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The Applied Syndicate Project is a capstone option in the Melbourne Master of Public Administration. The Melbourne MPA is an interdisciplinary, globally-focused program for managers that work within or with government. This subject enables participants to draw on the expertise developed throughout the MPA and apply it in real time to a contemporary project. The project is team-based to mirror the practical experience of managers and will be developed and overseen by both a professional and academic mentor. The syndicate group will work in consultation with their practice and academic mentors to develop a project brief, undertake analysis, and prepare a professional report to the sponsoring organisation. The syndicate will present their report at the Capstone Presentation Day.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- Understand the nature of applied research and it’s power in addressing practical problems;
- Appreciate the complexities of bringing together theory and practice to develop managerial strategies; and
- Apply their professional skills (working ethically; managing effectively; using evidence) in a team-based environment.
On successful completion of this subject students should have developed:
- a high-level ability to combine professional skills with discipline-based expertise in political science, law and economics, and to apply this complex synthesis to professional practice in order to complete a contemporary, relevant, team-based project;
- a highly-developed capacity to adapt to new situations and reflect upon professional practice in order to most effectively address the challenges that arise in the course of a managerial project;
- well-developed interpersonal and communication skills that contribute to a significant managerial project, including report-writing, workplace discussions, negotiation and management and lobbying strategies;
- the ability to draw upon an extensive repertoire of advanced professional skills including skills in leadership, negotiation, decision analysis and strategic management, and to apply them to a significant, team-based managerial project; and
- the ability to plan and execute a group-project-based capstone experience, demonstrating an ability to solve problems and respond to developments that arise in a professional context with creativity, integrity and cultural sensitivity.
Last updated: 3 November 2022