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Understand the importance of managing a project to timeline

Post Date: 16 - Aug - 2023

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:


Assessment criteria

1    Understandthe importance ofmanaging aproject to timelines

1.1    Produce aschedule with clearand realistic timescalesto meetproject objectives to enable theproject to be delivered on time

1.2    Explorepotential risks to theproject andanalyse methods ofovercoming unforeseendifficulties

2Know how to allocateinternalresources correctly to achieveproject goals

2.1    Analyse theimportanceofmeeting the following

●   the full cost of the project

●   time scalesrequired

●   resources required

●   individualtasks within theproject

●   milestones and deliverables to bemet

●   agreed quality standards

●   project keeping within budget

2.2    Evaluatethe importanceofeffective negotiating and liaisonwith clients.

2.3    Determineand agree theindividualroles of teammembers to set realistic goalsfor individualsand the team asa whole

3    Understandthe importance ofmanaging internalandexternalproject objectives

3.1    Explore the risks to projectobjectives through poorcommunication between projectteam, managers andcustomers

3.2    Analyse monitoring processeswhich needto be implementedin order to meet designobjectives



Assessment criteria

4    Explore the use of computersoftware programmes and othersupport mechanisms as a toolfor successful projectmanagement

4.1  Determinewhich softwareprogrammes are available forproject management andevaluate the strengths andweaknessesof these

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