Hints and Tips for the OCS assignment

Historic Data on lengths, durations, and costs (provided in the spreadsheet for each person)

Remember that the data provided for each person is ‘historic data’ and is not from this project hence the reason there are 8 routes listed. You must use a viable method to carry out estimates for cost and duration. More than one method can be used – averages can be calculated, or a more rigorous method is to plot two scatterplots of length vs. cost & km vs. duration. Note the scale provided on the map is approximately 1 box per/km which will allow you to measure and work out the length of the planned ski-lifts.

Cairngorm data. This data illustrates historical demand at an existing ski centre and the potential variation in demand. You need to take this into account with your analysis of the two options for the OSC.


In respects to resource – there should just be one type of resource – a ‘team’, with specified requirements for each stage of the building’s construction. By specifying the resources correctly, it is then easy to consider the effects of 3, 4…Teams.


In all projects you do not have all the data necessary to make a completely accurate estimate therefore you have to make assumptions. Make sure you clearly state your assumptions in your report and provide some justification for these assumptions.

Word Limits

There is no stated word limit for this assignment (I cannot say that I have ever come across a stated word limit when writing reports in industry!), however, I would suggest that a good report can be from 1500 to 2000 words, certainly no more than that. We expect a clear, well analysed report with relevant graphs, tables, network diagrams/Gantt charts which have a concise supporting narrative. As mentioned above any assumptions should be stated and have some logic behind them. This assignment is about your analysis of the options available for this project and what is the most optimal route to take. Do not repeat or regurgitate the case study in your report as this will lead to marks being deducted.

Report Structure

As per most management reports you should start with an Executive Summary. As the name suggests this is a summary of the main recommendations of the report – i.e. the results of the analysis presented in a concise narrative. It is not an introduction and reports that have an introduction as an executive summary will be penalised. There is no set report structure, however, as per the criteria for the assessment, the following elements should be included in the report.

Contents page

Executive Summary

Brief overview and Assumptions

Schedule analysis

Financial appraisal

Sensitivity Analysis and use of historical data

Additional ideas

Conclusions and recommendations (the recommendations can be re-used in the Executive summary in a more concise format)

Number of supporting files

As there are two options to analyse it would be sensible to submit two MS Project files – one for each option and an Excel file with your financial analysis. We need these to allow us to check your calculations, however, you need to extract the most relevant information from these files to put in your report – we will not go hunting in the files to get the answers that are needed so be aware of this.

Key tables, graphs, Gantt/network diagrams should be included either in the main text or in an appendix.

For each option you will need to compare the contractors and work out what is the best way to use them. As Option 2 is a more elaborate project you may want to investigate using both contractors on different activities.


PF (14/03/22)