Managing Organisation Policy - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Online Discussion (20%) , Project (60%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,125.00
International 3,375.00


One of the central functions of workforce management executives is to develop human resource (HR), employment relations (ER) and work health and safety (WHS) policies and programs.  The aim of this unit is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to effectively devise, implement and evaluate HR, ER and WHS organisational policies, programs and initiatives. 

The unit draws on the evaluation and program theory literature to provide a practical framework that students can apply to plan, implement and monitor policies and programs in the not-for-profit, private and government sectors. 

A key learning objective of the unit is the importance of evaluating whether policies and programs are achieving their intended outcomes.  Stating desired outcomes at the commencement of the program makes it possible to develop success measures to monitor performance.  Periodically, programs also need to be evaluated to assess whether they are achieving the desired outcomes or not.

An underlying theme of the unit is that almost all policies and programs are based on an implicit or explicit theory of change.  Learning to recognise and articulate the underlying change theory will enable program designers and evaluators to better identify the causes of program success and failure.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. recognise the need to engage stakeholders in program/policy development
  2. understand key issues and stages in developing program theory
  3. appreciate the theories of change that underpin programs and policies
  4. develop outcome chains and program matrices
  5. devise success criteria for monitoring outcome performance
  6. identify and ameliorate barriers to program success
  7. draw logic models to show structure and purpose of programs
  8. develop a monitoring and evaluation plan.
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Project (60%)
  • Quiz — Online multiple choice quiz (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Microsoft Excel

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

3The essence of program theory
5Uses, situation and intervention
7Processes to identify or develop a program theory
8Develop a theory of change
9Develop a theory of action
11Representing program theory
12Critiquing program theory
14Developing a monitoring and evaluation plan
15Causal inference
16Synthesis and reporting

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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