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Understand the importance of managing a project to timeline

Unit 28: Design Project Management for Creative Practitioner

Unit code: R/501/8392
QCF level: 4
Credit value: 6
Guided learning hours: 40

Unit aim

The aim of this unit is to teach learners how to carry out project management in a creative context. Learners who take this unit will have the ability to undertake projects in a methodical and ordered way, gaining the knowledge of the underpinning.

Unit introduction

The most obvious characteristic of a project is that it has to achieve some particular purpose, and this is normally indicated in the project’s name. This distinguishes it from routine activities which are part of an organisation`s normal business it is probably most useful to think of a project as an instrument          of change.

When a creative project is completed successfully for the client it will have an impact on people`s lives. Managing change is clearly different (and at times much harder) than managing the status quo and it is for this reason that projects are established to effect change in a controlled manner.

Having described projects as being fundamentally unique, varying in size, shape, time, cost and resources, it may seem odd to attempt to describe a standard project management approach which is universally applicable.

However, it is because of this variety that a systematic approach is necessary.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria determine the standard required to achieve the unit.

On completion of this unit a learner should:

Learning outcomes

Assessment criteria

1    Understand the importance of managing a project to timelines

1.1    Produce a schedule with clear and realistic timescales to meet project objectives to enable the project to be delivered on time

1.2    Explore potential risks to the project and analyse methods of overcoming unforeseen difficulties

2 Know how to allocate internal resources correctly to achieve project goals

2.1    Analyse the importance of meeting the following

   the full cost of the project

   time scales required

   resources required

   individual tasks within the project

   milestones and deliverables to be met

   agreed quality standards

   project keeping within budget

2.2    Evaluate the importance of effective negotiating and liaison with clients.

2.3    Determine and agree the individual roles of team members to set realistic goals for individuals and the team as a whole

3    Understand the importance of managing internal and external project objectives

3.1    Explore the risks to project objectives through poor communication between project team, managers and customers

3.2    Analyse monitoring processes which need to be implemented in order to meet design objectives


Learning outcomes

Assessment criteria

4    Explore the use of computer software programmes and other support mechanisms as a tool for successful project management

4.1  Determine which software programmes are available for project management and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these


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