AHA722 - Program Design


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

This unit is no longer available in 2024.

From 2025:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ADS707, ADS708
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour seminar per week and 1 x day on campus intensive 

Scheduled learning activities - online

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


Students in this until will discover how to approach programme design in humanitarian and development work. The unit is comprised of five modules, comprising ethics, and community led design, needs assessment and evidence basis, principles of program design, case studies, systems thinking, plus a final one-week intensive. The unit begins with a critical exploration of ethical considerations, as well as the central role of community. It unpacks the difference between community engagement and community-led design, as well as ethical principles underpinning programme creation. Next, the unit explores the foundation for programmes by considering needs assessments and evidence bases. It looks at mainstream humanitarian and development approaches, as well as critical perspectives that encourage alternative ways of thinking. The unit then presents on overview of the principles of programme design, before moving on to explore these principles in real case studies. Case studies highlight both good practice, as well as scenarios where programme design could have been improved. The unit considers how programmes do not exist in a vacuum by exploring systems thinking. Finally, the unit concludes with an intensive. In teams, students will need to design a programme for a rapid-onset crisis while considering the long-term impacts of their proposed activities.

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