International Aid and Development in Practice - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Presentation - final presentation (30%) , Report1 - progress report (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This capstone unit provides a valuable opportunity to apply and build international aid and development skills, knowledge and networks. Students are encouraged to work with government agencies, industry or NGOs on projects relevant to IA&D, while drawing on the support of academic supervisors. While suggestions for project topics and partner organisations are provided, the onus is on students to organise projects that match their interests. The unit aims to build the capacities needed for a career as a development practitioner.


By the end of this capstone unit, you should have a sophisticated understanding of:

  1. key international aid and development (IA&D) issues and practices that are of particular relevance to you
  2. the diverse range of approaches and perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) that can be integrated when addressing these issues and practices.


By the end of the unit, you should have developed (and be applying) skills in:

  1. integrating the knowledge acquired during university studies to particular IA&D tasks
  2. designing and undertaking IA&D-related research
  3. collaborating professionally with relevant organisations
  4. creative problem-solving
  5. thinking critically about the ethical implications of research and practice
  6. articulate, persuasive communication, including preparing and delivering oral presentations to a high standard
  7. preparing a formal Project report to a professional standard
  8. being a reflective practitioner, able to reflect on progress and experiences, and critical feedback - and learn from it.
  • Presentation — final presentation (30%)
  • Report1 — progress report (20%)
  • Report2 — final report (50%)

Enrolment in the BA International Aid and Development and completion of a minimum of 48 points

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1In this unit, students are encouraged to work with government agencies, industry or NGOs on projects relevant to international aid and development,
2while drawing on the support of academic supervisors.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

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This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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