• Class Number 8656
  • Term Code 2970
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic China
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Benjamin Hillman
    • AsPr Benjamin Hillman
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 08/11/2019
  • Class End Date 03/01/2020
  • Census Date 22/11/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 08/11/2019
SELT Survey Results

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:

  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

Field Trips

In Spring Semester 2019, CRWF 7000 is being offered as a Policy Field School in China. The entire course will take place in-country. An updated itinerary will be provided at pre-departure briefings.

Additional Course Costs

Participants will incur some costs during the field school. More information will be provided at pre-departure briefings.

Required Resources

The Practice of Social Research
Author: Earl Babbie
Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage Learning
Edition: 13th
Availability: Chifley

Public Policy Analysis: An Introduction
Author: William Dunn
Publisher: Pearson
Edition: 4th
Availability: Chifley

Studying Public Policy: Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems
Author: M Howlett, M. Ramesh, and A. Perl
Publisher: Oxford UP
Availability: Chifley

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 China Policy Field School 17 November - 6 December 2019 Further details about the course and assessments will be provided at pre-departure briefings.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Research Proposal (20%) 20 % 7,8
Reflective Journal (30%) 30 % 1,2,3,4,5,6
Research Report (50%) 50 % 2,3,4,7,8
0 % 1,2,3,4,5,6
0 % 1,2,3,4,5,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 7,8

Research Proposal (20%)

The Research Proposal will be jointly developed in teams, and based on a regional public policy challenge in China. More information will be provided at pre-departure briefings.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Reflective Journal (30%)

Journal documenting reflective insights from the Policy Field School. The due date will be approximately one week after returning from the Policy Field School. More information will be provided at pre-departure briefings.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,7,8

Research Report (50%)

The final report will be in the form of a policy. The due date will be negotiated with the class.

More information will be provided at pre-departure briefings.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 0 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Assessment Task 5

Value: 0 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
AsPr Benjamin Hillman
02 6125 0441

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