Program Evaluation: Forms and Approaches

Subject EDUC90713 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 contact hours
Total Time Commitment:

160 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject provides an introduction to the theory and practice of evaluation. Topics covered include: the nature and purposes of evaluation; major forms and approaches to conducting evaluations; fundamentals of negotiating and planning evaluations; reporting evaluation findings; evaluation standards; and the links between evaluation, decision-making and action. The course features practical and case-based activities.


This subject is designed to enable students to:
• understand key evaluation concepts and terminology;
• plan and undertake evaluations;
• acquire knowledge about recent developments in evaluative inquiry;
• understand factors associated with evaluation use as well as limits of evaluation in decision-making; and
• undertake a critical review of an evaluation project.


There are three items of assessment:

  • Written task of 3000 words due in Week 4 (30% );
  • Written task of 6000 words due at the end of the course (60%);
  • Class or forum participation throughout the semester (10%).
Prescribed Texts:

Owen, J. M. 2006. Program Evaluation: Forms and Approaches (3rd Ed). Crows Nest, NSW, Allen and Unwin.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Education (Stream 100B)Coursework
Master of Education (Stream 150)
Master of Evaluation
Master of Evaluation
Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation

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