Course Outline Of Masters In Development Management And Practice (MDMP) In Brac University

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Students are required to take 42 credits to fulfil the requirements for the Masters in Development Management and Practice (MDMP) program. These include three Foundation courses (1 credit each), twelve core courses (3 credits each), and a field internship with a written report (3 credits). 

Structure of the Program

   Course Type

No. of courses

Credits

Foundation courses

1

3

Core courses

12

36

Field Internship and Report

-

3

Total

 

42



The Foundation courses (in basic economics, basic development economics and basic statistics) are required courses. A total of 12 core courses will be offered. Each course will include three hours of classroom lectures. All students must take all 12 core courses. However, a maximum waiver of three foundation courses and two core courses may be given to students who have taken similar courses in the recent past. Course waiver will follow the BRACU Course Equivalence Policy. 

All students must also complete a one semester long internship on completion of the course work before they receive their degree. Students from development agencies may conduct their internship at their respective agencies. The internship will be supervised jointly by BDI faculty and host organization’s supervisors. Students will submit internship reports for evaluation and grading. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the internship.

Duration of the Program

The duration of the program will be one year (three semesters) excluding the field internship component. 

Courses

Students need to take the following courses as part of their MDMP program.

A. Foundation Courses

Objectives of Foundation Courses

As the program expects to draw students from different background, this package of foundation courses will prepare them for the core courses. Students who have studied these or related courses earlier may be given waiver as per the decision of BRACU Course Equivalence Policy. 

Course Number Course Title Credits

Course Number             

Course Title                              

Credits

MDP 311

Basic Economics

1

MDP 312

Basic Development Economics

1

MDP 313

Basic Statistics

1

 


B. Core Courses
Objectives of Core Courses

The MDMP core courses aim to create capacity for world class academic and technical training in development that combines core academic competency in development related natural and social sciences with practical experience in Bangladesh.

Course Number             

Course Title                               

Credits

MDP 620

Sustainable Agricultural Practices

3

MDP 621

Poverty, Livelihoods, Food and nutrition Security

3

MDP 622

Urbanization ,Urban dynamics and Development

3

MDP 623

Environment and Climate Change : Introduction, Adaptation and Mitigation

3

MDP 624

Governance and Public Policy for Sustainable Development

3

MDP 625

Sustainable Livelihood – Concepts, Institutions and Policies

3

MDP 626

Health Development and Health System Management

3

MDP 627

Management I (Program Management for Sustainable Development: Processes and Practices)

3

MDP 628

Development Research: Concepts, Methods and Applications

3

MDP 629

Global Issues in Sustainable Development

3

MDP 630

Management II (Financial and Social Performance Management for Sustainable Development)

3

MDP 631

Communication, Negotiation and Leadership for Sustainable Development

3

MDP 690

Field Internship

3

 


Field Component and Internship

BRAC University places strong emphasis on the field component of MDMP, which is divided into two parts. The first part consists of two weeks per semester (six weeks in total), one week at the middle and the other at the end of each semester. The six-week in-semester field components are designed to give students a thorough understanding of classroom learning in real life situations on topics based on the courses taken in the specific semester. Typical topics include rural and urban poverty, how to ensure sustainable agricultural practices to fight poverty and how to fight the effects of climate change etc. Prior to going on the field, students receive specific assignments and relevant guidelines designed by course teachers. Upon returning from the field visit, students must submit a written report for each of the courses taught during the semester. They are also required to give a formal presentation of their report. Both the written reports and presentation are graded as per part of course performance.

The second part of the field component is the final mandatory semester-long internship. This portion of the degree is worth 6 credits and will count towards the final grade. BRAC University can assist in arranging for students to be placed in different organizations for the duration of the internship. Students can also arrange their own internship opportunities with approval from BRAC University. If a student is already working in a development organization, he/she can go back to their place of work (on-¬the-job training) and include that in lieu of a separate internship. All students must have two supervisors for the field internship; one must be a faculty member of BRAC University and the other must be from their respective workplace. Students are required to meet with their supervisors at least twice a month. All students must also submit an internship report.

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