Advanced Policy Design

Subject PPMN90007 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

August, 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


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject will be taught as an intensive program from 9.00am to 5.00pm on 19 & 20 August, 23 September & 21 October 2011.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Public Policy at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: 166-536 Advanced Policy Design
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr. Scott Brenton:
Subject Overview:

The subject provides an overview of the key elements of policy analysis and policy organization using an integrated design perspective. Key theoretical models are used to equip students to develop an analytical framework for conducting a detailed policy analysis including rational action problems, collective action issues, institutional analysis and use of a governance perspective.

  • have developed high level skills in policy analysis.
  • have developed capacities to analyze the context in which policies are developed and implemented.
  • have developed a research capacity suitable for high level policy analysis.
  • have developed the capacity to review and critique the various sources of data used in policy analysis.
  • have developed a high level understanding of the principles of governance and administration as they apply to public policy.

A desk review article of 2500 words (25%) due early in the semester, a policy review brief of 1500 words (15%) due in September, a class test of 2000 words (20%) due in October and a policy design strategy paper of 4000 words (40%) due in the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject, Lecture/Seminar attendance is compulsory on all 4 days. Students who fail to meet this hurdle requirement will be deemed ineligible to submit the final piece of assessment for this subject. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

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 demonstrate competence in critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgments and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in the application of policy analysis skills to empirical problems.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and presentation.
Notes: This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Public Policy and Management and the Master of Policy Studies (ASST).
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Policy Studies)(Advanced Seminars & Shorter Thesis)
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)

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