units

MGC2310

Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Management
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Linda McGuire

Synopsis

This unit examines the theory and practice of modern public management with a special focus on three key themes: accountability, efficiency and effectiveness. Topics include the political and social context of public management; the differences between public and private management; the impact of the Constitution and federalism; the role of the minister and cabinet; reforms to the traditional model of public management; corporatisation and privatisation; budgetary reforms; the new administrative law; and the new federalism.

Outcomes

The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify and explain the significant changes in public management theory and practice
  2. identify and explain the major theories underlying public management concepts
  3. identify and explain the practical significance of controversies in public management
  4. describe and analyse management practice in the public sector
  5. analyse arguments and assess evidence on the effectiveness of different approaches to public management.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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