Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will explore issues of project design and implementation in complex situations. Students will be challenged to move from traditional program management approaches, which presuppose a linear and stable environment, to more interactive strategies. Particular attention will be given to methods and processes that promote notions of inclusion and participation. Key areas will include: identification of entry points for change; understanding theories of change; working from a politically informed perspective; working with and through coalitions; leveraging on inclusion as a way to strengthen and broaden strategies for change; and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTom McNamara

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesGroup discussions, seminars, oral presentation, case study analysis, presentation of analysis and program proposal. Designing and rationalising a development tool.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsDST4FMD OR DST5FMD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Articulate a greater understanding of different research and program management approaches which contribute to development.
02. Describe and critically analyse the strengths and limitations of different field and research and program management methods and approaches.
03. Develop specific solutions to defined problems in international development
04. Communicate knowledge of different forms of analysis to describe a particular development issue and context

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrooke Wilmsen

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Case Study Analysis (3,000 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Program Proposal (1,500 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

In-class Exercises and Presentations (500 words equivalent)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4