MGX5440 - Public sector financial management - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management


Sourin Chakravorty

Not offered in 2017


This unit studies financial resource allocation and management within the public sector. The focus is on the theory and practice of an integrated cycle of resource management used extensively in public sector planning, budgeting and resource allocation, performance management and reporting. The unit demonstrates the importance of integrating finance into an overall planning structure.


Our student will be able to:

  1. analyse the key elements of a 'performance-based' public sector financial management framework
  2. analyse key issues and trends in public sector financial management
  3. apply public sector financial management theory to evaluate current policies and practices
  4. evaluate the financial implications of policy objectives and competing priorities.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses: 0105, 0319, 2099, 2778, 1065, 3801, 1506, 2643, 2642, 0200, 0201, 0028 or 1822 and must have passed MGF5927, MGX9270, MPA5901 or MPA9001 or seek Chief Examiner's approval before undertaking this unit.