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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
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 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 60.00 %
Forum 1 7.50 %
Forum 2 7.50 %
Forum 3 7.50 %
Forum 4 7.50 %
Forum 5 7.50 %
Forum 6 7.50 %
Forum 7 7.50 %
Forum 8 7.50 %
Week 2 - Term Paper Subject 5.00 %
Week 2 - Term Paper Subject 5.00 %
Week 3 - Term Paper Outline 10.00 %
Week 3 - Term Paper Outline 10.00 %
Week 8 - Term Paper 25.00 %
Week 8 - Term Paper 25.00 %

The materials are all online and from the APUS online library. They are contained in the course lessons and Forums and Assignments as needed.

Netlibrary—you can read directly online. Note, printing is one page at a time and, depending on number of users at any one time, you may be locked out.

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:9781452258447
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.