Plan and manage complex projects

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CPCMCM8001, 'Plan and manage complex projects'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.


Identify strategic and operational needs of the project during planning phase.


Project’s strategic context and operational requirements are identified and analysed.


Organisation’s strategic and business plans and their output requirements are identified and analysed.


Client requirements and impact of legislation and industry codes and standards are identified and fully explored.


Risk management analysis is conducted and risk management plan is developed and documented.


Prepare project plan.


Precise specifications and terms of reference for the project are defined and documented.


Project budget is developed, specified to a level that can be used for managing sub-tasks, and documented.


Skills needed for successful completion of project are defined.


Physical and other resources required to support project are defined and documented and processes to secure them are commenced.


Timelines, schedules and critical path for the project are developed and documented, taking into consideration contingencies and time slippages.


Reporting and communication strategy or process is defined and documented.


Assemble project team and commence work.


Appropriate project team members are secured and briefed regarding the project, their roles, levels of delegated responsibility, and outcomes to be achieved.


Communication processes are put in place to coordinate work and inform team members of progress.


Clear reporting processes for team members are communicated.


Manage project.


Project progress is monitored according to project plan requirements, using appropriate project management tools and methodologies.


Team members are supported and their output is managed against key performance indicators identified in project plan.


Corrections, changes and additions are made to project plan in light of changing circumstances to ensure project aims and outcomes are met.


Resourcing to support project is monitored and corrections are made to reflect changing circumstances.


Reporting of overall project progress is made to senior management or client as required and in line with project plan.


Finalise project.


Required handover to staff members responsible for ongoing implementation or maintenance of project products or services is conducted efficiently, effectively and in line with organisational procedures.


Project team members and relevant stakeholders are debriefed about conduct of project and outcomes achieved.


Report is prepared analysing strengths and weaknesses of project plan and conduct of project.


Use project to improve future processes.


Learning outcomes are identified and analysed to inform future complex projects.


Strategic impact of project is considered and fed into the organisation’s ongoing strategic planning processes.