Online Microcredential in Business & Management

Global Development in Practice: Designing an Intervention

Use development management tools and frameworks to plan, implement and evaluate development interventions in practice.

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Build practical skills for managing development interventions

Development is a complex process, and managing development intervention requires a combination of purposeful design and the confidence to adapt flexibly to changing circumstances.

On this microcredential, you’ll build the skills to effectively manage the development intervention process on the ground.

Using real-life case studies, you’ll engage with development tools, frameworks and methodologies that can be used for planning, implementing and evaluating development interventions.

As well as practical development strategies, you’ll explore the associated theoretical issues and debates.

What skills will you learn?

  • People management
  • Data management
  • Project planning
  • Planning development
  • Logistics
  • Business communications
  • Project management
  • Data analytics

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Apply tools, methods and frameworks for investigation and analysis aimed at informing development policy and practice
  • Construct and communicate arguments using clear conceptual frameworks, integrating quantitative and qualitative evidence
  • Use sound methodological principles and practices to investigate a development management problem
  • Critically analyse the contexts, processes and outcomes of development interventions, and the relationships by means of which interventions are undertaken
  • Gather and make effective use of data of various sorts, from diverse sources, and from different media

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To study for this postgraduate microcredential, you must hold a bachelors degree or an equivalent level qualification.

It is also recommended that you have experience of working in the global development industry.

If English is not your first language, it is recommended you hold a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for practitioners working in the global development industry. This could include those working for non-governmental organisations, the public sector, governmental bodies, or for volunteers working in community action projects.

Professionals who’d benefit from the microcredential could be working as development managers, field workers, planning managers, project managers, project officers, country managers, or regional managers.

Please note this microcredential closes for enrolment 2 March 2020.

Syllabus

What happens before, during, and after your microcredential.

  • Before learning

    You'll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with your fellow learners and read any announcements or information relating to your microcredential.
  • Course

    From 16 Mar 2020

    Global Development in Practice: Designing an Intervention

    This course will provide you with the skills, tools and methodologies to plan a development intervention.

    12 weeks
    13 hours per week
  • After learning

    Once you’ve successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your academic credits from The Open University. You’ll have ongoing, unlimited access to the course materials.

What you will receive

15 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The Open University

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. You’ll earn transferable academic credit to build towards a full degree, or your microcredential can stand alone as an independent qualification.

Learn online with a leading university

Complete online courses led by expert tutors over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited qualification.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Learn more about the Common Microcredential Framework

Career-focused learning by The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established1969
  • LocationMilton Keynes, UK
  • World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Delivered by expert academics

Giles Mohan

Giles Mohan

I am Professor of International Development at the Open University. My research is mainly on Africa, and how Africans seek to shape their own development futures.

When would you like to start?

We aim to run our microcredentials every few months. Join on the date that suits you or register to hear from an enrolment advisor about future runs and updates.

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Frequently asked questions

We can accept payments made by card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) or PayPal via our online system.

You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. You can find more information in our refund policy.

Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

Microcredentials are stand-alone products, designed to meet specific learner and employer needs and offer a credential ‘in their own right’. However, those awarded by the Open University do have a credit value at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and so may indeed be used towards qualifications (eg a Bachelor’s Degree, Diploma of Higher Education or Post Graduate Certificate) at the Open University, or potentially at another University (subject to the agreement of the receiving institution).

To get your microcredential credit recognised towards a qualification at the Open University, see our Credit transfer information. Please note that, at the time of writing, credit transfer at the Open University is only possible in multiples of 30 credits (ie two 15-credit micro-credentials, or three 10-credit micro-credentials). Different institutions will have their own policies. As the Open University expands our microcredential offer, we will recognise smaller credit chunks and update our credit transfer policies, so there will be various opportunities to use your microcredential towards a qualification in the future if you so choose.

Want to know more? Read the microcredential FAQs, or contact us.