The Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice is a modular four-course programme.

CORE COURSE 1: Values-based Leadership

Become a leader who inspires and adds value - without compromising on the bottom line.

On this course students will:

  • Experience personal leadership growth
  • Establish their individual "ground rules" and gain self-awareness
  • Put in place a framework for future enhancement and development (lifelong enhancement)
  • Acquire tools for personal reflection and insight
  • Learn integrative thinking
  • Take part in action learning and system thinking tools
  • Do an integrated case study

The programme has the following learning objectives:

  1. Students will be able to identify and evaluate the core constructs of leadership and its application to local and global contexts;
  2. Students will demonstrate an appreciation of different perspectives and worldviews; and
  3. Students will appreciate the relevance of personal concerns on leadership enhancement and identify and articulate their personal value systems.

Topics covered include:

  • Complexity, Organisations and Learning
  • Values Based Leadership
  • Personal Development
  • Integrative thinking
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Action learning (an introduction to the project)
  • Systems Thinking Tools
  • Integrated case study
CORE COURSE 2: Building Business Acumen

Gain vital managerial knowledge, tools and techniques to be an efficient and effective manager.

On this course students will:

  • Learn business concepts and theories that underpin management practices
  • Be introduced to financial statements and finance
  • Develop personally
  • Understand core principles of Marketing
  • Be introduced to Operations and Lean Management
  • Gain insights managerial practices on People and Organisation Management
  • Do an integrated case study

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Financial Statements / Finance
  • Personal Development
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Lean Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Integrated case study
CORE COURSE 3: Business Acumen II

Do you have what it takes to be an effective and powerful leader? The Business Acumen II course aims to further develop and strengthen business acumen and the application of tools and techniques to unlock your potential. A key learning outcome is robust knowledge and understanding of the financial, accounting, marketing, people management and operational functions of an organisation and the ability to make good judgments and decisions.

The course is designed for applicants wishing to equip themselves with a solid skill set in financial analysis tools, standard finance techniques, and effective operations, organisation and people management and marketing management practices to progress confidently in their managerial role or to become more effective entrepreneurs.

Students learn:

  • To apply, evaluate and integrate relevant business theories, tools and techniques
  • How to use a range of specialised skills to identify, analyse and address managerial problems and decisions in a confident manner
  • When to demonstrate the ability to contextualise their learning into the organisational environment and how this translates in the approach to business strategy
  • To understand financial statements (continuation from building Business Acumen)
  • Financial reporting
  • Financial analysis and management accounting
  • Managerial statistics
  • Operations management
  • Marketing organisation and people management
  • Financial value management
  • Business strategy
  • Personal development
  • Integrated business

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding Financial Statements (continuation from building Business Acumen)
  • Financial Reporting.
  • Financial Analysis and Management Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisation and People Management
  • Financial Value Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Personal Development
  • Integrated Business
CORE COURSE 4: Emerging Markets in Context

Become flexible and agile in uncertain economic times. Gain managerial and leadership insights to master diverse national and international contexts.

Learn to understand global economic, social and political trends and developments and how they may directly or indirectly impact on an emerging market economy such as South Africa. On this course students will learn:

  • To understand the different challenges businesses and leaders face when they operate in diverse national and international environments
  • How to adapt to diverse cultures and institutional environments and operate in conditions of uncertainty
  • About the various roles of business on sustainable development issues
  • How to do business in Africa and internationally
  • The role and interplay of business, government and society
  • The role and importance of business ethics
  • An integrated case study

Topics covered include:

  • Economics
  • Management and Sustainability
  • Personal Development
  • Strategy
  • Doing Business in Africa
  • International Business
  • Business, Government and Society
  • Governance and Business Ethics
  • Integrated case study

Course designs are updated and adapted annually, therefore the topics listed for each course can be considered as a guideline of what students can expect to be covered on each course.

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