Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Fundamentals of Evaluation SPS5039

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will present different approaches to, and goals of, evaluation, and discuss critical issues in evaluation practice including: ethical issues, the importance of stakeholder relationships, participatory evaluation, reporting, quality assurance, and the use of findings.

Timetable

10 weekly two hour seminars

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Summative assessment will be through coursework which will include; a) a student and tutor-marked in-course presentation (10-15 minutes); and b) a written essay, critical review or case study (3,000 words), which will be guided and informed by the formative assessment.

Course Aims

This course aims to introduce students to the main approaches to, and goals of, evaluation, and support them to develop an in-depth understanding of critical issues in evaluation practice, including: ethical issues, the importance of stakeholder relationships, participatory evaluation, reporting, quality assurance, and how to maximise the impact of findings.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

 

1. Identify and characterise the main approaches to, and goals of, evaluation

2. Suggest the most appropriate responses to the main ethical issues that arise in the course of evaluation

3. Identify the key stakeholders in evaluations and the kinds of relationships evaluators have with them

4. Critically assess the benefits and challenges of participatory evaluation

5. Identify the most appropriate ways to report evaluation findings

6. Meet high standards of project evaluation and judge the quality of others' evaluations

7. Maximise the use and impact of evaluation findings.

8. Structure ideas effectively both orally and in written forms, work effectively independently and in groups, and develop effective time management skills

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.