Explain and assess the theory and practice of project evaluation and Demonstrate an understanding of cost benefit analysis

Demonstrate a capacity to use economic principles in the analysis of explain why the selected economy has performed the way it has (reflecting on how these principles fit within a broader global context).
December 19, 2017
Justifying the costs and benefits that you include and explaining the valuation techniques used
December 19, 2017

Explain and assess the theory and practice of project evaluation and Demonstrate an understanding of cost benefit analysis

  • Addresses learning outcome(s):
    • On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to: 1. Explain and assess the theory and practice of project evaluation;
    • Demonstrate an understanding of cost benefit analysis;
    • Apply the techniques covered in the unit with an understanding of a set of evaluation concepts;
    • Demonstrate an increased awareness of current affairs and their critical implications regarding resource allocation; and
    • Show a developed ability to solve problems in most workplaces.
  • Related graduate attribute(s):
    • UC graduates are professional – communicate effectively
    • UC graduates are professional – employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
    • UC graduates are professional – use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
    • UC graduates are global citizens – adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
    • UC graduates are global citizens – think globally about issues in their profession
    • UC graduates are lifelong learners – adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
    • UC graduates are lifelong learners – reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development

 

The Task: This is the third assessment and it builds on the earlier work, draws on feedback received from the lecturer and discussion throughout the semester.

You are required to prepare a Cost Benefit Report which demonstrates, by application, your understanding of the practical issues involved in preparing a professional evaluation of the project or program that you have chosen. As indicated above it is highly recommended that your project or program is relevant to your discipline area.

The cost benefit report should, as far as possible, cover the key points from the core lecture and seminar topics.  It should begin with a description of the project including objectives, existing situation and alternatives.  The source of all the data used should be clearly indicated.  The basis of any estimates or synthetic (made up) data should be explained (However you should place  complex explanations in an Appendix).  Cost benefit techniques such as non-market valuation, discounting, sensitivity analysis, distributional impacts, and decision rules should all be used and explained where appropriate.

Particular emphasis should be placed on justifying the costs and benefits that you include and explaining the valuation techniques used.  The quantification of the value of the economic impact (cost or benefit) should be justified by explaining the method of valuation of that impact.

The Kingsford Smith Airport and the Tennant Creek Dam examples (see Moodle)  can be used as a good guide to the content and format of the report.  The main criteria in marking the Report will be how well the student understands the cost benefit method.  Rather than getting the “right” number from the analysis this requires use and explanation of the appropriate techniques for the context and purpose for which they are used.  Your report should include explanations of why certain techniques were used including consideration of their strengths and weaknesses.

In choosing your project or programme you should look for topics that allow a breadth of analysis. Such topics will present challenges in valuation and in contextualising the problem at hand. Your topic must have a social and an economic dimension. Topics that are predominantly about private costs and benefits or financial viability to the investor are NOT suitable for this unit. If in doubt discuss your project or programme choice with your tutor or lecturer.

 

 

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