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Create a project schedule, cost, allocate resources. Ensure that the dependencies are established, make sure a Start to Start relationship is used in this project. Decompose the activities if necessary. State all assumptions made.

BA6052QA - PROJECT MANAGEMENT: COURSEWORK

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION: COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT

The case study for this assignment is the development of a new community garden in the town of Ashford, England. The garden will be located in a vacant lot on the corner of Main Street and Elm Street. The garden will be open to all members of the community and will provide a place for people to relax, exercise, and grow their own food.

The project team for the community garden consists of five people. The project manager is responsible for overall project planning and control. The landscape architect is responsible for designing the garden. The contractor is responsible for building the garden. The volunteers are responsible for maintaining the garden.

The first step in project planning is to define the project scope. The project scope defines the work that will be included in the project. The project scope statement for the community garden is as follows:

  • The garden will be located on a vacant lot on the corner of Main Street and Elm Street.
  • The garden will be open to all members of the community.
  • The garden will be a place for people to relax, exercise, and grow their own food.
  • The garden will be built using sustainable materials.
  • The garden will be maintained by volunteers.

The project schedule for the community garden is as follows:

  • Task 1: Acquire land (2 weeks)
  • Task 2: Design garden (4 weeks)
  • Task 3: Build garden (12 weeks)
  • Task 4: Plant garden (4 weeks)
  • Task 5: Open garden to public (2 weeks) Additional Information:

In addition to the information provided above, here are some additional details about the case study:

  • The project is being funded by a local government grant.
  • The project is expected to take 18 months to complete. The project start date is 01 February 2023
  • The project has a budget of £100,000.
  • The project is expected to benefit the community by providing a place for people to relax, exercise, and grow their own food

ASSIGNMENT QUESTION

Using Microsoft Project for Questions 1, 3 and 4;

1) Create a project schedule, cost, allocate resources. Ensure that the dependencies are established, make sure a Start to Start relationship is used in this project. Decompose the activities if necessary. State all assumptions made. (25 Marks)

2) Create a quantitative project risk management plan with at least 5 risks. How will this affect the project cost? How should the Project Manager manage the risk cost? (25 Marks)

3) You are 6 months into the project, but are currently 2 weeks behind schedule. What is the current cost variance on this project? Show that tracking has taken  place. (25 Marks)

4) Create a new copy of the standard calendar (perhaps called by your name) and allocate it as the default calendar for your project. It should include the following dates, where relevant, as non working days:

Year 2023:

 

03 Jan

15 Apr

18 Apr

02 May

02 Jun

13 Jul

30 Aug

20 Dec

22 Dec

 

 

 

Year 2024:

 

 

 

 

 

03 Jan

15 Apr

18 Apr

02 May

02 Jun

13 Jul

30 Aug

20 Dec

22 Dec

 

 

 

How does this affect the project schedule? (25 Marks)

BA6052QA - PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSEWORK

Assessment Guidelines:

You may find detailed assessment criteria in your BA6052QA Module Booklet on WebLearn.

Your work should be clear, precise, coherent and well presented. You should show a clear understanding of how your analysis and conclusions are dependent upon any underlying assumptions required or employed by you. You should show a clear integration of knowledge from other modules where appropriate.

Make sure that you fully explain and justify any steps taken at each stage particularly with respect to the clashes, the use and effect of your calendar, the allocation of fixed costs to the project and your tracking. For the tracking, carefully document the tasks where actual and planned costs and/or durations diverge.

Detail fully and explain any cost and/or time variances so produced.

Please avoid collusion:

It is expected that each student will allocate resources to tasks differently from every other student so that your clashes, total costs and scenarios used in tracking are all unique to you.

You may help each other working out scenarios but the eventual write up and scenarios must be your own and be different from those of every other student.

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