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.

While you can generally structure your study time as you need to, there are scheduled online sessions through which you can receive mediated support, assignment and examination deadlines and timetables, to keep your studies moving forward.          

A reliable internet connection, own device with (at least) Windows 8 and Google Chrome, are all essential for any student enrolling for this programme.         


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.          


Students will be required to complete assignments and an examination.         

* This excludes any software licensed to the institution.


  • 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 


At the IIE's Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the 'traditional lecturing' methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VC Blend.         

This blended-learning strategy extends learning beyond the confines of the classroom and creates opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of a learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.         

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment.         

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.         

The curriculum below is correct at the time of print. Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE's curriculum is annually reviewed thus changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.


The IIE Project Management and Administration programme is a SLP that is certified by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Students enrolled for the SLP can submit an application for academic credit upon completion, to be exempted from the equivalent module when registering for:  

  • The IIE Higher Certificate in Business Principles

*Important note: Entrance requirements apply. Please speak to a consultant for more details. Content changes may occur

All SLPs are available through The Business School at Varsity College have been specifically designed for working adults. These SLPs differ from The IIE full qualifications available through Varsity College and which are registered on the National Qualifications Framework. Before registration students must ensure that the programme selected best suits their individual learning and workplace objectives.


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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