Development Project Management
- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr Richard Baines
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 60 hours
- Teaching period
- Wednesday AM
This module evaluates development paradigms and strategies ranging from missionaries and technical-sectoral assistance, through differing extension landscapes, to people centred development and participatory approaches. In considering these paradigms, the moral and ethical aspects of development and the application of sustainability principles will be explored through team and individual case studies.
The module also develops project management skills through a series of professional workshops and exercises that will explore the key skills required being an effective project manager. Three team projects are then developed to allow skills to be practiced and honed; an introductory project on development in Arusha, Tanzania followed by two assessed team projects (the IRD student seminar or IRD Matters magazine; followed by the smaller team competitive tendering exercise).
Note: Contact time in this module is higher than normal due to the training and participatory exercises carried out under training and assessment conditions.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Define models and strategies of development in relation to their ability to embrace, and deliver, sustainability concepts and the aspirations of stakeholders.
- Work effectively within a team environment in order to implement the key stages in project life cycles in order to complete projects from initial proposal, through to completion and review
- Critically evaluate approaches to community extension and stakeholder participation and develop a development proposal in response to an invitation to tender
|Coursework||1 x group presentation - Project management skills (Seminar and IRD Matters)||50%|
|Coursework||1 x group presentation - Devising and costing a development project (competitive tendering exercise).||40%|
|Coursework||1 x essay - Development advice including ethical considerations (case study – Tucano Indians)||10%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Bigg, T. (2004). Survival for a Small Planet: The Sustainable Development Agenda. Earthscan Publications.
- Bruce, A. and Langdon, K. (2000). Project Management. Doring Kindersley. ISBN 0-7513-2793-X.
- Dalal-Clayton, B. and Bass, S. (2002). Sustainable Development Strategies: A Resource Book. Earthscan Publications.
- Gilg, A.W. (1996). Countryside Planning. Routledge.
- Mantel, S. (2001). Project Management in Practice. John Wiley and Sons.
- Norton, R.D. (2003). Agricultural Development Policy: Concepts and Experiences. John Wiley & Sons.
- Rivera, W.M. and Qamar, M.K. (2003). Agricultural Extension, Rural Development and the Food Security Challenge. Food and Agriculture Organization.
- Therivel et al. (1992). Strategic Environmental Assessment. Earthscan.
- Turner R.J. (2003). People in Project Management. Gower Publishing.
- Food and Agriculture Organisation http://www.fao.org/
- United Nations http://www.un.org/en/
- UN Development http://www.un.org/en/development/
- World Food Programme http://www.wfp.org/
- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development http://www.oecd.org/home/0,2987,en_2649_201185_1_1_1_1_1,00.html
- Codex Alimentarius http://www.codexalimentarius.net/web/index_en.jsp
- International Food Policy Research Institute http://www.ifpri.org/
- Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute http://www.fapri.org/
- Farrington. J., Chapman, R. and Slaymaker, T. (2001). Sustainable Livelihoods Approaches in Practice: Potentials & Constraints. Overseas Development Institute online www.livelihoods.org/info/docs/SIDA_SLAs.doc