230701

Evaluation: Theory and Principles

An advanced examination of the context, theories, and principles of evaluation research, and what it means to undertake evaluative activity in a range of social sector settings.

Course code

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230701

Level

The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).

700-level

Credits

Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.

30

Subject

Humanities Social Sciences

Course planning information

General progression requirements

You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the history and contestation of prominent theories and approaches to evaluation.
  • 2 Critically appraise the extent and sophistication of their own knowledge of evaluation.
  • 3 Critically evaluate different purposes of evaluative activity.
  • 4 Evaluate the principles of evaluation design in both theoretical and practical contexts.
  • 5 Compare and critique evaluative approaches as they are produced and applied in social sector contexts in NZ and overseas.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.

Assessments

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 5 40%
Written Assignment 1 4 45%
Written Assignment 1 3 10%
Written Assignment 2 4 5%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
Participation
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Portfolio
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Simulation
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Test
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Recommended

EVALUATION ROOTS (SECOND EDITION): A WIDER PERSPECTIVE OF THEORISTS VIEWS AND INFLUENCES

Author
ALKIN, MARVIN C.
ISBN
9781412995740
Edition
2ND
Publisher
Footprint

FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES IN EVALUATION

Author
SMITH, N. & BRANDON, P.
ISBN
9781593853426
Edition
2008
Publisher
Footprint

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