Professional Project Planning

This is my project plan for HRB780 I plan to begin work on it immediately. I plan to solicit collaborators and fellow interested researchers and conduct a literature review of how whole plant based interventions are used integratively with biomedicine for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).  The narrative review will discuss the the current state of the relevant literature sections that focus on current research findings regarding the use of traditional whole plant therapies as well as the intersection and potential additive and synergistic interactions of herbs and antibiotics. The information compiled in this literature review would be presented as an annotated bibliography, a narrative review focusing on therapeutics, and a poster targeted at other professional herbalists.   Ultimately the narrative review is to be submitted for publication in journals.

Working on a detailed project plan is an empowering experience within the larger curriculum.

Being able to realistically develop an outcome based plan requires demonstrating professional knowledge, evidence based research and analysis, teamwork and communication skills, and a desire to continue learning as one begins building a professional career.   

In this way, it becomes a metric for assessing how well the planner is able to “learn through doing”  that the integration of seemingly disparate skills becomes a central component of working competently as a professional.

Creating SMART based learning outcomes introduces an awareness of the need to divide large projects into discrete tasks; encumber adequate resources to realistically achieve those tasks; and produce professional work that can be completed within a scheduled amount of time.   All of these components are critical elements of working professionally and contributing to meaningful advancement of the chosen field of study.

Using planning tools such as the provided spreadsheet where factors or time, resources, and stakeholders are identified allows one to work on projects of increasing complexity in a meaningful way by developing an ability to view a project as a series of discrete tasks.  This reduces the cognitive load associated determining what needs to be worked on at any given time.  But it also introduces a necessity to remain realistic about the amount of time and resources that need to be allocated for each part of a project.  Time based task lists also build an awareness of the need for focus and discipline in completing projects in one’s professional life.