Management Development Programme (MDP)
Expand your skills and empower the industry with training courses from Printing SA.
This is a CPUT short course offering with a difference. Its core purpose is to strengthen managerial competencies for the current and future workplace by providing a theoretical foundation upon which participants will be able to articulate to CPUT’s Diploma in Printing Management. Thus, offering a genuine pathway to career growth and ongoing managerial development.
Who Should Attend?
Employees, who have ideally completed our Team Leader skills programme, who wish to bridge into tertiary education as well as Managerial employees and those aspiring to become Managers
18 July 2022 to 12 May 2023 (Dates for the final summative assessment are still to be finalised and will
be communicated to the candidates enrolled on the programme)
(one 3-hour contact session per module per week)
Please download the full 2022-2023 CPUT MDP roster here:
The 2024-2025 roster for this programme will be published in due course
Course Cost Per Learner
Printing SA Member cost: R 31 500 for entire programme
Non-Member cost: R 37 800 for entire programme
NB: Limited FP&M SETA Bursaries are available
Please contact your Regional Chamber
Platform of Delivery
Presented online via Blackboard
Module 1: Management Theory and Practice
This subject focuses on the functions of planning, organising, leading, and controlling in an organisation and the application of these principles in harnessing financial, human and informational resources effectively and efficiently to achieve organisational goals.
Understand the role of a manager and management development.
Appreciate the importance of setting strategic direction in an organisation.
Understand the importance of ethics and corporate social responsibility in an organisation.
Understand and formulate different plans and understand the importance of sound decisions by using different decision-making tools.
Interrogate the importance of Leading and Leadership in an organisation.
Understand the importance and the nature of organising in an organisation.
Understand the importance of controls to ensure that the behaviours and performance of organisational members conforms to an organisations rules and procedures and allows the organisation to meet its objectives.
Understand and identify Social Issues that impact on business performance.
Learners who successfully complete the summative assessment for this module may articulate to Management 3 in the Diploma in Printing Management presented by CPUT.
Module 2: Project Management Principles and Implementation
This subject introduces the learner to project management in general and provides them with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully plan and manage a project through their demonstration of a comprehensive working knowledge of Project Management principles, key concepts, and techniques.
Understand the nature of projects and project management.
Differentiate between factors that constitute a project and what does not. Understand the Triple Constraint.
Define each of the phases in the project life cycle and understand the different development types.
Identify the different organisational structures and display a detailed understanding of how projects are performed within a functional structure.
Develop and Statement of Work, a Scoping Statement as well as a Project Charter.
Dissect a Project Charter into a Work Breakdown Structure.
Display a thorough understanding of Network Diagrams, Slack, float, and Critical Path Method.
Master the process of Crashing a project under various scenarios including ‘Crash to’ and ‘Crash by’ scenarios. Including working out the crash cost.
Design quality into projects. Know what tools are available and how to use them.
Handle conflict resolution. Be equipped to deal with Diversity related issues and handle group team member selection and motivation better.
Learners who successfully complete the summative assessment for this module will gain recognition for the Project Management 1 subject in the Diploma in Printing Management presented by CPUT.
Module 3: Financial Management Methods and Applications
The purpose of this subject is to offer the learner a global perspective on financial management and to facilitate the development of their analytical skills and critical approach to a range of relevant important financial management issues. Furthermore, it aims to help them understand the theories, concepts, and principles of financial management, and to apply and evaluate them in the real-world context of organisations operating in South Africa and globally.
Learners will be provided with the knowledge and skills to be able to apply financial principles and methods in the working environment. They will be equipped with the necessary tools and methods to make accurate and valuable financial decisions based on information provided to them.
Understand the framework of Accounting, the Accounting Equation, distinguish between the basic documents in accounting and understand the concept of double bookkeeping.
Apply an understanding of depreciation.
Identify, calculate, and correctly enter irrecoverable debts.
Understand the Nature of listed companies.
Compile, analyse and interpret financial statements.
Describe the purpose of, perform calculations of and interpret the results of ratios.
Understand cost terms.
Understand and identify cost behaviour.
Understand profit planning and the role of budgets and capital budgets.
Understand, identify, and calculate the time value of money.
Understand short term planning.
Perform Cost Volume Profit Analysis behaviour.
Appreciate the business process and lean approach to the management of organisations.
Learners who successfully complete the summative assessment for this module will gain recognition for the first year Financial Management subject in the Diploma in Printing Management presented by CPUT.
Module 4: Printing and Packaging Industry Processes
The purpose of this subject is to provide the learner a thorough understanding of the printing, packaging, signage, and visual communications industry processes and the value chains required to produce quality printed and finished products.
Printing and Packaging Industry Processes 1 (First Semester)
History of Print
Design and Layout
Printing and Packaging Industry Processes 2 (Second Semester)
Post Press Operations
Learners who successfully complete the summative assessment for this module may articulate to Printing Processes 3 in the Diploma in Printing Management presented by CPUT.
Module 5: Industrial Relations and Labour Law for Business
The specific module objectives are directed at enabling the learner to ensure the efficacy of sound employment relations within the workplace, by developing the capacity for:
- Understanding and working within the employment framework of South Africa.
- Maintaining and improving conditions of service.
- Communicating and interacting with employees and their representatives.
- Interacting and negotiating with trade unions and employee representatives.
- Managing conflict, co-operation, and industrial democracy (including disciplinary and grievance matters, dispute resolution, industrial action, employee participation and union/management collaboration, maintaining fairness and employment equity).
Understand the Organisational Dynamics by identifying the stakeholders in an organisation.
Identify the laws which regulate the employment issues.
Sourcing Suitable Employees and Identify and explain the legislation that impacts on the recruitment and selection process.
Explain, discuss, and distinguish between the different types of contracts and demonstrate understanding of contractual obligations.
Explain the purpose and content of the OHSA, COIDA, UIA, UIF, ESA and Codes of good practice with particular reference to the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders.
Describe the main sources of conflict and the appropriate techniques to resolve conflict.
Develop a disciplinary policy, code and procedure and conduct and manage a disciplinary hearing.
Identify, explain, and apply the relevant clauses in the LRA.
Learners who successfully complete the summative assessment for this module will gain recognition for the Industrial Relations and Labour Law subject in the Diploma in Printing Management presented by CPUT.