Program Planning and Evaluation

Subject SCWK90056 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Aug-2016 to 28-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 25-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 09-Sep-2016
Census Date 16-Sep-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 28-Oct-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 contact hours (8 X 3 hour lectures)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours



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

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s courses. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr David Rose


Subject Overview:

This course introduces a number of approaches to program planning and evaluation, and highlights both practical aspects of the program design and evaluation process, and more conceptual or theoretical aspects.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Critically appraise selected features of program design and implementation.
  • Distinguish among, and provide a rationale for adopting, a variety of program planning approaches and program evaluation methods.
  • Locate program design within its broader organisation and management context.
  • Determine the most appropriate evaluation method for a given evaluation purpose and begin to translate evaluation ‘theory’ into evaluation ‘practice’.
  • Demonstrate base skills in developing a program design plan and/or a program evaluation plan.

a) A written prgram proposal 3,000 words - due mid semester (60%)

b) Peer review of program proposal - due mid of semester (Hurdle)

c) Class presentation - during semester (10%)

d) Written evaluation plan 1,500 words - due end of semester (30%)

Prescribed Texts:

Kettner, P., Moroney, R., & Martin L. (2013). Designing and managing programs (4th ed). Thousand Oaks: SAGE.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who complete this subject should be able to:

  • critically analyse texts and practices;
  • understand recent developments in social work contexts of practice;
  • link theory to practice;
  • competently communicate in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts;
  • undertake independent research.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Social Work

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