APG5103 - Policy analysis and evaluation - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Robert Thomson


Professor Robert Thomson

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus block of classes)


MGF5370 and MGX5370


The unit provides students with understandings of the conceptual and theoretical frameworks for policy analysis and evaluation which are necessary to present effective policy advice to the highest levels of government. Using real-life examples of public policy, the unit explores the challenges of problem definition, analysing and evaluating evidence, choosing policy instruments, developing policy options, and preparing and submitting policy advice.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. employ expert knowledge and specialist skills in policy analysis and evaluation to enable discipline based solutions relevant to diverse business, professional and public policy communities;
  2. devise and deliver innovative solutions to policy-related challenges employing advanced critical thinking, evaluation and research skills;
  3. communicate policy analysis and options with clarity and purpose.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A 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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