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Bachelor of Commerce in Project Management 
108835  Bachelor of Commerce in Project Management 
Mancosa (PTY) LTD T/A Management College of Southern Africa 
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
National First Degree  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Project Management 
Undefined  360  Not Applicable  NQF Level 07  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
EXCO 04166/19  2019-02-13  2022-02-13 
2023-02-13   2028-02-13  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

The purpose of the qualification is to provide qualifiers with graduate-level knowledge, specific skills and applied competence (including the development of graduate attitudes and qualities) in Project Management that provides opportunities for continued personal intellectual growth, gainful economic activity and rewarding contributions to society. It will equip candidates with knowledge, skills, tools and techniques of Project Management.

This qualification is aimed at developing project management skills. The South African Department of Labour draws up a scarce skill list annually. The Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) conduct research and consult with various stakeholders in the sectors of the economy that they are responsible for and then send a list to the Department (DOL, 2013). A review of the list produced in the last few years indicate that programme and project managers are indeed scarce skills. The link between competencies required in commerce and Project Management ensures a seamless integration of specialist skills for both public and private sector organisations. The purpose of the scarce skills list is to signal gaps of special skills needed for the national economy and see that scarce skills gaps in the country are addressed. It is also true in the Southern African Development Community(SADC) region that there is need for Project Management skills and qualified practitioners for both public and private sector organisations.

Scarcity of qualifications can come from the fact that an occupation is new and very few people have studied and been trained to meet its requirements, or that few people have chosen to study for the skill area, or that as the occupation has developed special knowledge and skills are required, or that practitioners are needed in specific rural or remote locations, or indeed that scarcity exists in terms of meeting national equity requirements.

As the scope of project management expanded, various methodologies were introduced to formalise the way organisations managed their projects. Methodologies became popular in the seventies and eighties. The core of any methodology is on the process description. The methodology is implemented through the use of templates, forms and computer software. Most methodologies are internal to organisations, describing how these organisations do business. The latest additions to the history of Project Management have been in the areas of critical chain and agile Project Management. Given this background, the integration and control of time, cost and scope still remains the main focus of Project Management.

Looking for a way to remain ahead and a leader in today's competitive and chaotic global economy, companies are turning to Project Management to consistently deliver business results. The value of Project Management has been heightened by the 2008 global financial crisis and economic downturn. An Economist Intelligence (UIE, 2013) report showed that 80% of the global executives believed that having Project Management as a core competency helped them remain competitive during the recession.

Resources in an organisation are precious and they have to be spent in the best possible way. This is true for both the private and public sectors around the world. However, one way to use resources judiciously is to manage through the Project Management approach because it can efficiently and effectively facilitate business results both on time and within budget. Companies are discovering that as their Project Management processes mature, the business strategy value derived from Project Management increases. Governments can equally benefit in the same way. Implementing Project Management across an organisation helps create a strategic value chain that gives companies an edge over their competitors, particularly in high-risk sectors and markets. Being able to deliver business results on time and within budget often determines whether a company will get the next job or whether its new product hits the market and this is always the goal of Project Management.

In the context of global economic challenges and specifically in times of economic downturn, there is little doubt that a strong organisation-wide commitment to Project Management leads to better results and long-term business value. Leading organisations and a wide range of sectors beyond geographic borders have been steadily embracing Project Management as a way to control spending and improve project results. With the 2008 global crisis, this practice became even more important. Adherence to Project Management methods and strategies reduces risks, cuts costs and improves success rates-all vital to surviving the economic crisis and growing businesses again. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
This qualification may be obtained in whole or in part through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). In the cases where prior learning is to be recognised for purposes of access to the qualification:
It is assumed that the learning derived from work or life experience will be a major element in the profiles of non-standard entrants primarily by means of a portfolio of evidence. Such 'non-standard' candidates will be selected on the recommendation of a senior manager from applicants' organisations/companies.

Where appropriate, interviews will also be conducted to assess applicants for selection purposes. Some of the key criteria that will be used in evaluating 'non-standard' applicants include:
  • The applicant's motivation, maturity and realistic approach to Postgraduate studies.
  • Job description, covering relevant area of work, giving examples of tasks carried out, possibly supplying references, linked to a portfolio of evidence.
  • The nature and level of life/work experience and prior study, and the learning which has resulted from such experience.
  • Details of in-company short courses, length, content of material covered, standard achieved.
  • The clarity of the applicant's educational goals and objectives.
  • The extent to which the applicant can provide evidence of the threshold skills and knowledge for the programme.

    Where prior learning is recognised for advanced standing, credit will be given for prior Certificated learning in accordance with established practice at South African higher education institutions. The maximum amount of 'specific' credit granted is 50%.

    Credits may only be accumulated for modules, which are prescribed within the structure of a named award.

    Entry Requirements:
    The minimum entry requirements are:
  • Senior Certificate (SC) with endorsement.
  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) granting admission to Bachelor's studies.
  • National Certificate Vocational (NCV) granting admission to Bachelor's studies. 


    This qualification consists of compulsory modules at Level 5, 6 and 7 totalling 360 Credits.

    Compulsory Modules, Level 5, 120 Credits:
  • Project Management A, 15 Credits.
  • Economics 1A, 15 Credits.
  • Business Management 1A, 15 Credits.
  • End-User Computing, 15 Credits
  • Business Management 1B, 15 Credits.
  • Economic 1B, 15 Credits.
  • Financial Accounting, 15 Credits.
  • Business Mathematics, 15 Credits.

    Compulsory Modules, Level 6, 120 Credits:
  • Project Management B, 15 Credits.
  • Information Systems Management, 15 Credits.
  • Business Law, 15 Credits.
  • Business Ethics, 15 Credits.
  • Project Technology Management, 15 Credits.
  • Financial Management, 15 Credits.
  • Business Statistics, 15 Credits.
  • Project Cost and Procurement Management, 15 Credits.

    Compulsory Modules, 7, 120 Credits:
  • Integrated Project Resource Management, 15 Credits.
  • Project Leadership and Communication, 15 Credits.
  • Managing Project Quality, 15 Credits.
  • Project Risk Management, 15 Credits.
  • Research Methods for Project Management 15 Credits.
  • Project Strategy, 15 Credits.
  • Capstone Project, 30 Credits. 

    1. Know and understand the tools, techniques, principles, practices and methodologies of Project Management.
    2. Gain an understanding of the interrelationship among the various tools, techniques, practices and methodologies of commerce and Project Management.
    3. Develop the practical skills to apply theory to the processes of Project Management to achieve project success within project constraints.
    4. Acquire the skills to undertake research in Project Management.
    5. Acquire the competencies to satisfactorily complete the Project Management Professional Examination.
    6. Demonstrate an understanding to act ethically and professionally, and justify decisions made and actions taken using relevant ethical values and approaches.
    7. Communicate ideas, concepts and practical application of the project life cycle, including the stages of initiation, planning, and implementation and monitoring and closing;
    8. Apply technology, innovation, people and systems-thinking concepts which are sometimes in unfamiliar and variable contexts to transform individuals, organisations and communities.
    9. Be able to exercise the necessary rational judgment and decision-making skills, in a context of personal responsibility and accountability, which will assist in management planning decisions and judicious use of resources in a context of ensuring sustainability and environmental ethics within the project environment. 

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Foundational knowledge of Project Management is explored and understanding is reflected through the correct use of terminology.
  • Fundamental concepts in Project Management are acquired and knowledge of appropriate application of methodologies in managing projects reflects understanding.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Similarities of Project Management and generic management methodologies are investigated and familiarity is shown by the ability to distinguish between the two disciplines.
  • Correlations between Project Management and Management methodologies are analysed and knowledge is reflected by proper integration of various tools and techniques from both disciplines to successfully manage projects.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • The Theory of Constraints and other theories are examined and knowledge is demonstrated through the ability to strike a balance between constraints and successful-delivery of projects within the specified schedule, budget and scope without compromising quality.
  • The determinants of project success are investigated and knowledge is reflected by an understanding of factors and criteria that most significantly enable Project Managers to replicate successful outcomes.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Research Methodology is examined and familiarity is reflected through an understanding of the research process in Project Management.
  • Fundamental concepts in research are evaluated and knowledge is reflected by the ability to apply basic concepts and strategies and analysing the study's findings.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) is understood and applied by ensuring a discernible knowledge of all the PMBOK knowledge areas.
  • The correlation of knowledge areas and process groups are examined and an understanding of how to implement the approaches in the project environment prepares the learners to satisfactorily complete the Project Management Profession (PMP) exam.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
  • Ethics and Governance in Project Management is probed and knowledge is reflected through an understanding of the Project Management Institute's Code of Ethics.
  • Correlation between Ethics and Project success is explored and an understanding of the ethics knowledge, origins, linkages, and implications in project success reflects understanding.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 7:
  • Knowledge of the Project Management Processes is investigated and comprehension is demonstrated by an understanding of tools and techniques used in each process group.
  • The interrelation between the process groups is examined and familiarity is reflected by an understanding how processes overlap, interact and depend on each other.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 8:
  • The role of technology in Project Management is investigated and awareness is reflected by an understanding of the dynamics of managing projects in the global marketplace.
  • The effects of technological advancements are examined and understanding is shown by knowledge of challenges in embracing technological change and how to overcome barriers to change.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 9:
  • Essential leadership skills for Project Managers are investigated and knowledge is shown by an understanding of the roles and responsibility of a Project Manager as well as leadership.
  • The correlation between leadership and project success in explored and familiarity is reflected by an understanding of competencies required to manage teams effectively and deliver successful projects.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated Assessment centres on:
  • The extent to which the learners have grasped the concepts of each module.
  • The application of management theory to a practical context.
  • The use of appropriate technology to ensure effective communication of ideas.
  • The development of critical thinking and problem solving.

    The assessment methods measure the extent to which the learners have achieved competence in the different areas of study delivered through the programme modules.

    These assessment methods include:
  • Interpretative and analytical problem solving in the written examination.
  • Research and work based assignments.
  • Classwork.
  • Self-assessments activities in the programme material.

    Types of Assessments.
    Formative Assessment: The scheme of work includes assignments based on the learning material and learners are given feedback. The process is continuous and focuses on smaller sections of the work and limited number of outcomes.

    Summative Assessment: Examinations or equivalent assessment such as a research essay or portfolio in order to determine a representative selection of the outcomes practised and assessed in the formative stage. Summative Assessment also tests the learners' ability to manage and integrate a large body of knowledge to achieve the stated outcomes of a module.

    Integrated Assessment: All assessment will attempt to integrate knowledge, skills and attitudes and applied competence. 

    The Bachelor of Commerce in Project Management was compared internationally to similar qualifications with respect to the purpose of the qualification, learning outcomes and content. Similarities and differences are highlighted.

    Country: Australia.
    Institution: University of Sydney.
    Name of Qualification: Bachelor of Project Management.
    Purpose of Qualification:
    This Degree will provide the learners with the fundamental Project Management skills, theories and methods required to succeed in today's complex business environment.

    Learning Outcomes:
    The learners will be able to:
  • Manage Projects within the Business Environment.
  • Identify critical paths.
  • Effectively communicate with the relevant stakeholders.
  • Analyse information and execute projects.

  • Project Initiation and Scope.
  • Effective Project Communication.
  • Introduction to Project Management.
  • Systems Thinking in Projects.
  • Facilitation & Stakeholder Engagement.
  • Project Time, Cost and Resources
  • Critical Thinking for Projects.
  • Project Analytics.
  • Project Acceptance.
  • Reframing Projects.
  • Project Conflict Management.
  • Executing Projects.
  • Adapting to Project Context.
  • Legal Aspects of Projects.

    The programme is similar to the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) programme in that it equips the learners with the relevant skills and knowledge to manage a project and communicate within the business environment. Modules such as Introduction to Project Management are similar to the MANCOSA Project Management A.

    The University of Sydney programme offers 14 modules as compared to the MANCOSA qualification which offers 23 modules. The MANCOSA programme covers a Capstone Project whereas the University of Sydney does not expose the learners to a project component.

    Country: England.
    Institution: University of Salford Manchester.
    Name of Qualification: Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management.
    Purpose of Qualification:
    The Project Management programme will challenge the learners to develop their knowledge and skills in current Project Management theories, industry trends, tools and techniques. The programme reflects the current research trends and best practice in the industry. The programme offers the opportunity to explore substantial technical elements and advances in Project Management in relation to Operations, Logistics and Supply chain optimisation, through specifically designed modules.

    Learning Outcomes:
    The learners will be able to:
  • Gain the necessary skills to become a Project Management Practitioner of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading professional association for project managers.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in current Project Management Theories, industry trends, tools and techniques.
  • Explore substantial technical elements and advances in Project Management in relation to Operations, Logistics and Supply chain optimisation.

  • Project Management, Leadership and Skills: Planning and Control.
  • Operation and Information Management.
  • Procurement Risk and Contract Management.
  • Advanced Project and Logistics Management.
  • Live Project.

    The University of Salford Manchester programme in Project Management is similar to the MANCOSA programme in terms of the Project Management, Leadership and Skills module. This module provides the learners with the skills and knowledge to adequately approach day to day activities and effectively make decisions within the work environment. The University of Salford Manchester exposes the learners to a Live Project which would suggest similarities in terms of the Capstone Project on the MANCOSA Bachelor of Project Management.

    The University of Salford Manchester programme differs from the MANCOSA programme in that it offers 5 modules and the MANCOSA qualification offers 23 modules. The University of Salford Manchester curriculum is covered over a year whereas the MANCOSA programme is a 3-year programme.

    Country: Australia.
    Institution: Algonquin College.
    Name of Qualification: Construction Project Management.
    Purpose of Qualification:
    This online Ontario College program offered via Algonquin College provides practical training for individuals whose career goals include advancing their careers in the construction industry and the management of construction projects in a wide variety of settings. Capitalizing on a solid educational foundation in construction or construction-related fields, graduates are equipped to manage the total construction process effectively, from initial planning to program completion. The regular use of case studies throughout the program prepares graduates for a full range of situations that can emerge on construction job sites.

    Learning Outcomes:
    The learners will be able to:
  • Assess requirements for construction industry business planning and management.
  • Formulate strategies for human resource planning and management.
  • Integrate knowledge of sustainability, construction-related legislation, requirements, and procedures into on-going planning and decision making. 

    The qualification offers the following horizontal and vertical articulation opportunities.

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Level 7.
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship, Level 7.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Retail Management, Level 7.
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Supply Chain Management Level 7.
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management, Level 7.
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management, Level 7.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management, Level 8.
  • Bachelor of Honours in Project Management, Level 8. 





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