Development Tools and Skills (L2146S)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Explore a range of key tools, approaches and skills used in the development world to identify, design and evaluate development interventions.

The module will take a hands-on approach, allowing you to develop skills that are useful in development. They will also be useful in many other types of work in public policy, private and voluntary sectors.

You’ll study skills and tools such as:

  • project management
  • problem analysis
  • stakeholder analysis
  • risk analysis
  • cost-benefit analysis
  • logical frameworks.

You will also gain experience of working in teams, as well as in presenting clear and convincing arguments, and in advocacy and negotiating.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Group presentation)
80%: Examination (Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: