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Development Project Management & Design (DEVT90001)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeDEVT90001
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An introduction to project management and design from interdisciplinary and critical perspectives. We begin by understanding the standard project cycle approach to project management. We focus on strategy, vision and mission formulation, as well as problem identification and analysis, objectives analysis, stakeholder analysis, formulation of projects and budgets, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Students will be familiarised with programme management tools of Logical Framework Analysis and Program Logic and Theories of Change which will be contrasted with alternative, participatory and ‘learning process’/social enterprise approaches. We will examine how different functions require different forms of program design and planning. The sensitivity of programs to gender inequalities and the concerns of disadvantaged groups and the ethics and motivations of field workers will be explored. Students will also be introduced to recent critiques of, and debates on, program management and development practice. Case studies of projects in developing countries and practical exercises will be integral to the syllabus.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who sucessfully complete this subject will:

  • Understand the body of knowledge on project management and design within the field of development;
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the links between theory and professional development practice through the execution of a substantial, research based design of a development porject;
  • Enhance their ability to critically appraise development projects;
  • Advance their communication, presentation and cross-cultural interaction skills through active collaboration with peers;
  • Increase their capacity to respond reflexively and innotatively to new situations in professional development practice.

Generic skills

On completion of this sujbect students shoud:

  • be able to demonstrate a high degree of conceptual and analytical skills;
  • be able to work on team-based projects requiring coordination and negotiation skills;
  • be able to demonstrate sensitivity to local conditions and needs.

Last updated: 20 October 2018