Project and Business Management

Core Module C1130 Project and Business Management
Exam Code 1130
Credit Points 5 ECTS
Term Summer and Winter
Module Coordination Dr. Rui Pedroso
Lecturers Rui Pedroso, Günther Straub
Workload (h) 45 Attendance 105 Self-Study
Prerequisites None
Intended Learning Outcome

This module deals with project management in the context of international development. In the module we use Theory of Change (ToC) through the different project cycle phases. The module is practical oriented with several essays supported by handouts and tools for analysis. The main essay is the formulation of a project proposal, where students have the opportunity to apply gained knowledge on ToC in the project cycle management.

At the end of the module students are able to:

  • Understand the role of project management in the context of international development
  • Understand Theory of Change (ToC) for international development
  • Understand how theoretical conceptual frameworks are used to inform the project’s ToC
  • Apply the different steps in a ToC analysis through the project cycle phases
  • Formulate a ToC narrative
  • Transfer the developed ToC to a logframe matrix
  • Prepare a monitoring and evaluation plan – project control needs
  • Prepare a project financial plan
  1. Introduction
  • Project management in the context of international sustainable development. Project cycle management concepts, definitions – project management in general. ToC vis-à-vis older concepts on project management for development
  • Introduction to international agencies in the fields of sustainable development cooperation and research.

2. Project identification

The objective of this section is the identification of a project topic and geographical location of implementation for the project proposal (group work).

3. Project Analysis

  • Introduces relevant theoretical concept frameworks to inform ToC for the formulation of situation and stakeholder analysis. It further includes causal analysis with problem and solution tree development, derivation of project outcomes, interventions and ToC refinement

4. Project Design

  • Discusses performance indicators and the ToC transfer to a Logframe Matrix
  • Compiling the main body of a project proposal informed by TOC
  • Definition of activities and activity scheduling, work packages
  • Resource planning according to activity scheduling
  • Financial planning – preparation of the final budget

5. Project Implementation and evaluation

  • Introduction to monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The concepts of Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability.
Teaching Method Input lectures, guided group work on developing TOC, self-study
Assesment Method  Essays and presentations
Recommended Reading

European Commission. (2004). Aid Delivery Methods Vol. 1: Project Cycle Management Guidelines. Supporting Effective Implementation of EC External …, 149. Retrieved from

Goergens, M., & Kusek, J. Z. (2010). Making Monitoring and Evaluation Systems Work. The World Bank.

PREA (Pacific Research & Evaluation Associates). (2014). The Pacific Guide to Project Proposal Preparation Using the Logical Framework Approach : Learner Guide | Pacific Climate Change Portal. Retrieved from

United Nations Development Programme [UNDP]. (2009). Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating For Development Results. Retrieved from

United Nations Development Programme [UNDP]. (2011). Outcome-level evaluation: A companion guide to the handbook on planning, monitoring and evaluating for development results for programme unites and evaluators. Retrieved from _Evaluation_2011.pdf

Valters, C. (2014). Theories of Change Time for a radical approach to learning in development. Retrieved from

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