Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy
|Awarding Institution||Macao Polytechnic University|
|Host Academic Unit||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Partner Teaching Academic Unit(s) (if any)||Social, Economic and Public Policy Research Centre, Centre of Sino-Western Cultural Studies, “One Country Two Systems” Research Centre|
|Programme Registration Code||IP-N08-D60-1919Z-95|
|University Programme Code||PPORT|
|Final Award (FHEQ Level of Study)||8|
|Number of Credits Required for Graduation||33|
|Normal Period of Study||3 years|
|Medium of Instruction||Chinese|
|Partner Teaching Institution(s) (if any)||N/A|
This programme features in-depth discussion on Portuguese language and teaching, Portuguese-speaking countries/regions, community culture and literature, as well as the international trend of translation studies; focuses on enhancing students' research skills in the related areas of Portuguese studies, i.e. language, didactics, translation, literature and culture; and cultivate experts in Portuguese studies to contribute innovative and independent research works for the prospect of the field.
PROGRAMME INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (PILOS)
Knowledge and Understanding
On completion of this programme, students will be able to demonstrate understanding of:
|PILO-1.||Knowledge and in-depth understanding of the concepts and principles of public policy|
|PILO-2.||Knowledge and in-depth understanding of public policy issues across different fields|
|PILO-3.||Academic research and writing|
Skills and Attributes
On completion of this programme, students will be able to:
|PILO-4.||Apply the theories and knowledge to understand and analyse public policy|
|PILO-5.||Apply theories and skills to analyse, evaluate and solve issues in public policy|
|PILO-6.||Apply theories and skills to analyse, evaluate and solve issues in public policy|
|PILO-7.||Conduct academic research|
|PILO-8.||To demonstrate strong academic competence in the area of Public Policy|
|PILO-9.||To study and research continuously within academia and beyond|
|PILO-10.||To communicate effectively both verbally and in writing|
|PILO-11.||To gain a global vision and be able to analyse issues from different perspectives|
By attaining these PILOs, students will have attained the graduate attributes of the University as demonstrated below:
|To demonstrate strong academic competence in relevant disciplines||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|To think critically and to contribute constructively in teamwork and leadership||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|To communicate effectively both verbally and in writing||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|To possess a global vision which enables them to understand issues and problems from different perspectives||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|To articulate effectively in a variety of contexts using knowledge, skills and expertise acquired to serve both the local and international community||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|To have a positive attitude towards society and environment in the development of a fair and caring society||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|To demonstrate a keen interest in and strong capacity for life-long learning||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|To practise high standards of ethical behaviour||✓||✓|
TEACHING AND LEARNING
In this programme, students will work towards attaining the PILOs through the following teaching and learning activities:
|PILOs||Teaching and Learning Activities|
|Knowledge and understanding||1. The programme promotes active learning with explicit learning objectives. Students will learn through lectures, case studies, seminars and workshops, research projects, etc.|
|2. Instructions will be provided on all course work and projects.|
|3. The programme recognizes the value of independent work for research and dissertation so as to train students to be independent learners.|
|Skills and Attributes||1. Scholars in public policy are invited to give seminars and academic conferences, providing students with a more comprehensive perspective in understanding the development of public policy globally.|
|2. Survey and research projects are provided to students to enrich their research experience. Students are trained to be active, independent learners|
In this programme, students will receive assessment activities of the following types in order to assess whether they are able to attain the stated PILOs.
|PILOs||Types of Assessment Activities|
|Knowledge and understanding||1. The Examination Board reviews student academic profiles, classifications and progression routes annually.|
|2. Each taught Module is assessed by a portfolio composed of coursework, presentation and final papers|
|3. Course papers are to be reviewed by an Internal Moderator, and further by the External Examiners.|
|Skills and Attributes||1. Doctoral dissertation will be reviewed by the Examination Board which consists of both internal and external examiners.|
|2. Publication on academic journals is required for graduation.|
|3. Explicit guidance on coursework requirement for each module is given, emphasising approaches to coursework of various types and how to avoid plagiarism, together with rules and procedures. Examination papers will be reviewed by internal moderators and then by external examiners. Samples of three examination answer sheets (high, medium and low grades) are sent to the external examiners for quality control.|
The assessment will be conducted following the University’s Assessment Strategy.
|Year||Study Focus||Learning Modules|
|1||Research and Major Direction||PPOL8121||Research Methods||Compulsory|
|PPOL8122||Classical Literature on Public Administration||Compulsory|
|PPOL8123||Selected Topics in Political and Economic Development and Social Governance in Macao||Compulsory|
|PPOL8124||Selected Topics in Public Policy||Compulsory|
|Comprehensive practice and specific research fields||PPOL8101||Selected Topics in Constitution, Basic Law, and Administrative Law||Elective|
|PPOL8102||Ethics and Public Affairs||Elective|
|PPOL8103||Frontier Topics in Public Administration||Elective|
|PPOL8104||Selected Topics in Strategic and Crisis Management||Elective|
|PPOL8105||Selected Topics in Globalization and Regional Collaboration||Elective|
|PPOL8106||Selected Topics in Comparative Government||Elective|
|Research skills||PPOL8107||The History of Public Administration System in Macao||Elective|
|2||Research and Major Direction||PPOL8299||Thesis||Compulsory|
The entry requirements are defined in the University’s Academic Regulations Governing Doctoral Degree Programmes. An applicant shall be considered for admission to a doctoral degree programme of MPU if s/he:
- holds: (i) a Master’s degree or the equivalent, or (ii) a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, with ‘excellent’ academic performance from an accredited higher education institution;
- fulfils other admission criteria prescribed by the programme of study concerned; and
- satisfies the examiner(s) in an interview (if required).
More details about admission are available here.
Each student is allocated a year tutor who provides general academic and pastoral support throughout the whole period of study. Year tutors are the first point of contact in matters stated above. Various communication channels are available for students to express their opinions and suggestions, such as via their respective year tutors, student representatives, programme coordinators and assistant programme coordinators, and dialogue meetings at different levels. The dialogue meetings serve as platforms for consultation and discussion between students and respective personnel ranging from the programme, the faculty, the academic support and administrative units, to the university management. Feedback is made by respective personnel to every issue raised by the students during the meeting with follow-up actions tracked. Student surveys are conducted in every learning module on a semesterly basis to collect students’ opinions regarding the delivery of the modules. User satisfaction surveys are conducted annually on central student services. Feedback collected via these surveys will be followed up by the academic units or respective departments.
Students will receive an orientation about their four years of study at the beginning of the first year. Year tutors are appointed to individual students upon admission to provide academic and pastoral support throughout the period of study in the programme. Students may seek academic advices from their year tutors or programme coordinators regarding their learning path/plan and registration of learning modules.
In individual learning modules, the instructors’ office hours and contact information are made accessible to students for any questions regarding their study. Students’ learning engagement and performance will be reviewed on a regular basis by year tutors and programme coordinators to identify learning needs and provide relevant support. Students’ learning performance and progression will also be reviewed by the programme examination board to ensure their learning is adequately supported and their progress is on track.
Counselling services, careers services and student support services are accessible to all students through the Student Affairs Office. A wide variety of extracurricular activities (e.g. seminars, workshops, exchange opportunities, fieldtrips etc.) are available via the Student Affairs Office. Students may make full use of the variety of learning oppportunities, both curricular and extracurricular, to develop their academic and holistic capabilities for their future careers or further studies.
SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
A university-wide policy is in place to ensure that all student needs are taken care of and a supportive and accessible learning environment is maintained. When cases of special needs are notified or identified, special arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis with the joint effort of the programme and various student support services of the University, such as the Registry, the Student Affairs Office, the Information Technology Department and the Campus Management and Development Department, etc. to provide the necessary support.
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