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Executive Leadership and Management (PPMN90006)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePPMN90006
Campus
Parkville
Availability(Quotas apply)
March
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This is one of the capstone subjects in the Master of Public Policy and Management and as one of the final subjects will draw upon the key theoretical and analytical perspectives and debates introduced in the core subjects. There have been widespread changes to the nature and operation of public sector activity around the world over the last few decades and these have posed significant challenges and opportunities for public sector managers. This course provides a forum to debate, interrogate, and analyse these challenges through a series of structured managerial dilemmas (i.e. cases). Complex public service environments in Australia and internationally are examined, particularly the trends in public management reform, the underlying political ideas, and the impacts on policy and practice. The subject focuses on the implications of these changes for the design and delivery of public services, the role and functions of public managers and their relations with politicians, non–governmental actors and the public.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • Identify, compare, explain and translate major traditions, trends, and challenges in public sector management, particularly increased marketised practices and involvement from non-government actors
  • Critically select and employ appropriate research methods and techniques based on case study analysis, particularly cases of innovation or approaches exemplifying current best practice
  • Using the latest research provide advice to steer organisations in unfamiliar contexts towards desired outcomes
  • Confidently and assuredly work with complexity in terms of information and managerial contexts as detailed in case studies to determine how public managers can best achieve their objectives
  • Engage in more abstract or esoteric discussions about the change nature of public governance and to be able to explain the consequences of administrative reform in both specialist and non‐specialist language
  • Clearly and persuasively communicate to diverse audiences, particularly high‐level government delegations with an awareness of cultural norms and sensitivities
  • Design and critique specialised management documents, such as management strategies and case studies
  • Awareness of the different impacts of services and changes on users and communities and how their needs can be considered in design improvements
  • Propose solutions through enhance accountability and strengthen public sector ethics and values
  • Execute a substantial public management research project both independently and within groups

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject should have:

  • in-depth knowledge of the disciplines of political science and policy and administration, and the ability to examine governance, policy and public sector reform issues from other disciplinary perspectives.
  • critical and strong reasoning skills, and creativity in applying theory and research methods to complex practical problems across diverse contexts.
  • effective oral and written communication skills.
  • an advanced appreciation of the Asian and Pacific regions, including Indigenous knowledge, cultures and values and sustainable futures.
  • autonomy, self-motivation, self-direction and outstanding organisational skills to set goals and manage time and priorities.
  • skills in self-assessment, self-awareness, reflective and lifelong learning, with an overriding commitment to personal and professional integrity.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

For students in the 200 Point Master of Public Policy and Management:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PPMN90042 Political Problems and Policy Responses
March
July
25
PPMN90037 Governance
March
August
25

For students in the 150 Point Master of Public Policy and Management:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PPMN90037 Governance
March
August
25

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PPMN90006 Executive Leadership and Management
March
Semester 2
25
PPMN90006 Executive Leadership and Management
March
Semester 2
25

Please note: Students can not enrol in both PPMN90006 Public Policy Analysis and PPMN90007 Executive Leadership and Management in the same semester without the approval of the Director of Master of Public Policy and Management

Recommended background knowledge

Political Science at Undergraduate level

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

Description

  • 2,000-word case response (20%), due after Day 3 of classes
  • 2,000-word case response (20%), due after Day 4 of classes
  • 6,000-word strategy paper (60%), due during the examination period
  • Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • March
    Principal coordinatorAnita Lacey
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours total, delivered intensively with lectures and seminars taught over 6 days.
    Total time commitment340 hours
    Teaching period 9 March 2019 to 31 May 2019
    Last self-enrol date28 February 2019
    Census date29 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 3 May 2019
    Assessment period ends 4 June 2019

    March contact information

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorsPeter Ghin and Paul Fawcett
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours total, delivered intensively with lectures and seminars taught over 6 days.
    Total time commitment340 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date25 July 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

A quota of 48 students per availability has been set for this subject.

Places will be reserved for students in their final semester, and then priority will be given to students in their final 100 points of the degree.

All students should submit their preferences via the degree’s LMS website at the start of their degree.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Required readings will be made available electronically via LMS prior to the commencement of the subject's intensive teaching period.

Last updated: 2 August 2019