Managing a Successful Computing Project (VIP)



This unit is assessed
by a Pearson-set assignment. The project brief will be set by the centre, based
on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The theme and
chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and examine a relevant
and current topical aspect of computing in the context of a business environment.
In order to ensure that client expectations are met in terms of requirements, deadlines
and the estimated cost, the work to deliver new computer systems or services to
business organisations, or to revamp the existing ones, is always organised in
projects. Therefore, skilful, knowledgeable and experienced project managers
have always been in demand. It is projected that 15.7 million new project
management roles will be created around the world by 2020.

The aim of this unit
is to offer students an opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for
managing and implementing a project. They will undertake independent research
and investigation for carrying out and executing a computing project which meets
appropriate aims and objectives.

On successful
completion of this unit students will have the confidence to engage in decision-making,
problem-solving and research activities using project management skills. They
will have the fundamental knowledge and skills to enable them to investigate
and examine relevant computing concepts within a work-related context, determine
appropriate outcomes, decisions or solutions and present evidence to various
stakeholders in an acceptable and understandable format.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this
unit students will be able to:

LO1 Establish project
aims, objectives and timeframes based on the chosen theme.

LO2 Conduct
small-scale research, information gathering and data collection to generate
knowledge to support the project.

LO3 Present the
project and communicate appropriate recommendations based on meaningful
conclusions drawn from the evidence findings and/or analysis.

LO4 Reflect on the
value gained from conducting the project and its usefulness to support
sustainable organisational performance.

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