• Offered by Policy and Governance Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course is designed to help you improve your management though learning about, and applying, theories and evidence regarding people and performance in public organisations. This intensive course will provide students with an opportunity to reflect upon and improve their management of people in public organisations. This course is based upon the discipline of Organisational Behaviour (OB): the application of psychological principles to helping individuals, teams and organizations perform more effectively in the public sector. This is not a course in Human Resource Management: We will be adopting a more ‘bottom up’ approach focusing on people in context rather than organizational systems and processes.    The primary focus of the course will be on using OB principles and research for enhancing motivation and capability of individuals and teams. The course is broadly focused on the question: “How can I help improve the performance of both myself and others in a public organisation?” Along the way we will consider topics potentially including: developing self-awareness, managing stress, solving problems creatively, communicating effectively, motivating others, managing conflict, empowering and delegating, and building effective teams. The course is strongly informed by research including the lecturers own work on managerial attention and emotional self-regulation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of this course, students who participate actively in the course should be able to:

  • Apply a sound process of reasoning and judgment to a range of critical people management tasks
  • Understand and apply ‘organisational behavior’ and ‘performance’ concepts in different public organisational contexts.
  • Critically evaluate the likely effectiveness of different approaches to the management of individual performance in context.
  • More effectively communicate to increase learning, trust, respect and motivation, particularly in ‘difficult’ situations.
  • Apply people management theories and concepts to their own people management challenges including motivating people. 
  • Apply people management theories and concepts to their own self- management challenges. 

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

Intensive/on campus

Indicative Assessment

  • 50 % Critical conceptual Essay
  • 50% Personal Leadership Dilemma


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The course is delivered in intensive mode, in three sessions of two days each (see Policy and Governance timetable for details).


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3762
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4566
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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