MGMT20152 - Management and Governance of Public and Private Sector Partnerships

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will equip yourself with the skills and knowledge needed to identify and analyse the New Public Management (NPM) issues, the emerging collaborative governance models, and the management and governance practices in public-private partnerships in a changing environment of public administration. The unit's primary objective is to learn theories and practices of partnerships between public and private sectors in delivering public services. In this unit, you will focus on the management and governance of public-private partnership models, operational tools, and accountability practices within the globally connected institutional and operating environment of public sector management. You will examine the concepts of public-private partnerships, shared value, financial model, public accountability, and collaborative management models. The emphasis in this unit is on building your understanding of the nature and complexity of public-private partnership models and the application of frameworks and techniques in evaluating public and private sector partnership projects. Your learning in this unit will be structured around analysing various partnership models s and cases on public-private partnerships (PPPs).


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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. Case Study 30%
2. Report 50%
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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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

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Weekly preparation
It is recommended that students critically engage in weekly readings prior to class to reflect on and engage in class through discussions and presentations.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse the concepts and principles of new public management and the factors that influence the management and governance of public-private partnerships.
  2. Analyse and integrate advanced knowledge appropriate for contextual analysis of partnership models and frameworks.
  3. Apply cognitive and technical skills to reflect on and synthesise complex problems and apply public-private partnership frameworks to develop appropriate governance practices.
  4. Research, evaluate, and explain the importance of public-private partnerships in public service delivery
  5. Evaluate strategic issues in a public sector organisation with appropriate recommendations for ethical and responsible management practices.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Case Study
2 - Report
3 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
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