- Class Number 6715
- Term Code 2950
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Andrew Kennedy
- AsPr Andrew Kennedy
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 02/08/2019
- Class End Date 18/11/2019
- Census Date 23/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 09/08/2019
There is little doubt that we live in fast-moving and turbulent times: rapid economic change, unexpected political events, and social and technological transformations all make any stable parametric assumption for policymaking hazardous. What does this imply for government? Must we simply respond to events as they unfold around us? Or can we chart a more deliberate course in the midst of constant change? In this course, participants will practice the art of thinking and acting strategically to develop best practice public policy. At its best, strategy can help advance an organisation's agenda, manage complexity, and stimulate innovation. In other cases, strategy may have little impact or lead an organisation astray. Through class sessions that combine theoretical tools with practical case studies, participants will grapple with the challenges of looking forward, choosing courses of action, and implementing strategy, while remaining open to change.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between “business as usual” and strategic policymaking;
2. Conduct strategic assessments of a particular organisation and the environment it faces;
3. Develop and analyse alternative courses of strategic action, based strategic assessments and the identification of critical strategic issues;
4. Recommend how particular courses of strategic action may be implemented to maximize impact.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Verbal comments in response to ideas presented in class or in meetings
- Written comments in response to emailed ideas
- Written comments on submitted assessment tasks
- Feedback to the whole class following the release of the strategic assessment memo marks
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to Strategic Policymaking: believers and skeptics|
|2||Stakeholders and Mission|
|3||Strategic Assessment||Strategic Assesment Memo due September 9|
|6||Feedback and Learning||Strategy Pitch|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Strategic Assessment Memo||25 %||09/09/2019||17/09/2019||1,2|
|Strategy Pitch||15 %||18/10/2019||25/10/2019||1-3|
|Strategy Memo||60 %||11/11/2019||28/11/2019||1-4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks 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
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Strategic Assessment Memo
Students are asked to write a 2000-word memo assessing the strategic situation of a specific public sector organization. The assessment should answer a series of questions about the organization:
- what is the organization’s mission?
- how does the organization do “business as usual” and why does it need to act more strategically?
- what are the organization's strengths and weaknesses?
- what opportunities and challenges does the organization face?
Marking: Papers will be marked based on their success with respect to each of the above tasks, as well as clarity of expression, quality of argument, and original research. Students should be sure to draw on the concepts presented in the second and third class sessions in particular. Additional guidance will be given in class.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1-3
Students are asked to imagine they have been given an opportunity to present their strategic ideas to a supervisor in about 15 minutes. The presentation should sum up their strategic assessment memo (see above) and then outline a strategic approach for the organization. A one-page outline of the presentation should be submitted directly to the course convenor prior to delivery of the presentation in class.
Marking: Presentations will be marked based on their success with respect to each of the above tasks, as well as clarity of expression, quality of argument, and original research. Students should be sure to draw on the concepts presented in the fourth class session on strategy development in particular. Additional guidance will
be given in class.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
Students are asked to write a 4000-word strategy memo for a specific organization, building on and drawing on feedback from the strategic assessment memo and the strategy pitch. The memo should cover all of the points covered in the strategic assessment memo while also making recommendations regarding the strategic approach to be adopted and how that approach should be implemented.
Marking: Papers will be marked based on their success with respect to each of the above tasks, as well as clarity of expression, quality of argument, and original research. Additional guidance will be given in class.
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