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ZUG3062 - Community development project management

Undergraduate – Unit

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Faculty of Social and Health Sciences


South Africa

  • Second Semester 2021 (Day)

15 Credits


The principal aim of this module is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of how to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate community development programmes and projects. The module explains the contexts and scope of working with communities including conducting the necessary community tasks such as profiling  and community research towards the development of vulnerable communities within South Africa, the African continent and internationally. It addresses the pivotal role of a community development worker as members of multidisciplinary teams. The approach to community development projects explores the developmental approach to working with communities with a focus on sustainable livelihoods, strength based and empowerment theories.


  • Give a critical exposition of the context for community development projects
  • Critically discuss theoretical frameworks for development
  • Describe the principles of community development projects and the roles of community development workers
  • Demonstrate a variety of community development skills
  • Illustrate understanding the project life cycle and the project management process
  • Explain the concepts and techniques used to plan, implement and monitor and evaluate projects
  • Provide a report of an established community development project through a site visit to a community project.


Within semester/Formative assessment: 70%
Examination/Summative assessment: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average one/two hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.