Project Description

Diploma in Project Management (NQF Level 6) – 63DPMN

The purpose of this qualification is to produce graduates who can successfully deliver projects within scope, on schedule and within budgets.  The minimum duration is 1 year. Students who complete this qualification will be able to pursue further studies in business, management, project management or a related area of learning at NQF level 7.  This programme equips students with the following skills: project management knowledge competence, performance competence, personal competence, communication, leading project, managing projects, cognitive ability, and professionalism. Students who complete this qualification will be able to fill the following career positions: project, programme and portfolio supervision in private, public and non-governmental organisations; and operations supervisory positions in project, programme and portfolio management in private, public and non-governmental organisations.

The Diploma in Project Management seeks to recruit suitably qualified students who can benefit from, contribute to, and complete the programme. To be considered for admission to this programme, a prospective student must:

  1. Possess a relevant level 5 qualification from a recognized institution of higher learning, with a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience, of which one year should be at managerial level.
  2. Complete the mature age entry process.  Admission could also be considered for persons who qualify through the Mature Age Entry Scheme upon successful completion of the relevant examinations as set out in the General Information and Regulation Prospectus. A special application is available for this purpose. For mature age entry, a candidate must be above 25 years old, in possession of a Grade 12 Certificate, with a minimum of 5 years work experience, of which one year is at a managerial level.

Additional Selection Criteria

In the event of too many students qualifying for admission, those with more years of experience in managerial positions will be given priority. Furthermore, the personal essay included on the application will be evaluated using a rubric. An interview may be conducted to select the most outstanding applicants.   On rare occasions for an extremely large group of students, an assessment/test may be administered and those that scored higher will be admitted.

Students who complete the Diploma in Project Management will be able to pursue further studies in business, management, project management or a related area of learning, at NQF level 7.  For example, graduates of the Diploma in Project Management Programme may register for the level 7 Diploma in Executive Business Leadership at Namibia Business School.

Students who complete the Diploma in Project Management programme may pursue further studies in in business, management, project management or other related cognate area of learning at NQF level 7.

Blended learning conducted through e-learning augmented by face-to-face lessons on a block-Release Basis.

The minimum duration of this programme is one (1) year.

Taught modules will be assessed through formative and summative assessments. On successful completion of taught modules, students are expected to complete a work-based project.  The weighting of the assessment of each project management course shall be as follows:

  • All modules will be assessed through formative and summative assessments. The weighting will be as follows:  10% individual assignments, 10% team assignments and 30% test(s) (taken under examination conditions) and 50% examination.
  • To pass a module, a minimum final mark of 50% is required.
  • The final mark for each module will be calculated using a ratio of 50% CA mark: Exam mark of 50%.
  • Notwithstanding the above, a subminimum of at least 40% will apply to the Exam Mark.
  • To pass the work-based project, the student must obtain a minimum final mark of 50%.

The Diploma in Project Management qualification will be awarded to candidates who have completed the 128 credits at Level 6 as prescribed in the curriculum and have met all administrative and financial requirements of the University.

Note: these modules can either be offered in first or second semester according to structure of the timetable, students are urged to consult the timetable.

First Semester

Module codeModuleCreditsContact hours per week (L / P / T)(Co-requisites) / Pre-requisitesCompulsory (C) / Elective (E)
B2601PLComputer Literacy for Project Managers72 L/WNoneC
B2621PNEnglish for General Communication for Project Managers72 L/WNoneC
B2651PRPrinciples of Project Management144 l/wNoneC
B2671PSProject Scope and Schedule Management 144 l/wB2651PRC
Total Credits Semester 142 Credits

Second Semester

Module codeModuleCreditsContact hours per week (L / P / T)(Co-requisites) / Pre-requisitesCompulsory (C) / Elective (E)
B2612PPProject Cost and Procurement Management144 L/WB2651PRC
B2632PQProject Quality and Risk Management 144 L/WB2651PRC
B2652PHProject Leadership: Human Relations and Ethics144 l/wB2651PRC
B2672PIProject Integration Simulation (MS Projects)144 l/wNoneC
B2672PWWork Based Project304 L/WNoneC
Total Credits Semester 286 Credits
Total credits YEAR 1128 Credits
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