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Applied ICT A Level Unit 8 - Project Management

Note: this page applies to the AQA Applied ICT A level specification. This exam was withdrawn in 2012, with final exams in 2013. The content will be retained as an archive and because it has some stuff that might be quite useful for someone or other

Mobile phonePart 5 - Evaluations

You need to develop a set of success criteria (evaluation criteria if you prefer; I don't for this unit...) first. These might appear quite early, say in the introduction to the project. You'll then need to show how you evaluated the success of your project and then carry out some of the big old waffly evaluations you get towards the end of a project.

The good news is that this section breaks down into AOs a bit more easily. You've been asking for that for ages now! The bad news is that it's quite hard.

Success Criteria - AO4 row 2:

The key thought here is "how will I measure if I've succeeded"?

You'll need a set of project success criteria. These could be the same for everyone in the group. You'll also need a set of personal success criteria linked to your personal objectives and your role in the project.

Develop some success criteria from your objectives. You'll need to do this for the group project objectives and your personal objectives. It would probably be a good idea to agree on the group project success criteria. You need to make the criteria as complete as you can - the aim is to cover all the objectives and show how you'll measure them.

A tabular style might be a good way of achieving this.

Criteria # Objective # Success CriteriaHow this will be measured
1Group 1The multimedia presentation works effectively (this might well be split into several subsections - e.g. images are clear and not distorted, sound is effective, links work, quiz works etc...)

A testplan will be developed. This will allow each element of the presentation to be evaluated to determine success. Each area should be determined to be at least "effective".

And feedback questionnaires will be given to 5 test users. Each user will be able to use the application and will not report any significant flaws.

And the client will assess the success of the application through a structured walk through and a feedback questionnaire. Their responses to these should be that they will be able to use the application effectively and will not report any significant flaws etc...

2Personal 1I will have chaired three meetings. These meetings will have been chaired effectively. I will ave developed my skills of chairing meetings and be more confident in that area.

I will give each member of the project team a survey for them to assess my interpersonal skills. They will score me at least 3/5 on each element of the chairing meetings section - which will include keeping time, allowing effective contributions, keeping contributions on topic, not allowing meetings to overrun etc... (yes, this would need to be detailed - I know this is a pain...)

I will carry out a partial skills audit at the end of the project and will see that my skills in chairing meetings have improved.

Evidence from minutes will show that meeting protocols were kept to and that conversation was on topic. No more than 5 minutes AOB noted on each set of minutes. Minutes of the previous meeting will have been signed off...

I can't stress enough that this section needs to be really measurable. You need to think a bit creatively about that - the sorts of ideas I've bolded in the table should help. You absolutely can't get away with a waffly set of criteria here - they need measuring...

It's worth pointing out that the chief moderator suggests that this is quite a hard row of the markgrid that asks a lot from candidates.

NB: The success criteria need to be written at the start of the project - before you actually do anything. They're, therefore, written in the future tense. OK?

Evaluating Success - AO4 row 4

This "simply" involves completing the success criteria grids (from AO4 row 2 above) to show whether or not you've been successful.

The hard bit is that you need to provide the evidence - the surveys, the structured feedback reports, the skills audits and so on as well to get 3 marks. For 4 marks everything needs to have been tested and measured.

There's no rocket science here - 2 marks is gettable quite easily, 3 involves some work, 4 is tough.

Critical Evaluation - AO4 row 5

Deal with this by objective - one objective at a time. In this case I probably wouldn't use a table, but I'd maybe deal with each objective through a subheading - and quote the actual objective each time (perhaps as the subheading?).

You need to critically evaluate each objective, picking out strengths and weaknesses. Critically evaluate means, in this context, to link it back to the results of testing from AO4 row 4 above (which, in turn, links to AO4 row 2 and then to the quality of the actual objectives themselves in AO4 row 1 - pig isn't it?).

Project Managers might like to remind themselves of what makes good project management.

To get 3 marks you need to be suggesting areas for improvement based on this critical evaluation. This probably means that the project (and your part in it) can't be absolutely perfect! By doing this objective by objective you'll certainly be relating the critical evaluation to the objectives set, which is one of the requirements for the 4th mark.

Summary:

You should be able to show evidence of:

You might also have got some evaluative evidence in:

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