Unit 6:  Managing a Successful Computing Project

Unit code                            T/615/1625

Unit type                             Core unit

Unit level                            QCF Level 4/ NFQ Level 6

Credit value                       15




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 imple menting  a project. They will undertake independent research and investigation for carrying out and executing a computing projec t which meets appropriate aims and objec tives.

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-sc ale research, information gathering and data collection to generate knowledge  to support the project.

LO3      Present the project and communic ate 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 performanc e.