AAR5325 - Project Development and Process


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Group assignment 25/100
Individual assignment 75/100

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.

Keywords: 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, 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 evaluate existing project proposals.

Skills: Students will acquire know-how to write a project charter and scope and how to develop a project plan. They 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, exercises, case study reviews from development cooperation and post-disaster reconstruction programmes, and group work around the development of project proposals.

Further on evaluation

The course will be assessed based on two reports - one written individually and the other in group.

Should a student fail the course they will be required to resubmit their failed assignment in order to be reevaluated. Reevaluations of failed grades are on a. rolling basis. Reevaluations of grade improvements are only possible during the next exam period.

Required previous knowledge

Not required.

Course materials

Readings will be made available in the learning platform (Blackboard).

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Planning


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Group assignment 25/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Individual assignment 75/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Group assignment 25/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Individual assignment 75/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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