Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA)

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Credit points required

 Students are required to gain 80 credit points (cp) to be eligible for the award.

Duration of Study

Students are required to attend a compulsory intensive two week residential component in the centre of choice where programs are conducted during each semester. Directed and practical assignments relating to workplace applications are then completed in the student’s own time. The program is offered at various times throughout the year.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to be currently employed and have a diploma in public policy/administration or a management related field with C or above grades and a minimum of 3 years in management or management related roles work experience.

Students who graduate with a Diploma in Government or related field are eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Public Administration degree program.

 

 Program Units

Semester One

 MN405  Public Sector Values and Ethos

 MN406  Strategic Planning and Monitoring

Semester Two

 MN407    Management and Resource Mobilisation

 MN408    Public Sector Values and Ethos

Semester Three

 MN409    Communication and Interpersonal Skills

 MN410    Public Sector Polices and Legislations (Public Administration)

Semester Four

 MN419    Fundamentals of Research Methods

 MN420    Major Research Project

 Program Unit Descriptions

MN405

MN405 Public Sector Values and Ethos - 10 Credit Points

Key competencies developed in this unit are to manage gender equity issues and to uphold Christian ethical values and practices. Students’ increase their understanding of the development and application of Christian thought on personal, community and workplace values.

This unit covers the ethical conduct required of managers and supervisors and the responsibility to encourage ethical conduct in others, colleagues and supervised staff. This professional conduct includes respecting human rights. It includes contributing to an ethical workplace and participating in ethical decision-making. In practice, ethical conduct is demonstrated in the context of generalist or specialist work activities such as applying processes, delivering and monitoring services to clients, using resources, conducting interviews, giving evidence, awarding contracts. Professional ethical conduct and recognition of human rights are explained using Christian values and practices.

MN406

MN406 Strategic Planning and Monitoring - 10 Credit Points

The unit provides students with an overview of key roles of executive managers and techniques for effective performance in the public service. The unit covers six areas: (1) becoming a better manager; (2) planning; (3) handling and motivating people; (4) leading people and organizations; (5) organizing; and (6) monitoring. Success measurement tools comprised of self assessment tests, comprehension reviews and action summary checklists are used to ensure optimal benefit from knowledge gained. Application of learning to real-life workplace contexts and roles of students is central to the learning process.

MN407

MN407 Management and Resource Mobilisation - 10 Credit Points

This unit develops students’ capacity for personnel management. Topics include building a job description, skilful interviewing techniques, hiring and orientation programs that work, employee testing and evaluation, developing successful training programs and getting results through performance appraisal, improving productivity and team building, improving operations by tapping the employee workforce, putting the power behind personnel planning, developing a set of successful personnel policies and procedures, developing an effective wage and salary administration program and computerising human resource information. Students have the opportunity to apply learning to their particular managerial position in a public service organisation in PNG.

MN408

MN408 Public Sector Financial Management - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides students with an understanding of the Public Sector Financial Management and Government Accounting. Starting with a macro view of the Government Accounting information, the units present real government financial statements. Students will be able to establish how a financial statement communicates the financing, investing, operating activities and decision making for public sector managers who are users of accounting information. This unit motivates students by grounding the discussion in the real world, showing them the relevance of the topics covered to their future career. Thus this unit develops students’ managerial capacity by exploring financial information for decisions making.

MN409

MN409 Communication and Interpersonal Skills - 10 Credit Points

The importance of effective communication for managers cannot be overemphasized, for one specific reason: everything a manager does involve communication. Managers need effective communication skills. However, good communication skills alone do not make a successful manager. It can be said, though, that ineffective communication skills can lead to a continuous stream of problems for a manager. The unit covers 6 areas: (1) an understanding of managerial communication; (2) organisation communication; (3) how information technology affects communication; (4) communication issues in today’s organisations; (5) the process of interpersonal communication; and (6) developing interpersonal skills.

MN410

MN410 Public Sector Policies and Legislations (Public Administration) - 10 Credit Points

The roles and responsibilities played by public servants and their implications on important policies and legislations such as the Public Service Management Act and Public Finance Management Act. These policies and legislations are pivotal to a sustainable return to work outcomes in the public service. This unit provides students with all the information they need to actively perform their roles within the Government Jurisdiction. It also provides students with the knowledge and skills to undertake initial assessments on major government policies, their roles and responsibilities and examine how public servants implement and monitor those public policies effectively and efficiently. Students will be expected to share experiences and strategies for coordinating and implementing government policies within necessary legislations.

MN419

MN419 Fundamentals of Research Methods - 10 Credit Points

This course introduces students to the field of research. It examines in depth the research process and introduces them to the various aspects of doing research by providing advices and insights. Students will become acquainted with research methodologies and review the steps including; questionnaire designs, hypothesis formulation and theory construction, data collection techniques, literature review, data analysis and reporting; all of these aspects form the research proposal. The course will also introduce students to ethical issues in research and for them to relate their researches to contemporary policy issues by completing a research proposal in an area of their interest. This is a very practical course aimed to guide students through the research process. The proposal will be used to work on their major research project that lies ahead in Unit 8.

MN420

MN420 Major Research Project - 10 Credit Points 

From FL407 Research Methods unit and the completed research proposal, this unit would enable students to expand and advance a range of research methods and writing skills to develop and produce their own major independent research project report. This major research report emanates from the students’ research proposal and draft papers developed and produced from research methods unit. From their own completed interview questions and surveys and a research schedule, students will critically read, research, write, review and reflect upon their own major research report and consult with unit supervisor/mentor where necessary. Students will use, apply and practice computer, writing, and oral presentation skills. Overall, the students’ progressive assessment components and work result in a 3000-4000 word major research report of publishable standard.