Can I receive credit for DPMI?

Students may choose to take the DPMI training for 3 or 6 units of academic credit from the Monterey Institute and the DPMI Plus practicum/internship course for 6 units. DPMI Rwanda is offered as a 4 unit course. IEM/MPA students can take a 3-unit DPMI Plus course in conjunction with the IEM practicum. Regular Monterey Institute tuition rates apply for academic credit and the $1,500 certificate fee is still required.

Students who successfully complete DPMI and wish to obtain additional academic credit for their experience (up to 12 units) may do so if they enroll in specially designated classes for DPMI participants at the Monterey Institute. These classes, for which regular academic tuition must be paid, engage participants in projects that are applications of DPMI module content. Projects may be completed on- or off-campus as there are no formal class meetings. Work is done under the supervision of a DPMI faculty member for a pass-fail grade (although under special circumstances a letter grade is awarded.)


Eligibility for DPMI Directed Study:

In order to register for DPMI directed study units, a student must have satisfactorily completed all DPMI program requirements:

1) Complete all assigned pre-readings
2) Attend all scheduled class meetings
3) Complete the written assignment required for the DPMI Certificate of Completion (i.e., the 3-5-page Statement of Development Philosophy).

Registration for DPMI 8698 A, DPMI 8698 B, and DPMI 8650A (DPMI Plus) courses should be completed through the regular registration process in Bannerweb.

DPMI Directed Study Courses (DPMI 8698):
DPMI participants may enroll in either one or two DPMI directed study courses or the new DPMI Rwanda course. Although both courses carry the same number (DPMI 8698), the course titles that appear on a student's transcript differ. The first DPMI 8698 course (Foundations of Development Project Management) is a prerequisite for the second DPMI 8698 offering (Applied Development Project Management). In other words, students may not enroll in Applied Development Project Management unless they have already completed Foundations of Development Project Management or are concurrently enrolled in it.

Important note: Students who have completed DPMI training may enroll in DPMI 8698 (A and/or B) during the semester of their choice. Enrollment is not limited to the semester immediately following participation in the DPMI training. For some students, it may be advantageous to bundle DPMI 8650, DPMI 8698 A and DPMI 8698 B into a single semester for a total of 12 units. This is especially recommended for students who plan to enroll in DPMI 8650 during a summer session.

DPMI 8698 A-Foundations of Development Project Management (3 credits)
Requires completion and submission of deliverables for Module I and the 5-page Statement of Development Philosophy. Students enrolled in this course during the summer should submit links to their work to Beryl Levinger and dpmi@miis.edu by the last day of classes for the semester of enrollment. You must also provide the link to your work on the course wiki. Students registered in the fall, spring, or summer semesters should submit a link to their work by the end of the semester in which they are enrolled.

Deliverables for both modules should be presented using any one (but only one) of the following technologies: Weebly (recommended), Google Sites, or Wix. Please use the same technology to present all your deliverables. Be sure that your work is made public so that anyone can view it.

Your deliverables need not be uniquely your work. When you are working on team projects (e.g., the Results Framework), you may present the work you did with other team members. You are, however, strongly encouraged to improve or enhance the group's product so that you have a portfolio that represents your best work and that is worthy of sharing with a future employer.

DPMI 8698 B-Applied Development Project Management (3 credits)
Requires completion and submission of deliverables for Modules II and III in the same presentation site used for Module I. Due dates are the same as above.

DPMI Rwanda (DPMI 8XXX 4 units)-This course focuses on gender, health, HIV, and social marketing. The course takes place at Partners in Health in Rwanda and includes a client project.

DPMI+/Development Project Practicum (DPMI 8650, 6 credits) Note: 3 credit option available for IEM/MPA students
The Development Project Practicum is an academic and professional program in which students complete professional assignments (typically three to seven months) with an organization that they have helped identify. The practicum is designed to afford students the opportunity to apply DPMI tools, frameworks, and concepts in the field. Participants develop a set of negotiated deliverables which are reviewed and approved by Professor Levinger and Carolyn Meyer. Deliverables involve the application of DPMI tools, frameworks and concepts.

Students prepare 7-11 deliverables (4-7 deliverables for 3 unit option for IEM/MPA students) during DPMI Plus in addition to an organizational case study. Each deliverable must include an introductory, explanatory narrative report (2-3 pages) that provides contextual information and a rationale for whatever decisions are implicitly embedded in the work product. Graphics (e.g., problem trees, Results Frameworks, core competency maps) must be accompanied by a significant narrative text that justifies (with data) and explains what you are presenting. Stand-alone graphics are not acceptable as DPMI+ deliverables. The narrative report should also explain how the deliverable relates to the DPMI curriculum (i.e., which specific tools, concepts or frameworks are being applied as well as a rationale for why these are appropriate to your organization's context).

Because DPMI+ focuses on the application of tools, concepts and frameworks presented during the 3-week DPMI training program, it’s a good idea when planning your deliverables to review this wiki where you will find all the material that was covered during each module.

While deliverables vary considerably among students, a satisfactory set of deliverables might include an annotated problem tree with supporting data; an annotated Results Framework with measurable indicators; en exit strategy for a complex development initiative; an outreach strategy that is designed to build an enabling environment for a set of development objectives; a comprehensive intervention design that is consistent with a Results Framework; a "preferred practice" tool that is appropriate to the specific context of your DPMI+ placement; the design of a training module that fosters participatory development; a video of a participatory stakeholder session that you conducted; a detailed presentation of a process you designed to engage stakeholders in a change process; design of a participatory needs assessment; an organizational core competency map; a strategic partnership plan; or, a community or organizational asset map. Each of these deliverables would, of course, be accompanied by a 2-3 page explanatory narrative report.

Students must also create a case study that examines some DPMI-related issues confronting the organization in which they are carrying out their professional activities. These issues may include project design; project monitoring; training; stakeholder participation; strategic partnering; social entrepreneurship; and innovation. Please refer to this PowerPoint presentation for required content and one possible format. This case study includes a 1-3 page reflection on the fellow's overall DPMI Plus experience.

While grading is on a pass/fail basis, please note that work that is the equivalent of less than a B, will be given a failing grade. Your work should reflect approximately 90 hours of preparation time (including preparation of all deliverables, narrative reports and the case study).

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