Project Planning

  • Depending on your university this is typically a detailed Gantt Chart
  • The best way to create an excellent Gantt Chart is by creating a report structure
  • A report structure is a list of all the headings which you will use in your report
  • You use the report structure to create the milestones on your Gantt Chart
    • To create a report structure you need to have a very clear understanding of your project
    • It is much more than saying Literature Survey or Research Methods
    • You need to break every level one heading (chapter heading) down into subheadings (level two headings).
    • Where possible you need to add level three headings.
  • Once you have a structured list of bullet points based on headings and subheadings it is very quick to create a detailed Gantt chart. You can also use the structured list of bullet points as supporting evidence for your Gantt chart.
  • The added advantage of creating this structured list of bullet points based on headings and subheadings is that it tells you what you need to research and write about (these links may help Understanding the Report Structure and Plan Your Literature Review).


  • For example:


Chapter Three – Research Methods

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    • Open source software
    • Bespoke software
    • Proprietary software
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    • Software
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