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132.213 Policy Analysis and Evaluation (15 credits)

The principles, role and application of analytical techniques in planning and policy analysis. Economic, social and environmental impact assessment. Evaluation techniques, including Goals Achievement Matrix, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Planning Balance Sheet, Optimisation and Multicriteria Evaluation, with skill development based on laboratory exercises.

Details Details

  • Year: 2017
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Semester Two full semester
  • Location: Manawatu Campus
  • Coordinator: Ms Emma Fergusson
  • Subject: Resource & Environmental Plan
  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

  • Prerequisite(s): At least 45 credits from 100 level.

Special notes

  • Attendance at a compulsory weekly 2 hour computer lab is required.


  • Start Date: Monday 17 July, 2017
  • End date: Wednesday 15 November, 2017

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 31 July, 2017
  • Without academic penalty: Monday 16 October, 2017

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. An appreciation of the type of assessment and evaluation techniques that can be applied to policy and planning problems.
  2. The ability to apply basic analytical skills to a range of policy and planning problems in a computer-based environment.
  3. Technical skills using a variety of software tools.
  4. Operational competency in constructing spreadsheet models for simulation and policy analysis purposes.
  5. Confidence in applying critical thinking to planning issues.
  6. Creativity in using planning analysis techniques to understand complex problems.
  7. Competency in effectively communicating analysis results.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Weighting Note
1 Test 15.0%
2 Essay 25.0%
3 Research Presentation 20.0%
4 Invigilated Examination 40.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.


There are no set texts for this course.

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