APG5805 - Project planning and management in international development - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Human Geography


Dr Bruce Missingham

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The unit introduces students to the principles and practice of project planning and project management in international development. It takes a practical, hands-on approach to learning and applying project management strategies, tools and skills, especially as they relate to facilitating and managing participatory processes and participatory development. These project management tools and skills are closely related to learning from past experience and evidence-based strategies of aid and development. The unit cultivates knowledge of development management skills such as participatory appraisal, stakeholder analysis, gender analysis and gender-sensitive strategies, participatory planning, the logical framework (logframe) approach, project proposal writing, monitoring and evaluation. The unit takes a participatory learning and workshop-based approach to teaching and learning.


Students who regularly attend and actively participate in seminar discussions and complete all assignments during the semester will:

  1. Have a sound understanding of the principles and application of the stages and methods of international development project planning and management.
  2. Be conversant in the "language of development," and have a working familiarity with many of the important formats, tools, instruments and procedures employed in the planning, implementation and evaluation of international development programs and projects.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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