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You are required to write a 1500-word essay which provides a detailed, critical analysis of a country’s existing model of public management. First, select a country of your choosing

Public Management (N1598) UG

Module Assessments Breakdown

Mode

% of The Module Mark

Brief Description

Length

ESS

30%

Essay

1500 words

TAP

70%

24 hour take away paper

24 hours

Assessment 1 - Essay

Link to Module Learning Outcomes

The coursework essay links particularly to learning outcomes one and two. The essay process therefore encourages students to demonstrate: a critical understanding of well- established principles of public management and relevant theories and approaches to public management; and comprehend processes of change in the management of public sector organisations.

Description

You are required to write a 1500-word essay which provides a detailed, critical analysis of a country’s existing model of public management. First, select a country of your choosing. Then, undertake a review of the literature on that country’s system of public management. Drawing from public management theories and concepts, identify strengths and weaknesses in the model or models being used. Make recommendations, where appropriate, as to how limitations and challenges in the existing system of public management could be resolved.

Structure

You are free to choose how you wish to structure the report. However, it recommended that your essay includes the following components:

  • Introduction - in which the structure of the report is laid out.
    • Analysis of existing system(s) in country in which the existing system of public management in the country is described using key terms and concepts, that is, based on the traditional model or NPM or other approach(es), using evidence and examples to illustrate how certain practices and approaches fit with these concepts.
    • Critical reflection of approach(es) used in the countryin which the existing systems of public management in the country are critically assessed in terms of the theories and practical aspects, drawing on relevant academic sources of literature
    • Recommendations in which proposals for the use of other models, theories and tools are explored drawing on your wider reading.
    • Conclusions – in which the ideas are summarised. No new material should be included in a conclusion.

There is a wealth of information which will be of value in completing this report. This  includes references to journal articles, books and other sources from the literature surrounding Public management.

Selection of organisation

Students may select any country as a focus for the essay, however it is advised that students check there is adequate public management literature surrounding the case study identified

Wider reading & References

Wider reading around the theoretical literature is essential as is a reading around the organisation. The essay should use consistent and comprehensive referencing based around one particular style.

Word count

The essay is expected to be 1500 words +/- 10%. This does NOT include references.

Charts and diagrams

The essay may include charts and diagrams. These should be clearly linked to the main text. References to sources used must be included and these do not count towards the word limit.

Deadlines and Submission

Please check Sussex Direct for the specific deadlines for the submission of the assessed work, which will be submitted electronically through Canvas. Please check Sussex Direct carefully for the submission deadline.

Support

As with all assessments, the module team will be available and willing to discuss any aspects of this with you at feedback sessions throughout the module. As with all assessments, however, the module teaching team will not review draft essays.

Marking Criteria

The marking criteria for this essay can be found below:

Criteria

Reading and Knowledge

Analysis and Argument

Organisation and Presentation

Weight

40%

40%

20%

Sub- criteria

Level of reading Level of knowledge

Level of analysis (or argument)

Critical thinking

Referencing General presentation General organisation

Use of language

 

Mark

Reading and Knowledge Mark Descriptor

Analysis and Argument Mark Descriptor

Organisation and Presentation Mark

Descriptor

80+

Extensive reading and exceptionally comprehensive knowledge, demonstrated through the use of a wide range of high quality academic journal articles, books and reliable newspapers and magazines

Outstanding critical and analytical assessment of the topic. Clear evidence of independent and original thought, ability to defend a position logically and convincingly with arguments presented that are sophisticated and highly challenging.

Outstanding organisation & presentation of the analysis (or argument). Outstanding English with no grammatical mistakes. Outstanding referencing and extensive bibliography.

70-79

Excellent and wide reading and comprehensive knowledge, demonstrated through the use of a high quality academic journal articles, books and reliable newspapers and magazines.

Excellent critical argument on the topic and / or analysis.

Clear evidence of independent thought, ability to defend a position logically and convincingly.

Excellent thought given to organisation & presentation of the analysis (or argument).

Excellent English with appropriate referencing and comprehensive bibliography.

60-69

Good range of reading and good knowledge. Only a few academic journal articles may be referred, alongside books and reliable online sources

Good analysis and / or argument. Evidence of some critical thought with a well-developed argument.

Good organisation & presentation of the analysis (or argument).

 

 

.

 

Good English with appropriate referencing and bibliography.

50-59

Satisfactory reading and reasonable knowledge. There may be little reference to academic journal articles, and the reading may be limited to textbooks and online sources.

Adequate analysis and / or argument. Little evidence of critical thought in the analysis (or argument). The argument may be largely one-sided.

Satisfactory organisation & presentation, with much scope for improvement.

Adequate level of English with several grammatical mistakes. Satisfactory, yet inconsistent referencing.

40-49

Limited reading and incomplete knowledge. Several unreliable online sources used.

Limited awareness of the topic. Very superficial analysis or argument.

Limited effort in organisation & presentation. Inadequate level of English language and limited effort to use a proper referencing style.

<40

Poor level of reading and failure to demonstrate competent knowledge.

Several unreliable online sources used.

Poor and unacceptable awareness of the topic. Failure to demonstrate competent understanding. Lack of thought and/or confused or irrelevant argument.

Lack of organisation & presentation. Substantial errors in English and very poor or absent referencing and bibliography.


Interpreting Marks

You can interpret your overall mark using this table:

Mark

Classification

Description

90-100

Exceptional 1st

Unlikely, due to the subjectivity of the assessment.

80-89

Outstanding 1st

Outstanding reading and knowledge, outstanding critical analysis and /or argument, and outstanding organisation and presentation.

70-79

Clear 1st

Excellent reading and knowledge, excellent critical analysis and /or argument, and excellent organisation and presentation. MINOR improvements needed in EITHER of the three areas.

60-69

2.1

Good standard of reading and knowledge, good analysis and /or argument, and good organisation and presentation. MAJOR improvements needed in ONE of the three areas.

50-59

2.2

Adequate or Satisfactory level of reading and knowledge, satisfactory analysis and /or argument, and satisfactory organisation and presentation. Major improvements needed in AT LEAST TWO of the three areas.

40-49

3rd

Acceptable reading and knowledge, acceptable critical analysis and /or argument and acceptable organisation and presentation. Major improvements needed in ALL of the three areas.

35-39

Marginal Fail

Poor reading and knowledge, poor critical analysis and /or argument and poor organisation and presentation. The essay may be incomplete or might have missed answering the relevant question appropriately.

0-34

Absolute Fail

Extremely poor reading and knowledge, poor critical analysis and /or argument and poor organisation and presentation. The essay may be incomplete or might have missed answering the relevant question appropriately.

Assessment 2 – 24hr Take away paper (70%)

Link to Module Learning Outcomes

The take away (TAP) paper links to learning objectives one and three. Specifically the TAP request students demonstrate a critical understanding of well-established principles of public management and relevant theories and approaches to public management, and demonstrate the ability to deploy key frameworks, methods and tools to analyse different types of public organisations.

Description

  • The exam is an essay-format assessment focusing on concepts from Public Management.
  • You will have 24 hours to complete the exam and submit your answers.
  • There will be six questions to choose from on the exam paper.
    • Students must answer only two questions: one question from Section A and one question from Section B.
    • You must submit a maximum of 500 words for each answer, and no more than 1000 words in total.

Preparation

  • Students need to revise the lecture content and related readings.
  • Seminars are useful in reinforcing and developing knowledge for the module.
  • Independent revision is essential to prepare for the TAP.
    • Reading through and practicing with past papers under exam conditions is also strongly recommended.

Support

  • A revision session will be provided in week 11. This session will begin with an overview of practical tips for dealing with the paper before going through a mock paper with students.
  • A mock paper will be provided to students to provide a tool for practice and clear illustration of what to expect.

Marking Criteria

The marking criteria for this TAP can be found below:

 

Mark

Reading & Knowledge 40% Mark Descriptor

Analysis & Argument 40% Mark Descriptor

Organisation 20% Mark Descriptor

70+

Evidence of extensive reading and exceptionally comprehensive knowledge, demonstrated through accurate and detailed answer.

Evidence of Outstanding critical and analytical assessment of the topic with clear evidence of independent and original thought.

Outstanding organisation & presentation of the analysis (or argument).

60-

Evidence of Good range of

Evidence of good analysis and /

Evidence of good organisation

69

reading and good knowledge

or argument with some critical

& presentation of the analysis

 

indicated in generally accurate

thought and a well-developed

(or argument).

 

and near complete answer.

argument.

 

50-

59

Evidence of satisfactory reading and reasonable knowledge.

Evidence of adequate analysis and / or argument. Little evidence of critical thought in the analysis (or argument) or an imbalanced argument.

Evidence of satisfactory organisation & presentation, with much scope for improvement.

40-

49

Evidence of only a limited reading and incomplete knowledge.

Evidence of limited awareness of the topic. Very superficial analysis or argument.

Evidence of limited effort in organisation & presentation.

<40

Evidence of a poor level of reading and failure to demonstrate competent knowledge.

Evidence of a poor and unacceptable awareness of the topic. Failure to demonstrate competent understanding. Lack of thought and/or confusion.

Evidence of a lack of organisation & presentation.

Resit Assessment 1 – Essay

Link to Module Learning Outcomes

The coursework resit essay links particularly to learning outcomes one and two. The essay process therefore encourages students to demonstrate: a critical understanding of well- established principles of public management and relevant theories and approaches to public management; and comprehend processes of change in the management of public sector organisations.

Description

You are required to write a 1,500 word project that critically examines a public management-related theory or key concept. First, select a theory (e.g. NPM) or concept (e.g. Accountability). Then, undertake a review of the literature on the selected theory or concept. Subsequently, use examples and evidence of the implementation of the theory or concept (both successful and unsuccessful) from around the world to evaluate the implications of the implementation of the theory or concept for management of public sector organisations.

Structure

You are free to choose how you wish to structure the report. However, it recommended that your essay includes the following components:

  • Introduction in which the focus of the project is introduced and the structure of the report is laid out.
  • Analysis – in which the theory or concept, its origins and purpose are discussed.
    • Implementation – in which evidence and examples of how the theory or concept has been implemented in practice are discussed and the positive and negative implications for the management of public sector organisations.
    • Critical Reflection – in which the theory or key concept will be subject to critical reflection, drawing on the theoretical literature and evidence and examples to reach some involved conclusions pertaining to the topic selected.
    • Conclusions in which there will be a brief summary the key points presented in the project. No new material should be included in a conclusion.

Wider reading & References

Wider reading around the theoretical literature is essential as is reading for examples and evidence to support the argument. The resit essay should use consistent and comprehensive referencing based around one particular style.

Word count

The essay is expected to be 1500 words +/- 10%. This does NOT include references.

Charts and diagrams

The essay may include charts and diagrams. These should be clearly linked to the main text. References to sources used must be included and these do not count towards the word limit.

Deadlines and Submission

Please carefully check Sussex Direct for the specific deadlines for the submission of the resit instrument.

Support

As with all assessments, the module team will be available and willing to discuss any aspects of the resit with you. As with all assessments, however, the module teaching team will not review drafts essays

Marking Criteria

The marking criteria for this essay can be found below:

Criteria

Reading and Knowledge

Analysis and Argument

Organisation and Presentation

Weight

40%

40%

20%

Sub- criteria

Level of reading Level of knowledge

Level of analysis (or argument)

Critical thinking

Referencing General presentation General organisation

Use of language

 

Mark

Reading and Knowledge Mark Descriptor

Analysis and Argument Mark Descriptor

Organisation and Presentation Mark

Descriptor

80+

Extensive reading and exceptionally comprehensive knowledge, demonstrated through the use of a wide range of high quality academic journal articles, books and reliable newspapers and magazines.

Outstanding critical and analytical assessment of the topic. Clear evidence of independent and original thought, ability to defend a position logically and convincingly with arguments presented that are sophisticated and highly challenging.

Outstanding organisation & presentation of the analysis (or argument). Outstanding English with no grammatical mistakes. Outstanding referencing and extensive bibliography.

70-79

Excellent and wide reading and comprehensive knowledge, demonstrated through the use of a high quality academic journal articles, books and reliable newspapers and magazines.

Excellent critical argument on the topic and / or analysis.

Clear evidence of independent thought, ability to defend a position logically and convincingly.

Excellent thought given to organisation & presentation of the analysis (or argument).

Excellent English with appropriate referencing and comprehensive bibliography.

60-69

Good range of reading and good knowledge. Only a few academic journal articles may be referred, alongside books and reliable online sources.

Good analysis and / or argument. Evidence of some critical thought with a well- developed argument.

Good organisation & presentation of the analysis (or argument). Good English with appropriate referencing and bibliography.

50-59

Satisfactory reading and reasonable knowledge. There may be little reference to academic journal articles, and the reading may be limited to textbooks and online sources.

Adequate analysis and / or argument. Little evidence of critical thought in the analysis (or argument). The argument may be largely one-sided.

Satisfactory organisation & presentation, with much scope for improvement.

Adequate level of English with several grammatical mistakes. Satisfactory, yet inconsistent referencing.

40-49

Limited reading and incomplete knowledge. Several unreliable online sources used.

Limited awareness of the topic. Very superficial analysis or argument.

Limited effort in organisation & presentation. Inadequate level of English language and limited effort to use a proper referencing style.

<40

Poor level of reading and failure to demonstrate competent knowledge.

Several unreliable online sources used.

Poor and unacceptable awareness of the topic. Failure to demonstrate competent understanding. Lack of thought and/or confused or irrelevant argument.

Lack of organisation & presentation. Substantial errors in English and very poor or absent referencing and bibliography.

Resit Assessment 2 – 24 hr Take away paper (70%)

Link to Module Learning Outcomes

The TAP links to learning objectives one and three. Specifically the TAP requests students demonstrate a critical understanding of well-established principles of public management and relevant theories and approaches to public management; and demonstrate the ability to deploy key frameworks, methods and tools to analyse different types of public organisations.

Description

  • The TAP is an essay-format assessment focusing on concepts from Public Management.
  • You will have 24 hours to complete the exam and submit your answers.
  • There will be two questions, students must answer both questions.
    • You must submit a maximum of 500 words for each answer, and no more than 1000 words in total.

Preparation

  • Students need to revise the lectures content and related readings.
  • Seminars are useful in reinforcing and developing knowledge for the module.
  • Independent revision is essential to prepare for the TAP.
    • Reading through and practicing with past papers under exam conditions is also strongly recommended.

Support

  • A revision session will be provided in week 11. This session will begin with an overview of practical tips for dealing with the paper before going through a mock paper with students.

Marking Criteria

The marking criteria for this TAP can be found below:

 

Mark

Reading & Knowledge 40% Mark Descriptor

Analysis & Argument 40% Mark Descriptor

Organisation 20% Mark Descriptor

70+

Evidence of extensive reading and exceptionally comprehensive knowledge, demonstrated through accurate

and detailed answer.

Evidence of Outstanding critical and analytical assessment of the topic with clear evidence of independent and original

thought.

Outstanding organisation & presentation of the analysis (or argument).

60-69

Evidence of Good range of reading and good knowledge indicated in generally accurate and near complete answer.

Evidence of good analysis and / or argument with some critical thought and a well-developed argument.

Evidence of good organisation & presentation of the analysis (or argument).

50-59

Evidence of satisfactory reading and reasonable knowledge.

Evidence of adequate analysis and / or argument. Little evidence of critical thought in the analysis (or argument) or an

imbalanced argument.

Evidence of satisfactory organisation & presentation, with much scope for improvement.

40-49

Evidence of only a limited reading and incomplete knowledge.

Evidence of limited awareness of the topic. Very superficial analysis or argument.

Evidence of limited effort in organisation & presentation.

<40

Evidence of a poor level of reading and failure to demonstrate competent knowledge.

Evidence of a poor and unacceptable awareness of the topic. Failure to demonstrate competent understanding. Lack of thought and/or confusion.

Evidence of a lack of organisation & presentation.

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Marking Process and Ensuring Marking Fairness

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    • Assessment Convening: The module convenor is usually the lead marker, designs the assessment, and specifies the marking criteria.
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