Bachelor of Public Management (Distance Only)

Faculty Of  • SAQA ID No. 94580 • NQF7 • 380 Credits • 3 Years

The main purpose of the Bachelor of Public Management is to provide students with broad background knowledge and skills to secure appropriate employment opportunities in the public sector and to engage in self-employment opportunities as consultants and entrepreneurs. This qualification has been designed to meet the workplace needs particularly in the fields of, but not
limited to Public Management, Local Government, Public Finance, Public Sector Economics and Public Sector Human Resources Management. This qualification has been benchmarked internationally in terms of core and specialised knowledge elements from New Zealand, Australian and British Qualification frameworks. This qualification has been developed for the South African context of Public Management although drawing on themes from International Qualifications. This qualification considered best
practices and standards from institutions in the above-mentioned countries.

 

In South Africa the Public Sector is the largest employer and therefore more jobs can be expected to be created in this sector.
There are many challenges in the Public Sector including skills shortages, under-qualified officials, inadequate computer
systems, lack of adquate management skills amongst others. Individuals seeking to enter the public sector or those who
are currently employed in this sector can expect their careers to be given a boost with the Bachelor of Public Management
Degree offered through the Distance learning mode of delivery. This qualification promotes equity by providing affordable
access to public management education to students who were previously denied such opportunities.

The main purpose of qualification is to provide learners with broad background knowledge and expertise in the field of public sector management, National, provincial and local government management.

Learners successfully completing this qualification will master the foundational competencies associated with:

 

  • Public Management
  • Local Government Management
  • Public Law
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Project Management
  • Information Technology
  • Public Finance
  • Public Human Resources Management

 

The qualifying learner will be capable of:

 

  • Demonstrate the ability to understand the nature and elements of Public Management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to demonstrate knowledge relating to the principles of public management and  administration.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand the different approaches/discipline to Public Management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to have an understanding of the public management concepts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to explain the environment in which Public Management works.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand the manner in which the role-players interact in financial administration.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand the reporting structure within the state department and who is accountable for the financial management.
  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an endorsement to a Degree coupled with appropriate combinations of recognised subjects and levels of achievement
  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a pass in Higher Certificate with appropriate combinations of recognised subjects and levels of achievement
  • The National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 4 with appropriate combinations of recognised subjects and levels of achievement
  • Further Education and Training (FET) NQF Level Mature age exemption for people above the age of 23 years as set out in the Higher Education Regulations.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Bachelor of Public Management (BPM) - Module Breakdown

Semester 1 Credits
Public Management 511 15
Introduction to Economics 511 15
Communication 500 15
Information Systems 511 15
Semester 2 Credits
Public Management 512 15
Public Sector Economics 512 15
Fundamentals of Research 500 15
Information Systems 512 15
Semester 1 Credits
Public Management 621 15
Local Government Management 621 15
Introduction to Politics 600 15
Public Human Resources Management 621 15
Project Management 600 15
Semester 2 Credits
Public Management 622 15
Local Government Management 622 15
Public Law 600 15
Public Human Resources Management 622 15
Semester 1 Credits
Public Management 731 15
Local Government Management 731 15
Ethics - Public Sector 700 15
Public Sector Finance 700 15
Semester 2 Credits
Public Management 732 15
Local Government Management 732 15
Research Project 700 20
Work Integrated Learning 700 15
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and discuss the functions of managers in local government, contextualize the skills necessary for effective execution of the functions of local government managers and indicate how effective management skills impact the management of limited and scarce resources.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the application of management principles in a local government context.
  • The competent learner will manage resources and processes in local authorities effectively and efficiently by understanding and applying selected local government management techniques.
  • The competent learner will develop the communication and analytical skills in interpreting local government legislation, politics, processes and procedures pertaining to the operation of local government.
  • The competent learner will be able to describe the accounting principles governing local government finances, prepare income and expenditure statements and prepare budgets according to the MPFMA Guidelines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply knowledge already gained in human resources management theory at strategic level.

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