Meetings
  • Teams Development Meeting
  • Review Meetings
  • Problem-Solving Meetings
  • Change Management Meetings
  • Executive Meetings
  • External Communication

Module 15 – Change Control in Project Management

  • Project Change Control
  • Change Management Roles
  • Project Configuration
  • Understanding Change Configuration Management
  • Document Version Control
  • Project Closure

Module 16 – Measuring Progress and Solving Common Problems

  • Monitoring and Reporting Methods
  • Cost Performance Management
  • Cost Performance Calculation Example
  • Schedule Performance Management
  • Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Earned Value Structure
  • Advantages of Earned Value Reporting
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Solving Common Project Challenges
  • Corporate Challenges
  • Team challenges
  • Risk Challenges
  • Communication challenges
  • Expectation challenges

Module 17 – Advancing Your Career

  • Portfolio Management
  • Project Portfolio Management Framework
  • Governance
  • Methodology
  • Project Portfolio Management and Lean Management
  • Lean Project Management
  • Customers Point of View
  • Project Flow


50% upfront discount for students funding the course privately

R13000total payment
  • Deposit R3200
  • R2450 (4 months)

R13000total payment
  • Deposit R2900
  • R1683 (6 months)

50% upfront discount for students funding the course privately


The Project Management Course is accredited through MICT SETA.

QLS – Quality License Scheme (UK)

How to Study

The Project Management Course is delivered on a cutting-edge online learning platform. It is designed to give you theoretical and practical knowledge and experience in Project Management.

Digital school of marketing has adopted a personalised approach to your learning experience – this allows you to start when you are ready, study at your own pace whilst enjoying the benefit of our full-time student support.

This is how you will study Project Management Course:

  • Slides containing Project Management details for every module and topic
  • Infographics tailored for learning outcomes
  • Dedicated videos for the learning curriculum
  • Downloadable eBooks of every lesson
  • Certificates earned as you learn – awarded upon module completion
  • Assessments including formative, multiple choice, and summative formats

As a student you receive:

  • Login details for the course
  • Student Support throughout
  • Certificates for each successfully completed module (Digital copies)
  • Final certificate for the course (Hard copy and Digital copy)

What makes us different?

We have long been established in the Digital Marketing and design industry

We are SETA registered

We are BEE compliant

Courses are internationally transferable

Massive video library making your understanding of these applications a breeze

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is project management?

    Project management is the systematic approach of planning, executing, and controlling tasks to achieve specific goals within a defined timeframe and budget.

    Why is project management important?

    Project management ensures organized execution, timely completion, efficient resource allocation, and successful delivery of projects.

    What are the key skills of a project manager?

    Effective communication, leadership, risk management, time and resource allocation, and problem-solving are crucial skills for a project manager.

    What is the difference between project management and general management?

    Project management focuses on temporary endeavours with specific goals, while general management involves overseeing ongoing operations.

    Can project management principles be applied in various industries?

    Yes, project management principles are applicable across industries, from IT and construction to healthcare and marketing.

    What is a project management course?

    A project management course is a structured educational program that teaches individuals the principles, methodologies, and skills required to effectively manage projects.

    What will I learn in a project management course?

    In a project management course, you’ll learn about project initiation, scope management, scheduling, risk assessment, communication strategies, and leadership skills.

    Who is a project management course suitable for?

    A project management course is suitable for anyone interested in learning how to manage projects, whether you’re new to the field or looking to enhance your skills.

    What are the benefits of completing a project management course?

    Completing a project management course enhances your project management skills, improves your career prospects, and equips you with tools to handle complex projects effectively.

    How long does a project management course typically take to complete?

    The duration varies but can range from a few weeks to several months depending on your pace. We give students one year in which to compete the course.

    Will I receive a certificate after completing the course?

    Yes, you definitely will and additionally you will receive modular certificates if you want to show your employer how you have progressed.

    How can a project management course benefit my career?

    A project management course enhances your ability to manage projects efficiently, making you a valuable asset in various industries and increasing your career advancement opportunities.

    Are project management courses recognized by employers?

    Yes, certifications project management courses are recognised and valued by employers as they indicate your commitment and competence.

    Can I apply the skills learned in a project management course to my current job?

    Absolutely, project management skills are applicable in various professional roles and can enhance your performance and efficiency in managing tasks and projects.

    Will a project management course teach me how to handle difficult project situations?

    Yes, project management courses often include modules on risk management, conflict resolution, and problem-solving, preparing you to handle challenging scenarios.

    Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in a project management course?

    There are no prerequisites for this project management course you can start at any level as long as you have a matric.


    Our head office is based in Randburg, Johannesburg. However, the marketing courses are available throughout South Africa and Internationally through online learning.


    The Digital School of Marketing is fully accredited through the Media Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA). This means that the online digital marketing courses are specially designed for the digital industry. All industry benchmarks and standards have been met. Additionally, You can start studying the Project Management Cours anytime during the year and the courses are available throughout South Africa.


    You have to be 17 years old to be eligible to start the Project Management Course, which provides the best digital marketing course in South Africa.


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    Is there student support?

    There is student support available from Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, at the college with trained assessors and facilitators to assist you in your marketing studies. Contact our trained digital marketing assessors to assist in your marketing learning journey.

    If I choose the debit order option, will I be billed more than the monthly course instalments?

    No. You will only be billed for the monthly course instalment.

    Can I freeze my debit order?

    No. Your debit order runs automatically after the first payment is charged.

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