Department of Short Courses


The Department of Short Courses is home to various short courses being offered by various schools of the University. It offers executive certificate courses and various short courses including diplomas. It is presently housed in the School of Education and Leadership

  • Professional interest and experience in a course or similar discipline
  • Academic and research interests in the course
  • O’ Level Requirements
  • A’ Level Requirements

All Executive certificate courses are offered for six months on weekends and evenings

Tuition:                USD 200

Application fee:   USD 20

Enrollment fee:    USD 20

A practical oriented hands on course that provides the methodology and procedures associated with cyber security and forensic analysis.  Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals associated with the software, networking, hardware devices, protocols, and applications required to conduct forensic analysis in a web and digital environment.   Contents cover cyber and computer crime, Computer Forensics, Forensic Tools and Processing of Electronic Evidence, Cyber Tools and Tracking as well analysis registry. This course will incorporate demonstrations and laboratory exercises to reinforce practical applications of course instruction and will require hands on practice. The course dwells on two sections namely the cyber security and the computer forensic. The course uses a more general hands on approach were focus on the practical applications are supported by the theory.

Students, IT professionals, Security personnel who want to venture into the computer forensic and cyber security.

Entry Requirements: Knowledge of Information Technology fundamentals (computer hardware, operating systems, applications, and networking) is needed. One can be exempted if he/she has some experiences in the IT areas.

  • To correctly identify appropriate instances for the application of computer forensics
  • Correctly collect and analyze computer forensic evidence
  • Identify the essential and up-to-date concepts, algorithms, protocols, tools, and methodology of Computer Forensics
  • Understand the threats in web, mobile, networks and security concepts.
  • Apply authentication applications in different networks.
  • Understand security services for email as well as mobile devices and their applications.
  • Awareness of firewall and it applications.
  • How to use typical forensic investigation tools

The courses covers four main modules which are:-

Module I:     Computer foundations

Module II:   Cyber-crime and Computer crime

Module III:  Computer forensics

Module IV:  Forensic Tools and Processing of Electronic Evidence

Module V:   Cyber Tools and Tracking

Module VI: Analysis and Registry

The course to be covered over six months. Upon completing the course, students can be engaged in IT security organization were they can apply the taught course in various forums such as security, investigations, forensics, criminology, etc.


Generally, people embark on projects with the intention to address identified needs or to accomplish specific goals. During the implementation of the project most attention is directed towards the attainment of project deliverables and sub-objectives. It is however necessary to commit time to monitor and evaluate the progress being made in the project versus set goals and time lines. 

Monitoring and evaluation is important because it provides the only consolidated source of  information showcasing project progress; it also allows actors to learn from each other’s  experiences, building on expertise and knowledge; in so doing M&E helps improve performance  and achieve results. Needless to say that good research design forms the foundation of a good M&E process. The goal of M&E is to improve current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact. It is mainly used to assess the performance of projects, institutions and programmes set up by governments, international organizations and NGOs. It establishes links between the past, present and future actions.

  • By the end of the course students will be able to:
  • ✓ Understand and appropriately use statistical terms and concepts
  • ✓ Design and Implement universally acceptable research
  • ✓ Develop functional research protocol
  • ✓ Design both quantitative and qualitative data collection tools
  • ✓ Understand what monitoring and evaluation entails
  • ✓ Develop log-frame using project case study
  • ✓ Design and use performance indicators relevant for their case projects ✓ Identify risks and assumptions in case projects
  • ✓ Describe key features in outcome mapping as an approach to monitoring and evaluation ✓ Develop M&E plan for case projects
  • ✓ Design monitoring tools and conduct a monitoring exercise (field based) ✓ Describe impact evaluation and design evaluation terms of reference of a case project ✓ Develop evaluation plan/framework and design evaluation tools by using evaluation terms of reference of a case project
  • ✓ Design participatory M&E data collection tools
  • ✓ Use most significant change technique in M&E
  • ✓ Perform simple to complex data management tasks using software
  • ✓ Appreciate MIS in programs/projects and organizations
  • ✓ Analyze qualitative data using a case study
  • ✓ Collect M&E data and write reports from survey data
  • ✓ Analyze quantitative data using SPSS package
  • This course targets individuals who work or intend to work in M&E both at field level and managerial level. The course will also be useful to data analysts who primarily work with producing meaningful reports deduced from the data collected in surveys and ongoing projects.  The course is designed for students who work or intend to work in the private sector, government institutions, research institutions and NGOs.
  • At least 5 ‘O’ Levels.
  • The course will be made up of five modules and a research project which must be completed over the duration of the course.

Module 1: Research Design

  • The success of any research depends on how well the research was designed. This course introduces students to the foundations and basic principles of research including the different types of research, and different approaches to research – both qualitative and quantitative
  • Students are taught various sampling methods and the types of research that are best applied to. Different data collection methods are also discussed such as survey questionnaires, focus group discussions, tests etc.
  • Students a given an opportunity to develop a research protocol which in essence a critical research implementation blueprint or guide.

Module 2: Principles of Monitoring and Evaluation

  • This is an introductory module to Monitoring and Evaluation where students are made to understand the importance and the relevance of monitoring and evaluation. Students begin to understand the key differences between monitoring and evaluation.
  • The course teaches students the correct approach to conducting needs assessments before embarking on projects. Students are taught the importance of identifying performance indicators and how to design them to ensure the effective monitoring and evaluation of projects.
  • Some basic M&E tools are covered in this module; outcome mapping, logical framework and Gantt charts. Since every project has goals and objectives that drive the implementation this

module gives students an opportunity to learn how and when to take a pause to assess if the  desired impact is being achieved and if the design of the project is leading the project towards  success.

Module 3: Monitoring and Evaluation Planning and Implementation tools.

  • The effective application of monitoring and evaluation can only be achieved through the adoption of some valuable M&E planning and implementation tools. Students are taught how to use and when to apply these critical tools. Amongst them students will learn how to design a new program and how to design a thorough and accurate logical framework and the designing of an M&E plan ad framework. In addition, the course will cover problem tree analysis, stakeholder analysis, and how to draw up a theory of change for a given case project. Students also learn how to adopt the most significant change technique for project evaluation.

Module 4: ICT for Monitoring and Evaluation

  • In the same way ICT is the driver and backbone of business today, ICT is a critical business partner in project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Students are exposed to the function and role that ICT has to play in ensuring project success from project planning, through to implementation and project completion. This module includes issues such as the data processing cycle, data collection, data backup and data security, and how to enforce data security in M&E.

Module 5: Data Management and Analysis

  • A Large part of monitoring and evaluation involves the collection of facts and gathering of data. To begin with, the course teaches students to create Excel spreadsheets and survey forms. 
  • Students familiarise themselves with data collection and some statistical methods – such as summations, averages, variances, chi-square tests etc.
  • Students learn to manipulate data as a means to derive from it insightful facts that can guide the successful project implementation process.
  • The course teaches students simple to complex data management using MS Excel and / or SPSS. Students are taught both quantitative and qualitative data analysis and the generation of reports from survey data.

Module 6: Research Project

  • Upon completion of the executive certificate course, students will be required to identify and embark on research projects in subject areas of their choice. They will be expected to apply as much of what is learnt in the various modules as much as possible in the implementation of the project. The project will enable students to apply theories learnt throughout the course


The AJU Executive Certificate in Project Management is a 6 month long professional certification in Project Management.

* Tailored for professionals earmarking career growth in the field of Project Management.

* Offers practical training on project management in any field.

* Principles are derived from Agile Project Management principles.

* Prince2 and Scrum methodologies of project management.

* Lectures are online for now. A total of 6 hours per month of contact lectures, the course is part time, to suit the working professionals.

The prospective students must meet the regular university requirement in Zimbabwe or country of origin for a BA honours degree (5 O Levels, 2 A levels including English and Mathematics), relevant diplomas and certificates will be considered. All will be considered without discrimination of race, age, nationality, gender or religion etc.
Mature Entry with minimum 5 years industry experience in any field will also be considered

  • Module 1: Introduction to Project Management
    • Introduction to Projects and Project management
    • Project Management vs Operations Management
    • The Triple Constraint (Cost, quality & Scope)
    • Project Roles and Responsibilities
    • Why projects fail
    • Project Manager as a Transformational Manager
    • Project Roles and Responsibilities
    • RACI Matrix


    Module 2: Project Initiation and Planning

    • The project management organisation
    • Business Case
    • Project Requirements and documentation
    • MoSCOW Prioritisation in projects
    • Project scoping
    • Goal and objectives of a project
    • Project Initiation Documentation
    • Project Scope
    • Communication Strategy
    • Managing Risk and RAID Log
    • RACI Matrix
    • Benefits identification


    Module 3: Execution/Dev Ops + Monitoring and Control

    • Project Task Scheduling and Planning
    • Work Break Down Structure
    • Managing work packages
    • Project Scheduling – Use of Microsoft projects
    • Project Schedule Management
    • Change Request Handling
    • Ethics and Project Management
    • Stakeholder Management
    • Managing Conflicting requirements
    • Project Monitoring and control

    Module 4: Quality Management

    • Quality Assurance Testing
    • Quality assurance methods
    • User Acceptance Testing
    • Team Building
    • Change Management
    • Training
    • Knowledge Transfer
    • Managing resistance in change
      • Planning for launch
      • Project Reporting and accountability



    Module 5: Budgets and Cost Management

    • Project Budgeting Developing the budget of a project from various types of costs
    • Estimating Project Cost methods
    • Managing the Baseline
    • The meaning of variances in cost and progress
    • Diagnosing causes of variances
    • Remedial measures
    • TCO Calculation Methodology (Practical)
    • Benefits Realisation Tracking
    • Monitoring & Controlling Project costs


    Module 6: Project Closure

    • Project handovers to operations and support
    • Premature and normal closure
    • Project Evaluation
    • Documenting Project closure
    • Closure Meeting


    Course Work

    • 3x Group Presentations
    • 4x Individual Assignments (With Case Studies)
    • 1x In-class Online Test



    • 12x 3 Hour sessions fortnightly with 100% attendance will be required
  • Prince 2 Foundation Principles
  • Agile Project Management Approach
  • Scrum methodologies
  • Practical Project Management training with tangible case studies to upskill students to handle any project management scenario in the work environment.



The Zimbabwe National Health Strategy (NHS 2016 – 2020) recognizes the need to provide palliative care services to the citizens of Zimbabwe. Palliative care provides a holistic approach in the care of people with life-threatening illnesses or any serious health related suffering e.g. the current COVID-19 in a multidisciplinary manner. The physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and their families are addressed. These developments are against the background of increasing recognition of the opportunities for improving quality of health care and strengthening efforts for universal health coverage through palliative care as well as the challenges of unmet need; that led to the World Health Assembly Resolution of 2014 (WHA67.19) calling for all Governments to integrate plans for palliative care into their national health policies. Palliative care is the most appropriate model of care for today’s health care environment currently faced with the global challenge of COVID-19, and in Africa the threatening worsening of other communicable and tropical diseases like TB and Malaria and HIV/AIDS which has become a chronic condition coming with its complications, this in addition to the growing figures of non-communicable disease like cancers, stroke, diabetes etc. The appearance of COVID-19, highlights the urgency of palliative care teams in the communities and health facilities to holistically deal with all the health problems we are faced with. The palliative care certificate aims to dispel fear and myths among all who in one way or the other deal with or encounter sick patients. The certificate will provide participants with a base on which to confidently engage in the care of patients with life-threatening and serious health related illnesses and provide them and their families the quality of life they deserve. The certificate course allows clinical and non-clinical participants to discuss issues that impact holistic care provision.

On completing the certificate, candidates will be ambassadors of palliative care in their own communities and their disciplines and some will consider taking on a diploma or degree in palliative care according to their work needs and the theory covered during the certificate course will be useful in their further training.

Minimum diploma or degree holder.

Duration1 Semester (30-38hours), candidates will get a certificate after fulfilling all the requirements of the course: attending online classes, submitting all the assignments and examination.

  • 6 hours per month of online classes for one semester, 3 assignments and a 3 hour written examination on completion of the course.
  1. Introduction to Palliative Care

1.1: Definition of Palliative Care

1.2: Palliative Care Principles

1.3: Team Work

1.4: Ethical issues in palliative care


  1. Palliative care symptoms summary

2.1: Pain

2.2: Other Symptoms


  1. Communication in Palliative care

3.1: Principles of communication

3.2: Communication Skills

3.3: Self Awareness in counselling

3.4: Disclosure

3.5: Working with families

3.6: Breaking bad news


  1. Social and Spiritual issues in Palliative Care

4.1: Legal

4.2: Spirituality

4.3: Effective Chaplaincy

4.4: Dealing with a family member with a serious health related illness

4.5: Culture

4.6: Health and cost

4.7: Advocacy


  1. Emotional issues in Palliative care.

5.1: Fears and losses of a life-threatening illness and coping mechanisms

5:2: Bereavement


  1. Death and dying
  2.  Death awareness (Death and ourselves)

7.1: Living will/Advance directive

7.2: End of Life care

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