INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-638
Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Introduction to a specific technique or approach currently used in the international development field, focusing on project planning, community development, action research, or another similar area. Usually offered every term. May be taken pass/fail only.

SIS-638
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Organizational Development

Change in organizations is both a function and result of changes in the external and internal organizational environment. For an organization to increase its effectiveness, certain fundamental skills must be practiced. In this course students consider how "double loop learning" and the tenets of The Fifth Discipline can help in the change process. Using a hands-on approach, the class considers how leadership guides and directs the organizational development (OD) process, the role structure plays in OD, how human resources can enhance the OD process, how organizational culture can prevent OD, and how the dysfunctions of an organization can prevent an organization's growth and development. Students learn to use several tools to foster the process of OD in the areas of leadership development, human resources development, culture change, and restructuring organizations.

SIS-638
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Project and Program Evaluation

This course focuses on the development of skills to evaluate projects and programs using a variety of qualitative tools. It provides a basic understanding of the steps to include in preparing for and conducting an evaluation and includes you as the evaluator; designing programs and designing evaluations; developing indicators; and practicing the use of several different tools.

SIS-638
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Gender Analysis and Development

This course explores the concept of gender and its practical application to international development programs and policy. It covers a variety of analytical and planning tools as well as frameworks and methodologies developed and used by gender practitioners and activists worldwide. The course takes a broad approach to development, including strategies that address basic needs and those that promote rights and strengthen civil society.

SIS-638
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Business-NGO Partnership Building

Provides the skills and knowledge to build successful cross-sector partnerships between businesses and NGOs based on practical experience. Covers skills that can be applied to all stages of this process: from networking, building relationships and trust, to writing an MOU, implementing a partnership and measuring outcomes.

SIS-638
006
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Innovation in Business Development

This course exposes students to new strategies to assist micro and small entrepreneurs in vital business development services (BDS) such as business training, market access and assistance, product development, and advisory and information services, among others. The course acquaints students with emerging and innovative ideas on BDS best practices including the essential principles and core skills behind the design and management of BDS interventions to create well-functioning BDS markets. The course exposes students to the wide range of business development services currently in use around the globe, groundbreaking new BDS strategies, major intervention types and techniques, and tools and practices. A practical emphasis draws lessons from donor and practitioner agencies across the world through case studies and group exercises to illustrate emerging approaches to business services in different contexts (urban, rural, peri-urban, and transitional economies) and types of enterprises targeted (micro, small, and medium scale enterprises) to facilitate learning and enhance the skills and knowledge of students in the design and management of BDS interventions.

SIS-638
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Stata for Economics/Development

This course provides students with a basic but solid understanding of the statistical package Stata 11.1 or 12, in order to use it to conduct rigorous and professional economic analysis. Students learn how to manage and create Stata files and data sets; create variables in Stata that are commonly used in economic analysis; and develop their capacity to analyze economic data using Stata. The course is geared towards students with limited or no previous experience with Stata, however students with more experience with the software can also use this course to enhance their skills. A basic understanding of statistics and multivariate analysis is helpful, but not required.

SIS-638
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Budgeting for Development

The government's budget often plays a role in creating--or addressing--development challenges such as illiteracy, maternal and child mortality, unclean water, and inadequate food. A growing number of civil society groups have taken up monitoring and analyzing their governments' budgets to determine the role the budget has played in the situations they are tackling. Many local, national, and international NGOs now recognize that their analysis of a situation is inadequate unless they have considered how the budget might be involved, and how advocacy around changes in the budget might help improve the situation of the people with and for whom they work. In this course students explore the various ways governments' budgets are related to development and human rights problems and are introduced to the budget cycle and actors in the budget process. They learn the fundamentals of how to read a budget, are introduced to some budget monitoring methodologies, and practice some basic budget analysis calculations. They also learn about how civil society groups have used this knowledge and these skills to enable access to education in Argentina, improve public housing in Northern Ireland, and increase access to jobs in India, as well as to HIV/AIDS treatment in South Africa.

SIS-638
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Accounting Comes Alive for Development Practitioners

This course looks at the principles of accounting, finance, and business and their application to the development environment. Using the graphical Color Accounting learning system, the course establishes a logical and linguistic foundation for accounting. With a solid reporting framework in place, case studies of real business situations are examined. Students learn to use balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements to analyze the performance of reporting entities. The challenges of financial management and control are explored, along with practices for auditing and mitigating those challenges. The key issues of generally-accepted accounting practice are covered, along with abuses thereof so that the students can test the veracity of information they receive.

SIS-638
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Project Design

This course takes students through the first two of the six phases of the project cycle: project identification and design; and project initiation. The hard skills learned or strengthened are as follows: problem analysis, objectives analysis, organizational capacity assessment, stakeholder analysis, theory of change (pathway of change, interventions, indicators, assumptions), grant proposal elements, and selection of implementing partner. Prerequisite: prior academic experience with writing a literature review based on explanatory social science research.

SIS-638
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Project Monitoring and Evaluation

This course takes students through phases three, four, and five of the six phases of the project cycle: project planning; project implementation; and project evaluation. The hard skills learned or strengthened are as follows: initial community visits (data collection tools, quantitative and qualitative, including information and communications technology (ICT) solutions); logical framework (both horizontal template and 4x4 matrix) (inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, indicators, means of verification, assumptions); indicator protocols, process and informative evaluations, monitoring and evaluation means of verification templates (including survey construction), data quality protection; and communication plan (including change management system). Prerequisite: prior academic experience with writing a literature review based on explanatory social science research and completion of SIS-638 004 Project Design.