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Normed Course Outlines
Sets of normed topics to help course designers improve coverage of core subject-matter and reduce course overlap

Once normed topics have been developed (largely from course material used in existing MPP and MPA programs) a relatively straightforward process can be used to construct normed course outlines in the form of coherent sets of normed topics, where each normed topic can be taught in one course-week of instruction (3 hours in-class and 7 hour outside-class). Normed outlines can be constructed for instructional units of any length, for example 12-topic courses, 6-topic modules, or 3-topic half-modules.

Normed course outlines have a number of potentially attractive features for course designers:

  • They draw from material in actual courses being taught in MPP/MPA Programs.
  • They include learning outcomes and assessment techniques, since they are assembled from normed topics which, by definition, include these elements (See Describing Learning Outcomes.)
  • They contain links to definitions of all the key concepts used in the topics.
  • They reflect a normed amount of content: 120 hours of study for a 12-topic course based on the norm of 10 hours for each topic.
  • They are relatively easy modularize, by for example, selecting half the topics from a 12-topic course outline to create an outline for a 6-topic module or combining outlines from two 6-topic modules to create the outline for a 12-topic course. This ease of modularization is a function of the relatively self-contained nature of normed topics.

We intend to construct normed course (or module) outlines that encompass all the 120 normed core topics in the sixteen core subjects, and we also hope to construct normed course outlines for a number of non-core subjects. The course outlines for the core are listed in Table 1. To date, we have constructed three 12-topic core course outlines and two 6-topic core modules for a total of 48 core topics. Table 2 provides a list of potential course outlines that expand the modular courses in Table 1 to full semester (12 topic) courses. Table 3 provides a list of potential course outlines on material that is outside the MPP/MPA core but for which our research assistant resources (students taking required and elective courses in the Toronto MPP program) have sufficient background to assemble relevant material from syllabi in multiple programs. Table 3 also includes the almost-completed PPM-219: Higher Education Policy, based on a keynote address entitled Public Policy Thinking and the Challenges in Canadian Higher Education.

Table 1: Proposed Normed Course Outlines for the MPP/MPA Core (covering all and only 120 normed core topics)

Policy-Oriented Subjects

Policy- and Management-Oriented Subjects

Management-Oriented Subjects

PPM-103: Economic Analysis (12 topics)
PPM-104: Quantitative Methods (12 topics)
PPM-113M: Macroeconomic Policy (6 topics)
PPM-114M: Evaluation and Performance Mgt. (6 topics)
PPM-115M: Analytic Methods (6 topics)
PPM-117M: Socioeconomic and Political Context (6 topics)
PPM-122HM: Global Context (3 topics)
PPM-123HM: Environment Policy and Sustainability (3 topics)

PPM-101: Policy and Management Analysis (12 topics)
PPM-111M: Advanced Policy and Mgt. Analysis (6 topics)

PPM-102: Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (12 topics)
PPM-109: Leadership and Communication Skills (12 topics)
PPM-112M: Advanced Dem. Inst. and Policy Process (6 topics)
PPM-116M: Ethics, Rights and Accountability (6 topics)
PPM-118M: Public Financial Management (6 topics)
PPM-124HM: Human Resource Management (3 topics)
PPM-125HM: Information and Technology Management (3 topics)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Table 2: Proposed Normed Course Outlines in Core Subjects that include both Core and Non-core Topics

Policy-Oriented Subjects

Policy- and Management-Oriented Subjects

Management-Oriented Subjects

PPM-113: Macroeconomic Policy (12 topics)
PPM-114: Evaluation and Performance Mgt. (12 topics)
PPM-115: Analytic Methods (12 topics)
PPM-117: Socioeconomic and Political Context (12 topics)
PPM-122: Global Context (12 topics)
PPM-123: Environment Policy and Sustainability (12 topics)

PPM-111: Advanced Policy and Mgt. Analysis (12 topics)

PPM-107: Leadership Skills (12 topics)
PPM-108: Communications Skills (12 topics)
PPM-112: Advanced Dem. Institutions and Policy Process (12 topics)
PPM-116: Ethics, Rights and Accountability (12 topics)
PPM-118: Public Financial Management (12 topics)
PPM-124: Human Resource Management (12 topics)
PPM-125: Information and Technology Management (12 topics)

 

 

 

 

 

 
Table 3: Proposed Normed Course Outlines outside the MPP/MPA Core

Policy-Oriented Subjects

Policy-Oriented Subjects

Management-Oriented Subjects

PPM-201: Comparative Public Policy (12 topics)
PPM 204: Advanced Quantitative Methods (12 topics)
PPM-205: International Development I (12 topics)
PPM-206: International Development II (12 topics)
PPM-209: Public Finance (12 topics)

PPM-211: Social Policy (12 topics)
PPM-215: Healthcare Policy (12 topics)
PPM-217: Public Policy for Children (12 topics)
PPM-219: Higher Education Policy (12 topics)
PPM-221: Cities and Urban Policy (12 topics)

PPM-202: Advanced Public Administration (12 topics)
PPM-291: Regulatory Policy and Management (12 topics)
PPM-292: Local Government Management (12 topics)
PPM-293: Nonprofit Management (12 topics)
PPM-298: Advocacy from Outside Government (12 topics)

 

 

 

 

Page Created by: Ian Clark, last updated 22 June 2015.

 

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