Public Sector Systems Management DUMF3071
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
This course will introduce students to a range of management processes and issues that are significant within the public sector. In particular, it will explore these matters in the context of various types of systems based partnership working.
The course will be delivered in 2 X 2 hour sessions over 11 weeks. This will involve a combination of lecture input, seminars and individual and group PBL based project work.
Requirements of Entry
Mandatory Entry Requirements
At least D pass in L1 courses Contemporary Health Issues or Contemporary Social Issues
At least D pass in L2 courses Health Policy & Practice or Social Policy & Practice
1 x 3,000 practical project report on a systems based topic drawing on one aspect of the theory base addressed in the course [65%];
Multiple choice/short answer mid semester test (week 6) [25%]
Course attendance and participation [10%].
In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.
1. To promote an understanding of the conceptual bases and values that underpin a systems approach to achieving health and social welfare goals;
2. To develop an awareness of the complex political context of multi-disciplinary partnership working and 'mixed economies' of provision;
3. To explore the nature of the various capacities required to deliver sustainable systems based welfare initiatives (e.g., project and change management, leadership, creativity, whole organisational capacity development);
4. To develop skills in applying these capacities in grounded Problem Based Learning oriented case studies;
5. To consider critically the implications of such processes on the delivery of health and social policy and initiatives.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand the conceptual bases and values that underpin a systems approach to achieving welfare goals;
2. Demonstrate familiarity with the complex political context of multi-disciplinary and inter-agency partnership working and 'mixed economies' of provision;
3. Utilise the contextual resources to inform their understanding of the specific management processes;
4. Deploy a sample of the capacities considered (e.g. project and change management, leadership, creativity, capacity development) in investigating the practical delivery of sustainable health and social policy and initiatives;
5. Evaluate the potential for systems based approaches to impact on the delivery of health and social policy and initiatives.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.