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Drawing on the latest research and insights, the Evaluation course offers a suite of subjects that will provide students with extensive knowledge and skills of evaluation theory and practice that can be applied to work settings.

The subjects familiarise students with theories underlying policy and program development, ethical practice, key concepts and approaches to evaluation and the various roles of an evaluator.

Undertaking single subjects allows you the opportunity to study according to your interest and expertise and specialise in the area(s) of your choice.

If you choose to further your study after taking single subjects, you can still study in the Evaluation course by choosing from the following course options:

Single subject options

The subjects available for study include:

Foundations of Evaluation 12.5

Foundations of Evaluation

This subject provides students with an introduction to evaluation fundamentals, including: the nature and purposes of evaluation, the logic of evaluation, types of evaluations, values, and professional standards.

Detailed Information EDUC90850
Type Core
Applied Research Methodology 12.5

Applied Research Methodology

This subject is designed to provide you with an overview of the methodologies for conducting research in evaluation. In particular, the subject provides you with an introduction to the philosophical backgrounds and influences on social research, epistemological and ontological considerations, and the basic foundations of research design, logic of inquiry, and ethics of social research. You will work on developing research questions and operationalise them to enable data gathering, analysis and interpretation as well as evaluate existing social research.

Detailed Information EDUC90848
Type Core
Practice of Evaluation 12.5

Practice of Evaluation

This subject focuses on connecting theory to evaluation practice. Topics include: evaluation-specific tools and methods; planning, conducting and managing evaluations; stakeholder engagement strategies; and evaluation reporting.

You should complete Foundations of Evaluation and Applied Research for Evaluation before commencing Practice of Evaluation.

Detailed Information EDUC90847
Type Core
Current Evaluation and Research Topics 12.5

Current Evaluation and Research Topics

In this subject, students will focus on developing the skills and knowledge needed to effectively evaluate emerging topics, issues, and approaches throughout their evaluation careers. To this end, we will explore and evaluate a series of topics that have recently emerged in research and evaluation, and/or recent developments in existing approaches, practices, and methods. The first 4 weeks of the subject will be led by the instructor, current Masters by Research and PhD students, and other experts presenting on key topics. The final 4 weeks will be focused on student research projects, either in teams or as individuals, to understand, evaluate, and report on current topics of their choice.

In addition to content knowledge in the topic areas, students will gain experience working in teams; conducting peer marking; reviewing, evaluating, and synthesising literature; and using technology to disseminate information.

Detailed Information EDUC90799
Type Elective
Developing Evaluation Capacity 12.5

Developing Evaluation Capacity

This subject is based on a growing trend of sectors and organisations asking evaluators to build and develop their capacity in evaluation thinking and practice.

This subject will explore the fundamentals of evaluation capacity building, the concept of developing evaluation capacity with individuals, teams and organisations and how to apply these concepts in practice.

Detailed Information EDUC90719
Type Elective
Debates in Evaluation 12.5

Debates in Evaluation

This subject examines the origins and evolution of evaluation theories, models and approaches. Topics covered include: the nature and role of evaluation theory; pioneering figures and major debates in evaluation’s short but rich history; approaches to classifying evaluation theories; and, the relationship between evaluation theory and contemporary practice.

Detailed Information EDUC90715
Type Elective
Evaluation and Value for Money 12.5

Evaluation and Value for Money

Analysing and comparing costs with results involves a particular set of thinking and tasks – including economic methods of evaluation as well as wider considerations. In this subject, students will focus on developing the basic skills and knowledge needed to engage with evaluation in this area appropriately and effectively in their own practice.

Detailed Information EDUC90851
Type Elective
Impact Evaluation 12.5

Impact Evaluation

This subject analyses design options for establishing the impact of social interventions. Topics include: causation; dealing with issues of attribution; conceptual and technical considerations associated with experimental and quasi-experimental design; and alternative strategies for causal analysis.

Detailed Information EDUC90849
Type Elective
Quantitative Methods for Evaluation 12.5

Quantitative Methods for Evaluation

This course provides students with an introduction to the collection, analysis and reporting of quantitative data in research and evaluation studies. Topics will include: Philosophy of quantitative methodology; types of data; samples and populations; descriptive and inferential statistics; exploratory and confirmatory data analysis; survey design and questionnaire construction; and displaying data using SPSS.

Detailed Information MAST90078
Type Elective
Mixed Methods Research & Evaluation 12.5

Mixed Methods Research & Evaluation

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of mixed methods research and evaluation. Topics that will be covered include: the emergence of mixed methods approaches; nature and purposes of mixed methods studies; choosing mixed methods designs; synthesis of mixed methods data; strengths and limitations of mixed methods research and evaluation projects. Practical aspects of the course will involve the design of a mixed methods study incorporating qualitative and quantitative data sources.

Detailed Information EDUC90717
Type Elective
Qualitative Methods for Evaluation 12.5

Qualitative Methods for Evaluation

This subject provides students with an introduction to the theory and application of qualitative inquiry. Topics that will be examined include: orientations to, and debates surrounding, qualitative approaches; the collection, display and analysis of qualitative data; the use of systematic methods of data reduction, display and analysis and how qualitative research methods are commonly used in evaluation studies.

Detailed Information EDUC90716
Type Elective
Evaluation in Education 12.5

Evaluation in Education

This subject will introduce students entering, or already in, the education sector to the many ways that evaluation is used in education. The subject will begin with an introduction to the origins and the political and social contexts of evaluation as well as the nature and logic of evaluation. Subsequent weeks will focus on the applied fields of evaluation set in the context of education. There are six applied fields of evaluation that will be covered: 1) performance evaluation (student assessment; teacher reflective practice); 2) product evaluation (curriculum effectiveness); 3) program evaluation (school accreditation; organisational/systems-level evaluation); 4) personnel evaluation (teacher performance appraisal; principal performance appraisal); 5) policy evaluation (policy to practice and practice to policy studies); 6) proposal evaluation (assessing grant-making applications for funding). The subject will culminate with a look at meta-evaluation (evaluating evaluations).

Detailed Information EDUC90933
Type Elective


The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week and includes independent study, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

Entry requirements

To be considered for entry to a single subject in the Evaluation course, course you must meet the selection criteria for one of the courses below:

Most courses have multiple intakes per year. Check the dates of upcoming terms.

Fees and scholarships

The fee for students who enrol in a single subject in Evaluation is:

2017 A$2,836

Fees are the same for both domestic and international students.

Each subject is designed by academics, subject coordinators and learning designers to deliver an interactive and enriching experience, with regular contact from lecturers, tutors and a dedicated online Student Support team.

The fee listed above is for a 12.5 point subject undertaken in 2017. Fees are subject to review annually by the University. However, any increase in fee will not exceed 5 per cent per annum.

Fees are paid on a per subject basis each term and are payable upfront. Should you require any assistance, please contact our Student Support team.

Next intakes

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TermApplications closeTeaching period
Term 4, 201711 September, 20172 Oct - 4 Dec
Term 1, 20188 January, 201829 Jan - 1 Apr
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