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Planning and Executing a Performance Improvement Project

Reference
H/617/3488
Level
Level 5
Credit Value
8
Guided Learning Hours
24
Grading Type
Pass/Fail


Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1

Be able to define the components, stages and lifecycle of a project

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Indicative Content

  • Project activity vs operational activity
  • Stage of a typical project
  • Project management vs programme management
  • 1.1 - Define the stages and lifecycle of a project
  • 1.2 - Identify the specific roles and responsibilities of managing a project
2

Be able to specify and justify a performance improvement project

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Indicative Content

  • Selecting areas for investigation
  • Setting terms of reference – aims, objectives, scope.
  • Establishing success criteria
  • 2.1 - Develop suggestions for performance improvement projects from own work experience
  • 2.2 - Explain a structured framework for establishing terms of reference for a performance improvement project
  • 2.3 - Determine success criteria for a proposed performance improvement project
3

Understand how to develop a project plan

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Indicative Content

  • Elements of a project plan and schedule
  • Gantt charts
  • Work breakdown structures
  • Resource allocation
  • 3.1 - Explain the process of planning and scheduling a simple performance improvement project based on defined terms of reference
4

Be able to identify and mitigate risks within a project

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Indicative Content


  • Risks associated with projects
  • Identifying, assessing sand minimizing risks
  • Mitigating risks
  • 4.1 - Explain the process of identifying potential risks and proposing actions to reduce or mitigate those risks
5

Be able to construct a monitoring and review strategy

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Indicative Content


  • Project control - the need for regular review
  • Monitoring progress
  • Control actions
  • 5.1 - Construct a monitoring and review process
6

Be able to make and justify recommendations that achieve the project aim

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Indicative Content


  • Creating alternative scenarios
  • Making the case for change
  • Selling the proposals

  • 6.1 - Propose a list of potential actions following an investigative phase to improve the performance of the area under review
  • 6.2 - Prioritise actions based on their contribution to the successful completion of the project
7

Be able to prepare a project report and associated presentation

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Indicative Content


  • Management report writing
  • Presenting findings and recommendations

  • 7.1 - Produce a framework of a report for a management team summarising project activity and making recommendations for change
  • 7.2 - Prepare a format for a complementary presentation to key stakeholders of the project
  • 7.3 - Justify the framework and content when reporting at the end of a project
Assessment guidance and/or requirements
Assessment of this unit is through an assignment task set by NOCN.

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