MC216 - Master of Public Policy
Plan: MC216 - Master of Public Policy
Campus: City Campus
Program delivery and structureApproach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Approach to learning and assessment
The program is designed to offer a degree of flexibility, offering courses with face-to-face weekly lectures, intensive weekend workshops, summer school electives and some distance mode courses. Core courses are generally offered as face-to-face classes in the evening as two hour intensives.
Courses will use a variety of teaching approaches including workshops, seminars, studios, lectures and tutorials and use methods such as case studies, collaborative group work, negotiated learning, peer review, presentations and discussion. Learning experiences will include guest seminars from eminent scholars and development professionals and extend to opportunities to learn explicit field research and vocational skills from experienced researchers and development professionals.
The program offers a wide range of modes of teaching, learning and assessment approaches and activities. These teaching modes involve a mix of formal input from lecturers and guest lecturers, class activities and discussion. Classes encourage your engagement with other students as central to your learning. Teaching staff recognise and support the very rich policy and management experiences which you and other students bring to the program and will seek to incorporate this expertise in the program whenever possible.
You will experience a range of activities including Work Integrated Learning (WIL) which are designed to expose you to the challenges of working with development professionals. You will be able to undertake internships and field projects, and design, implement and evaluate your own projects as well as simulated activities representing real work place scenarios.
Assessment activities take a variety of formats (eg policy briefs, syndicate presentations, research-based essays, policy briefing papers, submissions inquiries) and are fully described and specified in course guides. There are a number of common features of assessment in courses across the program including:
- close alignment with stated course graduate capabilities and learning objectives;
- opportunities for you to review and discuss assessment requirements and standards;
- the provision of timely, written feedback on assessment tasks.
Most of the assessment you undertake will be designed so that your lecturer and peers can provide you with ongoing feedback on strengths and areas for improvement in your learning. This approach will enable you to improve on your performance during the program, as well as continue to refine capabilities for your future professional practice and learning after graduation.
The project in your final semester will be a capstone experience designed as a culmination of your learning throughout the program.
If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate variations to aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Service Unit (https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services) if you would like to find out more.
If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/heTop of page
Work integrated learning
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:
- undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
- interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities; complete these activities in real work contexts or situations; and in addition:
- these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.
Any or all of these aspects of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.
The specific WIL courses in this program are:
- POLI1052 Policy Making
- POLI1100 Integrated Policy and Research Project
These courses will bring together understanding of theoretical perspectives and the use, scoping and critique of applied policy research by community and public sector agencies. You can expect to receive feedback from industry in a number of forms.Top of page
|To graduate you must complete the following: All courses listed may not be available each semester.|
Year One of Program
|Complete the following Eight (8) Courses:|
Year Two of Program
|Complete the following Four (4) Courses:|
|Select and Complete Thirty Six (36) credit points from any of the following Option Clusters: Research:|
|Urban and Regional Planning|
|International Development and Global Studies|
|Justice and Legal Studies|
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