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Project Management

Assignment Requirements
This assignment requires you to plan and report on an urban landscaping project based on the scheduling and resourcing data provided with Microsoft Project
Requires you to plan and report on an urban landscaping project based on the scheduling and resourcing data provided.
Assume that the project has been approved subject to final Board approval. The following tasks have been identified, along with precedence, durations and staffing details for each task:


Go ahead Meeting
3 hours
Project Manager Horticulturalist x 2Traffic Analyst
Soil Analyst
Paving and Masonry (P&M) Expert

Investigate soil and existing structures
5 days
Soil Analysts x 2P&M Expert x 2

Confirm detailed plans/order plants and materials
3 days
1 Horticulturalist1 Soil Analyst
1 P&M Expert

Analyse Soil
3 days
1 Soil Analyst

Staff Meeting to review progress
1 day
1 Soil Analyst1 P&M Expert
1 Horticulturalist
1 Traffic Analyst

Dig foundations for paths and walls
8 days
3 Contractors

Build walls
6 days
1 P&M Expert2 Contractors

Lay paving
10 days
1 P&M Expert2 Contractors

Plant trees
   2 days
1 Horticulturalist1 Contractor

Dig flower beds
3 days
1 Horticulturalist1 Soil Analyst
1 Contractor

Plant Shrubs, bulb and other small plants
4 days
1 Horticulturalist1 Soil Analyst
1 Contractor

Lay turf for lawns
2 days
1 Horticulturalist1 Contractor

Prune, tie up plants, prepare for opening, snagging
2 days
1 Soil Analyst1 P&M Expert
1 Horticulturalist
1 Traffic Analyst

Opening followed by review meeting
3 hours
Whole team

Note the following:

All tasks must await the Go ahead Meeting, which is on 23rd March 2015.
The Staff Meeting cannot take place until Tasks B, C and D are complete.
Tasks B, C and D can take place concurrently.
If possible, the Wall Building, Paving Laying can take place at the same time.
Trees cannot be planted until walls are complete.
Digging of flower beds can happen at the same time trees are planted, but planting of shrubs, bulbs, etc cannot start until Paving, Tree Planting and Flower bed digging are complete.
Laying turf for lawns can begin as soon as Flower Beds have been dug and Trees Planted
Pruning and preparation for opening can only start once all other tasks are complete

The Resource Costs for each of the categories of staff is as follows:
Project Manager                                 £100 per hour
Horticulturalist:                                    £70 per hour
Traffic Analyst:                                    £60 per hour
Soil Analyst:                                       £50 per hour
Paving and Masonry Expert:  £60 per hour
Contractors                                         £30 per hour
Equipment cost to hire                        £300 per week
Assume a start date of 23rd March 2015
For the three elements below you are asked to assume you are the Project Manager, reporting to Senior Management.. You should use the reporting functionality provided by MS Project software or similar.

The Senior Management would like a network diagram showing the scheduling of the project from Task A, Go Ahead to Task N, Opening and Review. This should be introduced by a narrative explaining your plan and any assumptions that you have made in forming these plans. You need to make sure that the senior management understand exactly how long this project will take as they plan to organize an event following the opening and on the same day as Task N.   (200 words maximum)                                                                                                                                                        [20 Marks]


Another requirement is that a table showing the cost of resources for this project is produced. Again this should be accompanied by a narrative explaining your costing and any assumptions that you have made. The total resource costs needs to be clearly stated. (200 words maximum)                                                                                                                                   [20 Marks]

Doubt has been raised about the availability of all the staff concerned. The Senior Management have asked for a resources schedule showing who is needed and when. What would the impact be if no Paving and Masonry Expert was available for two working weeks following the staff meeting? (200 words maximum)

[20 Marks]
Further guidance for successful completion of this assignment
Part 1 – seminar activities and lectures are intended to help you complete this assessment. You are strongly advised to keep up to date with the reading as highlighted in the module handbook you may also want to read ahead chapter 10. Please make sure that you draw on books and other resources to support what you are saying in your essay and reference these sources efficiently.
Part 2
You need to produce a correct diagram explained in a clear and appropriate tone for the reader. The text should explain the details of any diagrams such as critical path.
Any changes to the plan and what implications this might have on both the timing and the cost should be discussed. The cost needs to be correct based on the information provided and any assumptions that you state that you have made.
Your comments will where appropriate reference relevant literature.
The structure for the Assignment One submission should be as follows:
Cover Page
Part 1 – 800-1000 words
Part 2 – Sections 1, 2 and 3. (600 words text maximum for Part 2)
                        (Diagrams/tables to be inserted where appropriate)
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