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Monitoring and Evaluation in Development (DEVT90035)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeDEVT90035
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The importance of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the management of projects and programs has been widely recognised within the development sector. Effective M&E acts as an anchor to keep the program moving in the right direction towards the goals and targets set at the planning stage. Historically, M&E was seen exclusively as a tool to make development organisations accountable to donors and conducted by foreign consultants who were largely unfamiliar with the context where development interventions took place. This approach has hampered development agencies’ efforts to obtain the right kind of information for effective M&E and project management.

Within the new M&E paradigms emerging since the 1990s, an emphasis is placed on not only accountability but also learning, empowerment and capacity building of local communities. This subject aims to offer comparative insights into different M&E approaches in development as well as to impart practical skills to students so they may develop the technical proficiency in project/program M&E. The subject focuses on development projects and programs rather than policies or public sector management. Practical exercises will be an essential part of the subject.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students are expected to:

  • understand key terms and approaches in Monitoring and Evaluation in Development;
  • be able to design and implement an effective M&E plan and/or M&E system for development organisations;
  • be able to think critically and independently about issues relating to M&E in development;
  • be able to work productively and creatively in a team;
  • be sensitive to cultural diversity across contexts.

Generic skills

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Students enrolled in this subject must be enrolled in a Masters by coursework degree.

It is recommended that students have professional experience in the international development sector and/or have completed DEVT90001 Development Project Management and Design prior to enrolling in this subject.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A 2500 word M & E plan (50%) due during the semester.

  • A 2500 word essay (50%) due during Week 10 of the semester.

  • Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorBrandy York
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 contact hours: A 3 hour seminar per week for Weeks 1-8 of Semester 2
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 3 July 2019