Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 Hours.
Seminars / Tutorials 11 Hours.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   2 answers from 6 questions  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:


Overall the aim of the module is to ensure an understanding of why and in what way public sector management differs from private sector management.

Examination of the different accountabilities and responsibilities of public service managers, and problems involved in defining priorities and values.

The problems that arise from attempts to introduce private sector practices into public sector organisations, cross sector collaboration and the impact on values and ethics.

How and with what success the output and efficiency of public sector services can be measured.

Brief description

This module examines the principles and problems involved in the provision of goods and services by governments. A review of budgeting and decision styles associated with public administration is followed by consideration of the problems involved in public policy implementation. The main focus of the module is upon issues which have become prominent in the search for greater economy, effectiveness and responsiveness in the public sector. Radical changes in government organisations and service provision have been brought about by the introduction of private business technqieus and market forces - the 'new public management'. The case material is drawn mainly from Britain, which has seen revolutionary changes in the public sector since theearly 1980's.


This module is at CQFW Level 7