Bachelor of Public Policy and Management(Honours)

Course 110-HN (2009)

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Year and Campus: 2009
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Level: Undergraduate


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Course Overview: The program is specifically designed to provide professional training for future generations of leaders in public policy and management. A variety of career pathways are available that draw on analytical, research and practical knowledge gained in this degree. Students interested in expanding their interests and knowledge in this area of expertise can go on to further postgraduate degree study at the University of Melbourne.
Objectives: The Bachelor of Public Policy and Management (Honours) aims to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills neccessary for successful managerial careers in the public service or the community sector. In particular graduates should be able to:

* design, evaluate and provide professional advice on government policy;
* use appropriate analytical and practical skills in the management of personnel and resources, public sector change and the use of policy research methods and tools;
* understand how governmentworks and how policy is made and implemented.

Course Structure & Available Subjects: Students complete eight subjects (totalling 100 points). These points are made up of a series of core subjects and elective subjects. Unless stated otherwise above, all course requirements are the same for the BA (Honours) and the BPPM (Honours).
Subject Options: Students undertaking BPPM Honours must complete 100 points of study including:
  • Public Policy and Management Thesis;
  • Two core subjects; and
  • Three elective subjects.

Core subjects

Students must complete all the following subjects.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Elective subjects

Students must complete three of the following subjects.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Entry Requirements:

You may apply to enrol in the Bachelor of Public Policy and Management (Honours) after the completion of at least one year of the Bachelor of Public Policy (Pass) degree. Selection will be based on academic merit, however, professional work experience and work-based education and training may also be taken into account.

The prerequisites for entry to fourth-year honours in public policy and management are:

  • Completion of all subjects for BPPM third year; and
  • an average grade of H2A or higher in the BPPM third year.

Core Participation Requirements: The Bachelor of Public Policy & Management requires a standard level of ability across all disciplines. It will be assumed students are able to access and attend classes on a regular basis, are capable of learning in a University environment and will be able to take responsibility for their own learning. Any ability beyond this threshold will be robustly supported through the curriculum. There are no pre-requisites for first year subjects, and any intensive use of IT or technologies will be adequately supported. Certain subjects have more specific requirements and demands, such as fieldwork or travelling, which are clearly outlined in the Handbook's subject description.

However, the University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. The Faculty Disability Contact Officer works with students, the University Disability Liaison Unit and teaching staff to assist students with their special requirements, with a particular focus on accommodations for in-class and examination assessment tasks. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at

Further Study: Masters and PhD options exist for BPPM graduates; both require an H2B average or higher in fourth-year honours.
Graduate Attributes: See course objectives
Generic Skills:

Graduates should be equipped with the skills necessary for advanced public sector and community sector management and policy making, including the skills to:

  • understand the institutions, processes and problems of modern government and policy making;
  • critically appreciate a range of key drivers in contemporary public policy;
  • understand governance and public management and its applications;
  • understand public sector management and its application in selective case studies.

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