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
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