Evaluating Large Scale Programs

Subject 481-810 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville campus and online delivery mode

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours for internal mode students. External mode students can expect a total workload of approximately 240 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Mr Neil Day
Subject Overview:

This subject will provide students with an advanced understanding of evaluation theory, methodology and practice. The subject is based, in particular, upon a critical analysis and application of realist, theory-based approaches to evaluating complex, large-scale social interventions.


Subject assessment consists of two tasks (equivalent to 8,000 words). The first task is a conference presentation (35 per cent) with presentations to commence in week 4 and continue throughtout the semester as negotiated with students. The second task is a major research paper of 4,000 words (65 per cent)

NOTE: Assessment for online students with be 25 per cent (Task 1, 65 per cnet (Task 2) plus 10 per cent forum participation.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Readings will be provided on the Webraft site for the subject. Preliniary Reading: Pawson, R., & Tilley N, Realistic Evaluation, Sage, London, 1997
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, students will:
  • understand the nature of multi-site multi-intervention programs;
  • be capable of assessing competing evaluation designs for such programs;
  • understand the role of program theory approaches to evaluation of large scale programs and be able to use these approaches.

Generic Skills

On completion of this subject, students will:

  • understand large scale, complex programs
  • have good understanding of complex evaluation issues
  • have advanced analytical capacity to understand large scale programs and the organizations involved with these.
Links to further information: www.education.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Doctor Of Education
Doctor of Education
Master of Assessment and Evaluation (Stream 100A) Coursework and ThesisA
Master of Assessment and Evaluation (Stream 100B) Coursework
Master of Assessment and Evaluation (Stream 150A) Coursework & Thesis A
Master of Assessment and Evaluation (Stream 150B) Coursework
Master of Assessment and Evaluation(Stream 150)Coursework & Major Thesis
Master of Education (Stream 100A) Coursework and Thesis A
Master of Education (Stream 100B)Coursework
Master of Education (Stream 150) Major Thesis
Master of Education (Stream 150A) Coursework and Thesis A
Master of Education (Stream 150B) Coursework

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