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Unit aims:
This unit aims to help the learner with an opportunity to develop their project
management and research skills by developing a project where they plan and implement
a new product, service or process
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Learning outcomes:
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This unit has five learning outcomes.
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The candidate will:
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Be able to plan for the launch of a project to implement a new product, service or
process
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Be able to implement a project
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Be able to evaluate the outcomes of a project
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Be able to present the outcomes of a project
Be able to develop a project specification.
Factors that contribute to the process of
project selection (Outcome 1.1)
 Development:
 defining the product, service or process,
research
 methods of evaluating feasibility of project
 initial critical analysis of the outline
specification
 selection of project option
 initiating a project logbook/diary
 estimating cost and resource implications
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 Factors
that contribute to the process of
project selection (Outcome 1.1)
 Development:
 identifying goals and limitation
 value of project
 rationale for selection
 agree roles and allocated responsibilities
 developing a business case
 case justification
 Factors
that contribute to the process of
project selection (Outcome 1.1
 Development:
 primary and secondary sources
 official sources
 tacit knowledge
 political dimensions
 environmental scanning
 market research
 market segmentation
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that contribute to the process of
project selection (Outcome 1.1)
 Specification:
 Developing a list of requirements relevant to
project spec
 eg cost, timescale, scale of operation,
standards, legislation, ethics, sustainability,
quality,
 fitness for purpose, business data)
 Factors
that contribute to the process of
project selection (Outcome 1.1
 Specification
 resource implications
 project life cycle
 added value of product
 service or process
 market and customer expectations
 profit margins and vulnerability
 Specification
market analysis
 benchmarking,
 stakeholder analysis
 scoping process
 informal contacts and networking,
 relationship to corporate strategy and
planning
 sustainability, market intelligence system(MIS
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 Develop
outline project specification for the
implementation of a new product, service or
process (Outcome 1.2)
 Project management:
 Principles
 role of the project manager
 eg management of change,
 understanding of project management
system elements and their integration,
 Develop
outline project specification for the
implementation of a new product, service or
process (Outcome 1.2)
 Project management
 management of multiple projects,
 project environment and the impact of external
influence on projects
 identification of the major project
phases(initiate/plan/execute/monitorcontrol/evaluate-close) and why they are
required
 understanding of the work in each phase
 the nature of work in the lifecycle of project in
various industries
 Develop
outline project specification for the
implementation of a new product, service or
process (Outcome 1.2)
 Project management
 management of multiple projects
 project environment and the impact of external
influence on projects,
 identification of the major project
phases(initiate/plan/execute/monitorcontrol/evaluate-close) and why they are
required
 understanding of the work in each phase, the
nature of work in the lifecycle of project in
various industries
 Develop
outline project specification for the
implementation of a new product, service or
process (Outcome 1.2)
 Success/failure criteria:
 Need to meet operational, time and cost criteria,
 measure success
 eg. Develop the project scope,
 project breakdown structure(PBS),
 work breakdown structure(WBS),
 project execution strategy and the role of the
project team
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Develop outline project specification for the
implementation of a new product, service or process
(Outcome 1.2)
Success/failure criteria
consideration of investment appraisal eg use of
discount cash flow(DCF) and net present value(NPV),
benefit analysis and viability of project,
determine success/failure criteria
preparation of project definition report
acceptance test
requirements for termination eg. Audit trials, punch
list, close-out reports and post-project appraisals,
comparison of project outcome with business
objectives
 Develop
outline project specification for the
implementation of a new product, service or
process (Outcome 1.2)
 Project management system:
 Procedure and processes
 knowledge of project information support(IS)
systems
 how to integrate human and material
resources for success
How to produce a project plan for an agreed
product
 Procedures:
 planning and monitoring methods
 operating methods
 lines of communication
 risk analysis
 structure of groups and collaborative working
 targets and aims
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How to produce a project plan for an agreed
product
 Project plan
 production of a plan for the project including
timescales
 deliverables,
 milestones,
 quality assurance systems and quality plans
 monitoring progress
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Resources:
 Economy
 efficiency and effectiveness
 sources and evaluation of training and
development
 workforce planning
 contingency factors
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 Cost
all resources required for implementing
a project (Outcome2.3)
 Cost
 cost dimensions eg labour, training and
development, materials, supplies, equipment
hire, accommodation or space, delivery,
accessing funds, overheads, administration,
 budgeting and cash flow,
 cost margins; cost-benefit analysis
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Cost all resources required for implementing a
project (Outcome2.3)
Planning:
identify and select product
service or process
scope and feasibility
agreeing the process
plan timeline;
action plan
timetable and procedure
task dates
targets; milestones; review dates;
monitoring/reviewing process; strategy
Cost all resources required for implementing a
project (Outcome2.3)
 Methodology:
 research eg library, internet, sector data sources
 pure and applied research,
 Developmental
 longitudinal,
 interviews, questionnaires
 survey, case study; research and development;
 concepts and theories; terminology
 validity and reliability
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 Agree
timescale for the management and
implementation of a project(Outcome 2.4)
 Organisational structure:
 functional, project and matrix structures eg
consideration of cultural and environmental
influences;
 organisational evolution during the project
lifecycle
 job descriptions and key roles eg the project
sponsor, champion, manager, integrators; other
participants eg the project owner, user,
supporters, stakeholders
Agree timescale for the management and
implementation of a project(Outcome 2.4)
 Control and coordination:
 the need for monitoring and control eg
preparation of project plans, planning,
scheduling and resourcing techniques
 use of work breakdown structure to develop
monitoring and control systems
 monitoring performance and progress
measurement against established targets and
plans
 project reporting; change control procedures
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Agree timescale for the management and
implementation of a project(Outcome 2.4)
 Leadership requirements:
 team roles, motivation and the need for
teambuilding
 project leadership styles and attributes
 delegation of work and responsibility
 techniques for dealing with conflict
 negotiation skills
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Agree timescale for the management and
implementation of a project(Outcome 2.4)
 Human resources and requirements:
 calculation, specification and optimisation of
human resource requirements
 job descriptions
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