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  • Objectives
    The Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management is designed to provide a broad introduction to the theory and practice of public sector management. As a stand-alone fee-paying course it provides a conceptual and practical framework for individuals wishing to proceed further with careers in public sector or non-government organisations. In this context, it is a basic management qualification with direct relevance to public sector and non-government operation. It offers options for students to gain knowledge and skills in generic public management, the management of non-government organisations, or internal audit and program evaluation. As the first step in the Graduate Program in Public Administration, the graduate certificate provides a basic entry point to more advanced studies up to masters level, as well as self-contained mid-career development options. Learning outcomes At the completion of this course students should be able to: * demonstrate a broad understanding of the theory and practice of public sector management; * be familiar with the contemporary trends and developments in public sector administration and management in both developed and developing countries; * demonstrate the ability to apply relevant theories in explaining and analysing real world public administration and management problems; * demonstrate basic skills needed to tackle problems and challenges facing public sector managers.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. Admission may be granted based on prior work and voluntary experience. This will usually include several years of experience in a public sector or non-government organisation. Admission will be based on the extent to which work or voluntary experience has enabled the applicant to develop an understanding of issues in the public and non-government sectors, and management and/or analytical skills. Applicants who wish to be admitted on this basis need to provide: * a curriculum vitae; * a description of the roles and activities in work or voluntary positions; * a description of the skills and abilities demonstrated through their work/voluntary experience; and * name(s) of referee(s) who could verify work/voluntary experience. The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management
  • Course description
    The Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management is an 18-unit program which is part of the Graduate Program in Public Administration offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences.

    Two programs are available:

        * Public Sector Management
        * Non-Profit

    The course is offered on a fee-paying basis.

    It articulates with the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and three 72-unit masters programs - the Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Administration (Management) and Master of Public Administration (Policy).

    Sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three levels.

    Students who complete the graduate certificate normally receive credit for up to 18 units of topics should they wish to proceed with the graduate diploma or masters.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to one of the three programs of study set out below.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

        * the program must be completed within six consecutive semesters;
        * no topic may be attempted more than twice.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in 6 or more units may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

    The Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management will also be awarded, on application, to students who have satisfactorily completed the Public Sector Management course offered jointly by Australia's Federal, State and Territory governments.

    Public Sector Management

    POAD9039
        

    Public Management
        

    6

    and two other 6-unit topics chosen from the Listed Management Topics below:

    Non-Profit

    POAD9039
        

    Public Management
        

    6

    POAD8102
        

    Management in Non-Government Organisations
        

    6

    and one other 6-unit topic chosen from the Listed Management Topics below:

    LISTED MANAGEMENT TOPICS

    EDES9609
        

    Strategic Planning and Management
        

    6

    EDES9625
        

    Knowledge Management for Organisational Learning
        

    6

    POAD8102
        

    Management in Non-Government Organisations
        

    6

    POAD8201
        

    Program Evaluation
        

    6

    POAD8202
        

    Risk Management Principles and Practice
        

    6

    POAD9041
        

    Financial and Resource Management
        

    6

    POAD9110
        

    Project Management
        

    6

    POAD9113
        

    Managing Human Resources in the Public Sector
        

    6

    POAD9120
        

    Action Learning Project (Management)
        

    6

    POAD9123
        

    Ethics in Public Administration
        

    6

    POAD9125
        

    Organisational Politics, Culture and Management
        

    6

    POAD9127
        

    Toolkit for Public Management
        

    6

    POAD9128
        

    Development Administration
        

    6

    Other elective topics may be approved by the Director of Studies.

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