SMART objectives: Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-related

This is a problem-based learning (PBL) resource. Its aim is to provide you with realistic scenarios and problems from the business world. As you work through the material you will draw on your own knowledge and experience while developing information gathering, critical thinking and problem solving skills that will benefit you in the workplace.

This PBL will encourage you to research SMART objectives, how to set and review them to ensure they align with development activities identified in their own personal development plan (PDP) and in keeping with their own organisational objectives.


  • Title: SMART Development Objectives
  • Qualification: Business Administration
  • Level: 2
  • Time required: 3 to 5 hours
  • Learning objectives addressed: Explain the importance of setting and reviewing SMART objectives and how they align with both organisational and personal needs.


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This resource was created as part of Jisc funded project to create problem based learning resources for Business Administration level 2. These online resources will be designed to provide engaging practical application of theoretical concepts and legislative requirements, in a variety of work and study contexts.

The resources were written by staff from Business Administration tutors from Hopwood Hall College, and were developed by staff from the Educational Development Unit at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

The materials have been released under a Creative Commons Attribution licence to encourage wider use and sharing.

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