• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Benjamin Hillman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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The APP involves small groups of students undertaking applied research for real-world policy organisations. Each project is initiated by clients from the public or non-government sectors, for example  government departments, think tanks, peak bodies, advocacy groups, and advisory institutions.  The course is designed to give students an opportunity to extend their academic skills into the professional world. Working in groups, students learn about the inner workings of policy organisations through the process of designing and conducting research on their behalf.  In each project, students are required to understand client research needs, define research problems, formulate research questions, gather and analyse policy relevant data, and structure and produce a research report for the client. Throughout the course, students deepen their knowledge about a substantive policy area and gain exposure to the operations of policy organisations.  They also gain professional skills in applied research methods such as effective group work, negotiating client relationships, report writing and oral presentations. Each research group will be guided by a project advisor with relevant skills and knowledge. Student numbers in the APP are limited and thus entry is based on an application process. Students are required to submit a 300 word application in which they outline 1) their expectations of the course and how this fits with their career goals, b) what experiences and skills they bring to the course, and 3) the names of two referees from Crawford faculty. Successful applicants will determined by the course convener.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course students will be able to;
1. Apply knowledge of a substantive area of policy 
2. Demonstrate skills in negotiating professional relationships with policy clients
3. Design, structure, conduct and manage an applied research project
4. Exhibit skills in undertaking team-based research 
5. Gain professional experience in delivering policy research for clients 
6. Communicate effectively for policy audiences (written and oral communication)
7. Demonstrate capacity to work as a ‘reflective practitioner’
8. Apply skills in providing constructive feedback and peer-reviewing 

Indicative Assessment

The course will be graded in two parts, with 60% of the course grades allocated by the convener, and 40% allocated by the research advisor. The advisor will also take into account qualitative feedback from the client on their satisfaction with the project.
1. Personal reflections (600 words each) (10% each) ( LOs 23,4,7,8,)
a. Expectations and reflective insights (based on readings on being a ‘reflective practitioner’, applied research, and negotiating client relations)
b. Post-reflections: lessons learnt  
2. Peer review (15%): each student provides constructive feedback on two draft reports (1 A4 page each review). (LOs 7,8)
3. Research Prospectus (presentation) 5%* (LOs1,2,3,4,5,6)
4. Final Report (60%) * (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6)
o 40% Advisor (with qualitative input from client)
o 20% Convener 

* indicates group mark. Note: 65% of the course a grade is based on a group mark

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130 hours consisting of a combination of seminar attendance, presentations, group meetings with project advisers and applied research and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9751 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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