|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Managing Effectively is one of the core subjects in the Melbourne Master of Public Administration. The Melbourne MPA is an interdisciplinary, globally-focused degree program for managers that work within or with government. This subject is one of three professionally-oriented subjects and it builds on the World of Public Administration and the core discipline subjects to develop the professional skills of participants with a particular focus on managing effectively.
In this subject we identify and examine the key skills and capabilities leaders need to support the delivery of outcomes.
The subject provides students with an advanced understanding of the key leadership and management practices required to deliver outcomes effectively. These include, for example: leadership and followership, negotiation and conflict management, coaching and providing feedback, delegation, and working collaboratively. The subject situates these practices in their social, theoretical, historical and disciplinary contexts in order to provide a solid foundation for their application and use. Its focus is on enabling leaders to develop their understanding, appreciation and capability across these areas. Managing Effectively draws from a variety of disciplines and focuses attention on the application of such knowledge in practice.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- Understand the key management challenges and develop an appreciation of the skills and capabilities needed to address them;
- Acquire knowledge of the social, theoretical, historical and disciplinary factors that underpins developments in management practice;
- Develop a deep understanding of the skills and capabilities required to meet contemporary management practice; and
- Appreciate how to apply new skills and capabilities in political institutions at all levels from the local to the global.
On successful completion of this subject students should have:
- A comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness and complexity of the fields of public management and administration, and of the key public management practices required to most effectively deliver outcomes;
- A sound understanding of politics, economics, law and sciences, as they apply to public management processes, developments and decisions;
- A high-level understanding of approaches to theory and practice and they ways in which they are synthesized and applied to managerial challenges in professional practice;
- Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills necessary to a range of managerial and administrative activities including report writing, workplace discussions, negotiation and management and lobbying strategies; and
- The ability to draw upon an extensive repertoire of advanced managerial and administrative skills including skills in leadership, negotiation, decision analysis and strategic management.
Eligibility and requirements
Please note that to enrol in this subject:
- Students must be admitted to the Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Administration (Enhanced), Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (Advanced) or Specialist Certificate in Public Administration.
Recommended background knowledge
Previous study in public policy, political science, management, law, business, economics, international relations, non-profit management or cognate area.
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- Practice application paper of 1000 words where students write up a practical issue related to key themes in the subject, due in the first week of the teaching period (20%)
- Syndicate project (group presentation and individual paper):
- Group presentation, due in the last week of the teaching period (20%)
- Individual paper of 1500 words exploring key aspect of the group presentation, due in the week after the face-to-face class concludes (20%)
- Professional reflection paper of 2500 words where students apply key concepts from the course to the practical issue from assessment task 1, due four weeks the teaching period concludes (40%)
- Hurdle requirement: students are required to attend a minimum of 100% of classes in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected.
Dates & times
Principal coordinator Belinda Allen Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 24 hours total: this subject is comprised of seminars and workshops delivered as an intensive over 3 days - Friday 6 September, Friday 13 September and Friday 20 September 2019. Total time commitment 170 hours Pre teaching start date 23 August 2019 Pre teaching requirements Students will be required to access the LMS and the readings provided in order to prepare for the first assessment task. Note: this is due in the first week of the teaching period, which is the week prior to the first face-to-face class. Students will be able to contact the subject coordinator for support during the pre-teaching period. Teaching period 30 August 2019 to 20 September 2019 Last self-enrol date 23 August 2019 Census date 6 September 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 4 October 2019 Assessment period ends 18 October 2019
August contact information
Time commitment details
Total 170 hours
Additional delivery details
Intensive, and with a pre-teaching period.
Readings will be provided online through the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of the subject.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (Advanced) Course Specialist Certificate in Public Administration Course Master of Public Administration (Enhanced) Course Master of Public Administration
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
Additional information for this subject
Subject coordinator approval required