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Public Sector Management (SWM515)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Consider the range of instruments and strategies utilized by public sector managers in implementation of public policy. Examine the distinct character of public sector management, issues of accountability and leadership. Explore theories that have contributed to public sector reform and assumptions informing new management modes, including monetary and fiscal policy. Engage problems of moral hazard, monopolies, and the financial, regulatory and informational tools available to public sector managers. Aim: to equip students with a critical perspective on how to deliver 'public value'.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon completion of the unit students will be able to:
ULO1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key theories, concepts and tools used in public sector management.
ULO2. Critically analyse and assess administrative practices.
ULO3. Locate public management within key economic management issues.
ULO4. Evaluate key challenges facing public sector managers.
ULO5. Demonstrate analytical and conceptual skills appropriate to the investigation and analysis of public sector problems.
ULO6. Demonstrate professional, teamwork and communication skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities seminar 1 x 7 hours for 4 weeks (28 hours contact time)
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is based on the principles of self- directed learning. Students will engage with contemporary public sector case studies, both local and international in order to experience the complexities and practicalities of work in the public sector.
Assessment The unit has four pieces of assessment:
(1) Public Sector Reform Case Study Outline (25%);
(2) Case Study Analysis (35%);
(3) Seminar Discussion and Participation (10%);
(4) Exam (30%).
Prerequisites Enrolment a graduate-level course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed SSH615 Public Sector Management may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: SSH615
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Policy and Development (GradCertPDev)
Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (GradCertPAdmin)
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Kim Moloney
Senior Lecturer

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t: 9360 6044
e: k.moloney@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.057 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Kim Moloney
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6044
e: k.moloney@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.057 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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