Melbourne MPPM Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes, indicative assessments and workload estimates from Melbourne MPPM courses

The material in the table below is copied with minimal editing from the Melbourne MPPM course descriptions at https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2015/%21344AB-SPC%2B1000 (accessed 6 May 2015). The course names are live linked to the course descriptions on the Melbourne website.

Learning Outcome for MPPM Program

•understand the dilemmas posed by the interdependence, diversity and dynamics of global, national and local institutions and actors and appreciate the potential and limits of public policy action;

•become familiar with the key theoretical and analytical perspectives and debates in public policy, governance and management;

•gain broad and deep knowledge of the institutions, actors, processes and practices of contemporary government and policy making;

•develop high level analytic skills to meet the demands of complex contemporary public policy making and an ability to locate the evidential and other resources needed to apply these skills;

•acquire a critical appreciation of the role of leadership (and followership) in policy making and public service delivery;

•develop advanced management skills appropriate to complex public service systems.

 

Generic Skills Listed for Most Courses

On successful completion of this subject students should:

•be able to demonstrate competence in critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgments and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis.

•be able to demonstrate proficiency in the application of public management theory to empirical problems.

•be able to demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and presentation.

 

Course (with link) Learning Outcomes Assessment Time Commitment
PPMN90006 Public Management

https://handbook.unimelb.edu. au/view/2015/PPMN90006

 

On successful completion of this subject students should:

•have a thorough knowledge of contemporary theories and methods of public sector management;

•have skills in evaluating current challenges, trends, programs and management practices;

•have a well-developed critical understanding of the place of public management and public managers in contemporary governance systems, the dilemmas and opportunities both face;

•be familiar with issues related to designing public services, delivering public services, managing in public and innovation and change in public services.

March:

1. Plan for Public Management strategy paper of 1000 words (10%) due early April;

2. Case response of 3000 words (30%) due early May;

3. Public Management strategy paper of 6000 words (60%) due during the examination period.

August:

1. Plan for Public Management strategy paper of 1000 words (10%) due end of August;

2. Case response of 3000 words (30%) due end September;

3. Public Management strategy paper of 6000 words (60%) due during the examination period.

Contact Hours: This subject will be offered twice a year (March & August) as a 6-day intensive. 9am – 5pm

 

Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

PPMN90007 Policy Design and Implementation

https://handbook.unimelb.edu. au/view/2015/PPMN90007

 

On completion of this subject students should:

•have developed high level skills in policy analysis;

•have developed capacities to analyze the context in which policies are developed and implemented;

•have developed a research capacity suitable for high level policy analysis;

•have developed the capacity to review and critique the various sources of data used in policy analysis;

•have developed a high level understanding of the principles of governance and administration as they apply to public policy.

 

March:

1. 1,500 word policy review brief (15%) due 30 March 2015.

2. 2,500 word presentation on policy strategy (25%) to be delivered in class during the intensive teaching period.

3. 6,000 word policy design strategy paper (60%) due 9 June 2015, during the examination period.

July:

1. 1,500 word policy review brief (15%) due 20 August 2015.

2. 2,500 word presentation on policy strategy (25%) to be delivered in class during the intensive teaching period;

3. 6,000 word policy design strategy paper (60%) due 9 November 2015, during the examination period.

Contact Hours: This subject will be offered twice a year (March & July) as a 6-day intensive.. 9am – 5pm

 

Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

PPMN90037 Governance

https://handbook.unimelb.edu. au/view/2015/PPMN90037

 

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

•developed an advanced understanding of competing models of contemporary governance;

•developed the analytical skills necessary to apply a critical evaluation of governance and public sector reform agendas in Australian and international contexts.

•developed advanced skills in analysis of governance models;

•developed a high level capacity to analyse the institutional context in which governance arrangements are developed and implemented; and

•developed a high-level research capacity for analysis of contemporary governance.

March:

A case study exercise of 2,000 words (20%) due week beginning 7 April; A reflective essay of 3,000 words (30%) due week beginning 5 May; An institutional reform project of 5,000 words (50%) due during the examination period.

August:

A case study exercise of 2,000 words (20%) due week beginning 25 August; A reflective essay of 3,000 words (30%) due week beginning 22 September; An institutional reform project of 5,000 words (50%) Due during the examination period.

Contact Hours: This subject will be offered intensively in March and August.

 

Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

PPMN90010 Professional Practice in Policy

https://handbook.unimelb.edu. au/view/2015/PPMN90010

 

On completion of this subject students should:

•gain familiarity with contemporary issues and debates in public policy making;

•gain an understanding of policy making processes and institutions;

•be able to demonstrate competence in independent research and analysis;

•gain professional skills in policy analysis and design;

•be able to apply theory to professional practice;

•be able to apply theories and methods to the analysis of public policy case studies.

On completion of this subject students should:

•be able to analyse and think critically in relation to public policy;

•be able to demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent research;

•be able to demonstrate written communication skills.

1. A briefing paper of 500 words (15%) due during the examination period.

2. A research essay of 4500 words (85%) due during the examination period.

 

Contact Hours: This subject will be taught intensively from 9am – 5pm on 15, 16, 22, 23 August 2015.

 

Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours

PPMN90030 Public Policy in the Asian Century

https://handbook.unimelb.edu. au/view/2015/PPMN90030

 

 

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

• Have developed a critical appreciation of what is meant by the Asian Century and its broader implications for Australia’s public policy environment, along with the future role of regional institutions;

• Have developed a capacity to understand and examine key characteristics and features of public policy making in those Asian nations which are likely to have a significant influence in steering and shaping ‘the Asian Century’;

• Have developed a critical understanding of how the growing influence of Asian public policy might impact on domestic cultural, education, social and other policy spheres in a way which can be applied directly to future policy work; and

• Have developed a range of practical and analytical comparative public policy skills applicable to Australasian public sector settings.

A 2000 word essay (40%) due mid-semester and a 3000 word essay and 10 minute “conference presentation” (60%) due in the examination period.

 

Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks

 

Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

PPMN90031 Public Policy Lobbying Strategies

https://handbook.unimelb.edu. au/view/2015/PPMN90031

On completion of this subject students should:

•be able to demonstrate an understanding of the theory and development of public policy lobbying and its role in the political decision-making and legislative process;

•be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between public policy development and political communication and lobbying strategies;

•be able to understand the components of public policy lobbying and communication that effectively promote specific policy initiatives and objectives;

•be able to demonstrate the ability to combine these components into a comprehensive lobbying strategy directed at key audiences in timely and effective manner;

•be able to demonstrate how to assess the effectiveness of public policy lobbying campaigns through objective measurement and analysis.

A written campaign proposal consisting of 1,000 words (20%) Due during Week 6 of the semester, and a full campaign strategy of 4,000 words (80%) due during the examination period.

 

 

Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks

 

Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

PPMN90032 Managing Change and Leading Innovation

https://handbook.unimelb. edu.au/view/2015/PPMN90032

On successful completion of this subject students should:

•Appreciate the context(s) that modern public sector organizations operate in and the major reform movements that are underway in public sector management and public service delivery;

•Develop a knowledge base of case studies that involve intense innovation or major adaptive challenges for the public sector involving new technology, electronic government, performance management, networks, market design and new models of regulation;

•Have an understanding of the range of actions available to public sector leaders to manage a process of change or lead innovation in their organisation or field of policy or service delivery;

•Have a clear understanding of the key theoretical approaches advanced to explain public sector innovation;

•Have capacities to analyse the context in which innovations are developed and implemented; and

•Have greater understanding of the institutional and individual level factors which drive and hinder governmental innovation.

A 2,500 word policy proposal (50%) due two weeks after the first weekend of classes, and a 2,500 word research paper (50%) due during the semester 2 examination period. Contact Hours: This subject will be taught intensively from 9:00am – 5:00pm 26, 27 September & 17, 18 October 2015.

 

Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

PPMN90033 Public Budgets and Financial Management

https://handbook.unimelb.edu. au/view/2015/PPMN90033

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

•developed a clear understanding of how government is financed;

•an awareness of the macroeconomic framework underpinning public policy;

•developed a greater understanding of the different accountability and political processes; and •acquired a range of practical and analytical skills applicable to designing and working with budgets.

An essay of 2,000 words (40%) due mid-semester, and an essay of 3,000 words (60%) due during the examination period. Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks

 

Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

PPMN90035 Publics, Policy and Public Services

https://handbook.unimelb.edu. au/view/2015/PPMN90035

On completion of the subject students should have developed:

•a clear understanding of the theoretical literature which underpins new approaches to citizen-centric public administration;

•a framework which they can apply to thinking about how organisations can become more responsive to their clients;

•an understanding of the institutional and cultural constraints of this approach to public administration;

•insights into its practical application in different organisational settings.

A 2,000-word essay (40%) due in Week 3, and a 3,000-word essay (60%) due in week 8. Contact Hours: This subject will be taught intensively from 9:00am – 5:00pm on 9, 10 , 30, 30 May 2015.

 

Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

PPMN90041 Commissioning Public Services

https://handbook.unimelb.edu. au/view/2015/PPMN90041

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

•understand the policy context and political environment in which commissioning has become a core element of public service management;

•Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the key theoretical models underpinning commissioning and strategic management in the public sector;

•Appreciate how to apply new skills and capabilities in commissioning to managerial practice.

1. An individual Commissioning Debate Paper of 2000 words (30%) due 16 April 2015.

2. A group-based Commissioning Communication Project (20%) presented during final seminar of the intensive teaching period.

3. An individual Commissioning Practice Paper of 2500 words (50%) due 16 June 2015, during the examination period.

Contact Hours: This subject will be delivered intensively in the first 4 weeks of Semester 1. 9:00am-5:00pm

 

Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours

PPMN90042 Foundations in Politics and Policy

https://handbook.unimelb.edu. au/view/2015/PPMN90042

On successful completion of this subject students should:

•be able to understand, explain and engage with major political ideas;

•have a solid understanding of the institutional structures and key actors in politics;

•be able to understand and critically apply competing theories to political questions and problems;

•be able to engage with contemporary political issues and debates;

•be able to argue a considered position in oral and written presentations; and

•have developed a solid background for further studies in governance, public policy and public management.

1. Seminar presentation (oral/1,000 words), students allocated to different weeks (10%)

2. Reflective Essay (written paper based on presentation/1,000 words), students allocated to different weeks (10%)

3. Minor Essay (2,000 words), due Week 7 (20%)

4. In-class written test (2,000 words), due during final week of semester (20%)

5. Major Essay (4,000 words), due during the examination period (40%)

Contact Hours: 2 x 2-hour seminars per week

Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

 

Page created by: Ian Clark on 6 May 2015, modified for the new Atlas on 11 December 2015.