Diploma in Project Leadership and Management

Pan Africa Skills & Consulting Ltd
Blended study mode
Brunei House, 3rd Floor I Witu Road off Lusaka Road P.O. Box 16481 - 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
1 year
Jun 04 - Jun 04 2020

Course Description

This is a practical, interesting Program explaining and teaching how to successfully lead and manage a wide variety of projects, and how to ensure that the project goals - the “deliverables” - are achieved efficiently and professionally.
This excellent Program provides professional training for modern project leaders and managers, through each phase in the life-cycle of projects: conception, initiation, planning, implementation, organisation and control, and project closure. It also covers the formation, training, supervision and control of project teams, and relations with team members.
Uniquely, the Program also covers rural development and humanitarian projects, the outsourcing of projects or parts of them to external parties and project management experts, and how to establish and grow a project management business which can carry out projects on behalf of clients.
Mode of Study: Distance Learning.
Course intake ongoing!!

Course Outline

At the end of the course you will be able to know:
Module 1 Summary: Principles & Practice of Project Management
Types and features of projects: uniqueness, timescale, budget, resources, risks, beneficial change, deliverables.
Project parameters: scope, time, quality, costs.
Project aims and objectives, project stakeholders.
Project professionals: personality, character, abilities, skills, communications, time management.

Module 2 Summary: Project Personnel and Teams
Duties and responsibilities of project leaders and managers.
Roles of project team members, sponsor, board, executives, administrator/co-ordinator, business analyst.
Project teams and teamwork: functional and matrix, contracts, diversity of team members, building unity.
Team objectives, motivation, brainstorming, meetings, briefings.

Module 3 Summary: Project Planning and Organisation
Project life-cycles and phases.
Project documentation: charter, scope, budget, business requirements, roles, governance, communication.
Project organisational structure: organisation charts, contractors, sub-contractors.
Work breakdown structure, work packages, control of costs and work sequence.

Module 4 Summary: Project Cost Estimating and Budgeting
Project cost management: estimating, direct and indirect costs/overheads, hidden costs.
Cost planning, financial planning, cost baselines, advance or early payments.
Creating a project budget: stages, quantifying expenses, schedule, risk management.
Quality control planning and acceptance planning: specifications, criteria, types of testing.

Module 5 Summary: The Project Schedule and Project Tools
Tasks and schedule dependencies: planning dependencies, assigning resources.
Schedule development: activities: defining, sequencing, durations.
Critical path methods and analysis, formulae and calculations.
Project milestones, timeline elements, Gantt and PERT charts.

Module 6 Summary: Project Procurement & Purchasing
Sources and methods of procurement, ranges of items, specifications, planning.
Suppliers: sources, research, appraisal, selection: prices, quality, delivery reliability.
Quotations, estimates, tendering, bids, trade and quantity discounts, credit terms, contracts.
Purchase orders, expediting orders, monitoring and measuring supplier performance, KPI.

Module 7 Summary: Project Communication Management
Importance on projects: accuracy, clarity, interpretation, feedback, reaction, follow-up.
Vertical and horizontal communication, channels of communication.
Project communication planning: analysing requirements, ensuring regularity, communication matrix.
Project reports and status reports: when and why produced, to whom distributed.

Module 8 Summary: Project Implementation and Execution
Preparing and using a responsibility matrix, accountability levels.
Change management: policy, causes, reasons, types, effects of changes, change request forms.
Schedule compression: crashing, fast tracking, change control processes, management tools, activities checklists.
Implementing, monitoring and reviewing changes made.

Module 9 Summary: Project Monitoring and Control
The project feedback loop, planning, monitoring, reviewing, controlling.
Influential and critical project success factors, key performance indicators (KPIs).
Project control process: activities, comparisons, tracking and assessing new risks, data gathering.
Project metrics, quantifiable measures, variances: schedule, cost, resource utilisation, earned value management.

Module 10 Summary: Project Closure - the Final Phase
Project completion and early termination, project closure reports; closure or punch checklists.
Acceptance management: project acceptance forms, determining degree of project success.
Post-project customer/client evaluation survey, post-project implementation review.
Final project cost records, preventing expenditure after closure, dealing with surplus materials.

Module 11 Summary: Project Logistics, Development Projects
The relationship between projects and logistics, transportation in projects and logistics.
Traffic management on sites, construction, events, safety and accident prevention on sites.
Development projects: types, stakeholders, aims and objectives: reducing hunger and poverty.
Raising rural productivity and incomes; humanitarian missions: roles of project management and logistics.Module 12 Summary: Project Concepts, Outsourcing, Establishing a Project Business
The project business case: justifying projects and investment, benefits, research, return on investment (ROI).
Project feasibility, study of market, technical, financial, HR resources.
Outsourcing processes and projects: reasons, possible advantages.
Establishing a project business: research, business plan, capital, clients, contracts, fees, accounts, insurance.

Module 12 - Project Concepts
Ideas and concepts for projects:
converting ideas into reality and deliverables
The project business case: 
getting a project “off the ground”
justifying the project concept
return on investment (ROI)
report on research undertaken
justifying the investment
contents of the business case documentation:
executive summary
benefits which will accrue
description of the proposed project
estimations of costs
risk assessments
adverse scenarios of not commissioning the project
recommendations
The project feasibility study:
determining whether the project can be successful
describing the project and intended benefits
market feasibility: whether deliverables are wanted
technical feasibility: whether deliverables can be created
financial/economic feasibility: whether funds are available
types and quantities of resources needed
organizational feasibility: whether the right people are available
Outsourcing or Contracting-out Projects
Shifting tasks, operations, jobs, processes, projects to third-parties
On-site and off-site execution
Temporary and permanent arrangements
Operational functions commonly outsourced
Typical reasons why functions and projects are outsourced:
low staffing levels
shortage of appropriately skilled or experienced staff
cash flow constraints
objectivity and clarity of focus of outsourcing partners
typical advantages to organizations of outsourcing:
significant cost savings
the organization can focus on its core business
improved quality and operational efficiency
possible disadvantages of contracting-out
considerations by management before outsourcing:
clarity on what it is hoped to achieve
factors which can contribute to beneficial outsourcing
checks/audits on potential outsourcing partners:
business and financial standing:
bank references
trade references
security for shared information
skill, expertise, knowledge of partner’s staff
quality standards of partner
risk identification and assessment
Establishing a Project Outsourcing Business
Assessing prospects for business success and profitability
Considering one’s skills and experience
Undertaking research to determine:
organizations already outsourcing to third-parties
types of work or projects being outsourced
businesses already taking on outsourced work
Deciding types of work/projects to take on
The business plan:
matters to be covered:
details of proposed venture
estimated costs
finances available
profits forecast
What business capital is and why it is necessary
Possible benefits of working from home
potential disadvantages
Finding potential clients through:
family and friends, emails, texts, phone calls
using social media
designing and building a website, blogs
Importance of referrals from satisfied clients

Admission Requirements
University Degree or
Diploma or
KCSE C- and above

Career Outcomes


Price: KES 63,200

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