This unit will provide a thorough understanding of the knowledge and theories of problem solving and decision making, and equip the learner with the required skills to be able to solve problems and make decisions to execute the project deliverables.
The learner will grasp an understanding of the traits required for project leadership, the different styles of leadership, and demonstrate the ability to apply leadership at the appropriate moment. The learner will be able to distinguish between leadership and management.
Effective leadership may be accomplished with emotional competence, and the learner will be able to enhance his/her emotional intelligence as a requisite for being an effective project manager.
The learner will gain insights and skills to be able to apply team building techniques and build the appropriate project management team for a given project.
This unit is based on the practical soft skills that are required by a project manager to undertake his managerial role with success. To this end, the learner is provided with the underpinning theory associated with motivation, delegation, the power to influence and the ability to resolve conflict as a means to enhance the project outcomes.
Ultimately, the learner will be provided with the necessary skills to be able to identify project risks, develop risk mitigation strategies and implement risk responses to maintain the time-cost-quality rule in order.
This award is beneficial to anybody involved in project management within his/her work environment. It is also of interest for anyone who wishes to improve his/her project management skills.
Structure and Assessment
Course delivery is planned to be face-to-face lessons along with practical assignments where applicable.
Duration – 30 Hours
Note: Additional hours as directed by the Lecturer need to be dedicated by way of Self-Study / Research / Assignments / Projects / Presentations / Group-Work or similar.
Assignments based on project scenarios will be carried out to assess learners on all Learning Outcomes, in particular the learner’s application of project management tools.
LO1 Apply problem solving and decision making as essential to project execution
LO2 Demonstrate the traits of project leadership, different leadership styles, and the distinction between leadership and management
LO3 Apply emotional intelligence and demonstrate emotional competence as imperative for a successful project manager
LO4 Apply team building techniques and implement effective team recruitment
LO5 Demonstrate motivation, delegation, power to influence & conflict resolution
LO6 Apply risk management through the application of a risk management model, including risk mitigation and risk response
The following are the suggested pre-requisites and/or entry requirements needed:
· Access to the course is open to participants who can show evidence of work experience leading to Administrative and Middle Management roles
· Participants are expected to have a good, working knowledge of English, which will be considered as an asset in favour of participants
Applicants who do not meet all the minimum eligibility criteria, and who have attained the age of 21 years, may submit an application under the maturity clause. A Curriculum Vitae and a Motivation Letter (the latter clearly indicating what motivates the applicant to apply for this particular course) are required.
These applicants must demonstrate that they stand to benefit and show that they are able to follow the programme through an interview held for the purpose. Additionally, applicants under the maturity clause may be evaluated through an assessment.
The Admissions Department may suggest pre-eligibility courses any applicant would be required to follow before being considered eligible for this course.
Course participants may be awarded either an MCAST Certificate of Attendance or an MCAST Certificate of Achievement.
MCAST Certificate of Attendance
· An MCAST Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those candidates who attend at least 80% of the lessons.
MCAST Certificate of Achievement
· An MCAST Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to those candidates who satisfy the 80% attendance criteria AND ALSO choose submit course assignments / or sit for assessments and achieves a Pass mark or higher.
· Students who opt not to submit assignments or sit for the assessments or fail to achieve a Pass mark will however be awarded an MCAST Certificate of Attendance provided that they fulfil the minimum attendance criteria as stated above.