MGMT20149 - Foundations of Public Administration

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to identify and analyse practical issues in the complex environment of public administration. This unit introduces you to the core principles and functions of public administration and the complex global setting within which public administration operates. You will develop a critical understanding of the different levels of government and their respective jurisdictions and responsibilities and the challenges of managing between these levels. You will also consider public sector reforms (both in Australia and internationally), and use relevant theories to evaluate their implementation. This includes developing your understanding of the shift from the provision of services by public authorities to mechanisms such as collaboration and competition, public-private partnership, and contracting the private and not for profit sectors to deliver services on behalf of the government.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Melbourne
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Research Assignment 40%
2. Research Assignment 40%
3. Presentation 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify, analyse, and apply the knowledge, skills and abilities required by public sector managers
  2. Examine the functions and operations of public administration organisations
  3. Assess the rationale and effectiveness of public sector reforms
  4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills required to effectively manage across the public, private and not for profit sectors.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Research Assignment
2 - Research Assignment
3 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Research Assignment
2 - Research Assignment
3 - Presentation