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How to Write an Overview for a Project Plan


A project plan provides answers to questions as to why you want to focus on a problem, and what is expected on completion of the project. A project plan writer should include a project timeline with a proposed date of completion, a list of who will be involved in the project, and how it will be organized. Creating a project plan involves writing a one-page overview divided into four sections.

State your project plan topic in one sentence and include information on what you plan to focus on and why. Explaining your purpose will help guide your research, potential goals and objectives.

Outline the research questions that you want to try to answer on the topic described in Step 1. Stated problems should be related to the topic you plan to research, such as what you want to know or learn about the subject. List questions that you want to raise in your project.

Explain how you will get your topic information. Explain resources and the methodology you will use. You may choose to include interview sources or required reading from books that support your research.

Outline what the project will be like. Explain what your project will look like upon completion and how you will demonstrate the success or failure of your project.

Put the name of the project and your name at the top of the overview page. If others are involved in the project, list their names and responsibilities on the project overview statement, such as the instructor overseeing the project.

Combine the answers of these four questions into an overview, which may consist of four separate paragraphs that summarize the information from Steps 1 to 4. Try not to exceed one page when writing the complete overview.

Check the overview to make sure that it is free of grammatical errors, typos or misinformation.

About the Author

Andrea Helaine has a Bachelor of Philosophy in theology and is currently finishing her thesis course for a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Helaine has been writing professionally for over 10 years and has been published in several anthologies and is currently breaking into the screenwriting market.

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