For part A of the assessment you must complete the following tasks and questions. Read all the
questions before you commence the tasks. The schedule is to be developed in an appropriately
named Microsoft Project 2010 file (see below) and the questions are to be answered in a Word
document. As stated above, any assumptions must also be listed at the beginning of the Word
1. Ms. Marketing has asked you to use Microsoft Project to develop the project schedule. Note
that she has also asked you to include the milestones at the end of the task list in your
Based on the information in the case study description above, use Microsoft Project 2010 to
produce a “Part A” schedule. Make sure that you:
a) Include the milestones at the end of the task list.
b) Include the resource allocation details on the schedule.
c) Have an appropriate project name as the top of the task list and have all other tasks
indented below this heading.
d) Make sure that the holidays described in the “general information” are not included in
the available working days for your project.
e) Use the Microsoft Project software to make sure that the critical path(s) are
automatically highlighted as red bars on the Gantt chart view of your schedule.
At this point there may be resource over allocation issues. Do not attempt to resolve these
before answering question 2. Save this version of your schedule in PMcompPartA1.mpp.
You will be required to submit this file as part of your assignment submission.
2. List the tasks that are on the critical path(s) of the project.
3. Create a copy of PMcompPartA1.mpp and rename the copy to PMcompPartA2.mpp. If there
were any resource over-allocation issues resolve these in this new PMcompPartA2.mpp file.
Note that you must resolve any resource over-allocation issues without the addition of any
additional resources. Save the “modified” version of PMcompPartA2.mpp. You will also be
required to submit this file as part of your assignment submission.
a) How did you/would you resolve any resource over-allocation issues without adding
b) What impact did the resource constraints have on your schedule?
c) List any tasks that have changed on the critical path.
4. Include the booking dates (found in the general information section of this assignment) as
additional “milestones” (tasks with 0 duration) in your schedule to show the latest date when
you need to contact:
a) the production manager to ensure that the facilities are booked for the first prototype
b) the type approval test house to ensure that the facilities are booked for the type
c) According to your schedule when is the latest date that you need to contact:
The production manager to book the facilities for the first prototype build?
The type approval house to book the facilities for the type approval?
Note that these additional milestones should be listed at the end of the milestones list at the
end of the project task list and should be highlighted in the task list in yellow using the “background colour” icon on the task ribbon. This is to allow your marker to locate them
5. Write a memo to the director of product development, Mr. Product outlining:
a) the expected completion date of the project and the total project duration;
b) an explanation of the main factors that cause the project to require that length of time;
c) the estimated labour cost of the project after the S1 concept review. Present the costs
in a table showing the costs for the following:
Prototype 1 build
Prototype 2 build
Production ramp up to 10 in stock
Total for the Project
Assume that you will send the project schedule as an attachment to the memo.
6. Accurate cost estimates are critical for effective project management. Provide an explanation
on the influence of learning curves on cost estimates. Describe the process of two estimation
methods you could use to account for this effect? Provide examples with your explanation.
(maximum 500 words)
7. In your own words, define what is meant by a contingency reserve? Classify two different
methods that can be employed to estimate the contingency reserve for your project? Which
method would you select and provide a detailed example of your solution. (maximum 500
8. You have been asked to recommend an organisational structure for the new company.
a) Compare the ‘pros and cons’ of each structure type listed in the course textbook (You
may use a table format similar to the one below. I have started you off with some