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Public Management and Leadership

Introduction

The programme is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of public managers. The programme may be studies in either semi-distance education or part-time format.

 

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree with Public Administration as a major subject or a Postgraduate diploma in Public Management.

Curriculum

Module Name

Module Code

Presented

Credits

NQF Level

Compulsory Modules

 

 

 

 

Research Theory and Application

SSA 401

Year

20

8

Advanced Administrative Theories

SOA 401

Semester1

30

8

Advanced Financial Administration

    SOA 402

Semester 2

    20

    8

Advanced Personnel Administration

    SOA 404

Semester 1

     20

    8

Research Paper

    SOA 450

Year

     30

    8

Total Credits

 

 

   120

  

 

MODULE CODE                    MODULE NAME                                                       CREDITS

SOA 450                                  Research Paper                                                                    30

 

PURPOSE

To equip learners with the necessary skills and expertise to undertake independent research on an approved topic working under the guidance of an appointed supervisor.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

After completion of the module learners will be able to:

  • Construct a research proposal.
  • Select an appropriate research method for purposes of the particular research paper;
  • Undertake a literature review. 
  • Undertake a collection of primary and secondary data.
  • Collect, analyse and discuss primary and secondary data.
  • Make logical deductions based on the research.
  • Propose specific recommendations based on the data.  
  • Writing up of a scientific research paper.

 

CORE CONTENT

Under the guidance of a supervisor, the student will engage in a topic relevant to his/her field of study in Public Administration and conduct research which will culminate in the presentation of a Research Paper.  The following are core components of the module:

  • Introduction to the research process.
  • Ethical considerations in research.
  • Theory building and hypothesis formulation in Public Administration.
  • Operationalisation of research projects.
  • Preparing and writing the Research Paper.
  • Research methodologies.
  • Research terminology and glossary.

 

ASSESSMENT

There is no formal written examination. The Research Paper, which will comprise of an approximate 15 000 word document, will be internally and externally examined.  

 

MODERATION

External

PRE-REQUISITES FOR THIS MODULE:

 None

CO-REQUISITES FOR THIS MODULE

None. 

 

 

MODULE CODE                               MODULE NAME                                           CREDITS

SOA411/401                    ADVANCED ADMINISTRATIVE THEORIES                           30                                                            

PURPOSE

The overall purpose of the module on Advanced Administrative Theories is to integrate theory and practice of public administration. The aims are: firstly, to enable the student grasp the theory of public administration and apply as an academic and as a practitioner.  Secondly, to equip the student with knowledge, skills and values of theory in the study and practice of public administration.  Thirdly, to provide the students with knowledge of critical analysis in Public Administration and Management.

 

SPECIFIC LEARNING OUTCOMES

Successful graduates will be able to:

Demonstrate a critical and systematic knowledge of the theories and approaches to the study and practice of public administration and management

Critically engage with current research and scholarship in the discipline and practice of public administration

Present and communicate academic and professional work efficiently, using appropriate discourse

 

CORE CONTENT

Philosophy and theories in public administration

Administrative theories

Values in public administration

Paradigmatic evolution of public administration as academic discipline

Status of public administration

Selected approaches to the study of public administration

The public management model

 

ASSESSMENT

1 X 3 hour semester examination during June examination period, 50% class mark + 50% examination mark.

MODERATION

External

PREREQUISITE

NONE

Module code                                                    Module name                                       Credits

 

SOA 402/412                           ADVANCED FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION             20

 

Purpose

This module will prepare students to gain knowledge and skills about the philosophical, theoretical and normative aspects of public financial administration; and pertinent economic factors that have an impact on public finance at the national sphere as well as the role of the public manager in the budget process.

 

Specific outcomes

  • Analyse the fundamental principles of public finance and the critical aspects of Public Financial Management.
  • Describe and explain the South African Constitutional requirements relating to Public Finance.
  • Analyse the critical aspects of legislation relating to Public Finance.
  • Describe and explain the basic policy principles of Public Finance for meeting the objectives of the Constitution; and local revenue instruments and policies.
  • Describe and explain the characteristics and functions of the budget as well as the requirements with which the national budget should comply in South Africa.
  • Critically analyse the budget cycle and the various budget systems.
  • Critically analyse the tendering and tender procedures used in the South African public sector.
  • Critically analyse the nationalisation and privatisation processes with reference to South Africa.
  • Describe and explain the importance of preventing corruption and financial misconduct in Public Financial Management.

Core content

The philosophical, theoretical and normative aspects of public financial administration. Pertinent economic factors that have an impact on public finance at national level are analyzed and described. The role of the public manager in the budget process.

 Assessment

 This module will be assessed during an examination in November/December

  1 X 3-hour examination, 50% class mark + 50% examination mark

  Pre-requisites for this module

  None

Career fields

  • Politician
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Manager
Contact information
Ms Zandile Maqoko
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 041 5042263
Zandile.Maqoko@mandela.ac.za

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