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Gantt charts, critical path analysis, SMART objectives and estimation skills are just some of the topics covered in this free course, Planning a project, to help you understand how to plan for a project. You will gain an appreciation of the range of planning techniques available and the situations in which it is appropriate to use them.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- develop plans with relevant people to achieve the project's goals
- break work down into tasks and determine handover procedures
- identify links and dependencies, and schedule to achieve deliverables
- estimate and cost the human and physical resources required, and make plans to obtain the necessary resources
- allocate roles with clear lines of responsibility and accountability.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The planning phase
- 2 Taking an overview
- 3 Where do I start?
- 4 Identifying deliverables
- 5 Mapping tasks and activities
- 6 Scheduling
- 7 Estimating costs, revenues and intangible benefits
- 8 Drawing up the implementation plan
- Keep on learning
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Planning a project
This course will help you to develop the skills required when planning a project. You will examine the various components of a project plan, and be introduced to a number of tools and techniques to aid planning.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Business Studies courses or view the range of currently available OU Business Studies courses.
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Originally published: Monday, 11th July 2011
Last updated on: Thursday, 11th February 2016
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