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ZUG4024 – Project Management

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2021 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2022 (Extended Programme)

8 credits, NQF Level 8


The principal aim of this module is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of Project Management as it is utilised by Engineers.  The theoretical underpinnings of Project management will include the project management life cycle, the project selection and approval process, the role of the Project Manager, appropriate decisions concerning organisational structure and roles of project participants.  It will demonstrate the skills in forming and developing a project team and focus on developing and integrating core management plans needed for a project.  It will include an understanding of and make appropriate decisions concerning human resource management, risk management and procurement management, provide a demonstration of and an understanding of the phases of the project life cycle and tools, the effective use of project management software to support project management functions such as planning work, schedules, costs, human resources; controlling project progress and assessing risks; and reporting project status to stakeholders.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Prepare a presentation on project management that involves the issues involved in project selection and prioritisation.
2Discuss key issues related to organizational capacity i.t.o. structure, culture and roles as well as chartering projects.
3Describe the stakeholder analysis and communication planning including scope planning and the scheduling of projects.
4Critique resourcing and budgeting for projects.
5Describe project risk planning, project quality planning and project kick-off.
6Explain the concepts/ structure of Project Supply Chain Management (SCM) and leading and managing project teams.
7Develop project progress, results and the completion of a project.


Coursework assessment: 70%
Examination: 30 %

Workload requirements

The module contributes to the curriculum/ realisation of the outcomes by equipping the learner to demonstrate an ability interrogate different sources of project management knowledge and to evaluate Project Management knowledge and the process of knowledge production.  The learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the complexities and uncertainties of applying relevant standard procedures, processes or techniques to unfamiliar problems in the field and practice of project management. The learner will be able to solve engineering problems by having the ability to use a varied range of skills to identify, analyse and address complex or abstract problems drawing systematically on the body of knowledge and methods of Project Management within an engineering context.  The learner will be able to identify and deal with ethical issues and will be further able to access, process and manage information through demonstrating an ability to critically review information gathering, evaluation and management processes to problems and issues.  The learner will have the ability to produce and communicate information.  The learner will be able to demonstrate an ability to operate effectively within a system and will further be able to demonstrate the ability to apply learning strategies which effectively address his or her professional and ongoing learning needs and the professional and continued learning needs of others.  The learner will be able to demonstrate full responsibility for his or her work, decision-making and use of resources and full accountability for the decisions and actions of others where appropriate.

There will be a combination of lectures that include interactive elements by letting learners practice concepts and techniques learned in class on an actual project, tutorials in which students will do individual work (self-assessments; reflecting on learning aspects) and group work (PowerPoint presentations on aspects of the module, role-play and group discussions and breakout sessions as well as a selection of videos as well as undertaking project plans)  and Moodle, for sharing learning aids, to help students test their own knowledge through informal quizzes, and to administer short formal tests. All outcomes will be assessed by means of tutorial work, Quizzes, Case study analysis and an Examination.

Chief examiner(s)