FTC78 – Understanding Project Cycles (US: 110481)

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Unit Standard Title: Understanding the project cycle.

 SAQA US ID: 110481                NQF Level: Level 4                    Credits: 8

 Purpose of the Unit Standard:

 It provides the learner with a general introduction to all the key components of the project cycle and it further, develops an understanding of these through considering their application in own work context and to a local economic development project.

Learners should be able to:

  • Illustrate the components of the project cycle based on an existing local economic development project,
  • Discuss the typical steps followed to analyse the need for a local economic development project in own work context,
  • Discuss the typical processes involved in planning for a local economic development project in own work context,
  • Explain how to implement a local economic development project in own work context,
  • Distinguish between a range of mechanisms to monitor and review the progress of a local economic development project in own work context, and
  • Discuss impact evaluation with specific reference to identifying lessons learned and re-planning in own work context.


This course will consist of 4 days theoretical contact sessions + 1 day for assessment feedback and re-assessment = 5 days.

Course Content

In this course, you will have an opportunity to reflect on your own personal experiences of project management and learn how you can build on your experiences and develop into a great project manager.

You will have the opportunity to compare your experiences of project management with that of your classmates and the facilitator. You will also have the opportunity to share, compare and develop your knowledge and skills through engaging with case studies and role-plays. Central to the discussions are checklists, which you will use as analytical tools to sharpen your project management skills, processes and applications. Through a process of collective guidance, it is hoped that progressive project management ideas and processes will emerge that you will be able to use and apply practically in all kinds of environments as your life unfolds.

 After all, life is a project.

 Who should attend?

The course is aimed at existing and aspirant project managers who need to develop a practical approach to overcoming obstacles they face, whether this is at the conceptualisation, planning, implementation, hand-over or evaluation stages.