Course Title: International Project Management: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Project Management: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Roberto Guevara

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3046

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37. Floor 05. Room 17

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 planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating international development projects. It will feature case-study material, including the procedures and guides used by development agencies including the Australian aid program. You will examine in detail project identification, design, monitoring and evaluation processes and tools used by development practitioners. You will investigate the role of the Logic Models and the Theory of Change Approach, and link this to measures of activity, quality and impact of development projects.

This course introduces you to the international development project management cycle. In the majority of instances these activities are aid-financed projects of international development agencies. 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 these organisations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  • determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems 
  • 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

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Critically review the overall project management cycle, including project identification, planning, design, monitoring and evaluation
  2. Evaluate the role of Logic Models and the Theory of Change Approach, including their relevance, techniques, strengths and weaknesses within international development
  3. Reflect on and synthesize current debates and thinking about participatory approaches to project planning, design, monitoring and evaluation
  4. Critique various tools, methods and techniques in project planning, design, monitoring and evaluation, and apply the knowledge and skills in various development contexts
  5. Identify and review the ways in which diverse theoretical perspectives lead to alternative and competing possibilities for analysis and action 

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 online 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 a brief written response or posting a message on the online 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

Staff 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.

The University Library has extensive resources for development studies students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.   Assessment will include the following tasks:

  • Briefing Paper- (25%) CLO 1, 3 and 4
  • Program Logic and Reflection - (35%) CLO 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Essay - (40%) CLO 1, 3 and 5  

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 Equitable Learning Services (ELS) if you would like to find out more.   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: