|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Managing Public Finances 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 provides the theoretical and analytical tools for understanding the nature and practice of finance in relation to public administration and management, drawing on the disciplines of economics and finance. Key ideas that will be explored in this subject include budgets, performance, reporting and decision–making and how these relate to broader notions of governing in complex institutional and policy environments.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- Acquire an understanding of key concepts in public finance;
- Understand the importance of finance to the public manager in both a strategic and operational sense;
- Understand the complexities of developing and executing budgets, evaluating performance, and decision-making; and
- Appreciate the local, national and global aspects of these issues.
On completion of this subject students should have:
- A comprehensive understanding and appreciation of key concepts in public finance;
- A sound understanding of the interconnectedness between finance and politics, economics and law, as they apply to public management processes and decisions and shape the public manager’s environment;
- A high-level ability to combine the theory and practice of public finance in a meaningful way in order to address managerial challenges and reflect critically on one’s own professional practice;
- A high-level ability to combine professional skills such as analysis and decision-making with discipline-based expertise and to apply this complex synthesis to the practice of public finance; and
- Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills necessary to a range of professional activities relating to public finance.
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 unless written permission is obtained from the program coordinator.
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
- Assessment Task 1: Written report providing recommendations for reform of a country’s approach to Public Financial Management (2,000 words) due one week after the teaching period ends (40%)
- Assessment Task 2: Written analysis providing an assessment of a country’s approach to Public Financial Management (3,000 words) due four weeks after the teaching period ends (60%)
Hurdle requirement: Students must attend 100% of classes in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected.
Dates & times
Principal coordinator Stephen Kinsella Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 35 hours total Total time commitment 170 hours Pre teaching start date 4 July 2019 Pre teaching requirements Students will be required to access the LMS and the readings provided during the pre-teaching period. Teaching period 1 August 2019 to 7 August 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 July 2019 Census date 1 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 16 August 2019 Assessment period ends 4 September 2019
August contact information
Time commitment details
Additional delivery details
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