Development Projects and Programmes

School: School of Government
International Development Department

Modular value: 20 credits
Module convenor: John Watson

This module introduces you to the planning and analysis of small scale investment projects. Types of investment covered include typical donor, government and NGO projects, including agriculture, poverty reduction and public services projects.

The course begins with the project cycle and continues to logical framework based planning, input and output modelling, financial forecasts, methods of project valuation and project finance. The course is practice-based with widespread use of case studies and exercises. It is introductory in nature and no prior economics or finance knowledge is needed.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general critical understanding of the project planning and appraisal process.
  • Be able to design simple projects.
  • Read larger scale project proposals and related documents with understanding.


One 3,000 word assignment (50%). One 1,500 word assignment (50%)

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.