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8 Core (Required) Courses:

2 Specialist Compulsory Courses:

Electives (Select 3):

Capstone Courses:

Note: The Executive Certificate in Global Leadership is a required element for obtaining either the CEMPA Graduate Degree or the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration.


Core (Required) Courses

C1: Management Information Systems -- This course is designed to enhance your knowledge and competencies in various aspects of the development and applications of management information systems. It provides a general overview of information systems and the frameworks required to plan and implement effective information systems which will be useful for management decisions and support.
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C2: Management and Organisations -- This course addresses topics of management and organisational behaviour. The course begins with a micro focus, embarking from the individual level of analysis and then moving on to group behaviour in organisations. The modules that follow explore more macro issues at the organisational level of analysis, including decision making, communication, planning, structure, leadership, technology and globalisation, politics and power, culture and organisational change, conflict and negotiation.
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C3: Managing Human Resources -- This course introduces a holistic approach to human resource management practices that include job analysis, recruitment and placement, training and development, compensation and labour relations and employee security. The course ends with a discussion on the emerging issues in human resource management and the use of various approaches to organisational development.
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C5: Economic Environment of Business -- Economics is the study of how individuals and societies choose to use scarce resources. It is a behavioural science of how people make choices.  The course begins with an overview on the economic environment and the market mechanism. The modules that follow explore production theory, cost theory, market structure, aggregate demand and supply, and government macroeconomic policy.
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C6: Public Systems Management -- This course explores the nature of public administration and how a nation can use government organisations effectively to provide goods and services to its citizens. The course examines what constitutes good government and contends that good government administration must rest on three very important variables: competency, honesty, and democracy. The course also aims to encourage public policies more responsive to social needs and to institute managerial practices that are attuned to efficiency, effectiveness and the deeper human requisites of the citizens.
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C7: Quantitative Techniques -- Quantitative techniques provide the mathematical, statistical and operations-research foundations that enable informed decision making and management. This course will teach you to apply and interpret quantitative results and should equip you with the analytical skills you need to understand, formulate and solve business problems. You will develop a combination of theoretical and applied skills within a modelling approach, which is integrated with computer-based spreadsheet modelling.
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C8: Marketing Management -- This course aims to give you a full understanding of key marketing topics, such as those related to the marketing mix and a detailed understanding of its various components, market segmentation, determinants of consumer behaviour and purchasing decisions, and the marketing organisation. It touches upon many significant topics necessary at the introductory stage including the marketing mix, the product life cycle, approaches to pricing, packaging, and distribution, the drivers of consumer decisions, and market research.
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C9: Financial Accounting -- The course is designed as an overview of financial accounting principles and processes, to provide an understanding of how financial transactions are captured, measured, and compiled into financial reporting statements. You will be introduced also to techniques commonly used to analyse and interpret the financial statements of an entity. Opportunities will be given throughout the course for you to select, calculate and manipulate transactional data, produce financial statements and conduct analysis.
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Specialist Compulsory Courses

SC1: Public Policy -- Public policy is a specialised field, but one that draws on many disciplines of study. The study of public policy examines the decisions that governments make for the nation or state they manage, but this course goes far beyond just considering those decisions. The course is concerned with who makes government decisions, how they are made, the quality of the decisions and how they are carried out in practice. In this course, students will explore their understanding of public policy and how it is defined. They will examine how policy emerges from different contexts, and that different institutions, groups and individuals influence policy-making. Policy can be conceptualised as a cyclical process. This cyclical model will be used throughout the course, although criticisms and other models will also be presented. Contemporary issues that affect policy will also be addressed and students will explore case studies that demonstrate these features of policy-making.
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SC2: Development Planning and Administration -- This course has been divided into 25 units under four modules, which are:

  1. Development Administration: Concept and Context
  2. Development Planning: Strategies and Challenges
  3. Participatory Approaches for Development Planning and Administration
  4. Techniques for Development Planning

The first module (units 1-4), explains the meaning, nature, scope and significance of development administration; models of development administration; political, economic and socio-cultural contexts of development administration and development administration in developed and developing countries. Module 2 (units 5-13) analyses the concept and rationale of development planning. With a focus on the issue of poverty, various models of economic systems (capitalist, socialist and mixed economy) are analysed. Module 3 (units 14-18) examines participatory approaches for development planning; more specifically, the role of NGOs and local elected bodies and their elected representatives as well as government officials is discussed. For the purpose of inculcating skills among the planners, module four (units 19-24) discusses the analysis of techniques like preparation of data matrix, trend analysis, sectoral and spatial planning, central settlements, central place theory, and scalogram analysis. The last unit (25) deals with goals and targets as well as the required strategies for moving towards effective development planning and administration for better performance based on political, social, economic, and technological factors.
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Electives (Select 3)

  • E1 Electronic Commerce
  • E2 Project Management
  • E5 Managerial Economics
  • E7: Policy Analysis and Implementation
  • E8: Contemporary Administrative Systems
  • E10: Corporate Finance
  • E13: International Marketing

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Capstone Courses:

Research Methods -- This course has been designed to give you an understanding of the process of business research and its components, such as research design, data collection, sampling, statistical analysis and report writing. It involves a systematic and replicable process that identifies and defines problems within specified boundaries. Students will employ well-designed methods to collect data and analyse the results in order to resolve a business-related problem or achieve an understanding of a particular trend or issue.
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Research Project -- The Project Course helps students demonstrate their ability to apply the various concepts learnt during the Programme; contribute analysis and findings to the body of knowledge in management or business administration, in a field of their particular interest(s).
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Note:

Executive Certificate in Global Leadership – This certificate programme is a required element for obtaining either the CEMPA Graduate Degree or the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration. Although it is strongly recommended that students complete the Executive Certificate course prior to beginning the Master-level courses, the Certificate modules may be completed while enrolled in any Commonwealth of Learning programme.

 

 

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