University of Bradford
Bradford Centre for International Development
Awarding and teaching institution: University of Bradford
Final award: Postgraduate Certificate
Programme title: Project Planning, Appraisal and Management (CDB)
Programme accredited by: University of Bradford
Duration: Modular (1 year)
Date produced: October 2006
Programme Aims and Objective
The University, through the Bradford Centre for International Development will provide a
professional development programme for the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in Project
Planning, Appraisal and Management. The overall aim is to improve the quality and efficiency of
project administration in Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs). The aim will be achieved by
increasing the skills and knowledge of a cadre of senior and mid-level professionals and
managers in the concepts, principles and practice of project formulation and financial analysis,
economic analysis and assessment of project impact and the technical skills of project execution.
On successful completion of the course, you will be able to apply, at an advanced level:
- principles of project formulation and financial analysis ;
- principles of economic analysis and the assessment of project impact; and
- principles of project management and project execution
In addition, you will have developed relevant disciplinary skills, including:
- co-ordination of participation and stakeholder analysis, preparation of logical frameworks, and
financial analysis of projects
- preparation of an advanced investment appraisal and economic cost benefit analysis and the
formulation of a project impact assessment
- development and leadership of project organisations and teams, preparation of a project
implementation plan and budget, assessment and management of project risk, project
procurement, and the establishment of a project management system
You will also have the opportunity to develop your personal skills in engagement with relevant
literature, the use of spreadsheets for applied quantitative analysis, teamworking, the critical
examination of project documents, and the application of planning and management skills in a
variety of situations.
The curriculum is derived from the syllabus of three 20-credit units from the University of
Bradford’s Masters course unit catalogue. These are core modules for the postgraduate
programmes offered by the Bradford Centre for International Development.
CDB Course module
1 ID-7081D Project Formulation and Financial Analysis (CDB)
2 ID-7082D Economic Analysis and Impact Assessment (CDB)
3 ID-7083D Project Execution (CDB)
The curriculum is subject to the University's course approval, monitoring and review procedures.
Teaching, learning and assessment strategy
Each individual module will involve a two-week residential component consisting of 30 hours
presentation by BCID staff (covering the lecture material of the Bradford module), 30 hours case
studies relevant to the context in which the participants work, up to 40 hours directed study based
on a reading list to be provided by the module leaders. This will be followed by a ten-week home-
based e-learning component, of 10 hours study per week, amounting to 100 hours of individual
study leading to the preparation of a 2,500 word assignment.
The typical teaching day will comprise three hours lecturing in the morning and an associated
three hour seminar/workshop/tutorial (in the form of a case study in the afternoon) over the 10
days of delivery. The directed study will take place mostly around the time of delivery of the
module, consisting of directed reading, preparation of case studies and so on. It is expected that
some directed study will take place both before and after the residential course, particularly
related to academic skills.
Lectures will develop key concepts, theories and identify issues in policy and practice. Seminars
and workshops based on small group work will focus on applying concepts developed in the
lectures to identified case studies. Student seminar and workshop presentations provide an
opportunity for formative and oral feedback as well as peer review and discussion. Case study
work and directed study provide you with opportunities to research, develop, demonstrate and
critique knowledge on specific topics of the course.
Assessment for each unit is scheduled for completion within three months of the date of delivery
of the unit.
The mode of assessment for each course component is shown on the course unit descriptors.
Assessments will be set and marked by University of Bradford staff, and subject to the University’s
external examination procedures. Assessment will be carried out within the University of
Bradford’s standard regulations for the assessment of postgraduate taught courses, published at
To achieve the award of Postgraduate Certificate, participants must study 60 credits, and achieve
at least 40% in the assessment of units amounting to 40 credits and at least 35% in the other 20
The students to be admitted for this postgraduate programme have been nominated by the CDB
based on their educational qualification, and professional/project experience. Papers are reviewed
by BCID staff prior to final acceptance.