Course Title: Introduction to Program Evaluation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Program Evaluation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2018


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Gregory Stratton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3021

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study  

You should have satisfactorily completed JUST2330 Applied Research in Criminological Settings before you commence this course. Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

Course Description

This course aims to build your knowledge of techniques and tools used in the design and evaluation programs. You will learn about program planning, implementation, design and logic models. You will be introduced to a range of evaluation methods used to monitor and evaluate programs. Throughout this course, you will be working on authentic industry project briefs to address issues such as youth diversion, sexual harassment prevention, police and service responses to family violence, drug harm reduction and community-based crime prevention. Case studies on existing programs addressing these issues will be used as teaching material. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  1. Use strategic, critical, creative, and analytical thinking to develop creative solutions to a range of dynamic problems associated with crime management and the justice system  
  2. Use appropriate ethical ideas and reflective practice skills in addressing situations and problems in justice settings demonstrating cultural, social and environmental sensitivity. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Synthesise and critically evaluate relevant professional and scholarly literature to inform program design and evaluation 
  2. Apply appropriate approaches and methods to design a program within a justice context including planning and implementation 
  3. Critically review evaluation techniques and methods to design an evaluation framework and develop reporting mechanisms to track progress 
  4. Present a program design and evaluation framework to stakeholders and justify how this addresses an authentic industry problem relating to the justice sector 
  5. Communicate effectively with, and advocate positions to, a broad range of stakeholders from justice environments 
  6. Work independently and collaboratively in response to project demands within a justice context 
  7. Engage critically with social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international evidence to program design and evaluation.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities online such as recorded lectures, online activities and individual research. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources will be available through the Canvas student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1 :Literature Review, 40%, CLO1  

Assessment Task 2: Program Design, 40%, CLO2 - CLO4 

Assessment Task 3: Group Presentation, 20%, CLO4 -CLO7 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.