Title: Project Design & Management (not offered in Academic Year 2019-20)
Keywords: Technology
Planning and programming (incl.. budgeting and evaluation)
Management/leadership
Health indicators
Country: United Kingdom
Institution: UK - Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Course coordinator: Dr Carola Eyber
About duration and dates: Number of weeks: 9 weeks in total: 7 weeks interactive learning & 2 weeks working on assignment
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Blended-learning
Course location: Delivered electronically from IGHD, Edinburgh
ECTS credit points: 5 ECTS credits
SIT: The module consists of 150 hours of Student Investment Time which are allocated in the following way:
• Online content delivery (e.g. annotated and narrated PowerPoints, recorded mini-lectures, YouTube videos): 15 hours
• Practical exercises, including online reflection and discussion, synchronous chat sessions and online group work: 40 hours
• Assignment preparation 35 hours
• Assignment presentation: 2 hours
• Self directed study: 58 hours (including keeping a personal learning journal).
Language: English
Description:
On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:
• Apply and defend the principles of project cycle management and the logical framework in structuring health and development interventions
• Construct project memoranda linking situational analysis, project rationale and project appraisals (from a range of disciplinary perspectives) in a coherent manner
• Develop detailed project implementation plans (relating to the scheduling of activities for example)
• Develop coherent strategies for the monitoring and evaluation of projects, and the management of project staff, in a manner aligned with project objectives and environmental constraints
• Deploy effective presentational, team-working, conflict resolution and task management skills in a context of time pressure and resource limitations
Assessment Procedures:
There are three components to the assessment structure:

Part 1 Joint sections on the project proposal (40%)
same mark awarded to each member of the group
A written submission of no more than 3,000 words which includes:
1. Executive Summary (15%)
2. Theory of change (20%)
3. Logical Framework (25%)
4. Risks and Undertakings (10%)
5. Monitoring and evaluation strategy (20%)
6. Overall Structure and Presentation (10%)


Part 2 Individual sections on the project proposal (40%)
idnividual marks awarded to each member of the group
Each group member takes responsibility for one of the following sections and individual marks are awarded for these:
1) Situation analysis
2) Project rationale & Value for Money
3) Implementation & activities
4) Institutional & technical analysis


Part 3: Personal learning journal (20%)
Individual marks awarded
Students will keep a personal online journal blog consisting of their reflective writing on the group experience and the learning process of engaging in this module. Self-reflection is in essence a process that involves self-study whereby you seek to identify and analyse your own actions and reactions with the aim of improving your practice. The task is to reflect on your own actions and reactions in relations to the challenges that PDM has presented and to identify how these can be improved upon.
The reflective writing will marked according to the following criteria:
1. Precision of description
2. Analysis of significant issues experienced during PDM to which the writer needs to pay attention
3. Acquisition of knowledge relevant to significant issues
4. Decisions about future practice

If a student should fail any of the components they are allowed to resubmit their assignments.

Identity of students’ work will be easily verified as student progressively work together to build different components of the final project proposal that they will submit. The tutor’s involvement during the 7 week interactive period allows constant monitoring of how groups – and individuals within these groups – contribute to the development of the different sections.
Content:
• The philosophy of projects
• Projects as vehicles for development assistance, the project cycle and logical frameworks
• Problem analysis and stakeholder analysis: concepts of community, partnership and accountability
• The Logical Framework: concepts, structure and purpose
• Applying the Log Frame: critical discussion of strengths and weaknesses of log frame examples.
• Theory of Change
• Identifying indicators
• Monitoring & evaluation & Output to Purpose Reviews
• Assumptions & risk mitigation
• Developing the project memorandum: institutional and technical assessments
• DFID Business Case/Value For Money
• Project management – people, time, and material resources
Methods:
Methods:
This module is the online learning version of the Project Design & Management module which has been run at IGHD for a number of years. The facilitation of the learning experience is conducted exclusively via a virtual learning environment (Blackboard), which will contain all learning materials. Interaction between learners and the lecturer will be through e-communication (using the VLE and other tools such as Skype or Adobe Connect).

The main learning methods employed are:
1. Self-directed learning where students make use of the materials posted on Blackboard to meet the learning objectives of the course. Learning materials include:
- Readings; downloadable or scanned articles, ebooks.
- Powerpoints with extended notes, or a recorded ‘narrative’
- Recorded mini-lectures (voice, image & PowerPoint slides)
- Short videos, including recordings of IGHD academic staff or graduates on their project design experiences
- Self-assessment quizzes. For students to test their knowledge and understanding of topics covered.

2. Initiating, and responding to, discussion strands on the discussion board. The unit guides include questions for reflection and discussion, in order to guide the directed learning. Students can initiate discussion topics as well. Discussions will be student led. Tutors will monitor the discussions and give feedback on key points. Students can also discuss topics in a chatroom (but will not be required to do so).
Interactions on the discussion board and in a chatroom will enable students to exchange research experiences and insights, ask questions for clarification and give peer feedback. Importantly, these interactions will enable the building of a community of learners; a social community which will significantly enhance the learning experience. Group work plays an important part in this moduel and each group will have their pwn private disucssion forum that only they (and the tutor) can access.

3. Formative assignments (mini-assignments) in the fomr of sections of the project proposal, for instance the production and presentation of a stakeholder analysies, a problem tree and the logicla framework. These components will contribute to teh overall group proposal that students will submit at the end of the module.
Students will work on these mini-assignments in small groups. Students will be expected to do all mini-assignments but completion is not compulsory for passing the module.

4. Giving and receiving constructive peer feedback, in written form or via chat/Skype, on amongst other aspects, formative assignments of other gorups. Students will be asked to give feedback in written form or through chat/Skype.

5. One tutorial with tutor on one to one basis, via Skype, adobe connect, or phone, to discuss progress on the individual sections of the proposal.
Prerequisites:
• General admission requirements for entry onto MSc courses run at IGHD include IELTS of 6.0 OR TOEFL 580 in paper test and 237 in computer based test.
• Regular access to a computer and the internet (broadband) for the duration of the module.
• Basic computer skills, including using the world-wide web.
Attendance:
Maximum number of students is 30 (no limit on number of TropEd students)
Selection:
For the academic year 2016/17 preference will be given to Erasmus+ students.
Fees: GBP:700
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Heidelberg June 2016, This accreditation is valid until June 2021.
Email Address: ceyber@qmu.ac.uk
Date Of Record Creation: 2016-06-29 16:25:23 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2019-10-21 13:32:10 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-06-21 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2019-10-21 13:32:10 (W3C-DTF)

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