Curriculum for 10-14 Year Olds

This curriculum unit is designed for 10 to 14 year olds. The unit will cover the (9) Project Management Knowledge Areas and the (5) processes over a nine-week grading period. The class meets once a week and each lesson plan is designed to cover one week of the unit content. Students will learn basic Project Management concepts. Students could develop project plans to implement a School Supply store.

Rationale

The approach combines rigorous academic content and real world projects referenced as learning expeditions, with active teaching and community service. The design focuses on teaching in an engaging way. It's recommended that faculty members receive professional development in curriculum, teaching practices, and building a strong school culture.

The information provided in this unit is essential to secondary students for preparation of their future personal lives, high school, college activities and career goals. In 2010, it is estimated that over 75 million baby boomers will have reached the retirement age. The labor force predicts a labor shortage in many businesses and corporations. Students who are taught the skills of project management at an early age will be prepared and equipped with the knowledge required to meet those demands in the workplace.

This curriculum unit was selected because it will fulfill several key fundamental areas and provides the information needed to organize and structure work in a way that things are scheduled and completed accordingly. As students move into high school, colleges, or into the workforce, these skills will prove to be efficient assets to their development and growth. This unit was designed to specifically cover the fundamentals of Project Management and to introduce students to the concepts and potential opportunities in the profession. Students will learn the fundamental processes of effective Project Management and become familiar with the knowledge areas and basic principles as practice by the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

Central Questions

The central questions to be answered through the facilitation of this unit are:

  • What is Project Management?
  • How are projects planned and executed?
  • Why is Project Management an important skill to acquire?

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn how projects are initiated from the onset in addition to learning how to plan a project in detail. Students will develop a project scope statement and schedule of activities for a school project. This knowledge will assist student in making good decisions when establishing credit and provide the content needed to protect their credit rating and manage their debt to keep excellent credit. Students will be taught to monitor and control their project activities through development of a project status report and learn communications skills by giving a verbal report to the class. The skills acquired in this course will be viable for use in many areas of the students’ lives and will give them adequate experience to begin to build a profile for long-term goals of becoming a project manager. Finally, students will present their project plans to the class and build public speaking and presentation skills. It's recommended that each student present a part of the team’s project to the remaining students in the class. Students could submit their plans to the school principal for implementation of the School Supply Store.

Real world projects will be discussed throughout the unit lesson for the students to reflect and build the skills being taught. There are a variety of lesson activities both in class and assigned homework to influence their learning and performance. Each lesson plan includes weekly homework assignments that will be evaluated to determine the growth and comprehension level of the students. A final unit assessment will cover material from all lessons to evaluate the students’ performance.

Course Format

It is recommended that students be divided into teams with four students each. Each group will create a project plan based on the charter their group is assigned, to present to the class weeks seven and eight. The recommended class structure is 20 minutes of presentation of the course materials, 10 minutes of class discussion and 20 minutes of class activities and teamwork to create the aspect of the project plan that was introduced in the class lecture. For example, week one group work will be to create a preliminary scope statement. Any work not completed during the group time will be homework. Each student will be responsible for turning in his or her own aspect of the project plan weekly to be graded. The instructor role will be that of project sponsor. This role is responsible for providing guidance on project procedures, planning, monitoring, and conflict resolution. As teachers, the sponsor will be available to assist the students with problems or issues with their project development and planning. Students will be assessed through homework assignments, a comprehensive quiz and their final project presentation.


Resource Audience Administrators
Parents
Teachers
Student Age 10 to 12 years old
Type Curricula
Lesson Plans
Templates
Language English
Japanese
Program Area Future Success
Learning Environment Schools
Date 28 Apr 2011

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