This unit provides opportunities to develop skills in decision making, problem solving and communication integrated with the skills and knowledge developed in many of the other units within the programme to complete a realistic project. It requires the learner to select, plan, implement and evaluate a project and finally present the outcomes, in terms of the process and the product of the project. It also allows learners to develop the ability to work individually and/or with others, within a defined timescale and given constraints, to produce an acceptable and viable solution to an agreed brief.
If this is a group project, each member of the team must be clear about their responsibilities at the start of the project and supervisors must ensure that everyone is accountable for each aspect of the work and makes a contribution to the end result. Learners must work under the supervision of programme tutors or work-based managers.
To develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry by undertaking a sustained investigation of direct relevance to their vocational, academic and professional development.
On successful completion of this unit a learner will:
ü Be able to formulate a project
ü Be able to implement the project within agreed procedures and to specification
ü Be able to evaluate the project outcomes
ü Be able to present the project outcomes.
1 Be able to formulate a project:
Project selection: researching and reviewing areas of interest; literature review; methods ofevaluating feasibility of projects, initial critical analysis of the outline specification, selection ofproject option, initiating a project logbook/diary, estimating costs and resource implications,identifying goals and limitations; value of project, rationale for selection, agree roles andallocate responsibilities (individually with tutor/supervisor and within project group ifappropriate).
Project specifications: developing and structuring a list of requirements relevant to projectspecifications e.g., costs, timescales, scale of operation, standards, legislation, ethics,sustainability, quality, fitness-for-purpose, business data, resource implications.
Procedures: planning and monitoring methods; operating methods; lines of communication;
Risk analysis; structure of groups and collaborative working eg.Learner groups or roles andresponsibilities within a work-based project; targets and aims.
Project plan: production of a plan for the project including timescales, deliverables,milestones, quality assurance systems and quality plans; monitoring progress
2 Be able to implement the project within agreed procedures and to specification
Implement: proper use of resources, working within agreed time scale, use of appropriatetechniques for generating solutions, monitoring development against the agreed project plan,maintaining and adapting project plan where appropriate
Record: systematic recording of relevant outcomes of all aspects and stages of the project toagreed standards
3 Be able to evaluate the project outcomes
Evaluation techniques: detailed analysis of results, conclusions and recommendations; criticalanalysis against the project specification and planned procedures; use of appropriateevaluation techniques; application of project evaluation and review techniques (PERT);opportunities for further studies and developments
Interpretation: use of appropriate techniques to justify project progress and outcomes interms of the original agreed project specification
Further consideration: significance of project; application of project results; implications;limitations of the project; improvements; recommendations for further consideration
4 Be able to present the project outcomes
Record of procedures and results: relevant documentation of all aspects and stages of the
Format: professional delivery format appropriate to the audience; appropriate media
On successful completion ofthis unit a learner will:
Be able to formulate a project
1.1 formulate and record possible outline projectspecifications
1.2 identify the factors that contribute to the process ofproject selection
1.3 produce a specification for the agreed project
1.4 produce an appropriate project plan for the agreedproject
Be able to implement the projectwithin agreed procedures and tospecification
2.1 match resources efficiently to the project
2.2 undertake the proposed project in accordance with theagreed specification
2.3 organise, analyse and interpret relevant outcomes
Be able to evaluate the projectoutcomes
3.1 use appropriate project evaluation techniques
3.2 interpret and analyse the results in terms of the originalproject specification
3.3 make recommendations and justify areas for furtherconsideration
Be able to present the projectoutcomes
4.1 produce a record of all project procedures used
4.2 use an agreed format and appropriate media to presentthe outcomes of the project to an audience.
This unit requires a range of skills and strategies to be employed for teaching and learning.
This is suitable for use for a range of sectors and should utilise the full range of skills developed through study of other units in the programme. These include planning, practical work, data handling and processing, critical analysis and presentation skills.
The afore-mentioned can be achieved through the use of a number of teaching and learning tools such as class tutorials, group discussion, quiz, workshop, project management case studies, good practices scenarios, project implementation, exercises, log booking and presentation skills.
This knowledge gained from this mandatory unit can be applied to a number of other units in the programme as well.
Assessment Methods -Summary
A key feature of the assessment strategy for this unit is the practical implementation of a sustained investigation on a given problem.
The assessment will consist of an individual reportbased on a case scenario chosen for the purpose to address all the learning outcomes and the implied assessment criteria.
The assessment will comprise of four key components – planning a project, implementing it, evaluating outcomes and presenting outcomes.
You are to use the given scenario as your case study and choose project ideas from its various business needs.
TASK 1 to TASK 4: You are required to follow the instructions as specified towards each task and support with research by using supportive materials like books, websites, etc., and give feedback on the findings by relating your arguments to the relevant case study as specified towards each task.Your report should fully follow the Harvard Referencing model.
LO1 Be able to formulate a project
TASK 1: The objective for this task is to address and exhibit an understanding to be able to formulate a project. You are required to address the task as specified and research by using supportive materials like books, Journals, websites, etc. to address the learning outcomes as specified: Please note that the research and subjective skill needs to exhibit transferable skill by reflecting it to the case study. Answers reflected without reflective practice will be referred.
A.C1.1Formulate and record at least two possible outline project specificationsfor BandCamp.com in a relevant format such as that of the Project Specification Document Template (AC 1.1)
A.C1.2Identify the factors that contributed to the process of your project selection.You would need to select one of the projects for further development from the project outlines that you formulated in A.C1.1.
A.C1.3 Produce a full specification for the agreed project not limited to, but in the lines of timescales, scale of operations, standards, resource implications, business data and so on for the given project.
A.C1.4Produce an appropriate project plan for the agreed project using any suitable tool such as Work Breakdown structure, Gantt chart and so on
LO2 Be able to implement the project within agreed procedures and to specification
TASK 2:The objective for this task is to address and exhibit an understanding to be able to implement the project within agreed procedures and to specification. You are required to address the task as specified and research considering the given case study in your assignment to address the learning outcomes as specified.
A.C2.1Match relevant resources efficiently to the project from the given case study
A.C2.2Undertake the proposed project in accordance with the agreed specification
A.C2.3Organise, analyse and interpret relevant outcomes for your projectusing a suitable recording mechanism such as a periodic log book
LO3. Be able to evaluate the project outcomes
The objective for this task is to address and exhibit an understanding to be able to produce a specification for the agreed project. You are required to address the task as specified and research considering the given case study in your assignment to address the learning outcomes as specified.
A.C3.1Use appropriate project evaluation techniques such as PERT or CPM to evaluate your project.
A.C3.2Interpret and analyse the results in terms of your original project specification
A.C3.3Make suitable recommendations and justify areas for further consideration and future improvement for the developed project.Consider the implication of how far your project has met its outcomes.
LO4. Be able to present the project outcomes.
The objective for this task is to address and exhibit an understanding to be able to produce an appropriate project plan for the agreed project. You are required to address the task as specified and research considering the given case study in your assignment to address the learning outcomes as specified.
A.C4.1 Produce a record of all stages of your project procedures and project development used to complete your project
A.C4.2Usean agreed format and appropriate media to present the outcomes of all of your findings professionally to an audience. You may choose to make an effective presentation as you deem fitAssignment Guidelines:
Ø Use a standard report structure, Word-process the report and use Normal script of a proper font size 12.
Ø Produce an academic report, detailing the above issues with a word limit of approx. 4000 to 4500 words.
Ø Complete the title page and sign the statement of authenticity.
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