Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management
This postgraduate diploma is for anyone with a professional and/or personal interest in development and a desire to bring about good change. It addresses the needs both of those who would label themselves development managers, and those, such as engineers, health workers, educationists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists, who need the capacity to manage development if they are to do their work effectively. It engages with development at all levels, from the local to the global, and is as relevant in rural as in urban contexts. It addresses development in diverse fields, including health and well-being, livelihoods, education, the environment, war and resettlement, infrastructure, with the issues of poverty and inequality running through all. It takes theory seriously; consciously and constantly linking it to practice and policy, looking to enhance the competence of individuals and the capacity of agencies to undertake development successfully.
This postgraduate diploma is designed for people in government, non-governmental organisations, international and inter-governmental agencies and public and private enterprises, who have responsibility for development interventions, programmes and policies. It is also of value for people wishing to move into such areas, or who for personal and/or professional reasons want to build up a better understanding of the complex processes labelled ‘development’, with a view to managing those processes better. It deliberately links development management theory with the realities of development policy and practice, and aims to equip those undertaking it to be better agents of development.
It provides a range of opportunities for you to:
- build up knowledge and understanding of how development theory, policy and practice have themselves developed, and a critical appreciation of the ways in which development is managed
- explore key development issues, including poverty, inequality, complex emergencies, migration, health, employment and livelihoods, education, governance, and the relationships between the agencies who undertake development
- examine and practise the use of tools that contribute to situational and stakeholder analysis, participation, project and programme planning, implementation and evaluation
- develop key skills necessary for managing development, in particular the skills of strategic thinking and planning, relationship building, mapping and modelling, negotiation and brokering
- share learning with students drawn from over 100 countries working in diverse development fields
- critically reflect on development management theory, policy and practice, not least your own.
Throughout the diploma you are encouraged to make connexions between your learning on the MSc and your own involvement in development.
This postgraduate diploma aims to:
- enhance knowledge of the changing dynamics of development policy and management
- expand the conceptual and practical skills for taking an international perspective on management
- combine study of development management with special areas of organisational management, environment and social policy
- facilitate critical and creative thinking about multi-organisational and institutional development.
Teaching, learning and assessment methods
Knowledge and understanding are gained from supported open learning core module texts, associated readings, audio CDs and DVDs. Core module texts are designed to guide you gradually through concepts and practical examples. You will have the opportunity to engage in regular learning activities that allow you to assess your progress and understanding.
Cognitive (or thinking) and key skills are developed throughout the module texts, associated readings and in two published textbooks written for the programme. These skills are further enhanced through critical examination of case studies and examples and through the in-text activities.
Professional/practical skills are reinforced through activities and assessment questions that require personal reflection.
Your tutors are selected for their knowledge of the subject areas and experience in its practical application and they support your learning by phone, letter, fax, email, or email conference when required.
The core modules in the diploma and also many elective modules make extensive use of electronic working in delivery, assessment, tutor–student support and student–student support. Students from the UK and worldwide are therefore able to study this programme whilst remaining in full-time employment.
The above knowledge, understanding and skills are assessed formally via the regular assignments and an examinable component at the end of each module. Your understanding and skills are reinforced by support from tutors in the form of feedback based on your assignment answers. The examinable component is an unseen examination or an end-of-module essay/report.
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Managing development gets ever more complex, as more agencies become involved, new goals emerge, complementing and confronting existing goals, and the right of ‘beneficiaries’ to participate in their own development is increasingly asserted. This diploma addresses the challenge of this complexity. The core modules give practitioners the opportunity to strengthen their policy development and project management skills. They put inter-organisational relationships at the heart of development management, offering a framework for analysing existing relationships and for making strategic decisions about relationships that are required. They cover skills – in particular mapping and modelling, negotiating and brokering – that contribute to the building of relationships. The diploma thus equips practitioners to negotiate good change more effectively.
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