AAR5325 - Project Development and Process


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Work
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

This course provides students with the opportunity to test project planning and management tools commonly used within development and emergency organisations and to understand the role of partnerships in implementation of such projects.

During the course students in groups develop projects according to their own interests in development and/or emergency practice. Geographic location is up to individual groups. Programmes can be thematic, country or region specific, individual or multi sectoral, focusing on specific interventions, and can include advocacy initiatives, emergency response interventions, etc. The idea therefore is to develop an initiative from an initial idea to a workable project that could be implemented using the tools and approaches presented in class.

To achieve this, the module follows a sequence of project development, namely:

• assessment (exploring in particular participatory approaches)
• design (action planning, logical framework analysis, scenario planning, partnerships)
• monitoring and evaluation, using for example OECD criteria.

Partnerships: This part of the course will deal with what is meant by the term 'partnership' in a development context through an examination of its different definitions, approaches and forms. Arguments for and against the theory of partnering will be analysed and practical experiences drawn upon to assess the pros and cons of working in this way. As well as looking at some of the skills needed to effectively combine different sector drivers, incentives and resources, the course will also address the challenge of evaluating partnerships and consider issues relating to status and power, governance, accountability and engagement.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate will develop an understanding of key concepts of project development and emergency practice such as participatory assessment and monitoring and evaluation.

Skills: The candidate will be able to appraise a range of perspectives on development and emergency interventions for making trade offs in programmatic decision-making.

General competency: The candidate 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, and group work around the development of programmes.

Further on evaluation

You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period

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

Indicative readings include:
Anderson M, Brown D and Jean I (2012) Time to listen. Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid. CDA, Cambridge, Mass. Available at: http://www.cdainc.com/cdawww/pdf/book/time_to_listen_pdf_Pdf1.pdf
Chambers R (2008) Revolutions in Development Inquiry, Earthscan, London
McAvoy D and Walden V (2013) Contributions to Change: A Guide to Evaluating Change after Rapid Onset Emergencies. ECB, London
Rockefeller Foundation (2010) Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development, New York
Sanderson D (2011) Livelihood protection and support for disaster, chapter 58, pp655-668, in Handbook of Hazards, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Ed Wisner BV, Gaillard J and Kelman I, Routledge, London
Sanderson D and Knox-Clarke P (2012) ALNAP Lessons. Responding to urban disasters. Learning from previous relief and recovery operations. ODI, London. Available at: http://www.alnap.org/resource/7772.aspx
World Bank (nd) The logframe handbook. World Bank. Washington DC. Available at: http://www.wau.boku.ac.at/fileadmin/_/H81/H811/Skripten/811332/811332_G3_log-framehandbook.pdf


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment and Work

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Work 1/2
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/2
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.