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Unit information: Public Management in 2021/22

Unit name Public Management
Unit code EFIM20019
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Edwina Zhu
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The unit aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the management, organisation and delivery of public services, paying particular attention to: the extent to which management in the public sector is similar or different to other sectors; the extent to which management tools and techniques developed for business can be used in managing public services; and the impact of recent reforms in the organisation and delivery of public services. The unit addresses the key features of public management and performance; governance and accountability; leadership and organisational culture. It will consider the origins of key concepts and theoretical perspectives, and the extent to which they translate to the public sector in the context of the economic, political and managerial reform agendas since the 1980s.

The unit aims to:

  • introduce students to theories, concepts and practical applications of public management;
  • develop students’ learning skills, particularly their ability to analyse and critically appraise public management theories and ideas; and
  • enable students to recognise different theories of public management and appreciate the implications that each has had in different contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will:

  • Have knowledge and understanding of the theories and practice of public management
  • Be able to critically analyse a range of theories in different contexts - Understand the inter-relationships between public management and public service reform - Be able to analyse case studies and case examples to illuminate key issues in the theory and practice of public management

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Information

Summative: Timed open book assessment. Formative: Timed mock open book assessment


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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