Public Policy Analysis for Engineers

Open Learning Initiative
Online

Free

Important information

  • Course
  • Online
  • When:
    Flexible
Description

Public policy issues are important to every field of engineering. Yet, most engineering students know little about the topic. For most students, however, an entire course focused on the topic is not necessary. For example, a class on engineering design could incorporate a case study on 3D printing policy.

This course will introduce students to the interrelationship of engineering and public policy, how to conduct neutral policy analysis, and then apply that knowledge in case studies to practice the skills they have learned. The modules takes a flipped classroom/active learning approach by using short videos to educate students, activities to practice the skills taught, and incorporates real-world examples such as hydraulic fracturing, drones, and 3D printing.

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Where and when

Starts Location
Flexible
Online

What you'll learn on the course

Politics
Engineering Skills
Engineering
Policy analysis
Engineers
Objectives
Policy
Policy Analysis Overview
Public Policy Analysis Cases
Policy-relevant information

Course programme

Unit 1: Policy Analysis OverviewThis unit has the following learning objectives:
  • Define public policy and public policy analysis
  • Describe how policymakers, stakeholders, and policy analysts influence
    public policy decisions
  • Describe why a well-informed and neutral analysis of existing and
    potential public policies is important for optimal societal
    outcomes
Unit 2: How is Policy Analysis Conducted?This unit has the following learning objectives:
  • Develop a policy-neutral question appropriate for policy analysis that does not include the proposed solution or presume there is a problem
  • Assess the potential accuracy and completeness of available policy-relevant information, including identifying the current policy
  • Identify, evaluate and compare the positive and negative outcomes of potential policy solutions (including the status quo) according to the criteria you have selected (typically the 4 E’s: effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and ease of political acceptability)
  • Predict the various parties interested in taking or opposing action on this policy and their policy position
  • Clarify complex policy issues for policymakers in a clear and concise narrative that recognizes obstacles to the recommended policy
Unit 3: Public Policy Analysis CasesThis unit has the following learning objectives:
  • Develop a policy-neutral question appropriate for policy analysis that does not include the proposed solution or presume there is a problem
  • Assess the potential accuracy and completeness of available policy-relevant information, including identifying the current policy
  • Identify, evaluate and compare the positive and negative outcomes of potential policy solutions (including the status quo) according to the criteria you have selected (typically the 4 E’s: effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and ease of political acceptability)
  • Predict the various parties interested in taking or opposing action on this policy and their policy position
  • Clarify complex policy issues for policymakers in a clear and concise narrative that recognizes obstacles to the recommended policy