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Project Management Essentials (Module)

Module description

A practical two-semester course focusing on all aspects of project design for international development and cooperation, including: aid effectiveness; contextual analysis; data collection; project design; participation; management of projects, budgets, and people; monitoring, evaluation and learning; sustainability and disengagement.

The course aims to provide students with the ability to identify, use and think critically about the most appropriate methods for effective project delivery within today’s international development context.

This course will give students the opportunity to apply project management techniques through class exercises using a particular case study throughout, taking into consideration the vastly different local contexts that make international development projects as contested locally, as they are nationally and globally. The course will focus on practical, intuitive, and analytical thinking whereby students are the examiners and creators of project management tools and strategies, not just the users of them.

The course will include technical components of project management, such as project cycle management tools, as well as ‘soft skills’ such as leadership and problem solving. Beyond providing the necessary overview of the tools and skills required, the course will encourage students to think critically about the limitations of different methods and tools and will explore the complexity of international development and social change.

Staff information

Taught by: Jonathan Glennie

Teaching pattern

Taught in: Semester 1 and Semester 2

Module assessment - more information

1 x 4,000 Word Group Project (this includes annexes of data reviewed and shared by the group) (25%); 1 x 2,000 Word Individual Data Collection and Analysis Plan (25%); 1 x 4,000 Word Group Project Proposal (25%); and 1 x 2,000 Word Individual Research Paper (25%)

Key information

Module code 6YYD0013

Credit level 6

Assessment coursework

Credit value 30 credits

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module Yes