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ADS723 - The Development Project Cycle


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Helen M Dalton
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:

ADS707 and ADS708

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week


This unit is designed to enable students to design, implement and assess the effectiveness of projects and programmes within the context of community development. The Development Project Cycle provides a critical overview of the project cycle in international and community development work. It enables you to conduct needs assessment and strategic planning, design programmes to respond to strategic needs, prepare grant and other submissions to resource projects, and introduces you to monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment. You will explore a range of case studies to develop both practice skills and your ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches to managing the project cycle.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Examine critical debates and key issues surrounding design of development projects, and monitoring and evaluation strategies, to build appropriate professional skills and understanding of how to design and implement appropriate projects

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically analyse the ways in which social power impacts upon the assessment of need in development settings, the subsequent design of projects and programmes, and how effectiveness is appraised

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Design appropriate needs assessment and monitoring and evaluation strategies responses to identified needs, in relation to case studies of real-life scenarios

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Report: Needs assessment framework, based on a theory of change, for own choice case study 1000 words 20% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay: Analysis of paradigms and their impacts upon project design and assessment of effectiveness 1500 words 30% Week 7
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Report: Monitoring and evaluation strategy 2500 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ADS723
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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