This unit provides you with the opportunity to complete a substantial project involving the productionof an ICT-related system over an extended period of time. In so doing, you will enhance your transferable practical skills. It is important for your project to have a level of complexity and demandappropriate to the second year of an A Level. Regular involvement of the end-user is essential to thesuccess of the project. You will need to provide evidence to verify this.
The following may help to illustrate the range of possible projects that could be undertaken. Theyshow how you might be able to work on an
project whilst still producing an
individual project report
that has your
own work clearly identified
You may, for example, produce…
a software solution such as an e-commerce or multimedia system
a training system, including training materials for a client. This could, for example, be for acourse for someone working from home
a user support system, such as for a user help desk in a company or school/college, or a faultlogging system
a system for ensuring the security of an organisation’s ICT systems. An idea here would be toformulate a policy to specify appropriate use of a company or a school’s/college’s laptopcomputers and other mobile devices, or a database to record usage
a system for communication within an organisation: for example, for how schools could usetechnology to communicate with students within the school or a communal diary system
a system for evaluating new software to be purchased or for a new system to be installed,including hardware, software, communications, consumables and services
a backup and recovery system and a disaster recovery plan for an organisation
a system for managing relationships with customers
Working together (with clients and other students)
It is intended that you will become involved in real situations in organisations where you can applyyour skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT to solve problems for a client. An organisation isdefined as any group of people who use ICT to achieve their aims and objectives. Examples of anorganisation include a local company, a retailer, a school or college, a charity, a club or society, or justa group of people coming together to organise an event.
It is quite acceptable for you to work in a team for the same client, if that is what is required for thework being undertaken.
The team could consist of two or more students working with one or more members from the clientorganisation. This approach is encouraged if it allows students to become involved in larger morerealistic projects where each student can work on part of a system.
The project should involve you using applications software for a variety of purposes and should alsointroduce you to the fundamentals of project management.
You will be expected to make full use of the functionality available in word processing software for the production of the project report and, if required, to enable collaborative working.
The project should encourage you to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and criticallyas you consider and suggest alternative approaches, investigate and discuss possibilities, andrecommend actions to be taken.
You will produce a project report that will be assessed internally by the school, to the criteria providedin this specification. The school’s assessment will then be moderated by AQA. For this reason,although collaborative working is encouraged, it is imperative that assessors are able to identify your own contribution, and you must produce your own project report.
Further project ideas
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7. Criteria: project planning quality
Projects are rarely just a one-off. There will be other projects in the pipeline and these need to be carried out as efficiently as possible.
So it is very useful to assess the quality of the overall project planning and implementation. For example.
Did the project complete on time?
Did the project use the expected number of man-hours to complete
Was it delivered within budget.
Each of these questions can be used to develop the evaluation criteria. For example, if man-hours is going to be an evaluation criteria, then this should be tracked from the very outset.
Problems encountered should be documented in a formal way, the format of which is laid down in the design phase. These problems can then be evaluated at a later stage. As the over-used saying goes 'lessons can be learnt' from this activity.
Challenge see if you can find out one extra fact on this topic that we haven't already told you
Click on this link: Project planning effectively