This is an individual assignment.
Q1. (10 marks)
Construct an activity on arrow network based on the activity descriptions below. Show all your work. Label activities in the network by their activity letters and node numbers. Remove any redundant dependencies and label dummy activities DUMMY1, DUMMY2, etc.
• Activities H, R2, T1 start the project.
• Activity T2 can start when Activities H, E1 and S are completed.
• Activity E1 also depends on Activity R2.
• Activity X follows Activity H and precedes Activity L.
• Activity E is preceded by Activities T2 and P1.
• The predecessors to Activity G are Activities L, T2 and P1.
• The successors to Activity T1 are Activities E1, S, W and D2.
• Activity P1 cannot begin until Activity W is finished.
• Activity P2 and F follow Activities W and D2, and precede Activities E and R1.
• Activity O2 depends on T2 and P1 , and precedes Activity L.
Q2. (5 marks)
Compare and contrast the project evaluation and review technique (PERT) with the critical path method (CPM).
Q3. (5 marks)
Using the information in the table below, assuming that the project team will work a standard working week (5 working days in a week) and that all tasks will start as soon as possible:
Task Description Duration (Working days) Predecessor/s
A Requirement Analysis 5
B Systems Design 15 A
C Programming 25 B
D telecoms 15 B
E Hardware installation 30 B
F Integration 10 C, D
G System Testing 10 E, F
H Training/Support 5 G
I Handover and Go-Live 5 H
a) Determine the critical path of the project.
b) Calculate the planned duration of the project in weeks
Q4. (10 marks)
Explain in detail Eliyahu Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints with a brief note on its application in Project Management.
Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell.
In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.
God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.
Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.
To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.
Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.
Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies, 4(8), 487.
Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.