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Managing Effectively (PADM90002)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePADM90002
FeesSubject 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.

Generic skills

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.



Non-allowed subjects


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

  • August
    Principal coordinatorBelinda Allen
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 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 commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date23 August 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsStudents 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 period30 August 2019 to 20 September 2019
    Last self-enrol date23 August 2019
    Census date 6 September 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 October 2019
    Assessment period ends18 October 2019

    August contact information

Time commitment details

Total 170 hours

Additional delivery details

Delivery mode:
Intensive, and with a pre-teaching period.

Further information

Last updated: 3 April 2019