Reserved for participants of the ANZSOG Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program.
The Work Based Project (WBP) is the final core subject of the EMPA degree and is the program's 'capstone experience' subject. WBP bridges the worlds of classroom and practice by having students undertake an applied research project - on a policy or management topic of current importance to public organisations - which is capable of making relevant findings. As a capstone subject, WBP requires students to draw together and apply the knowledge and research skills they have developed throughout the EMPA program, and to reflect on individual professional development as a result of both the EMPA program and the capstone experience. An important aspect of the WBP is working in cross-jurisdictional project teams. Students select a topic from options proposed by agencies across the ANZSOG network and then work together to define the research problem, design a research strategy, apply appropriate research methods to gather and analyse data and make relevant findings. Each team is assigned a project advisor and will have access to an agency sponsor. Teams are supported by an e-learning site developed specifically for WBP participants.
WBP requires students to bring a complex task to a successful conclusion within the constraints imposed by working in a team that spans jurisdictions, organisations, disciplines and working backgrounds. Students will work through the research process from question development through to findings and conclusions. This subject will enhance collaborative learning skills which require resilience, willingness to perform difficult tasks, ability to translate knowledge from one task to another, and the broader application of social skills.
The purpose of the Work-Based Project is to bring to a successful conclusion a complex task within the constraints imposed by working in a team that may span jurisdictions, disciplines and working backgrounds. It will enable participants to: