DEVT 3008 - International Development Research Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This Capstone course for the International Development Major enables student to synthesize, consolidate and apply their previously acquired knowledge and skills. The course provides an opportunity for students to deeply investigate a particular area of scholarship and professional practice in international development. Students will be undertaking a substantial research project which requires independent investigation and critical analysis of a specific development issue, theory or practice of international development. Student can choose 1) their own topic for this research project (e.g. climate change and development; human-rights based approaches to development; gender and development; international cooperation and governance of development); and 2) a specific country or region as a focus of their research and analysis. They will produce a report which needs to reflect current knowledge, policies and practices in regards to the chosen topic, and which provides feasible recommendations on how policies and practices can be improved. Student engagement and active and collaborative learning is achieved through a series of workshops.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DEVT 3008
    Course International Development Research Project
    Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 contact hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 15 units of Level I and II undergraduate study in the major in International Development.
    Assessment Research Project 60%, Research Presentation 20%, Workshop 20%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Thomas Wanner

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Plan, design and manage an applied research project within an international development context
    2 Apply relevant research methods to achieve research objectives
    3 Critically analyse and reflect on development knowledge and its application in the development field
    4 Professionaly present a development research project with the intent to show significance and application to development practice
    5 Work effectively in teams to develop and develop problem-solving strategies for international development issues
    6 Critically reflect on own learning, knowledge and skills in relation of becoming a future development professional
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-3, 5-6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no required resources for this course.
    All needed resources will be provided on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is taught in 2 hour seminars/workshops were students will work together to discuss development issues and  develop their research project.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Structured and self-directed learning
    10 hours online learning activities per week = 120 hours per semester
    2 hours workshop per week= 24 hours per semester
    8 hours reading and research per week= 96 hours per semester
    6 hours assignment preparation per week= 72 hours per semester

    TOTAL = 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course is structured into 2 hour workshops each week. The topic of each workshop will be determined by the knowledge and skills of the student cohort. Students will decide on the course topics at the beginning of the course. Topics in relation to the research project will be covered in lectures and workshops; eg. problem-solving; designing a research project; development ethics and practice; sustainability of development programs and projects.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are required to attend at leat 90% of all seminars/workshops.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students work together in groups to develop their research project
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Research essay or report (6000 words) Formative and summative

    end of the semester

    60% 1-3
    Research presentation Summative To be scheduled during seminars 20% 4
    Workshop preparation (2000 words)

    End of semester

    Modified arrangements have been made to assessments and the details provided here reflect recent updates.
    1. Research essay or report - now 50%
    2. Research presentation - no change
    3. Workshop preparation: now Research Project Preparation - 20%
    4. Self and Peer Assessment - added - 10%

    Assessment Related Requirements
    endance at SGDE workshopsis compulsory (students are required to attend at least 90% of all workshops); students need to submit all required assessment pieces for marking.
    Assessment Detail
    Research essay or report (6000 words) (60%) : Students are required todesign, research and write a 6,000 words essay or report about an international development issue/theory/practice.

    Presentation (20%): Students will present their research findings in the workshops.
    Workshop Preparation (2,000 words) (20%): students are required to collect and show their preparatory work for the workshops in a journal (2,000 words) (this includes critical reviews of relevant readings; analysis and choice of relevant research methods for their project; and so on).
    All assignments will be submitted electronically on MyUni.
    The Faculty policies for late submissions and extensions for assignments will apply.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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