Plan and direct complex IT 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 ICAPMG609A, 'Plan and direct complex IT 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

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

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

1.2 Identify and consider the project's strategic context and requirements

1.3 Identify and consider the organisation's strategic and business plans and its output requirements

1.4 Identify and explore client requirements and the impact of legislation and industry codes and standards

1.5 Conduct a risk-management analysis and develop and document a risk-management plan

2. Prepare the IT project plan

2.1 Define and document precise specifications and terms of reference for the project

2.2 Identify and document project budget, specified to a level that can be used for the management of sub-tasks

2.3 Define skills needed for the successful completion of project

2.4 Define, document and secure physical and other resources required to support the project

2.5 Develop and document timelines, schedules and critical path for the project, taking into consideration contingencies and planning for time slippages

2.6 Define and document a consultation strategy or process that will be used to inform clients, contractors and other interested parties of the project's progress, and seek their input as required

3. Assemble the IT project team and commence work

3.1 Secure and brief appropriate project team members regarding the project, their roles, levels of delegated responsibility and the outcomes to be achieved

3.2 Implement effective communication processes to coordinate work and inform team members of progress

3.3 Identify and communicate clear reporting processes for team members

4. Manage the IT project

4.1 Monitor project progress according to project plan requirements, using appropriate project-management tools and methodologies

4.2 Manage team member performance, ensuring that their output is directed to the key performance indicators identified in the project plan

4.3 Make corrections, changes and additions to the project plan in light of changing circumstances to ensure project aims and outcomes

4.4 Monitor resourcing to support the project and make corrections to reflect changing circumstances

4.5 Report overall project progress to senior management or funding bodies as required and in line with the project plan

5. Finalise the IT project

5.1 Finalise the project in line with the project plan

5.2 Conduct handover to staff members responsible for the ongoing implementation or maintenance of project products or services efficiently, effectively and in line with organisational procedures

5.3 Debrief project team members and relevant stakeholders about the conduct of the project and the outcomes achieved

5.4 Prepare a report analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the project plan and the conduct of the project

6. Use the IT project to contribute to improved policies and processes

6.1 Identify and analyse opportunities for wider organisational learning, including changes to processes or policies generated by the project

6.2 Forward opportunities for future further developments following project completion for consideration by senior management

6.3 Consider the strategic impact of the project and feed into the organisation's ongoing strategic planning processes