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Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration

PADM-5416: Budget Management for the Public Sector

Description: In an environment where fiscal prudence, austerity and accountability are key drivers, managing financial resources effectively has become an increasingly important leadership competency in the public service of Canada. Public sector leaders are expected to not only manage resources in a manner which respects the highest standards – both in terms of ethics and value for money, but also to leverage the financial resources at their disposal to achieve public policy objectives – which necessitates a solid foundation in financial management principles.

The objective of this course is to provide students with the essential elements of public sector financial management. In order to achieve the objective, the course will focus on the fundamentals of:

 Accounting concepts;

 Financial Statements;

 Budgeting; and,

 Accountability.

The path to accomplishing the objective will not be technical in nature. While accounting concepts and analytical techniques will be covered, proficiency in these techniques will not be assessed. Instead, the focus will be how the student can use financial and non financial information to analyse a given situation, to make observations of the situation, to draw conclusions, to evaluate options and to make recommendations.   

Faculty: Arun Thangaraj (Winter 2014)

Source: Syllabus downloaded from  (accessed 8 January 2014)


Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Policy and Management Subject



Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles provide excellent candidates for teaching topics to be developed:

  • The Financial Management Environment
  • Accounting Concepts
  • Financial Statements
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Costing and Forecasting
  • Budget Management
  • Capital Budgeting
  • Accountability and Control

Page created by: Ian Clark, 8 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.




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