Course Title: Apply government systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: POLI5019C

Course Title: Apply government systems

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6140 - Advanced Diploma of Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact: Julia Makin

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5175

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Alain Grossbard


Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers the effective application of government systems to work in the public sector. It includes applying knowledge of linkages between government/other organisations and between governments, and applying knowledge of the broader political context.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPGOV601B Apply government systems


1 . Apply knowledge of organisational linkages

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Organisational linkages between government organisations and with quasi-government organisations and non-government organisations are identified and regularly reassessed to maintain currency of information.

1.2   Decisions, advice and actions are taken making effective use of a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of these organisational linkages.


2 . Apply knowledge of inter-governmental linkages

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Linkages between governments are identified and regularly reassessed to maintain currency of information.

2.2   A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the linkages between governments is used in taking decisions, advice and actions.


3 . Apply knowledge of political context

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Information is sourced from inside and outside the organisation, and its authenticity and reliability confirmed.

3.2 An analysis of the political, social and economic environment is undertaken that takes into account emerging trends, and current and possible future goals of the organisation.

3.3   A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the current political environment is reflected in decisions, advice and actions taken.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities covering workshops case studies, speakers, reports and quizzes will be covered during the semester

Teaching Schedule

This course is co-joint and co-assessed with POLI5019C Apply Government Systems.

 Teaching Schedule


Course Schedule



Week Commencing  2018



5 February

Course Induction

  • Course delivery and assessment details
  • Course support documents – any text books or readings
  • Online learning environment – go through Blackboard shell
  • Grading – remind them of codes and no marks (codes at end of doc)
  • Plagiarism – must have signed cover sheets on all assessments
  • Appeals – take them through this process and where it is on website
  • Extensions – take them through process (details on website.)
  • Feedback – when they can contact you and expect a response.
  • Submission requirements – how all work must be uploaded and how
  • Resubmission policy – one resubmission, marked to a pass allowed
  • Where to get support  - Student study support details
  • Student responsibilities – must check emails and bb shells weekly



12 February July

     Course introduction – Overview on Government systems. Current knowledge of government systems: Why is the knowledge of government systems important to public relations practitioners? Why do we need government relations?  



19 February 

Current knowledge of government systems: Why is the knowledge of government systems important to public relations practitioners? Why do we need government relations?  What are the three tiers of government and are they related?  Who are our political parties?


Workshop activity




26 February

The structure of the Federal Government, the role of federal parliamentarians, the judiciary and the public service; lobbyists and how they work.       

The art of influence.             


Workshop activity


5 March

Lobbyists and how they work. Persuade and influence opinions


Workshop activity                    



12 March

The structure of the State Government, the role of state parliamentarians, the judiciary and the public service; lobbyists and how they work. Persuade and Influence Opinion.             


Workshop activity       



19 March


The structure of Local Government in Victoria; the roles and responsibilities of Councils and Council Officers; how do these differ from other forms of government?

                 Guest speaker – Local Councillor or PR Manager from Local Council



26 March


Workshop report

Mid Semester Break   (29 March to 5 April 2018 inclusive)



10 April

Elections and campaigning; political parties, their images and the role of public relations within them.

                      Guest speaker – Political campaigner


Workshop activity


17 April

                           Visit to State Parliament.

            Guest speaker – State Member of Parliament



24 April

Pressure groups; who are they, how do you deal with them; what influences are exerted on governments, why and how?

                  Guest speaker – Pressure group leader


1 May

Role of PR in the delivery of a government service


Workshop activity



8 May

Excursion/visit to Melbourne Town Hall Council Chambers

Guest speaker on local government; the role of communications and its importance in a large metropolitan council; dealing with the extensive number of stakeholders.

                        Guest speaker – Lord Mayor



15 May



22 May

Return final assessment and schedule any resubmission for next week


29 May

      Interviews/Assessment feedback/resubmissions

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework, assignments, group and/or individual projects, in class exercises, written and practical assessments, problem solving exercises, presentations, direct observation of actual and simulated work practice, presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files, review of products produced through work-based or course activities.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Activities dealing with persuade and influence opinion and apply government systems         

Individual activities. These three reports are worth 60% of the total course submission.                                                                                                              

Length: 200 to 500 word each activity .


  1. Analyse and describe current techniques to persuade and influence opinion using government system concepts and tools.
  2. Suggest ways the issue could have been reduced or resolved, in hindsight.
  3. Apply skills in finding information using real life situations, online resources, books, journals and newspapers.
  4. Identify a current or past story in the news which portrays a political issue. The lectures will list categories of issues to assist you think of a news story.

Describe and comment on the event, with the benefit of hindsight, using political risk management concepts and tools. Briefly describe the event (attach a copy of the article if convenient).  From the point of view of a public relations practitioner, describe the context of the issue or event, the actual risks associated with the issue or event, who the issue affected and how it affected them. 

   What political reduction strategies were already in place or likely to have been in place before the event? What other issue reduction strategies could have been used or have been used since?

Assessment criteria:

  • Application of persuasion and influence opinion and government systems concepts and tools to answer the questions                                        
  • Good use made of a variety of resources                                          


Assessment 2: Quizzes dealing with persuade and influence opinion and apply Government Systems

Weekly quizzes about the content of past lectures and about the current situation in terms of the topics happening in Australia and overseas.                                                                                     


Assessment 3:  Test covering lectures and activities/workshops                 

  • Individual activity                                                                                                                 

    Students complete number of activities and workshops that will be assessed via a final test in class. There will be a number of short answer questions that will cover all the lectures covered in both “Apply Government Systems’ and ‘Persuade and Influence Opinion’. The Test will be conducted in Week 14 and will take one hour to complete. 



Assessment Matrix

Will be presented in class within the first 6 weeks of the course commencing.

Other Information


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