Project-based Policy Analysis

Subject PPMN90043 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 contact houts: 2 X 2 hour seminars per week for 12 weeks, and a presentation day in week 11 of Semester.
Total Time Commitment:

340 Hours


Admission into the Master of Social Policy (706AA) degree.

Completion of the following subjects:

PPMN90044 Governance and Social Policy

SOCI90004 Contemporary Social Problems

SOCI90005 Social Research Design and Evaluation

SOCI90011 Foundations of Social Policy

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Previous study in social policy, public policy, political science, management, law, business, economics, international relations, non-profit management or cognate area.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Irma Mooi-Reci


Subject Overview:

The Project-based policy analysis is a capstone option in the Master of Social Policy. This subject enables participants to draw on the expertise developed throughout the MSP and apply it in real time to a contemporary project. The project is team-based to mirror the practical experience of managers and will be developed and overseen by both a professional and academic mentor. The project team will work in consultation with their practice and academic mentors to develop a project brief, undertake analysis, and prepare a professional report to the sponsoring organisation. The project team will present their report at the Capstone Presentation Day.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

• Understand the nature of applied research and it’s power in addressing practical problems;

• Appreciate the complexities of bringing together theory and practice to develop managerial strategies;

• Apply their professional skills (working ethically; managing effectively; using evidence) in a team-based environment.


1. Project group presentation at the Capstone Presentation Day, equivalent to 2,000 words (20%). Scheduled in week 11 of Semester.

2. Project group paper of 7,000 words (70%) where the team produces an applied research/professional report. Due in week 11 of Semester.

3. Reflective practice paper of 1,000 words (10%) where participants reflect on the team process and individual lessons from the project Individual paper. Due in the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are expected to attend all seminars and the presentation day in order to successfully pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

• Frame policy-related questions within a client organisation;

• Analyse data and interpret the findings and translate into practical policy implications within the organisation where the project will be carried out;

• Learn how to chair, discuss and present their findings to a broader audience;

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Social Policy
150 Point Master of Social Policy
200 Point Master of Social Policy

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