The purpose of this module is to provide students with foundational and practical knowledge of the nature of project management, the project management life-cycle, project administration and communication, project plans and contemporary project management tools.   


Distance study is ideal for working adults who prefer not to attend full-time.   

  • For individuals wishing to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature of project management.
  • Those wishing to apply knowledge of the project management life-cycle to administrative and communicative contexts.
  • Those wishing to demonstrate practical knowledge of project plans.
  • For individuals wishing to use contemporary project management tools to initiate, plan, execute and close a project. 

What is the benefit of distance studies?   

The distance delivery mode provides the student with the opportunity to study in the comfort of their home and to plan the study workload according to their individual pace. The study material, which has been carefully designed with distance students' needs in mind, entails the following:   

  • A learner guide designed to lead the student through the textbook. It includes questions and answers for practice and revision.
  • An online learning portal, containing interactive, media rich activities for students to engage with in order to deepen their understanding of the subject matter.
  • An online tutor who maintains the human experience of the learning process. 

Students will be provided with the added value of face-to-face sessions. These sessions are highly recommended, as they provide the opportunity for rich discussion and conceptual explanation and to meet fellow students with whom to network. Students who attend face to face sessions are more likely to be motivated and to remain committed to their studies. However, should students not be able to attend any face to face sessions, textbook and online facilitation will provide the necessary support for student success.

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Students should meet the following requirements:    

  • Be proficient in English.
  • Preferably have three to four years work experience.
  • Must be able to engage in self-directed study.


Project Management and Administration is offered as a distance SLP. The duration will differ depending on the offer selected. Please speak with a consultant for more information.    


The SLP fee includes all programme material, which becomes the property of the student. This material is a valuable source of ongoing reference.    


Students will be required to complete assignments and an examination.


  • Introduction to project management structures
  • Project management within organisations
  • Project management life cycle
  • Project feasibility, selection and initiation
  • Project stakeholders
  • Project initiation, documentation, methods and tools
  • Project planning
  • Project estimation and work breakdown structure
  • Critical path and Gantt chart
  • Managing project teams
  • Supplier and contract management
  • Risk management
  • Project communication
  • Working with project software


Project Management and Administration is a SLP that is certified by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Varsity College is an educational brand of The IIE. Students enrolled for this SLP can apply, on successful completion, to be exempt, based on recognition of prior learning, from the equivalent full qualification module when registering for *The IIE Higher Certificate in Business Principles. 


What students past and current are saying.

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"I've completed 2 courses with The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town. My experience with this institution has been overwhelming. The staff and lectures are very helpful and excellent in the roles they play. Their schedules and time frames for each of the courses I've finished thus far have been 100% correct."

Stanley Roman

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"The course was so practical, I feel like I have the ability to go out and manage a project. It's not all theory that I have no clue how to apply. It was a privilege to learn from Bobby Keller at The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Pretoria. He has a lifetime of experience to share."

Lida van Eden

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"The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town gave me a chance to experience tertiary education the way it should be. I am able to go into the working world with some of their academic teachings and life advice."

Thabiseng Chiwashira

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