Institute of Commercial Management | Qualification Subject

Planning & Scheduling

Main Topics of Study

Introduction

  • Environmental issues
  • Distinguishing planning and scheduling
  • Planning time frame
  • Matrix charts
  • Tabular planning
  • Bar charts
  • Line of balance charts

Network Analysis, Logic Diagrams and the Critical Path

  • Network notation systems
  • Critical path analysis and arrow diagrams
  • Critical path analysis and precedence notation
  • PERT
  • Network notation

Network Analysis in Practice

  • Developing network logic
  • Level of detail in network planning
  • Interface activities and events
  • Milestones
  • Estimating activity durations
  • Network analysis as a management tool

Scheduling Resources – Principles

  • Resource scheduling
  • Network analysis
  • Float
  • Fundamental priority rules
  • Elements of a practicable schedule

Scheduling Resources in Practice

  • Choice of labour resources
  • Choice of resource units
  • Rate-constant and non-rate-constant
  • Specifying departmental resource availability levels
  • Calendars
  • Scheduling labour costs
  • Scheduling material costs
  • Scheduling cash flow
  • Seven steps of project resource scheduling
  • Corporate context

Recommended Reading

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Project Management – Dennis Lock (Gower)

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Project Management: Planning & Control – Rory Burke (Wiley)