Organisations and Management

Subject PPMN40002 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment: 10
Prerequisites: Admission to the Bachelor of Public Policy and Management Pass or Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate/ Diploma in Public Policy and Management, Master of Public Policy and Management (200 point program), or Master of Social Policy (200 point program).
Corequisites: This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Public Policy and Management and the Master of Social Policy (200 point programs)
Recommended Background Knowledge: Politics and International Studies or Public Policy at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: none
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Lauren Rosewarne


Dr. Lauren Rosewarne

Subject Overview:

This subject examines the modern public sector management function through a range of practical and theoretical perspectives. Focusing on placing public sector management into surrounding historical and quasi-ideological debates, the subject explores the nature of public sector management, its capabilities and boundaries, technologies of management and their associated functional applications, and the limitations of existing paradigms, policy tractability, and political will to deliver "public value" (if there can be such a thing). Focused on critical case analysis, the subject requires a good understanding of political and public policy processes and contexts at the local, state, federal levels of Australia, and a willingness to participate in group discussion, activities and study. Participants will leave the subject with a broad introduction to public sector management as well as skills and techniques for investigating management issues.

  • have an understanding of the ways in which government programs are managed at Commonwealth, state and local levels in Australia.
  • develop skills in researching and analysing management issues.
Assessment: An essay proposal of 1500 words (25%) due early in the semester, and an essay of 3500 words (75%) due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays.
  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations.
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion.
  • be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision.
  • be able to participate in team work through small group discussions.
Notes: This is a core (compulsory) subject in the Bachelor of Public Policy and Management Pass and Honours degrees, the Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma in Public Policy and Managment, the Master of Public Policy and Management (200-point program), andthe Master of Social Policy (200-point program).
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
Bachelor of Public Policy and Management(Honours)
Master of Environment
Master of Environment
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Master of Social Policy
Postgraduate Certificate in Environment
Postgraduate Diploma in Environment
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Governance, Policy and Communication
Public Policy and Management
Public Policy and Management

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