Semester Offering: January

Development project planning and management stand for a set of necessary skills for both researchers and practitioners who work in the field of development. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and essential skills to effective project development and management in development affairs. It aims to help students develop knowledge and skills in planning, designing, implementing, managing and evaluating projects. 


By the end of the course, students would be able to:
-       Understand project management design, development, and deployment
-       Use project management tools, techniques, and skills
-       Understand the role of stakeholders’ participation in the context of project development and apply that understanding when designing projects to promote development.
-       Design a development project and develop a high-quality project proposal.
-       Develop a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan for a development project.




I.         Introduction to Development Project Planning and Management
1.     Policies, Programs and Projects
2.     What is a Development Project?
3.     Introduction to Project cycle management for development project
4.     Overview of the logical framework approach and Theory of Change
II.        Project identification
1.     Problem identification and statement
2.     Needs assessment and problem analysis
3.     Stakeholder analysis
4.     Analysis of Objectives
5.     Analysis of Strategies
6.     Social and cultural acceptability
III.       Project Planning
1.     Tools for developing goals and objectives (e.g. the logic model, results-oriented planning, and outcomes mapping, as well as SMART objectives)
2.     Tools for project activities development (e.g. log frames)
3.     Project work-plan and timeframe (including GANTT charts)
4.     Budget development
5.     Monitoring and evaluation plan
6.     Management Plan and Institutional Capability
IV.      Project monitoring and evaluation
1.     Use of Logical Framework for Project Monitoring and Evaluation
2.     Use of Theory of Change for Project Evaluation
3.     Evaluation of Financial and economic performance
4.     Evaluation of Environmental and social impact


Team Technologies, Middleburg, Virginia. 2005. The log frame handbook: a logical framework approach to project cycle management (English). Washington, DC: World Bank.


1.     Potts, D. (2002). Project Planning and Analysis for Development, Lynne Rienner,
2.     Cusworth, J.W and T.R. Franks (1993) (eds.): Managing Projects in Developing Countries, Longman, Essex
3.     Project Management Institute. (2004): A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Pennsylvania.


1.     Project Management Journal, Wiley
2.     International Journal of Project Management, Elsevier 


-          Lecture: 30 hours
-          Self and group-work: 90 hours


1.     This course will be taught using a combination of lecture, discussion and exercises, with emphasis on active learning.
2.     Students will receive the lecture notes and the weekly lecture schedule at the beginning of the course, and requested them to read the lecture notes before coming to the class.
3.     Assignments after each topic will be provided for group-work


Hands-on learning based outputs (50%), Final exam (50%).

Grades are given based of the following criteria:

-       “A” for student who demonstrates an excellent understanding of project planning and management; potentially can prepare a development project plan independently.  
-       “B+” for student who demonstrates clear understanding of project planning and management, with a few deficiencies; may need assistance while preparing any local development project plan.
-       “B” for student who understands the concepts of project planning and management but need more assistance while preparing any local development project plan.
-       “C+” for student who has some difficulty in understanding basics project planning and management; could not develop skills to prepare any project plan independently.
-       “C” for student who has serious difficulty in understanding basics of project planning and management; could not learn how to prepare a local development project plan.
-       “D” for student who could not understand even basics of project planning and management.