Online courses for MPM 2015-A

This Course introduces the students to the concepts, practice and challenges of Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM) in the public sector. It will explore theories, principles and practices in human resources management and their implications in building public trust and support and improvement of public service delivery. The course will cover discussions of HR models and practices that optimize work environments for improved operations of public organizations. Discussions of the framework for understanding the HRM practice (e.g.  recruitment, selection, training and development, performance management, employee relations, team development  and innovation) shall be covered to enable public managers as well as management practitioners in empowering human resources for better results and productivity in the organization. 

Urbanization in Asia is taking place at an accelerating rate. The level of urbanization in the Philippines is estimated to be at 65% by 2030, up from the current estimate of 49% by the National Economic and Development Authority. Metro Manila, in particular, has been named as one of the world’s 25 largest cities or megacities, with a population exceeding 10 million. With population bursting at the seams, it is a challenge for national and local governments to meet the demands for services and at the same time provide a decent environment and better quality of urban life. The requirements of city-dwellers become more complex as urbanization progresses, with  economic performance of cities  as a priority metric of development, even amidst continuing calls for  a triple bottom line: social, economic, environmental (ecological).

This course will introduce students to urbanization and sustainable development, the history, theories, principles and practices that define cities and sustain development. It will also familiarize students with policy and management tools to address urban challenges, and expose and encourage students to think of innovative solutions to address these challenges

The Governance Innovation Report (GIR) 101 aims to enable the students to understand the guidelines embodied in the Manual for GIR and apply them in the preparation of their outputs. Students will be equipped with the essentials of social research, the appropriate tools in conducting quantitative and qualitative research, and report writing.

The course aims to provide the graduate students with essential competencies to apply foundational and current theories, principles, models and practices in organization development and change management, especially as these are experienced in the public sector. The coursework will include the major contexts for understanding and undertaking organization development and change management, the cycle of the change process, different kinds and levels of interventions, key considerations for designing and implementing organizational change, and roles and ethics in the change process.

The course introduces the students to the basic elements of public policy development and the integral role of politics and public governance in the process. It allows the students to go through the different phases of public policy development and to understand relevant theoretical models and practical tools of policy analysis and decision-making. The critical examination of the policy environment and the assessment of various stakeholders at each step of the process are emphasized in the course so that those who design, implement and give advice on public policy may know how to navigate policy reform through its risks and opportunities. The course also provides opportunities for students to analyze their individual and collective roles as agents of policy reforms in their respective agencies or areas of work.

This Module aims to introduce the MPM students to the depth of self-development and thinking called for in a master’s program by orienting them to the mission, values, and leadership model of the Ateneo School of Government. This interactive and reflective course focuses on personal, group, organizational/institutional and governance issues requiring leadership response including reform and social accountability focused approaches. Critical /strategic thinking and ethical action and values including interpersonal communication skills are emphasized.