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Institutional development

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  • Points: 30
  • Code: TU872
  • Level: Postgraduate

Student reviews

This is probably the most important course in the Development Management programme. Its name does little to reveal the true purpose of this course. After spending a few weeks working out what is meant by institutions, the course begins to fall into place.

So why is this the most important? First of all it is a hard course, there are few ready answers and it starts tackling when development happens and how development happens and how we can make development happen. This is not easy.

If you've studied TU871 and TU875 you will be familiar with the 'world of problems' that development managers seek to tackle. If you've studied TU870 you will be familiar with the tools that development managers use. At the end of these courses you may still be thinking how do I make that 'good change' or contribute to 'good change' or make some sort of difference.

TU872 is the start of the answer to that question. By looking at institutions as the vehicle for making the good change we encountered in TU870.

This is a complex course with difficult ideas. But by giving you a framework to answer the question 'how can development happen?' it provides you with tools to make a difference.

It is hard, at times dry, but ultimately uplifting as hopefully you will have the ideas and tools to tackle the world of problems.

Christopher Fyfe

Course starting: May 2012

Review posted: April 2013

Please note

Each of the views expressed above is an individual's very particular response, largely unedited, and should be viewed with that in mind. Since modules are subject to regular updating, some of the issues identified may have already been addressed. In some instances the faculty may have provided a response to a comment. If you have a query about a particular module, please contact your Regional Centre.


Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the November 2016 presentation of TU872. The survey was carried out in 2017.

15 students (a response rate of 31.9%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

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% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 93.3 14
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 93.3 14
The module provided good value for money 66.7 10
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 78.6 11
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 100 15
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 93.3 14
I would recommend this module to other students 86.7 13
The module met my expectations 78.6 11
I enjoyed studying this module 86.7 13
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 60 9
Faculty comment: "The module team is pleased that most respondents are highly satisfied with module quality, teaching materials, assessment and clarity of learning objectives. Students responses show they have enjoyed and would recommend this module, stating that it met their expectations. Although we have eased the pacing of the module and reduced the workload from November 2016 in response to feedback, some students still find the module demanding. This is a post-foundational module in a Masters qualification, so students should expect to be challenged by the material, while enhancing their study skills and extending their thinking and reflective practice in institutional development."
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