Course Title: International Project Planning and Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Project Planning and Design

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 1 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Panayiota Romios

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2674

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.42

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course will give you an overview of the key stages involved in designing and implementing international development projects, commencing with project identification, initial assessment and monitoring methods. It will feature case-study material, including the procedures and guides used by such agencies including the Australian aid program. You will examine in detail project identification, design and monitoring, and investigate the role of Logic Models and the Theory of Change Approach, key planning and monitoring tools used by development practitioners, and link this to various approaches to and measures of activity quality and impact.

This course introduces you to the international development activity management cycle. It integrates work-based learning and academic learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL), which will allow you to solve authentic industry problems or address real issues faced in organisations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically review the overall project management cycle with emphasis on planning, designing and monitoring
  • Evaluate the role of the Logframe Approach, including its relevance, techniques, strengths and weaknesses within international development
  • Reflect on and synthesize current debates and thinking about participatory approaches to project planning, design and monitoring
  • Critique various tools, methods and techniques in project planning, design and monitoring and, apply the knowledge in various development contexts
  • Identify and review the ways in which diverse theoretical perspectives lead to alternative and competing possibilities for analysis and action

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

  • determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems
  • demonstrating expert judgement and ethical responsibility in your professional practice in international development
  • professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes relating to international development to address specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • use appropriate research methods to design and execute substantial projects
  • evaluate the outcomes and theorise about the contribution of your learning to the profession and knowledge area

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such class lectures; class activities (including small group work); case study analysis; analysis of documentaries; guest lectures; and class and online discussions.

You are expected to read the course materials available on-line and refer to additional reading material in your assessment tasks. It is advisable to take notes as you read and constantly reflect on the questions raised. This reflection could, for example, take the form of brief written response or posting a message on on-line discussion board. You are encouraged to liaise with the course lecturer and ask questions about particular topics, readings or assessment tasks.


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 learning outcomes. The components could include presentation, case study analysis, essay and reports. 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 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: