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Planning and Designing International Development Projects PG (8770.4)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


  • UC - Canberra, Bruce
    Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery
    2020 Semester 1 DR   Don   MCCALLUM (Ph: ) ON-CAMPUS

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The unit aims to introduce students to processes and techniques used in planning and designing activities in international development projects and will consider various aspects of planning, risk Management, and monitoring and evaluating in the project cycle. The unit will deal with project planning as the core activity of development and examine the key stages: project identification and assessment, consultations with stakeholders, planning, design, implementation and management. The unit will analyse development agency guides as case studies to examine the procedures and guidelines employed and link the role of feasibility studies, problem tree analysis, the log-frame approach, and participatory approaches, with quality assurance measures. The unit will examine the perspective of the commercial consulting sector to cater for the needs of future development professionals.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the project cycle, emphasising the planning and design activities;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of various approaches to project planning and design and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches;

3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of participatory techniques in project planning and design;

4. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical perspectives and debates to practice and policy issues;

5. Recognise the diversity in the theoretical perspectives, that leads to alternative and competing possibilities for analysis and action; and

6. Demonstrate the skills required to articulate and present critique appropriate for studies at post-graduate level.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

6 workshops - 6 hours each during the semester (The unit will be offered in the 1st six weeks of the semester).





Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with basic concepts in International Development.

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