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Module Title LM Managing Public Money
SchoolSchool of Govt and Society
Department International Development
Module Code 07 20195
Module Lead Simon DeLay
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions Compulsory for MSc in Public Administration and Development (via distance learning)
Description The module aims to equip students with an understanding of the key issues involved in the financial management of public sector organisations. The module will equip students with skills in areas such as budgeting and financial appraisal but it does not comprise a detailed technical module in accounting. Modern approaches to public sector management in which finance plays a part such as contracting-out and devolved or decentralised management will be reviewed.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the key roles and relationships in financial management
  • Critically understand the relationship between performance management and financial management and be able to critically evaluate performance
  • Have a clear understanding of the economics and accounting concepts concerned with efficiency and value for money
  • Be familiar with the main approaches to financial control and to financial and other forms of oversight
  • Critically understand modern approaches to resource management including devolved financial management, the use of charging and public private partnerships in project finance
Assessment 20195-01 : MPM MPAD DL : Coursework (50%)
20195-02 : MPM MPAD DL : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions One assignment of 3,000 words (50%) and one time-limited (2-3 days) assignment of 3,000 words (50%)
Reading List Coombs, H M & Jenkins, D E. 1994. Public Sector Financial Management. 2nd ed. London: Chapman & Hall.
World Bank. 1998. Public Expenditure Management Handbook. Washington: World Bank.
Schick, A. 1998. A Contemporary Approach to Public Expenditure Management. Washington: World Bank.