The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

This course provides an understanding of how to formulate, implement, manage and evaluate social programs and social policies by developing skills in systematic reviews, policy briefs, social audit, social impact analysis, and needs analysis in relation to real-life case studies. Includes consideration of ethical issues and development of skills in dealing with clients and institutional stakeholders.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and critically appraise a range of theoretical perspectives, research methods and debates on policy development, program management and evaluation.

2. Critically appraise and discuss the relevant literature.

3. Apply principles of program management to develop a program management tool.

4. Apply relevant theories to the analysis of a case study in policy development.


Content

This course provides a grounded examination and skill development in policy development, program management and evaluation. It contributes to the development of core skills including critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, communication skills, and commitment to ethical practice.

Topics covered may include:

1. Social, Political and Economic environment: Competing perspectives and debates.

2. The nature of policy development, program management and evaluation.

3. Ethical issues: Approaches to ethical decision making.

4. Influencing policy processes and agendas.

5. Project and program design, implementation and evaluation.

6. Strategies and skills in policy development, program management and evaluation.

7. Using research methods and tools.

8. Resource management.

9. Practical aspects of information systems.

10. Financial management.

11. Being a reflective-practitioner in the policy, program and evaluation process.


Assumed knowledge

SOCS3100Policy Development, Program Management and EvaluationThis course provides an understanding of how to formulate, implement, manage and evaluate social programs and social policies by developing skills in systematic reviews, policy briefs, social audit, social impact analysis, and needs analysis in relation to real-life case studies. Includes consideration of ethical issues and development of skills in dealing with clients and institutional stakeholders.FEDUAFaculty of Education and Arts468School of Humanities and Social Science1030005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan20195940Semester 1 - 2019CENTRALCSTOurimbah201940 units of study at 1000 level.This course provides a grounded examination and skill development in policy development, program management and evaluation. It contributes to the development of core skills including critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, communication skills, and commitment to ethical practice.Topics covered may include:1. Social, Political and Economic environment: Competing perspectives and debates.2. The nature of policy development, program management and evaluation.3. Ethical issues: Approaches to ethical decision making.4. Influencing policy processes and agendas.5. Project and program design, implementation and evaluation.6. Strategies and skills in policy development, program management and evaluation.7. Using research methods and tools.8. Resource management.9. Practical aspects of information systems.10. Financial management.11. Being a reflective-practitioner in the policy, program and evaluation process. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Identify and critically appraise a range of theoretical perspectives, research methods and debates on policy development, program management and evaluation.2Critically appraise and discuss the relevant literature.3Apply principles of program management to develop a program management tool.4Apply relevant theories to the analysis of a case study in policy development. Quiz: 10 weekly Quizzes (30%)Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study (45%)Written Assignment: Develop program management tool (25%) Callaghan and OurimbahLectureFace to Face On Campus1hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0TutorialFace to Face On Campus1hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0


Assessment items

Quiz: 10 weekly Quizzes (30%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study (45%)

Written Assignment: Develop program management tool (25%)


Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term