Master in Leadership in Development (MLD) -Flexible Learning (Madang Campus)

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MLD

Credit Points required completing in the award

Students are required to gain 80 credit points (80cp) to be eligible to graduate.

Duration of Study/Structure

Students are required to attend an intensive residential component in Madang during each semester. Directed and practical assignments relating to workplace applications are completed in the student’s own time. The program is conducted through a flexible-learning mode using wellestablished principles of adult learning applied to our Papua New Guinea context, and employs collaborative classroom teaching and learning approach.

Admission Requirements

Potential candidates with a bachelor degree in Business, Arts, Education, Social Sciences, or a related field with at least three years’ work experience can enroll in the program.

Program Units

LD601  Global and Regional Leadership
LD602  Strategic Planning for Development
LD603  Leading Managing Change in Developing Countries
LD604  Professional Ethics in Organizations
LD605  Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
LD606  Cross Cultural and Gender Leadership
LD607  Research Methods
LD608  Independent Research Project  

Unit Descriptions

LD601

LD601 Global and Regional Leadership - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores the relationship between global and regional interpretations of development and implications for leadership. It provides students with an understanding of the global economy and how this shapes leadership and development in regional contexts. It discusses conceptual frameworks describing the relationship between global politics and global economics. It will also provide students with a basic foundation of modern development theory and practice, as well as the knowledge of key players in the development arena. The impact of the global economy on regional leadership and development will be examined through a case study of the relationship between public, private, and nongovernmental sectors in PNG.

LD602

LD602 Strategic Planning for Development - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores strategic thinking and planning as key leadership skills. Organizational leaders want to have maximum impact using the limited talents, resources and opportunities they have. The challenge for leaders is to influence core organizational competencies to gain strategic advantage in an uncertain and ever-changing environment. The role of strategic talent development in a “think locally/act globally” model will also be discussed. Topics will include organizational structure and function, strategic planning and management, organizational life cycles, vision and adaptability. The unit will culminate in the creation of an actual strategic plan.

LD603

LD603 Leading and Managing Change in Developing Countries - 10 Credit Points 

This unit explores leadership as shaped primarily by cultural, social, political and economic contexts in developing countries. As such, leading and managing change in developing countries, like PNG, requires an understanding of the multiple tensions, e.g. the individual versus the community or the common good, local-level government versus provincial-level government, provincial-level government versus national government, public sector versus private sector, government versus churches, professional development versus sustainable development, multinational corporations versus resource-owners. What kinds of leadership are necessary for good governance and enhancement of people’s livelihoods? Students will also be exposed to skills in leading in challenging environments, leading diverse employees, coaching/mentoring and managing change.

LD604

LD604 Professional Ethics in Organizations - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores ethics and philosophy of human acts as foundations of leadership and management thought and action. The unit is designed to assist students to think ethically. Making good decisions requires a trained sensitivity to ethical issues and a practiced method for exploring the ethical aspects of a decision and weighing the considerations that should impact on the choice of a course of action in any organization. Having a method for ethical decision making in any organization is absolutely essential in today’s business world. This unit will assist students to create a framework for ethical decision making as a useful process for exploring ethical dilemmas and identifying ethical courses of action in PNG’s complex culturally diverse context. The unit will also examine theories of what an ethical community, an ethical business, an ethical government or an ethical society should be.

LD605

LD605 Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation - 10 Credit Points 

This unit considers conflict from an organizational perspective. The unit will address such questions as: What are the costs to employers for failing to address workplace conflict? What are ethical and legal frameworks within which conflict must be handled? What ways have organizations found effective for systematically resolving and preventing conflict? Ethical considerations in resolving conflicts will be explored, including exposing students to the growing practice of alternate dispute resolution. Alternate dispute resolution, especially in the context of PNG and the Pacific Region, must ultimately end in reconciliation. For this reason, students will also be introduced to a regional Melanesian and Pacific framework of resolving conflicts.

LD606

LD606 Cross Cultural and Gender Leadership - 10 Credit Points 

This unit is specifically designed to develop cross-cultural and gender awareness and competency for PNG and Pacific Island leaders who work in diverse cultural settings. It is also designed for students who seek to work with people from other cultures in multi-cultural settings. Using theoretical frameworks, students will examine their own culture, compare it with other cultures, and develop strategies for working successfully in multi-cultural and cross-cultural environments. Emphasis will be on developing intercultural understanding, understanding of gender, leadership, and problem-solving skills when working with people from other cultures. Emphasis will also be placed on the importance of communication skills and how cultural style may impact the exchange of ideas, perception, effective communication, work performance, developing intercultural and cross cultural understanding, negotiation, collaboration and problemsolving skills.

 

LD607

LD607 Research Methods - 10 Credit Points

In this unit students are exposed to the skills of undertaking a research project. Different research paradigms and perspectives, and related data collection and analysis techniques are explored and applied to case material. Students will explore a research problem relevant to their workplace or organisation and apply the knowledge and skills of research to investigate the problem.

LD608

LD608 Independent Research Project - 10 Credit Points

In this unit, students are guided to produce a report on the research problem they developed in unit LD607. Special attention is given to the interpretation of findings and the presentation of the report. Crafting skills are developed for sections such as introduction/context, literature review, study design, analysis of the results, discussion, recommendations, referencing/bibliography, and appendices. Prior to submitting the final research paper, students are required to present their projects orally in an organized seminar. This is then followed up with a written submission of the final research project.

Master of Public Administration (MPAdmin.) - Flexible Learning (Madang Campus)

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The Master of Public Administration (MPAdmin) program is designed to advance practices of good governance and public sector reform for Papua New Guinea’s long term development and growth. It strengthens and advances the managerial and analytical skills of executives in public service.

Purpose
The MPAdmin program is designed to furnish participants with an understanding of the complex issues surrounding management, economics and policy in public service. It provides participants with a grasp of the international and national institutional contexts which shape the administrative process. All units are crafted so that they provide specialist expertise in the theoretical and analytical tools necessary to formulate, implement and evaluate public service programs in an effective and efficient manner.
 

Credit points required

Each of the 10 units has a ten credit point value and students are required to gain 100 credit points to be eligible to graduate with the award.

Duration of study

The MPAdmin program is offered in flexible learning mode. Students take two or three units a semester and complete the program in two years. Students are required to participate in a two or three week residential component each semester. Students are expected to have their own personal laptop.

Admission requirements

Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree and be employed in the public sector with at least two years of managerial, administrative or leadership responsibilities.

Costs

K100 non-refundable application fee

K5000 per semester (K2500 per unit) Travel, accommodation and meals are additional. Current fee for on-campus accommodation and meals is K1,470 per fortnight (K105 per day). Day students can have morning tea and lunch on campus for a fee of K200 for the 2 weeks.

 

Units offered

Semester One

MN601 Public administration theory and practice

LD604 Professional ethics in organizations

LD609 Applied research and evaluation methods

 

Semester Two

MN603 Managing information and technology in the public sector

MN605 Public sector human resource management

Semester Three

MN606 Public finance and budgeting

MN607 Administrative law and public policy

LD611 Data analysis and research report writing

Semester Four

MN608 Strategic planning in the changing public environment

MN611 Disaster risk management

 

Unit Descriptions

MN601 Public administration theory and practice

This unit explores public administration theory and practice drawing from global and regional contexts to provide a conceptual understanding of national policy frameworks. Within this policy context, the emphasis is on critical analysis of the fundamental concepts and principles in public administration using examples of workplace settings in public and non-profit organizations.

LD604 Professional ethics in organizations

This unit explores ethics and philosophy of human acts as foundations of leadership and management thought and action. Students create a framework for ethical decision making as a useful process for exploring ethical dilemmas and identifying ethical courses of action in PNG’s complex culturally diverse context. Students explore theories of what an ethical community, an ethical business, an ethical government or an ethical society should be.

LD609 Applied research and evaluation methods

This unit introduces students to concepts and theories that underpin the social research and research process. It exposes students to various ethical issues that may arise in the conduct as well as to different research approaches and techniques. Students explore a research problem relevant to their workplace or organisation and apply the knowledge and skills of research to develop a proposal for a research project.

MN603 Managing information and technology in the public sector

This unit provides a strategic approach to the use of information systems in public and nonprofit organizations. Participants learn the tools and techniques to manage information as a resource and to use it to help transform public sector organizations and to promote innovative best practices.

MN605 Public sector human resource management

This unit covers major issues and areas of responsibility for the efficient and effective management of human resources in the PNG public service for maximum productivity to achieve organizational goals. Attention is given to strategic planning to forecast HR requirements, developing policies, understanding legislative matters, maintaining HR information systems, enabling change, ways to engage all employees, and how to manage a flexible and changing workforce.

MN606 Public finance and budgeting

This unit enables participants to gain insight into the development and framework of financial management. The unit addresses the way in which the public sector spends, raises revenue, borrows, allocates and manages monetary resources over time, taking into account the risks entailed. The unit covers essential elements of accounting skills and basic principles of financial statements.

MN607 Administrative law and public policy

This unit examines the sources, influences, operation and consequences of law and public policy formation, and analyzes public policy initiatives from political and legal aspects as to their intentions, achievable aims, and intended and unintended outcomes.

LD611 Data analysis and research report writing

In this unit, students are guided to produce a report on the research problem they developed in unit LD609. Crafting skills are developed for sections such as introduction, context, literature review, design of the study, analysis of the results, discussion, recommendations, referencing and appendices. As well as a written report, students are required to present their projects orally in an organized seminar.

MN608 Strategic planning in the changing public environment

The public environment is continuously changing and therefore planning must be strategic in ensuring these changes are addressed effectively and efficiently. Participants develop skills in information gathering, analysis and synthesis of public sector strategic issues using a number of analytical tools. They apply strategic planning concepts, processes, procedures, and tools that will enable them to design and develop organizational strategic plans.

MN611 Disaster risk management

This unit focuses on the pre-emergency functions that are critical in emergency management and disaster relief systems, to include mitigation, risk management, planning, and process. The unit covers issues associated with emergency planning up to the point that the emergency actually occurs. The communication of sustainable practices is integral to this unit, given that disasters are