Project models

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As we have discussed, workbased projects are about changing workplaces. All projects tend to have the following structures:

  • initial assessment of the problem
  • planning a solution
  • implementation
  • evaluation of the solution
  • review.

Within these structures there are several strategies that can be used Problem solving to clarify the real issue requiring exploration Literature review Analysing the situation - tools such as SOAR and SWOT STEPELI and PESTLEI can all help undertake this.

Or it may be that your organisation is already very clear on the product or outcome it wishes to see. You will have identified this in your negotiations with your organisation about your project focus and outcomes. Besides developing this, you can wrap a critical commentary around the product that positions it in the context of need within your organisation. You can comment on purpose, development, use, and develop an evaluative perspective.

The place of reflection

Reflecting on your learning will help you to gain insights and understanding about yourself and your organisation that you might otherwise miss. Reflective notes, logged at the time, can be a valuable aid when you come to write your project report.(Middlesex Univesity, 2012) If you do not have one by now, determine how you are going to track your learning and by what form. Begin that log of learning if you have not already. Carry this reflecting and recording on, track significant moments of learning and how they occurred and who with. Use the log to explain the situation, reflect on how it went, analyse, and reflect on change. You can do this as you develop your learning agreement. It will become an important source of data for your write up, and it is a product that shows assessors the development in your understandings and reflections.