Week 8

I attended a session titled ‘Project Management’, which was very useful! The tutor showed us some models and methods for applying a scientific model of corporate or programme management to an academic environment. Specifically, three factors, cost, time and scope, represented as the ‘Triple Constraint’ triangle model was interesting. It gives you a clear idea of how to balance each factor in your project. I also found a useful website Program Success, which explains the model in detail.

Good project management is all about control, completion and quality definition. The tutor stressed planning the project weekly:

  • set blocks per week
  • set weekly goals
  • keep weekly achievements

My achievements from Week 8:

  • I made a substantial change in my research protocol and submitted it.
  • Teaching went well.
  • I joined two research seminars.

Goals for the next week are to

  • prepare for the 3rd supervision meeting
  • attend three training sessions
  • do more student-led activities in class
  • work on literature review, adding at least 700 words by 3rd March

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