MPP/MPA Core Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for core competencies and core subjects

This page illustrates how core competencies, core subjects, core topics and core concepts in MPP, MPA and similarly titled programs can be linked through descriptions of learning outcomes. Learning outcomes on the Atlas are formulated at three levels: 1) for each of the 7 MPP/MPA Core Competencies; 2) for each of the 17 core Subjects; and 3) for each of the 120 core normed Topics. Those for the first two levels are presented in the table below. Each core competency is addressed through instruction in one to three core subjects. Each core subject is defined by three to twelve core topics. Each core topic relies on one or more core concepts.

The learning outcomes at the third level (for each of the 120 core topics) will constitute the Atlas Examination Standards.

Whereas each core subject is exclusive to one of the 7 high-level core competencies and each core topic is exclusive to one of the core subjects, many core concepts are not exclusive to a single core topic. Nevertheless, to avoid repetition, in our normed core topic definitions we have associated each of the several hundred core concepts with only one core topic – the one in which, in our view, the concept plays the most central role.

MPP/MPA
core competency
Learning outcomes for the core subjects
associated with the core competency
(note that most of the 120 normed topics are also referenced in the parentheses)
1. Applying economics and statistics concepts to public management problems (30 topics) a. Appropriately utilize and interpret results of the application of microeconomic concepts to the analysis of public policy and management (including concepts associated with the theory of the firm, consumer theory, externalities, public goods and commons problems, market failure and optimal intervention, monopoly and oligopoly, signaling, game theory, taxes and transfers, trade, welfare economics, and supply and demand).
b. Appropriately utilize and interpret results of the application of macroeconomic policy concepts to the analysis of public policy and management (including concepts associated with appropriate revenue and expenditure systems; government deficits, debt, and fiscal consolidation; fiscal stabilization policy; monetary policy; the economics of taxation; and tax incentives, compliance, and enforcement).
c. Appropriately utilize and interpret results of the application of quantitative methods concepts to the analysis of public policy and management (including concepts associated with descriptive statistics, looking at data, probability concepts, sampling, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, simple regression, multivariate analysis, omitted variable bias, randomized trials, research design, ethical issues in research, and panel data).
2. Applying analytic methods and evaluation concepts to public management problems (12 topics) a. Appropriately utilize and interpret results of the application of analytic methods concepts to the analysis of public policy and management (including concepts associated with decision analysis, agency theory, cost-benefit analysis, project management, risk management, and ethical research design).
b. Appropriately utilize and interpret results of the application of evaluation concepts to the analysis of public policy and management (including concepts associated with evaluation purposes and types, the identification problem, the confounding effects of unobserved factors, sensitivity analysis, data collection strategies, and performance measurement and performance management).
3. Understanding the socioeconomic, political and global contexts of public management (12 topics) a. A basic understanding of the socioeconomic and political context in which public policy and management is conducted (including facts and concepts associated with indigenous peoples, the immigrant society, the impact on decision making of gender and other group identities, inequality, family structure and poverty, and education and labour markets).
b. A basic understanding of the international and intergovernmental context in which public policy and management is conducted (including the implications of globalization for state sovereignty and democracy, the meaning and implications of national interests, and the relationship between sub-national states and the national government).
c. A basic understanding of the environmental and sustainability concepts (including those associated with defining environmental issues, environmental risks and hazards, and regulatory choices).
4. Applying policy and management analysis concepts to public management problems (18 topics) a. The ability to assess the range of stakeholders and partners involved in decision-making, their interests and positions, and manage their interaction in the decision-making process; assess and interpret evaluation results for programs and apply their lessons to program design and reform by applying the basic tools of policy and management analysis, including policy analysis, implementation planning, organizational behaviour, managing conflict, implementing through markets, and multi-level governance.
5. Understanding democratic institutions and processes, and acting ethically (24 topics) a. A basic understanding of the political institutions in democratic societies (including their implications for the formulation and implementation of public policy, including the political context of policy making, the policy cycle, federalism, political and administrative responsibilities, the international context of domestic institutions, indigenous rights and institutions, executive leadership in government, Westminster parliamentary systems, courts and judicial review, public and para-public institutions, institutional designs and paths, New Public Management, public opinion and policy frames, political parties and elections, framing and agenda setting, and interests and lobbying).
b. A basic understanding of the principles and implications of ethics, rights and accountability in public policy and management (including public management ethics, ethics in management, implementation and accountability, deception and transparency, and distributive justice).
6. Managing financial, human and information resources in public and nonprofit institutions (12 topics) a. Appropriately utilize and interpret results of the application of financial management tools and concepts to the analysis of public policy and management (including concepts associated with accounting, financial statements, planning and budgeting, costing and forecasting, capital budgeting, risk-based control, and audit and oversight).
b. Appropriately utilize interpret results of the application of human resource management tools and concepts to public management (including those associated with recruitment and renewal, evaluating talent, and workplace issues and labour relations).
c. Appropriately utilize interpret results of the application of information and technology management tools and concepts to public policy management (including those associated with the costs and challenges of IT in the public sector, online service delivery, and open government).
7. Leading and communicating in public management (12 topics) a. Appropriately utilize leadership tools and concepts in public management (including those associated with differences between leadership in public and private organizations, how values differ, diagnosing the leadership challenge, identifying resources and strategies for leading change, inspiring and persuading, and negotiating).
b. Appropriately utilize communication tools and concepts in public management (including those associated with the craft of memo writing, elements of rhetoric, and generating emotional impact through narrative and storytelling).

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 5 June 2016.

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