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The development management project

Development managers are often called upon to undertake investigations that contribute to changes in practice and policy. The development management project, the final, compulsory element of the MSc in Development Management, provides an opportunity to learn, develop and practise the skills required for such an undertaking. The project is individually chosen, the choice determined by your own passions and priorities. The process is guided by learning from previous modules of the masters degree. And the product is a report that makes the case for change in the understanding of, and/or the practice and policy related to, a significant development management problem.

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TU874 is a compulsory module in our:

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Module

Module code
TU874
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
30
Study level
Postgraduate
Study method
Distance learning
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What you will study

You will choose a subject for your project that you can study from a development management perspective, using knowledge and understanding, concepts and theories, drawn from modules you have studied previously for your MSc. This gives you a wide choice. It may well be that your subject will relate to work you are involved in, though it doesn’t have to. Whatever your subject, it should be something that you can formulate in development management terms – and that you are confident will sustain your interest over the whole six-month period.  

As well as the substantive subject of your research project, this module is about the research process itself, and is structured in such a way as to guide you through that process. You will learn and practise a skill that is increasingly important in development management, the skill of doing research in a rigorous fashion to produce knowledge that can be trusted.

The module is divided into four blocks that support your project work and that are linked to the assignments and to the final project report.

Block 1: Preparing your project proposal
This block explains the nature of the development management project; helps you to choose a suitable topic; explains some of the common pitfalls that you might encounter; offers guidance that will help you to put your proposal together and prepare you for the rest of the project; and helps you to complete your initial proposal.

Block 2: Defining the problem
This block helps you develop a clearer understanding of the development management problem you will be exploring; shows you how to carry out an effective literature search and review; requires you to draw on concepts and theories from modules you have previously studied in order to define a development management problem in a clear and researchable fashion; and encourages you to identify a set of good research questions that will guide your exploration of that problem.

Block 3: Designing and doing the research, dealing with the data
This block establishes the nature and significance of research methodology; reviews the various kinds of data and styles of research; helps you build up the knowledge and understanding you need to collect data successfully; explains how to evaluate quantitative and qualitative data; helps you to organise your own research work; and shows you how to make sense of the information you have gathered.

Block 4: Writing your report
The final block offers advice to help you to write effectively and produce a professional report of your project work.

Throughout the module you will be encouraged, and required, to reflect critically on what you have done and are doing, and on how your understanding of your research problem is developing.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will be responsible for monitoring your progress on the module, marking and commenting on your written work and whom you can contact for advice and guidance. Your tutor will maintain contact with you throughout the module. There is also an online forum, moderated by a tutor, for all students on this module.

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Assessment

The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

Your project report (end-of-module assessment) must be submitted electronically.

Course work includes

4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

Future availability

The development management project starts twice a year – in May and November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2018 and May 2019 when we expect it to start for the last time.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Essential Documents website.

    Entry requirements

    This module is not available for standalone study. You will only be able to study it as the final module in the MSc in Development Management. 

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    01 Nov 2018 Apr 2019 £1360.00

    Registration closes 11/10/18 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    01 May 2019 Oct 2019 £1360.00

    Registration closes 11/04/19 (places subject to availability)

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    This module is expected to start for the last time in May 2019.

    Future availability

    The development management project starts twice a year – in May and November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2018 and May 2019 when we expect it to start for the last time.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    Study materials

    What's included

    Study guide and set text, other printed materials, audio CDs. All study resources are also available in electronic format.

    You will need

    An audio CD player.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module.  Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a desktop or laptop computer with Windows 7 or higher.

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones. 

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students. 

    If you have a disability

    Some of the study material is presented on audio CD. 

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.