RDEV40470 Planning for Development

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is designed for participants on the Masters programme in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development. This module helps participants to work with rural groups to plan and organise programmes of activities that implement sustainable agriculture and rural development projects and to evaluate these programmes.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course participants will be able to:
Discuss the principles and assumptions underpinning programme planning;
Explain the theory of community's needs and needs analysis and assess the steps involved in identifying and prioritising needs;
Distinguish between vision statements, goals and objectives and be competent to formulate each clearly;
Discuss how programmes are implemented;
Analyse the theory underpinning programme implementation to ensure that programme objectives are achieved;
Assess the theory of monitoring and evaluating programmes and Manage programmes.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Class discussions
Readings and discussions 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
RDEV40480 - Strategic Communications

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Three essays, distributed over the semester, reviewing the literature and analysing various aspects of development planning. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback on each essay to each student with 20 days of submitting the essay. Group feedback and discussion with class after each essay assessed.