Course Title: Program Management and Evaluation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Program Management and Evaluation

Credit Points: 12

Important Information:

This course runs as an intensive over three days. It also includes significant components of independent  and collaborative inquiry and design work.


Terms

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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

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 Patrick O'Keeffe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3482

Course Coordinator Email: patrick.okeeffe@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37 Level 2

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course will prepare students for working in social work (and multi-disciplinary) teams to develop and manage responsive, supportive and effective programs upon graduation. Students will use design thinking to develop a program idea that addresses a specific need. This intensive course will run over three days in Semester 1. The course will be staffed by people with experience in social work and service design, to support students to develop their ideas.

 The focus of this course is on assisting students to use their social work skills, knowledge and experience to develop a credible program idea. Students will be encouraged to see themselves as social workers developing a social work program, using design thinking.

 The use of design thinking is intended to introduce students to a method for developing innovative, creative programs, which is becoming increasingly prevalent in human services organisations. This course is being run intensively to help students develop ideas and thinking within concentrated class times. Days are spaced throughout the semester to allow students time to absorb ideas, and to develop assessments between workshops.

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

In the course you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Critical analysis and problem solving
  • Program development knowledge and skills
  • Analysis and application of social work theory, skills and knowledge
  • Experience in using design thinking to solve problems


 


By the end of this course students will have increased their ability to:

  • Identify, understand and empathise with people who are supported by social work and human services organisations.
  • Develop creative and logical responses to specific issues and needs.
  • Work in groups to identify and solve problems, using design thinking processes.
  • Explain their thinking and logic to peers.


Overview of Learning Activities

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


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. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. Qualitative feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment Type

Weighting

Assessment 1: Population description

30%, 800 words

Assessment 2: Prototype video

30%, 10 minute Video

Assessment 3: Response to Test

10%, In class

Assessment 4: Implementation into Project

30%, 800 words

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 Equitable Learning Services for more information.

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