APME72-Agricultural Project Planning and Management in Developing Countries

Module Provider: APD
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Chittur Srinivasan

Email: C.S.Srinivasan@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

You will address the key challenges in the management of agricultural and development projects in developing countries. You will acquire the skills, tools and techniques for effective management of development projects at all stages of the project cycle – from project identification and formulation to implementation and evaluation. You will gain an understanding of management theory perspectives on organisational behaviour, motivation, leadership, conflict management and stakeholder engagement in developing country settings – focusing on the perspectives of the contingency school of management.

This module aims to:

- Identify and explain key points in agricultural project planning.
- Demonstrate tools useful for agricultural project planning.
- Introduce central issues and principles of managing agricultural projects and programmes in the rural developing world, and in particular to demonstrate the perspectives of the contingency school of management; and,
- Make participants aware of the skills involved in managing some typical procedures, in particular those of budgeting and procurement.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of this module, students should have learned the following:

- The project planning cycle and issues arising in project identification;
- The use of the 'logical framework' project planning tool;
- Scheduling;
- The basics of monitoring and evaluation.
- That managing projects in rural areas of developing countries may call for different management approaches than those used by managers in large businesses or in mainstream public administration;
- How organisations function;
- The nature of budgeting systems; and,
- How to operate tender procedures.

Additional outcomes:
In addition students should also be able:

- Appreciate the environment in which agricultural development projects are implemented in developing countries and the constraints and challenges that project managers are likely to face in such situations.
- Apply the various management tools and techniques introduced in the module to practical real life situations through case studies.

Outline content:

- Introduction to agricultural development projects: Project cycles and project failure
- Project Design I: Stakeholder analysis and problem trees.
- Project Design II: Logical frameworks and assumptions.
- Project Design III: Monitoring and evaluation.
- Work Planning I: Critical paths and bar charts.
- Work Planning II: Budgeting.
- Contingency ideas about project management.
- Organisation theory.
- Organisational culture .
- Mobilisation and Procurement.


- Constructing problem trees.
- Devising logical frameworks.
- Critical path analysis.
- Breakeven and variance analysis
- Budgeting exercise.
- Organisational culture case study.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be covered in 10 lectures supplemented with practical sessions to learn the use of tools and techniques.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 12
Guided independent study: 168
Total hours by term 200
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Class test administered by School 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
By submission of coursework during the resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 24 July 2020


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