Using the Atlas to Fill Curricular Gaps

… one way of Using the Atlas

FillingGapsAdding missing topics to existing courses or new offerings

After Using the Atlas to Detect Curricular Gaps and Overlaps, missing topics can be added to the curriculum by inserting them into existing required courses or by creating new courses or modules to be required of all students.

As an example, it could be argued that the required courses at Toronto’s MPP program do not currently include the following topics.

Leadership Skills

The Study of Leadership and Communication

Recognizing Values


Building Resources


Handling Complexity


Managing Oneself

Working in Organizations

Communication Skills


Speaking to Persuade

Writing to Persuade

Analytic Methods

The Study of Analytic Methods for Public Management

Decision Analysis

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Project Management

Risk Management

Impact of Bias on Decision-Making and Insights from Behavioural Economics

Information and Technology Management

The Study of IT/IM in the Public Sector

Online Service Delivery

Open Government

Public Financial Management

The Study of Financial Management in the Public Sector

Planning and Budgeting

Costing and Forecasting

Capital Budgeting

Management Control: A Risk-Based Approach

Audit and Oversight in Managing Public Money

Human Resource Management

The Study of HRM in the Public Sector

Evaluating Talent

Workplace Issues and Labour Relations

One can imagine ways to work some of these topics into existing required course syllabi and creating new courses or modules to handle the rest. Some could be offered in semi-compulsory professional development sessions.

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

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