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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject critically examines the fundamental issues underlying recent developments in public sector financial management and control. These include the pursuit of efficiency and effectiveness, the development of managerial culture, the tendency toward a smaller public sector, and the growing importance of performance management. The assumptions and values underlying accounting and accountability systems in the public sector are closely examined. The subject questions the way we think about accounting in public sector organisations, focussing on recent developments in public sector domains such as health and education.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRobert Nyamori

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Knowledge of the public sector: Critically discuss the public sector, its role, how it#s modes of government including accounting have changed and the effect of these changes on modes of accountability and democracy.

Lecture, tutorials and class participation

02. Communication outcome: Write logically and coherently and orally explain their thoughts in class

Lecture, tutorials and class participation

03. Research outcome: Formulate a problem, collect data, and critically analyse this data so as to creatively solve the problem they have formulated.

Lecture, tutorials and class participation

04. Team outcome: Work in a team to achieve a given outcome.

Group presentation, Group written assessment

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