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