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DEFM410 - Program Appraisal

Course Details

Course Code: DEFM410 Course ID: 3444 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to develop the basic skills essential to evaluate public programs. Knowledge of the policy process and of research methods are brought together in the execution of an ethical evaluation of how well the processes, and outcomes of a program meet the needs at which the program is targeted. This course will introduce the basic concepts of planning and carrying out an evaluation, the most commonly used analytical tools, and cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness methods. It will also introduce the basic format of evaluation reports.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
11/30/21 - 04/29/22 05/02/22 - 06/26/22 Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (LO):

LO-1 Describe the roles, responsibilities, objectives, and characteristics of program appraisal

LO-2 Explain the concept of Tailored Evaluations and the Evaluator-Stakeholder relationship

LO-3 Explain what makes a good appraisal question and specific evaluation queries

LO-4 Define appraisal problems and targets of intervention

LO-5 Define the key features of program validity/feasibility and how to monitor progress

LO-6 Describe how to identify, measure, and monitor program outcomes

LO-7 Explain effects-based appraisal

LO-8 Define the concept and role of “Meta-Analysis”

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Forum 1 6.67 %
Forum 2 6.67 %
Forum 3 6.67 %
Forum 4 6.67 %
Forum 6 6.67 %
Forum 8 6.67 %
Individual Assignments 60.00 %
Week 1 Assignment 8.57 %
Week 2 Assignment 8.57 %
Week 3 - Assignment 8.57 %
Week 4 Assignment 8.57 %
Week 5 Assignment 8.57 %
Week 8 Assignment 8.57 %
Week 7 Assignment 8.57 %

The materials are all referenced in the course lessons section, each week, for forums and Assignments as needed. There are also lessons to read each week. The book listed above could not be removed from the sylabus and is not used in this class.

Book Title:Evaluation: A Systematic Approach, 7th ed. - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom.
Publication Info:VS-Sage
Author:Rossi, Lipsey, Freeman
Unit Cost:$66.67
Electronic ISBN:9781452230993
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.