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Dalhousie University - School of Public Administration

Dalhousie Graduate Calendar, January 2014
Source: http://www.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/academics/academiccalendar/Graduate%20Calendar%202013_2014.pdf  (accessed 9 January 2014)

Required First Year Classes

MGMT 5000.03: Management Without Borders: A Foundation Course for Masters Students in Management. This course places management in its broadest context and helps students from diverse disciplines understand the complex social, economic, ecological, political and technological forces shaping 21st century leadership in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Key themes explored in the course include systems thinking, responsible leadership, sustainable economic development, stakeholder theory, risk management and knowledge management. A significant portion of the course is devoted to interdisciplinary / inter-professional group work. Students from different programs are brought together to work with a Nova Scotia organization that has identified a relevant and timely project topic for the group. The project provide students with the opportunity to hone important skills in team dynamics, inter personal communication, project management, managing scope and ambiguity, information gathering, research and writing professional reports. The course is team taught by leading faculty from across the Faculty of Management as well as guest speakers. Learning opportunities are delivered in a mix of formats, including lectures, tutorials, readings, multidisciplinary cases and group discussions. FORMAT: Lecture/tutorial/group work/class participation

PUAD 5100.03: Organizational Designs for Governance and Public Management. This class examines the organizational designs of government for the purposes of governance and public management. It encompasses the basic constitutional and political designs of government; the structures and principles governing the relationship between the partisan-political and non-partisan public-service institutions of government; the organization and roles of the central executive and corporate policy and management agencies; the organization of portfolios, departments and agencies for the management of policy and operational functions; and, the structures and processes of accountability for governance and public management. The class is focused on the Canadian system of government but addresses basic questions of organizational theory and design in a comparative context. INSTRUCTOR(S): K. Quigley

PUAD 5120.03: Introduction to Public Policy. This class provides a general introduction to the field of policy management, for graduate and honours undergraduate students. Using British ‘best practice’ ideas of professional policy making and Canadian statements of generic policy competencies, it seeks to improve the policy capacity of participants. It does this first by increasing their knowledge of public policy structures, processes, and outputs, and secondly, by giving them knowledge that they can use in policy advocacy both inside and outside government. The first section of the class examines policy definitions and professional policy making approaches in the 21st century. The second section considers the role of the state in the 21st century, and the policy competencies that analysts must have if that role is to be carried out effectively. Section three explores vertical, horizontal and external policy relationships, both as determinants of policy and as practical matters of management. Section four explores, and helps participants to gain proficiency in, the most recent processes of strategic policy design and implementation. This blend of theory and practice will increase the policy knowledge of all participants, and equip those who are in professional programs, including the various public services, to contribute more effectively in policy processes in the future. INSTRUCTOR(S): P. Brown CROSS-LISTING: POLI 4240.03, POLI 5240.03

PUAD 5130.03: Managerial Economics. This class introduces the fundamental concepts of economics and helps to develop the analytical skills of students appropriate for practitioners in the public sector. It provides an understanding of basic microeconomic theories and principles in considerable depth, consistent with a graduate-level course in an interdisciplinary program. The course focuses on the theories of consumer and producer behaviour and their interaction in the market, of particular interest are situations of market failure and the resultant need for policy intervention. INSTRUCTOR(S): D. Wranik

PUAD 5131.03: Public Economics. This class introduces the basic principles macroeconomics, appropriate to a graduate-level course in an inter-disciplinary program. It is also concerned with the use and application of macroeconomic theory and the relevance of this theory in economic decision-making in a market economy with a large public sector. In particular, this class places a special emphasis on the role of government in the economy and on the application of economic theory in policy analysis within the framework of the Canadian federation. Together with Managerial Economics, these two courses provide a unique blend of theoretical rigor, empirical relevance and sound policy applications. INSTRUCTOR(S): S. Mechoulan PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of PUAD 5130.03 or equivalent or special permission from the Graduate Coordinator or course Instruction

PUAD 5140.03: Quantitative Methods. This class is designed to enable students to understand existing statistical analyses, as well as to conduct their own. Statistical analyses are presented with focus on application in the public sector, emphasizing the importance of statistical analysis in social research and policy making. Specific topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, measures of association for nominal and ordinal variables, analysis of variance techniques, as well as linear regression. In addition to the class, students are also offered tutorials in working with SPSS and MS Excel. Student assignments require work with large data sets. INSTRUCTOR(S): S. Mechoulan CROSS-LISTING: INFO 7390.03

PUAD 5150.03: Public Sector Accounting. This class introduces students to the subject of accounting in governmental, not for profit and private sector organizations. A “user” approach is taken, but the class is presented from the standpoints of both users and authors of financial reports. No previous background in accounting is required but the class is challenging and provides a knowledge of the essential elements of accounting for professionals in the field of public administration. For information about assignments and other class requirements please consult the instructor. INSTRUCTOR(S): Staff

PUAD 5170.03: Public Sector Human Resources. A major part of most public administration positions is human resource management. Therefore, it is important that public administrators understand the components of human resource management and their effect on an organization. In this class, human resource management is defined in a very broad sense, touching on all the major components of human resource management in order to give an overall concept or paradigm. The components are: 1) planning the need for public servants, 2) attracting the right people to be public servants, 3) placing the public servants in well matched jobs, 4) assisting public servants with their career development, 5) maintaining high performance with public servants and 6) evaluating public servants. INSTRUCTOR(S): M. Cassin

PUAD 5180.03: Research Methods and Policy Analysis. This class is designed to equip students with tools needed for the collection of quantitative and qualitative data in the context of an applied research project. Students learn how to combine qualitative analysis with quantitative techniques they acquired in PUAD 5140. Specifically, students learn to write literature reviews, to conduct personal interviews, to run focus groups, and to design survey questionnaires. All techniques discussed are applied to the analysis of public policy issues. Policy is analyzed with respect to its strengths and weaknesses from various stakeholders perspectives. Students are required to present their work in class. INSTRUCTOR(S): D. Wranik PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of PUAD 5140.03 or equivalent, or special permission from the Graduate Coordinator or course instructor.

PUAD 5200X/Y.00: Professional Development Certificate Year 1 This mandatory course focuses on preparing MPA candidates with professional competencies expected by public sector employers, while promoting responsibility, collaboration, integrity and inclusiveness. Led by faculty and guest speakers, the program design includes lectures, seminars, collaborative learning groups and an individual development project. This course is a prerequisite for PUAD 6855 (Internship) and PUAD 6200X/Y and offers related professional development such as support with resumes and cover letters. The PDCP is a non-academic, non-credit program. INSTRUCTOR(S): Staff

Second Year Classes

Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling in 6000 level classes and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from the Graduate Coordinator. All second year elective class offerings are subject to resource availability.

PUAD 6000.03: Senior Seminar: Ethics, Public Service and Governance. Designed as a culminating and integrating exercise for the MPA programme, this class focuses upon a wide range of ethical problems in governance. Topics covered include conflict of interest, accountability, political neutrality, service to the public and codes of conduct. The class is based on case studies with a premium placed on discussion. Please consult the instructor for information on assignments and other class requirements. NOTE: For students enrolled in the two-year MPA programme, successful completion of the first year of studies is the prerequisite for this class. INSTRUCTOR(S): J. Roy PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6100.03: Modern Comptrollership. This class will provide students with an opportunity to review the link between government budgeting, planning, programming and accountability. It will help students understand and connect what governments want to do with what they raise and spend money for. The course will progress from government revenue, expenditure and debt management policies through government financial reporting and ultimately accountability. These issues will be discussed in the context of what has been referred to by the federal government as “Modern Comptrollership”. Recent developments at the national, provincial and municipal levels will be used as reference material. INSTRUCTOR(S): B. Hennebury PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6200X/Y.00: Professional Development Certificate Year 2 This mandatory course expands on the professional competencies developed in PUAD 5200X/Y. Led by faculty and guest speakers, the program design includes lectures, seminars, collaborative learning groups and an individual development project. This course also builds on learnings from the summer Internships to develop competencies appropriate for entry level professional positions in public sector organizations. The PDCP is non-academic, non-credit program. Certificates awarded and transcript notations will reflect the work completed over the professional development program. (PUAD 5200X/Y and PUAD 6200 X/Y) INSTRUCTOR(S): Staff PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of PUAD 5200X/Y or special permission from the Graduate Coordinator or course instructor.

Electives

PUAD 6010.03: Issues in Public Administration. This course provides a solid grounding in the legal underpinnings, the governance framework, and the concepts surrounding union-management and employee relations in the public service. This knowledge will strengthen the capacity of public servants to perform effectively whether they are employees, managers or elected union officials. The course will examine in some detail the evolution of Labour rights and Labour relations in the federal public service, up to and including the implementation of the Public Service Labour Relations Act which has been implemented as part of the newly enacted Public Service Modernization Act. While this course will draw extensively from the federal experience, it will also provide opportunities to examine provincial, municipal and private sector experiences. It will examine the roles and responsibilities of the various players within the legal framework which governs these relationships and explore the impact in the workplace of the various approaches to Labour management including the movement towards a less litigious Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process as an alternative to the rights based processes and how this can affect the workplace. INSTRUCTOR(S): D. Tucker PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6050.03: Strategic Management in the Public Sector. This course is an in-depth examination of the management of government organizations. Its topics include management control, strategy development, innovation, risk management and leadership. The more specific course goals are as follows: -To provide a process understanding of practices employed by government organizations to develop and implement their strategies -To provide insights into the practicalities of performing organizational functions, including management control, innovation, strategy development and risk management -To strengthen the ability to penetrate and critique prescriptive arguments about public management practices -To develop skills in designing practices suited to particular circumstances of application INSTRUCTOR(S): K. Quigley FORMAT: Lecture PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6235.03: Issues in Applied Economics. This class addresses a selection of topics in applied economics that are of considerable significance for any economy. It is designed for those students who wish to develop the ability to (a) understand and interpret different economic programmes and policies beyond the introductory level; and (b) help formulate and implement such policies. Topics covered will depend in part upon the interests of students but some will be based upon the following areas: poverty and inequality; taxation; inflation and unemployment; stabilization policies; public sector economics; international trade and the balance of payments; technological innovation and growth. Each student will be expected to specialize in a topic of his or her choice and prepare a major paper for presentation in class. There will also be short assignments and a final examination. Please see the instructor for additional information about class requirements. INSTRUCTOR(S): S. Mechoulan PREREQUISITE: B+ or higher in PUAD 5130 and PUAD 5131 or special permission from the Graduate Coordinator or course instructor.

PUAD 6300.03: Alternative Programme Delivery. Alternative Methods in Programme Delivery is a graduate and honours undergraduate level seminar which allows participants to conduct and present research on the increasing resort by governments at all levels to alternative methods of programme delivery. Over the last decade and a half, governments around the world have moved from designing and delivering programmes themselves to utilizing the private sector, both profit and non-profit, for this purpose. These alternative methods have taken the form of the privatization of crown assets, public-private partnerships to address a myriad of concerns (from the design and construction of bridges and highways to the management of laundry facilities in institutions for long term care), user fees and charges, contracting out, and the adoption of business-like practices in their own operations. This class has two purposes. The first is to allow participants to explore methodologies for assessing the viability of alternative programme delivery in particular fields, based on the best practices of the past decade. The second is to allow participants to explore critically the use or proposed use of alternative methods of programme delivery in areas in which they have an interest. Each participant is expected to prepare a seminar paper of at least 5,000 words, to present their findings in class in a presentation not exceeding thirty minutes in length, and to respond to questions. In addition, participants are asked to prepare a critique of a paper by another participant, and to lead discussion on that paper. INSTRUCTOR(S): P. Brown PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6400.03: Local Government. There is a renewed interest in local government resulting from population migration to urban areas, the need to invest heavily in improved and greener infrastructure that can be used to satisfy local service needs, and a trend towards a more inclusive public involvement in urban issues. This course looks at how local governments fit into the public sector framework, how provincial / national legislation empowers and limits them, and their governance and management. Services offered, and issues faced, by local governments vary with size, population density and with central government legislation. Issues facing local governments, and the central governments who determine municipal responsibilities and revenue sources, are researched, presented and discussed. While the primary focus of the course is on local government in Canada, structures and practices used in other countries to address local government issues will be included. The class is conducted in a seminar style format (class size permitting) INSTRUCTOR(S): M. Gilbert PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6420.03: Municipal Finance. Canadian local governments are arguably more challenged than the federal or provincial governments when raising sufficient revenue to meet their operational and infrastructure requirements. This course explores the reasons for this and puts forward potential solutions that reflect a solid understanding of the issues and sound public policy. The solutions could include greater revenue generation powers, expenditure reduction through transferring responsibilities, finding less expensive ways of providing services through internal efficiencies or outsourcing, or reorganizing municipal boundaries (territorial reform). The course begins with a focus on the fundamentals of local government finance to provide the background needed to address the broader issues. While the primary focus of the course is on Canadian municipal finance issues information on finance policies and structures of other countries will also be included. The class is conducted in a seminar style format (class size permitting). INSTRUCTOR(S): M. Gilbert PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6450.03: Economics of Health Policy. This class focuses on health policy themes as they relate to the current situation in the Canadian health policy arena. Themes include population health determinants, health system types, physician remuneration methods, healthcare delivery models, health production, demand for healthcare, and health system efficiency. The class is conducted in seminar style format. INSTRUCTOR(S): D. Wranik FORMAT: Lecture and seminar PREREQUISITE: PUAD 5130, PUAD 5131 or equivalent courses from any Economics Department or special permission from the course instructor.

PUAD 6500.03: Business and Government. The focus of this course is twofold: first, how government and business influence one another and secondly, why collaboration is a growing reality enjoining public sector and private sector organizations and the implications for each sector and society as a whole. The course aims to understand the fundamental difference between the public interest and the private interest and how such differences are sorted out through contemporary governance systems. While the emphasis will be on the Canadian environment, a comparative perspective will also be used in light of many issues that are increasingly transnational in scope. INSTRUCTOR(S): J. Roy PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator. CROSS-LISTING: BUSI 6009.03

PUAD 6505.03: Interest Groups: Function and Management. This class will attempt a systematic examination of the function and management of interest groups in Canada and, to a lesser extent, other western countries. It will begin by considering the functions such groups perform for their supporters on the one hand and, on the other, the role they play in 1) maintaining political systems; 2) securing and modifying public policy, and 3) implementing programs. It will explore the ways in which their structures and behaviour patterns vary according to the resources of the groups themselves, the nature of their concerns and the demands of the political/bureaucratic systems in which they operate. An important feature of the class will be a discussion of the internal management of groups. This discussion will include a review of how membership is secured and retained and how group resources are obtained and applied; the role of professional staff in developing group positions and in interacting between the interest group and government officials. In conclusion, the class will examine the role of interest groups in policy processes and the relationship between that role and the prospects for democracy in western politics. Approved with Canadian Studies. INSTRUCTOR(S): L. Turnbull PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator. CROSS-LISTING: POLI 3228.03, POLI 5228.03

PUAD 6520.03: Programme Evaluation Seminar. This class is focused on the construction of different types of evaluation frameworks for a set of government programmes or initiatives. Students prepare a plan of how to evaluate their program of choice giving special attention to perspective taken and stakeholder interests, students identify relevant data sources, and data collection instruments and design a research framework that combines qualitative and Quantitative approaches. Specific research skills acquired in PUAD 5140 and PUAD 5180, are applied to a broader and large scale evaluation framework. In addition, students are exposed to competing approaches to programme evaluation, as well as ethical issues within the discipline. Student presentations and class discussion are an integral part of the class. INSTRUCTOR(S): D. Wranik PREREQUISITE: B+ or higher grade in PUAD 5180 or special permission from Graduate Coordinator or course instructor

PUAD 6555.03: Management of Information (EGovernment) and Public Administration. The main objectives are to understand that information technologies provide means for public administrators to obtain, analyze, disseminate and store information; to analyze the uses of new technologies; and to understand the opportunities and problems that information technologies present to public administrators on personal, organizational and international levels. Each class addresses separate but related issues of managing information in the public sector. Some of the classes look at the history of information technology to place present day devices into perspective. The topics for other classes relate IT to smart communities, professional development, virtual offices, digital divide, management information and unethical behavior in public offices. INSTRUCTOR(S): J. Roy PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6556.03: Management of Information (EGovernment): International Experiences and Perspectives. Public administration rhetoric often indicates that governments are re-inventing themselves by using information technology. What is happening around the world with E-government? Using Canada as reference, this class reviews the development of management of information as it affects performance management, democracy, the nation state, accountability, network growth, productivity and access. Each student will be required to analyze an international country, state or province and its progression to e-government and relate that progress to activities in governments around the world. Some of the topics covered are: Introduction to E-Government Service to Citizens Administration of E-Government Social Exclusion in the Digital Age Learning and Information Technology Knowledge Networks Personal Information and Information Technology Collaborative Networks The Dark Side of IT EVALUATION: Each student will be required to analyze a non-Canadian country, state or province and its progression to e-government and relate that progress to activities in governments around the world. Recommendations for improvement should also be made. Each student negotiates with the professor for an appropriate country. Two papers, class participation and a final presentation based on the two papers, will determine the student's grade. INSTRUCTOR(S): Staff PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator. CROSS-LISTING: ECMM 6026.03

PUAD 6570.03: Equity and Diversity in the Public Sector. This is a theoretical course on inclusion, participation and inequality in public service employment and public service delivery. It explores representativeness as an ideology and the management practices and policy initiatives which arise from this notion. The course considers the questions: What is equality? Why do we want equality? What difference does it make to have equality oriented initiatives? What is equity and diversity? What results are being achieved? What are the underlying issues of inequality difference and inclusion as they relate to Canadian democracy and global issues of equality? INSTRUCTOR(S): M. Cassin PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6625.03: Special Topics in Human Resource Management. This course explores current topics in human resource management and policy in the public sector. The topic emphasis varies with issues and trends in public service. The approach to human resources explores the relations of organizations, work and people in the public sector. The aim of the course is to examine topics, how they are known as well as methods of investigation and problem solving. To learn of current topics, please consult the professor. INSTRUCTOR(S): M. Cassin PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6780.03: Comparative Development Administration. Some analytical and normative issues of public administration in developing countries are examined including the scope of development administration as a sub-field of public administration; public sector organization and management including public services, public enterprises, decentralization and rural development, financial systems, human resources management, aspects of state economic management with Japanese and South Korean case studies; and institutional aspects of aid administration with CIDA and World Bank cases. INSTRUCTOR(S): P. Arthur FORMAT: Seminar 2 hours PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator. CROSS-LISTING: POLI 3302.03/5302.03

PUAD 6800.06/6820.06: Projects. A class designated “project” and using this class number can be developed around an area of interest that is sufficiently complex to justify a full class credit. Such a project will likely be grounded in the needs of a particular agency and an area of professional literature that represents current debate or issues in the field of public administration. It may reflect on interest held by a student, faculty member or by a government agency. PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6855.03: Internship. The internship is half credit course which includes a program of professional development, a challenging work term with a public sector employer and the mentorship of a first year MPA candidate (in the terms following the work term). The Internship course recognizes the educational value of a high quality work experience as well as the developmental value of supervised work terms and preparation for work terms. The aim of the internship is to integrate the academic program and practical public service experience. School approved and employer sponsored work terms are awarded competitively on the basis of merit. They are paid (paid by the employer), 14-16 weeks normally in the spring and summer term between the first and second year of the program. The opportunity for a work term placement is normally available to students: - who have successfully completed the full first year of the MPA program with a B or greater in each required course - who have completed the Professional Development Requirements -who have submitted the required documents (general resume and sample job application), at the expected level of competence in preparation for competing for work terms. The full details of requirements are available in the syllabus and the Internship Contract. Previous work placements have been in the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, international and non-governmental organizations and in the private sector. However, the emphasis is on public sector employers NOTE: Regular Course fees apply and students must be registered and successfully complete PUAD 5200 X/Y. PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6900.06/ 6910.03/ 6920.03/ 6940.03/ 6942.03/ 6944.06: Directed Reading. A special programme of directed reading, with appropriate written assignments, may be arranged with a faculty member where the interest in a subject is not sufficiently widespread to warrant offering a regular class. Students who wish to take any of the Project or Directed Reading Classes mentioned above must provide the School with the following before approval is granted: 1) a letter from the Professor* concerned indicating his/her willingness to supervise 2) a class outline which includes a description of the goals and objectives of the class, the grading scheme, a preliminary reading list and a schedule of the work; 3) the period in which the class is to be completed. Not all classes are offered each year. Consult the School for current year offerings. In addition to the above, classes may be selected from other schools, departments, or faculties, subject to the approval of the Graduate Co-ordinator. NOTE: Approval must be obtained from the Graduate Coordinator before the class begins. PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6925.03: Management Information Systems. This class is meant to provide the student with a basic knowledge of information systems and their role in business organizations. Fundamental to this basic knowledge is an understanding of the variety of information systems in business. An understanding of the use of computers in current and future information systems is stressed. PREREQUISITE: Students must successfully complete all eight required classes of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator. CROSS-LISTING: BUSI 5511.03

 

 

MPA (Management) Classes

These classes are intended for students registered in the MPA (Management) program. For more information on this program please contact the Centre for Advanced Management Education - 1-800-205-7510 or (902) 494-6391, Email: cfame@dal.ca.

MGMT 5105.03: Government Structure and Organization. This class focuses on the Canadian system of government and addresses basic organizational theory and design as well as fundamental issues of public management. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

MGMT 5110.03: Strategic Management in the Public Sector. This class explores the concepts, potential and dynamics of strategic management in modern public administration. A wide variety of management instruments and techniques are analyzed. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

MGMT 5125.03: Policy Formulation & Analysis. This class covers the techniques, theory and contextual underpinnings central to effective policy management. The class explores strategic approaches to policy design and the role of the policy analyst in modern government. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

MGMT 5135.03: Managerial Economics. This class elucidates basic microeconomic theories and principles and applies these to economic decision making. The class increases understanding of the relationship between economic theory and economic policy. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

MGMT 5140.03: Public Economics. Introduces the basic principles of public finance and macroeconomics. The role of risk analysis in public sector decision-making is also explored. The class places a special emphasis on the role of government in the economy and on the application of economic theory in public policy analysis within the framework of the Canadian federation. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session PREREQUISITE: MGMT 5135.03 CROSS-LISTING: PUAD 5140.03

MGMT 5146.03: Research Methods. This class provides a practical setting for understanding the purchase, management and evaluation of research products. Applied research methods, research services and best practices are discussed in depth. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

MGMT 5155.03: Financial and Managerial Accounting. This class reviews each of the forms of accounting and financial data that public sector managers will be faced with now – and in the future. The essential concepts of financial and managerial accounting are comprehensively reviewed. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

MGMT 5160.03: Modern Comptrollership. This class focuses on the public policy and management issues of governance. It emphasizes development of the skills necessary to assess financial management approaches, develop business plans and implement performance measurement. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

MGMT 6501.03: Business and Government. This class presents the relationship between government and business in North America. It offers a practical approach to understanding the differences in how government and business operate, highlighting the techniques used by each side to influence the other. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

MGMT 6525.03: Programme Evaluation. This class examines the theory, methods and issues of this growing field. The class emphasizes the skills necessary to assess feasibility of a programme evaluation and to design it. Topics also include underlying values, alternative approaches, and implementation and utilization. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

MGMT 6555.03: Managing the Information Resource. This class examines the complex technological changes affecting public administrators. It provides broad-based information about the technological advances underway in Canada and fosters understanding of the opportunities and problems these changes present. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

MGMT 6650.03: Human Resource Management. This class explores the evolving practices and challenges faced by organizations seeking to excel in human resources – an essential determinant of organizational success. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

MGMT 6700.03: Managing People in Diverse Organizations. This class explores how managers can deal effectively with human problems in their organizations. Topics include motivation, leadership, communications perception and group dynamics. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

MGMT 6755.03: Intergovernmental Relations in Canada. This class focuses on a wide array of policy areas and uses case studies to demonstrate how intergovernmental issues - such as fiscal federalism and coordination of service delivery - are successfully resolved. FORMAT: Distance/online and 2.5 day (classroom) intensive session

 

 


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