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INTRODUCTION

Nelson Mandela University opened on 1 January 2005, the result of a merger of the PE Technikon, the University of Port Elizabeth and the PE campus of Vista University. Drawing on the merger partners' track record of more than a century of quality higher education, research and technological innovation, NMU brings together the best of career-focused and academic education - a dual university offering both general and professionally oriented university programmes as well as technologically and career oriented programmes from the entrance level (certificate level) through to the research level (PhD level).  

 

Admission Requirements

An Honours degree in Public Administration

Curriculum

 

Module Name

Module Code

Presented

Credits

NQF Level

Advanced Project Management

SOA552

2nd Semester

         20

       9

Advanced Public Policy Analysis and Planning

SOA551

1st Semester

     20

       9

Administration for Development

SOA561

1st Semester

     20

       9

Professional Ethics for Public Managers

SEE552

2nd Semester

20

9

Advanced Local Government Administration

SOA562

2nd Semester2

20

9

Treatise

SOA 550

Year

         90

9

 

MODULE CODE                    MODULE NAME                                                       CREDITS

SOA 552                                  Advanced Project Management                               20

 

PURPOSE

To prepare students to have an overview of the framework, principles, functions and processes of project management with particular emphasis on the environments of Public Administration and Management at an advanced level.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To be familiar with the New Public Management approach.
  • To acquire relevant skills to adapt to and shape a rapidly changing environment.
  • To be able to manage projects effectively and efficiently.
  • To acquire a working knowledge of project management as a tool for policy implementation.

 

CORE CONTENT

  • The project management context.
  • Project management for strategic goal achievement.
  • The project management cycle.
  • The four phases of Project management
  • Nine (9) Areas of Project Management i.t.o PMBOK
    • Project scope management.
    • Project integration management.
    • Project communication management.
    • Project time management.
    • Project human resources management.
    • Project quality management.
    • Project cost management.
    • Project procurement management.
    • Project risk management.
  • Project management for socio-economic development.
  • Information technology for project management.

 

ASSESSMENT

1 x 3-hour examination, 50% class mark + 50% examination mark.

 

MODERATION

External.

PRE-REQUISITES

None.

CO-REQUISITES

None.

 

MODULE CODE                    MODULE NAME                                                       CREDITS

SOA551                      Advanced Public Policy Analysis and Planning                   20

PURPOSE

This module provides an understanding of the nature and extent of public policy and policy analysis.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Introduction to the nature, history and relevance of public policy.
  • Establish an understanding of policy management in respect of good governance.
  • Understand the role of policy advocacy within policy networks and subsystems.
  • Critical analysis of policy development to demonstrate insight into policy approaches and methodologies important in policy- making, implementation and evaluation.
  •  Develop insight and applicability of policy evaluation and various approaches to assess policy strategies.

CORE CONTENT

·  The nature of policy-making

·  History of public policy,

·  Public policy-making dynamics and processes,

·  Political and policy leadership (Policy networks and subsystems)

·  Policy evaluation and analysis. 

ASSESSMENT

1x3hr examination, 50% class mark +50% examination mark

MODERATION

External

PRE-REQUISITES FOR THIS MODULE

None

 

MODULE CODE                    MODULE NAME                                                       CREDITS

SOA561                           Administration for Development                                   20

PURPOSE

This module will prepare students to be aware of the governing and administrative arrangements for development, particularly in less developed or developing states as well as the nature of less developed states and the relationship between the various national and international role-players in development.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Analyse development and its competing paradigms, development theories and the historical evolution of Development Management as an interdisciplinary field.
  • Analyse the different Development Management perspectives on poverty and the effect of democracy on poverty alleviation in South Africa, the operation of the public sector, and the role of the public sector in promoting development and good governance.
  • Describe and explain the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses as well as the historical and current relationships between Non Governmental Organisations and the government in South Africa.
  • Give an assessment of the impact and the role of the private sector and the trade unions in the development process in South Africa and other developing countries.
  • Analyse the role of international development agencies in the development process of South Africa and other developing countries.

 

CORE CONTENT

This module describes and explains the governing and administrative arrangements for development, particularly in less developed or developing states. Attention is devoted to the nature of less developed states and the relationship between the various role-players in undertaking development initiatives.

Assessment

This module will be assessed during an examination in June/July.

1 x 3-hour examination, 50% class mark + 50% examination mark.

Pre-requisites for this module

None.

 

MODULE CODE                    MODULE NAME                                                       CREDITS

SEE552                         Professional Ethics for Public Managers                          20

Purpose

This module will prepare students to know and understand the ethical foundations of public administration and what constitutes ethical behaviour.

 

Specific outcomes

The student will be able to describe and explain

·         The foundations of modern-day ethics

·         Ubuntu as a practical philosophy and a social survival tool

·         The constitutional basis of managing public financial and human resources

·         Ethical dilemmas and professionalism in the public sector

 

Core content (as per prospectus/ or refined)

·          An introduction to ethics as academic discipline with a focus on public service ethics

·         The moral development model and ethical decision-making

·         Building an ethical government based on core values of the constitution, codes of conduct and relevant    

           legislation

·         Government and global ethics with a focus on sustainable economic development.

Assessment (as per prospectus/ or refined)

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

Evaluation

1 x 3 hour examination, 50% class mark + 50% examination mark.

 

Pre-requisites for this module

None

Moderation

External

Pre-requisites for this module

None

MODULE CODE                    MODULE NAME                                                       CREDITS

SOA562                           Advanced Local Government Administration               20

Purpose

This module will provide students with an advanced understanding of the various approaches to municipal government and administration.    

Specific outcomes

A learner will be able to describe and explain:

- the origin and development of urban areas and also the history on contemporary urbanisation and on municipal   government and administration;

-  the role of communities in the rendering of municipal services;

- co-operative interactive partnership between the three main groups of municipal participants in the    rendering    of services;

- the role of the municipal chief officials in the making and implementing of executive policy;

- co-operative interactive partnership between municipal councillors and officials in the making of executive        policy;

-  the role of municipal councillors in the governing functions, satisfying of community needs 

- operational functions, auxiliary functions, administration and administrative processes;

- the policy-administration dichotomy;

- relationship between municipal policy making, planning and programming;

- various municipal financial phenomena with specific reference to taxation as a source of revenue;

-  human resources functions, affirmative action and strategic planning;

 

Core content

·         Origin and development of urban areas;

·         Mass urbanisation;

·         Intergovernmental relations;

·         Metropolitan government and administration;

·         Role of citizens in the rendering of municipal services;

·         Role of chief officials in the rendering of municipal services and development of the municipal            

·         Role of municipal councillors in the satisfying of community needs;

·         Municipal governing and administrative functions;

·         Municipal policy process;

·         Municipal financial process and taxation as a source of income;

·         Municipal personnel process;

·         Developmental local government;

·         Policy making and policy analysis in local government;

·         Control and accountability;

·         Ward committees;

·         Urbanisation.

 

Assessment

1 x 3 hour examination in November, 50% class mark + 50 % examination mark.

 

Pre-requisites for this module

None.

 

MODULE CODE                    MODULE NAME                                                       CREDITS

SOA550                                   Treatise                                                                       90

The research component (treatise) carries a credit value of 90 credits with the primary purpose of empowering learners to become competent researchers. Each learner will work closely under the supervision of an experienced member of the academic staff thereby assisting the learner to develop and disseminate knowledge at an advanced level, communicating creative insights and drawing informed conclusions.  In this process all ethical protocols will be observed in line with the university’s policies. The treatise (SOA 515) will be examined by a team consisting of both the internal examiner, who is also the supervisor, and an external examiner, specifically appointed for the purpose. The treatise will account for 100% of the final module mark.

 

 

 

 

Contact information
Ms Zandile Maqoko
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 041 5042263
Zandile.Maqoko@mandela.ac.za

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