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Module Title LM Public Financial Management
Department International Development
Module Code 07 30290
Module Lead Simon Delay
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
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 students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the key roles and relationships in financial management
  • Locate public sector financial management within its public spending framework and the broad mechanism for channelling resources
  • Understand and be able to use the products of key financial management tools including budgeting, financial accounting, management accounting, and project analysis
  • Be able to participate at a strategic level in debates on the policy issues in developing appropriate financial management systems and policies
  • Understand the relationship between performance management and financial management and be able to critically evaluate performance.
  • Be familiar with the main approaches to financial control and to financial and oversight
  • Understand modern approaches to resource management including devolved financial management and public private partnerships in project finance.
  • Develop critical and analytical skills for application in a variety of contexts
Assessment 30290-01 : Assignment : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: Assessments: 1 x 4000 word assignment (100%)
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