Community Development: Project Planning and Management

Unit code: ASA5002 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus


This unit of study focuses on project planning and design for community development. The principles of project design are examined and debated in relation to their role and application to international community development work. Students will investigate and selectively apply methodologies and techniques used in project work and its evaluation. Particular emphasis will be placed on participatory approaches such as Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), and the impact of gender on outcomes and development strategies. Students will critically review culturally relevant project monitoring, reporting and evaluation methodologies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Interrogate the central theoretical aspects of community development project design, implementation and evaluation, and exemplify contextualised practical application;
  2. Critically investigate and evaluate the success and sustainability of community development projects;
  3. Demonstrate creative design, implementation and monitoring of community action plans, strategies and projects that would contribute to professional practice; and
  4. Advocate for recommendations through corroborating evidence to a variety of audiences.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 15%
Situation analysis report.
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 35%
Conduct a situation analysis of a community problem for a project.
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 50%
Prepare and present a project proposal including: design, evaluation, budgeting and timeline.

Required reading

Students will be provided with an up-to-date resources list via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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