Project Design and Evaluation

10 Units

The course will introduce students to designing projects, social programs and their evaluation. This will include some of the research activities, techniques and applications necessary for designing, implementing and appraising social programs.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

Learning Outcomes

The specific objectives are to provide students with the knowledge and skills to assess the extent and severity of problems requiring social interventions; design programs to ameliorate social problems; assess the utility of new programs and initiatives; and assess the merits of existing programs and attempts to improve them. Students will develop the ability to increase the effectiveness of program management and administration; satisfy accountability requirements of program sponsors; and maximise the use of evaluation results to improve programs.


Some of the issues that may be considered are:

  1. Key concepts in development work
  2. Types of development projects
  3. Engaging participation in projects
  4. Problems that projects are designed to solve
  5. Religion, ethics and aid work
  6. Market and non market solutions
  7. Mediating conflicts
  8. Government and NGO projects in action
  9. Planning and implementing project evaluation
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Two or more written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, online quiz, blogs, essay proposals, or similar exercises, totally 5000 words.
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for SOCA62401

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