Solent University is a new university planning to open in September 2013. To support their corporate functions they require an extensive website to be built to provide the following functions:
• Marketing to new students
• General information for enrolled students
• Lecturers’ websites and teaching materials
• Virtual learning environment (VLE)
• E-commerce – fee payment area
• Research interests
No feasibility study has been done but a budget of 1.8m has been set aside for this project. Following a recommendation, they have hired your organization run the project. A team of 4 consisting of a Finance Manager, a Requirements Analyst, a Usability Manager and a Human Resources Manager (your group) have been allocated to manage the project. All planning documentation is to be completed before beginning implementation on 30/5/2013.
As the university does not yet have office space you will have to hire facilities for the entire run of the project. You will need to think about things such as staff (programmers, testers etc for the development team), when to employ people, wages etc. You will also have to provide computers, desks and licensed software for the development team. All of these items will need to be paid for from the budget.
As the university wants to open in September, you will need to think about how to provide the website content in a timely fashion, i.e. marketing information is needed very quickly, but the VLE will not be needed until September 2013. The library will need a catalogue for August 2013 but can exist without online borrowing facilities and resources until October 2013.
The new university’s stated aims are:
o To give an excellent student experience focused on knowledge and skills essential for roles in the global workforce.
o To contribute to sustainable economic, social, cultural and community regeneration and development
o To promote the discovery, development and application of knowledge through high quality research.
o To raise aspirations and to promote access to the University.
Task 3: Delivery Plan 10% (individual work)
Produce a Gantt chart using MS Project (see notes for tutorial 8 and associated handout), which details the Delivery of the products identified in the business case and scenario. Your plan must identify:
• the sequence of the activities,
• their dependency on any previous activities,
• an estimate of time for each activity.
You do not have to allocate any resources to the activities listed
Submit to THE CAM OFFICE:
Please submit a clear plastic sleeve (not a ring binder, not a saleable packet) containing:
• Front page containing the name of the unit, your course, tutor group and student number.
• A printed copy of your Gantt chart. Single sided and use font Arial size 11 or 12.
• Any work not submitted on paper, will receive a mark of zero.