Project Management & Design

Subject DEVT90001 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks. A repeat seminar may be scheduled subject to enrolments.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Development Studies or equivalent at the undergraduate level.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr. Bina Fernandez

Subject Overview:

An introduction to project management and design from interdisciplinary and critical perspectives. We begin by understanding the standard project cycle approach to project management: problem identification and analysis, stakeholder analysis, feasibility studies, formulation of proposals and budgets, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Students will be familiarized with programme management tools of Logical Framework Analysis, which will be contrasted with alternative, participatory and ‘learning process’ approaches. We then examine how different functions require different forms of programme management and design. The sensitivity of programmes to gender inequalities, the concerns of disadvantaged groups and the ethics and motivations of field workers will be explored. Students will also be introduced to recent critiques of, and debates on, programme management and development practice. Case studies of projects in developing countries and practical exercises will be integral to the syllabus.


On completion of this subject students should:

  • be capable of managing development projects in the field, in a manner that is sensitive to local circumstances and needs;
  • be able to write project design proposals and reports for development agencies;
  • be able to engage in critical appraisal of development projects.

An assignment of 2,000 words (30%) due mid-semester, a group presentation (20%) due at the end of semester, a learning diary (5%) due at the end of semester, and an essay of 2,700 words (45%) due in the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment that is submitted after the due date and up to 10 working days late without an approved extension will be marked on a pass/fail basis only. Assessment that is submitted later than 10 working days will not be accepted or marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Reading material will be available online via the subject's LMS site

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this sujbect students shoud:

  • be able to demonstrate a high degree of conceptual and analytical skills;
  • be able to work on team-based projects requiring coordination and negotiation skills;
  • be able to demonstrate sensitivity to local conditions and needs.

Links to further information:

This subject is compulsory in the Master of Development Studies 097AB 100, 150 and 200 point programs and the Masters of Development (Gender and Development) 150 point and 200 point programs.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
100 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
150 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
150 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
200 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
200 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
Development Studies

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