Course Title: Project Management

Course No.: RDS 564

Nature of the Course: Theory                                           Period per Week: 3

Year: First                                                                             Time per Period: 1 hour

Semester: Second                                                                Total Period: 48

Level: MA


Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to acquaint the students with the basic idea of rural project management. The course aims at developing the skills in students of project monitoring and evaluation, linking project design and its results and monitoring and evaluation of development projects in the Nepalese context.

Course Contents                                                                                                     LH

Unit 1. Introduction to Project Management                                                  8

1.1 Concept and characteristics of project and project management

1.2 Project classification

1.3 Inter-relation between plan, program, project and activities

1.4 Project cycle

1.5 Skill, role and responsibilities of a project manager

Unit 2. Project Identification, Formulation, Appraisal and Implementation                                                                                       16

2.1 Project Identification- Preliminary study

2.1.1 Situation Analysis

2.2 Project Formulation-Comprehensive study, analysis and planning

2.2.1 Feasibility Study

2.2.2 Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Tree and Objective Analysis, Strategy Analysis, SWOT Analysis

2.2.3 Logical Framework, Work Plan Scheduling, Budget Scheduling and project proposal

2.3 Project Appraisal

Criteria, Cost benefit Analysis

2.4 Project Implementation

2.4.1 Ensuring effective operations

2.4.2 Capacity building of local stakeholders

2.4.3 Implementing a project


Unit III: Monitoring and Evaluation                                                         16

3.1 Concept, difference, types and objectives, and basis of M&E

3.2 Concept and basics of Result based M&E

3.3 Results based monitoring

Typologies, Bases, Provisions and methods

3.4 Results based evaluation

Evaluation in different phases, criteria, evaluation arrangement, methods

3.5 Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation

Objectives, Methods and Tools of Participatory M&E

3.6 Evaluation Report

3.7 Critical Reflection

Unit IV: Project Management with Reference to Nepal                        8

4.1 Problems and challenges in project implementation in Nepal

4.2 Requirements for successful project management

4.3 Evolution of Monitoring and Evaluation system in Nepal

4.4 Existing method and system of monitoring and evaluation in Nepal


EU (2002). Project Cycle Management Handbook. European Commission.

FAO (2001). Project Cycle Management Technical Guide. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization.

Government of Nepal (2013). National Monitoring and Evaluation Guidelines. Kathmandu: National Planning Commission.

IFAD (2002). A Guide for Project M&E: Managing for Impact in Rural Development. Rome: International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Laurence, S. John, M. Susie, T. (2011). Project Planning and Management. London: Centre for Development, Environment and Policy.

RPRLGSP (2009). MANUAL on PROJECT CYCLE MANAGEMENT: Guidelines on Identification, Design and Implementation of Successful Local Authority Projects.

UNDP (2011). National Implementation by the Government of UNDP Supported Projects: Guidelines and Procedures. UNDP