Gantt Chart

Picture of a timeline and jobs to be done

Using a Gantt Chart to plan your research

The Gantt Chart is a horizontal bar or line chart that usually includes the following features:
  • A time scale is drawn on the bottom or top of the chart.
  • Tasks or activities are shown on the left hand side.
  • A horizontal open bar is drawn against each activity highlighting its duration. The bar can be coloured to identify a specific activity. Floats can then be included as a grey shade on the bar.
  • Dependency between tasks is clearly evident at a glance.
  • When the project is reviewed at particular times the bars can be shaded to identify actual time spent on the task. An alternative is to represent actual and estimated time by two separate lines.
  • If the Gantt Chart is produced in Microsoft Excel, a column can be highlighted at a review point to identify those activities that are behind or ahead of schedule. If the chart is printed out, a vertical transparent ruler can have the same function.

IDevice Icon Activity 13: Producing a Gantt Chart

Open your log book under Activity 13 and using the formula in Activity 12, Example 2 and the Table Template provided in your log book in Activity 13, produce a table to represent the tasks that you must undertake to complete your next one, two, three or five years of postgraduate planned study.

Use Diagram 2 (Gantt Chart) web link here as a guide, and the table you completed to produce a Gantt Chart of future planned research. If you use Microsoft Excel as your computer package, there is no need to learn how to use a separate computer management package.