Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM004M: Public Sector Finance for Managers (MPA ONLY)

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to provide a broad introduction, understanding and working knowledge of the key concepts, theories and structures of public sector finance. It explores the sources of public and private finance, the role of public, private and third sector (or non-governmental) institutions in the provision of public services. It aims to develop knowledge of public sector budgeting, and financial management and control using an exploration of contemporary public finance issues, such as PFI.

The module aims to enable you to understand the key concepts of public sector finance, but more importantly, to acquire the basic skills to understand how to manage public sector finance managers.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Critically examine and explain the core requirements for understanding finance from a public administration perspective;
2. Identify examples of best practice in public sector finance including in terms of accountability, audit and regulation; and evaluate their transferability to other jurisdictions;
3. Understand core texts on the subject;
4. Explain the dynamics behind the structures, usage and modernisation of public sector finance, with reference to a range of theoretical models;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Appraise and critically evaluate government reports and public policy;
6. Synthesise and comment critically on a corpus of academic literature;
7. Link public administration concepts and theories to real world examples;
Personal and Key Skills8. Undertake independent/self-directed learning (including time management) to achieve consistent, proficient and sustained attainment;
9. Work as a participant or leader of a group and contribute effectively to the achievement of objectives; and
10. Reflect on the process.