Project Planning with IT
Aim and purpose
The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand the processes and tools used for project management and are able to plan a project, follow the plan and review the project management process.
It is common to read about projects that over-run their deadline dates, cost more than the estimated cost or do not meet the needs of the clients or users. These problems often arise because of poor project management.
To successfully run a project and develop a product, system or service requires a complex integration of skills from across a wide field of expertise. The expertise required extends beyond the skills necessary to develop the product or service itself. It involves an understanding of the needs of the business and of such things as the associated systems and procedures, and job functions that need to be taken into account to ensure success.
This unit gives learners the opportunity to develop or extend skills such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation and independence. Substantial activity with this unit will be focused on a particular project, however learners will also study general aspects of project management in order to develop transferable skills.
In this unit learners will be introduced to project planning and the methodologies and IT tools available to support it. Having gained an understanding of the process, learners will be able to identify a project from any area and apply project management skills to successfully develop and deliver a service or product. The project must be sufficiently complex to allow planning and management to take place. It must also allow learners the opportunity to manage some resources, in particular and at least, the time allocated for completion.
There are possibilities for combining this unit with complementary work in other units such as database design, multimedia or networking but it could also be used to manage activities from other study areas.
To further develop understanding, learners will review the whole project management process and evaluate the IT tools they used.
On completion of this unit a learner should:
1 Understand how projects are managed
2 Be able to plan projects using IT
3 Be able to follow project plans
4 Be able to review the project management process.