Basic Project Management

3-Day Skills Programme:
Basic Project Management
(Explain fundamentals of project management)
(Aligned to Unit Standard 120372, NQF Level 4, 5 Credits)

“Be prepared, luck is where preparation meets opportunity.”Randy Pausch

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Please note that the minimum entry requirement for this course is Matric  (Grade  12) or equivalent to RSA Matric  recognised by SAQA.   Learners  attending the course will be  required   to  supply  certified  copies  of  their   Identity   Document  and  Matric certificate.

As a project manager you need to handle many things at once; people, stakeholders, resources, budget, assistants, technical issues. In  addition, knowing how other teams are doing is essential so you don’t  fall  behind.  It is  a juggling  activity  and as such requires  a well-practiced  skill. Fortunately,  there  are  many principles  that  can  be  used  for a  successful  head start.  This practical  course will  help  you to learn  the  skills of  a successful  project manager quickly and efficiently.

Many companies are realizing that the traditional project management principles are no  longer applicable  in   today’s  extremely  dynamic  and  demanding  environment.  A  fixed  approach  of planning  is  no  longer  a good method since  it  is  very difficult to anticipate  everything  in advance and  respond  to  it   in   the  plan.   Instead,  more  agile   planning   methods  are  required   to accommodate  for changing  markets, technology  and resources  over the  course of  a typical project.

As  a  result,  new  project  managers  must  be  systematically  taught  on   best  practices  and established management techniques. In  this course, you will understand the role of  the project manager as a broker of  information.  The  emphasis  here is  on   the day-to-day running  of  a project as opposed to leading  a team using  emotional  skills. You will learn  how to manage time, resources, cost, risk and quality using a variety of practical hands-on exercises.

Course Level: Beginners &Intermediate

Target Market: Anyonenew to project management who wants an effective introduction to its basic principles

The Philosophy behind Project Management Training Course:

The best way to know what to teach in a project management course is to have some previous experience of dealing with both small and large scale projects. At LeMark, we continuously deal with projects and we know what it takes  to quickly release products and meet deadlines. Our motivation in designing this course was to put together the most critical tricks of the trade in a training package so Project Management trainers can quickly pass  on  the skills to people who need them.

Course Outcomes: By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the nature of a project
  • Explain the major processes and activities required to manage a project
  • Learn to manage projects systematically and efficiently
  • Learnhow a project can succeed or fail
  • Identifythe core stages of a project and learn to follow  it systematically
  • Schedule, break down tasks, brainstorm, identify risk and management variables
  • Use Work Break Down Structures (WBS) to plan a project efficiently
  • Communicate with and motivate your team
  • Manage efficient meetings to increase efficiency
  • Analyse risk systematically and formulate responses
  • Maintain rapport
  • Manage change to project requirements



  • Differences   between  a  project  and  your daily tasks?
  • Project Management versus Team Leading
  • Setting up project objectives and constraints
  • Identifying scope and ultimate goals
  • Stakeholders   and  clients   roles   in   project objectives

Project Planning

  • Project life cycles & planning models
  • Introduction to planning tools
  • Work breakdown structures
  • Deliverables
  • Estimating time and cost
  • Resource allocation and management
  • Setting up  Gantt charts
  • Precedence networks
  • Risk management
  • Creating contingency plans
  • Effective documentation system

Handling Clients and Stakeholders

  • Effective communications
  • Influencing key people
  • Keep your clients updated
  • Manage requests for change

Handling Team Members

  • How to give effective feedback
  • How to have  productive meetings
  • How to  maintain   rapport   with   team members
  • How to motivate the team and keep them committed to the project’s mission
  • How  to boost creativity

Meaningful Meetings

  • How    to  manage  a   meeting    to   get everyone’s input
  • How  to capture what is discussed
  • Effective brainstorming
  • Meeting frequency

Project Progress Monitoring

  • How to monitor  performance and measure progress against objectives
  • How to keep track of  new issues  as they are discovered and eliminating them
  • Effective decision making

Project Close

  • Stakeholder Acceptance
  • Final documentation before closing down
  • Marketing


Learners will have to prove their competence in applying the knowledge, skills and behaviour learnt during class exercises and group work. Each learner must submit a portfolio of evidence within a specific time-frame.


When a learner is found Not Yet Competent, they will be given one chance to re-submit,   they   will    have   7   days   (weekends   &   holidays   included)   to  complete   their PoE/Assignment.  Should  they not meet this  deadline or if they are found Not Competent for the second  time  they  will  have  to  book, pay  and  attend  the  programme/course  at their  own expense.


The attendance of the first day of class as well as a total minimum of 80% class attendance is compulsory in order to be eligible to hand in your PoE/Assisgnment. After the successful completion of this skills programme and the portfolio of evidence (PoE), learners will receive a certificate of competence.  Alternatively learners will receive a letter of attendance.

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Course Details

Course Start Date 06 Feb 2019, 8:00 am
Course End Date 08 Feb 2019, 4:00 pm
Price Per Person (ex VAT) R5,852.17
Unit Standards 120372
Credits 5
Location Arcadia Hotel
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