AAR5325 - Project Development and Process


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 1/2
Assignment 1/2

Course content

This course provides knowledge in writing project proposals, designing projects and running them in the context of development cooperation and in the post disaster reconstruction/ emergency sector. A specific focus lies on the skills necessary for working with multi-stakeholder project groups.
Key words: Rational management, Project Definition, Project Planning Matrix, Logical-Frame Approach (Logframe), Risk Management, SMART Indicators, Theory of Change, strategic project planning, Moderation and Negotiation and, Conflict resolution, Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Impact Assessment and project feasibility.
During the course students in groups develop projects according to their own interests in development and/or emergency practice and write a respective project proposal. The idea is to develop a proposal from an initial idea to a workable project (including a budget) that could be implemented using the tools and approaches presented in class. To achieve this, the module follows a project life cycle approach, from initiation and needs assessment to project design, to implementation, closure learning and evaluation . Especially the discussion and examination on the role of multi-stakeholder settings and partnerships in development project will play an important role.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidates will become familiar with basic modes of project design, management, implementation and learning, monitoring and evaluation in the development cooperation and post-disaster reconstruction and with the respective tools. The participants will be able apply the tools and approaches to their own project as well as to evaluation existing project proposals.

Skills: Students will acquire know-how to write a project charter and scope and how to develop a project plan. The will become familiar with tools such as Problem and Objective Trees, Project Structure Plans, Gantt Charts, Theories of Change, Logical frameworks, SMART indicators, Risk management Tools, and cost appraisal monitoring and evaluation basics.

General competency: The candidates will be able to critically evaluate the challenges of the development and emergency practitioner in order to design effective interventions to development and emergency issues.

Learning methods and activities

Sessions will comprise lectures, case study reviews of development and emergency programmes, role games, and group work around the development of project proposal. The later will be structured by step-by-step assignments.

Further on evaluation

The course will be assessed based on the project proposal and a presentation. Several preparatory exercises have to be delivered in order to qualify for the written home based “exam”. Should a student fail the course they will be required to resubmit their individual assignment in order to be reevaluated.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Miscellaneous Courses (ABDIV)
Physical Planning (MFYSPL)
Sustainable Architecture (MSSUSARC)
Sustainable Urban Transitions (MSSUSURB)
Urban Ecological Planning (MSA1)

Required previous knowledge

Not required.

Course materials

Readings will be made available as part of a class reader. Indicative materials: EU Project Cycle Management Guidelines, NORAD. Guidelines for quality assurance. Grantcraft. Practical Wisdom for Funders etc.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Urban Design and Planning
  • Project Management
  • Africa Studies
  • Geography
  • Globalization
  • Sociology
  • Strategic Design
  • Urbanism
  • Economics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Planning



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
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