Course Title: Program Management and Evaluation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Program Management and Evaluation

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS1141

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

HWSS1141

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

HWSS2203

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

HWSS2203

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Chris Maylea

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 03 9925 3951

Course Coordinator Email: chris.maylea@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.33

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Human service workers need to be competent practitioners who can think strategically, develop service plans, calculate unit costs and evaluate program effectiveness. The aim of this course is to introduce you to some of the contemporary issues affecting the planning, management and evaluation of programs within the human services.

From the perspective of competing discourses in human services, you will examine the purposes, designs, methods and issues that govern programmatic and evaluation choices. The course is designed to develop your knowledge and skills to collaboratively engage in program and strategic planning, implementation and evaluation research as required of a graduating human service worker.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss and critically review contemporary issues and competing discourses affecting the planning, delivery and evaluation of human services
  • Calculate and implement budgeting processes that take into consideration the competitive nature of funding
  • Undertake, analyse and strategically review methods of program planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Critically review evaluative theoretical frameworks and technologies to design an evaluation framework


 


You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and practical reasoning when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline of social work
  • Apply initiative and ethical judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your current and continuing professional practice
  • Use appropriate research methods to independently design and execute a professional or research project


Overview of Learning Activities

The course has been designed to include the following learning experiences: formal workshops, experiential exercises, selected reading and practical work on the progressive development of a group project during the weekly workshops.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment