Project Management

Course CodeBBS201
Fee CodeS4
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment
Learn to Plan and Manage any Type of Horticultural Project 
  • Creating a new garden, renovating an established garden
  • Set up, operate and dismantle an exhibition stand
  • Organise a Sporting Event
  • Install a new irrigation or drainage system
  • Grow and deliver plants, vegetables, fruit or some other horticultural product, to order
 
 

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Project Management
    • Scope and Value of Project Management
    • Understanding what project management is
    • The Need for Project Management
    • The Project Lifecycle
    • Project Identification and Initiating Process
    • Project Planning
    • Project Implementation,Execution and Control
    • Project Completion and Evaluation
  2. Project Identification
    • Scope and Nature of the Project
    • Formulating Project Objectives
    • Developing a Project Outline
    • Assessing a Projects Feasibility
    • Feasibility Checklist
    • The Identification Test
    • Three Types of Risk
  3. How to Plan Projects
    • Planning Heirachy
    • Planning Parameters
    • Planning Quality
    • Developing a Strategy Framework
    • Project Breakdown Structure
    • Planning Time
    • The Gantt Chart
    • PERT Charts
    • Planning Expense
    • Delegating Responsibilities
  4. How to Implement a Project
    • Introduction
    • Implementation
    • Controlling Process
    • Applying Standards
    • Events Control Chart
    • Budget Control Chart
    • Monitoring Performance
    • Evaluating Performance
    • Regulating Process
  5. Completing and Evaluating a Project
    • Why is it necessary to Close a Project
    • Declaring Iminent Completion
    • Reassignment of Resources
    • Considering Project Sustainability
    • Project Assessment; Final Report, Performance Reviews
    • Appraising the Project
    • Why Projects Succeed or Fail
  6. Developing Better Technical Project Management Skills
    • Preparing a Project Proposal
    • Proposal Layout
    • Drawing Up a Budget
    • Constructing a Post Project Appraisal
    • Software for Projects; How Project Management Software Works, choosing software
    • What Project Management Software Cannot Do
  7. Developing Better Leadership Skills
    • Scope and Nature of Leadership
    • How to Be A Project Leader
    • Visibility & CommunicationsLeadership Characteristics
    • Leadership Skills
    • Improving Leadership Skills
    • Giving Directives and Introducing Change
    • Orders
  8. Critical Personnel Skill Development
    • Inevitability of Problems
    • Common Problems
    • Schedule variations
    • Changing priorities
    • Administration overload
    • Deadline Changes
    • Cash blow out
    • Inappropriate skills
    • Role Confusion
    • Exhausted Team
    • Politics
    • Reduced Motivation
    • Communication Breakdown
  9. Major Assignment
    • In this lesson you will develop the full documentation for a project, hypothetical or real.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


Project management in an ever changing industry – new systems, new IT applications and new engineering solutions are under constant development. Project management is also being applied to a far broader industry base then it was 10 years ago. New project management models (paradigms) are being developed and these are also under constant review. Although the science of project management may not change, as new data or new ways of thinking come into play - the way in which project management is approached and interpreted does change.

Many project managers may feel more comfortable sticking to ‘tried and true’ methods and this may be the right and valid method for an individual project. Using proven methods can limit risk - the project manager is usually assured that the project will move along in a smooth and predetermined way, with fewer problems than may be associated with using a new model.  However sometimes this isn’t the best approach, always dismissing rather than embracing change (to project management models) may also be limiting the scope of a project, it also limits creativity; sometimes new ways need to be explored and implemented to gain the best results
Today's project manager need to have the following attributes:
  • Adaptability
  • Uses team management
  • Is sympathetic
  • Is flexible
  • Recognises skills
  • Is confidential in management approaches to team (suggestions and new ideas from team members remain confidential)
  • Has a relaxed approach that is open to team member’s ideas. 

 

Projects are not all the same

Some projects are very straightforward. The stakeholders (or clients) will have a clear understanding of what they want, and the project manager will have an obvious, even predictable, path to follow.

Other projects can have varying degrees of complexity. For some, the goal may be clear, but the way to achieve that goal might not be certain; while for others, the steps that need to be followed may be predetermined, but the end goal might not be clearly specified in any detail.

Some project are evolutionary and can change (evolve) as the project moves forward. While the project may commence with a particular goal and methodology in mind; the stakeholders may well be aware from the beginning that the goal and methods of achieving the goal, could need to be modified according to how the project develops.

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