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Project-based Policy Analysis (PPMN90043)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePPMN90043
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The Project-based policy analysis is a capstone option in the Master of Social Policy. This subject enables participants to draw on the expertise developed throughout the MSP 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 project team 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 project team will present their report at the Capstone Presentation Day.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

• 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;

• Apply their professional skills (working ethically; managing effectively; using evidence) in a team-based environment.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

• Frame policy-related questions within a client organisation;

• Analyse data and interpret the findings and translate into practical policy implications within the organisation where the project will be carried out;

• Learn how to chair, discuss and present their findings to a broader audience;

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into the 100 point Master of Social Policy (706AA)


Admission into the 150 point Master of Social Policy and completion of 2 of the following subjects


Admission into the 200 point Master of Social Policy and completion of all of the following subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PPMN90044 Governance and Social Policy
Semester 2
SOCI90004 Contemporary Social Problems
SOCI90005 Social Research Design and Evaluation
Semester 2
SOCI90011 Foundations of Social Policy



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Previous study in social policy, 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



  • 1. Project group presentation at the Capstone Presentation Day, equivalent to 2,000 words (20%). Scheduled in week 11 of Semester.
  • 2. Project group paper of 7,000 words (70%) where the team produces an applied research/professional report. Due in week 11 of Semester.
  • 3. Reflective practice paper of 1,000 words (10%) where participants reflect on the team process and individual lessons from the project Individual paper. Due in the examination period.
  • Hurdle Requirement: Students are expected to attend all seminars and the presentation day in order to successfully pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorMax Holleran
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours: 2 X 2 hour seminars per week for 12 weeks, and a presentation day in week 11 of Semester.
    Total time commitment340 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

340 Hours

Additional delivery details

Admission into the Master of Social Policy (706AA) degree.

Completion of the following subjects:

PPMN90044 Governance and Social Policy

SOCI90004 Contemporary Social Problems

SOCI90005 Social Research Design and Evaluation

SOCI90011 Foundations of Social Policy

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Readings will be provided online through the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of semester.

Last updated: 11 November 2018