Institute of Commercial Management | Qualification Subject

Planning & Scheduling

ICM Professional Diploma Unit


  • Environmental issues
  • Distinguishing planning and scheduling
  • Planning time frame
  • Matrix charts
  • Tabular planning
  • Bar charts
  • Line of balance charts

Network Analysis, Logic Diagrams and the Critical Path

  • Network notation systems
  • Critical path analysis and arrow diagrams
  • Critical path analysis and precedence notation
  • PERT
  • Network notation

Network Analysis in Practice

  • Developing network logic
  • Level of detail in network planning
  • Interface activities and events
  • Milestones
  • Estimating activity durations
  • Network analysis as a management tool

Scheduling Resources – Principles

  • Resource scheduling
  • Network analysis
  • Float
  • Fundamental priority rules
  • Elements of a practicable schedule

Scheduling Resources in Practice

  • Choice of labour resources
  • Choice of resource units
  • Rate-constant and non-rate-constant
  • Specifying departmental resource availability levels
  • Calendars
  • Scheduling labour costs
  • Scheduling material costs
  • Scheduling cash flow
  • Seven steps of project resource scheduling
  • Corporate context

Example Candidate Response Booklet

Example Candidate Response (ECR) Booklets are a source of crucial information for Centres and Candidates as they use real candidate responses. We ask Senior Examiners to comment on five or more responses in terms of why the mark was awarded with commentary about how to improve the answer (if necessary).

Recommended Reading

Main Text:

Project Management – Dennis Lock (Gower)

Indicative Text:

Alternative Text and Further Reading:

Project Management: Planning & Control – Rory Burke (Wiley)