This Programme Brief outlines the contents of the Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management (PPM) programme and is accordingly structured as follows. The programme rationale, aim, objectives and target group are outlined in Sub-sections 1.1 to 1.4 respectively, while the admission, grading and award criteria are given in Section 2.0. Sections 3.0 describe the course assessment, while the programme structure is outlined in Section 4.0.
Like many other developing countries, Zambia continues to receive a lot of project funding. As such companies and individuals have seen and continue to witness a variety of projects in various areas of human endeavor. Similarly, a number of projects are being initiated and implemented in various organisations, companies and related institutions. However, lack of project management skills by most project managers has been cited as one of the contributing factors to project failure. Need therefore arises to train as many project managers as possible with the ability to manage and direct projects of varying sizes and complexities in a bid to minimize project failures. This is vital in our small but growing economy as a means of ensuring that projects are well managed and set objectives realised.
The aim of this programme is to equip students with knowledge and skills in the field of Project Management and pedagogy, and further develop their competences in order to prepare them to handle projects of various magnitude and complexity in any career field such as construction, information technology, livelihood, and capacity building, among others.
Objectives of the Programme
By the end of the programme, candidates should be able to:
- assess the strategic context of the programme/project from the organisation point of view;
- apply the various tools and techniques used in the project design process;
- apply appropriate techniques to select strategic projects relevant to the organisation;
- assess how effective project implementation contributes to achieving strategic objectives;
- assess the challenges of project implementation in terms of the need for communication, interpersonal, emotional and collective intelligence;
- analyse how project team leaders manage and lead project teams from different cultural milieu who are scattered in different geographical locations, using ICT interventions; and
- develop a consultancy report using a practical project undertaking OR conduct research and write a dissertation to contribute to the body of knowledge in project management.
The PPM programme is designed to meet the growing demand for well-rounded project management practitioners from all fields of specialization. It is intended for the following groups of people:
- university graduates who wish to enhance their project management competences;
- holders of professional qualifications such as CIMA, ACCA, ZIM, ZICA, CIM, CILTS, CFA and CIPS, who wish to enhance their project management competences; and
- any eligible person who wishes to enhance their business management competences.
To qualify for admission to the PPM programme an applicant must have a Grade 12 School Certificate with at least five credits or equivalent and either:
- a relevant professional qualification such as full ACCA, CIMA, ZICA, etc. or
- an academic in any field from a recognized institution.
Duration of study
The course of study for the award of the PPM shall be completed in a period of not less than 12 months and not more than three years.
Evening and distance education (DE) students
- Every semester, an evening or DE student shall register for and take three or four courses, provided that a student may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to take one additional course whether carried over from the previous academic year or additional in any one semester.
- An evening or DE student who passes all the courses taken during the semester of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level of study.
- An evening or DE student who fails in one or two or three courses in any semester may be permitted to proceed to the next level of study; provided that the student repeats the course(s) at the first available opportunity.
- No evening or DE candidate shall be permitted to proceed to the independent study (dissertation) of the programme unless he/she has satisfied the requirements of the course-work.
Part time students
- Every semester, a part time student shall register for and take up to three courses.
- A part time student who passes all the courses taken during the semester of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level of study.
- A part time student who fails in one or two or three course in any semester may be permitted to proceed to the next level of study; provided that the student repeats the course(s) at the first available opportunity.
- No part time candidate shall be permitted to proceed to the independent study (dissertation) of the programme unless he/she has satisfied the requirements of the course-work.
Deferred and supplementary examinations
A student who is unable to attempt a scheduled assessment may be awarded a deferred assessment subject to a successful application based on extenuating circumstances. A deferred assessment shall be graded normally, i.e. the student shall be awarded the actual mark obtained in the assessment or a final grade of between D and A+ in the course.
A student who has failed a course with a D+ grade may be awarded a supplementary examination in the failed course, provided that the student has passed the continuous assessment for that course. Supplementary examinations may be awarded in up to two courses in any semester of an academic year. A supplementary examination is marked on a pass/fail basis.
COURSE ASSESSMENT AND GRADING
Various summative and formative assessments will be used on this programme depending on the nature of the course. These include assignments, group reports, individual reports, tests, final examinations, quizzes, virtual class forum discussions, essays and case studies.
To be eligible for the award of the PPM, a student must have:
- Passed all the seven courses.
- Adhered to the requisite course combinations in each semester.
In the grading of final examination results, the following scale will apply:
A+ Distinction (86% and above)
A Distinction (76% – 85%)
B+ Meritorious (66% – 75%)
B Very Satisfactory (61% – 65%)
C+ Definite Pass (56% – 60%)
C Bare Pass (50% – 55%)
S Satisfactory, pass in a practical course
P Pass in a supplementary examination
D+ Bare Fail (40% – 49%)
D Definite Fail (39% and below)
F Fail in a supplementary examination
U Unsatisfactory, fail in a practical course
NE No examination taken
WD Was withdrawn from the course with unsatisfactory academic progress – recorded where a student has not completed the required level of course work after a warning from the Dean of School and/or the Deputy Vice Chancellor. The Dean of School in consultation with Deputy Vice Chancellor has withdrawn the student from the course before the examination.
LT Left the course during the semester without permission
DQ Was disqualified in a course by Senate
DR Was de-registered for failure to pay fees
RS To re-sit the course examination only – recorded where a student is allowed by Senate to re-sit the final semester examination in the course, and to carry over the previous course work assessment.
CLASSIFICATION OF THE
- In calculating the grade of the PPM, the following points shall be applied to the grades obtained.
- A+ 6 points
- A 5 points
- B+ 4 points
- B 3 point
- C+ 2 point
- C 1 point
- The grading of the PPM is based on all grades obtained in all the seven courses on the programme. No points are awarded where a course has been repeated.
- The points for classification of the PPM shall be as follows:
Distinction 30 – 42 points
Merit 21 – 29 points
Credit 13 – 20 points
Pass 0 – 12 points
The PPM programme is divided into two semesters and students are expected to take all the courses in each semester. The course structure is as shown in Table 1 below.
|SEMESTER 1||SEMESTER 2|
|COURSE CODE||COURSE NAME
|COURSE CODE||COURSE NAME|
|PPM111||Graduate Research Methods
|PPM112||Project Risk Management, Exit & Sustainability Strategies|
|PPM121||Project Design Strategy and Strategic Organisation
|PPM131||Project Implementation, Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting||PPM132||Strategic Leadership and Cultural Orientation|
|PPM142||Consultancy Report or Dissertation|
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Yes