Introduction to Public Administration Short Course2022-03-30T06:50:25+02:00

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Introduction to Public Administration

The purpose of this course is to create a theoretical understanding of the concepts of public administration and the role of effective public administration in government. Students will gain the skills needed to establish a successful career in the public sector by developing a holistic understanding of key concepts and legislations while learning how to transform public service delivery.

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Course curriculm

This course contains 7 substantive units and includes a learning plan, with weekly schedules, to keep your studies on track.

The curriculum covers pertinent topics such as the structure and functions of government, public vs private administration, constitutional values, ethical principles and political initiatives. Focus is also placed on technology, which has become central to how the government functions in current times.

  • Unit 1: Basic Concepts of Public Administration
  • Unit 2: The Government of South Africa
  • Unit 3: Public vs Private Administration
  • Unit 4: Principles of Public Administration 
  • Unit 5: Role of Government Officials 
  • Unit 6: Public Administration and Technology 
  • Unit 7: Transforming Public Service Delivery 

This course will equip students with the theoretical understanding and practical skills needed to establish a successful career in the public sector, namely due to the holistic and in-depth nature of the curriculum. On completion of this course, you will earn an industry-ready certificate that will empower you to explore exciting career opportunites  such as:

  • National and Provincial Government Administrators and Managers 
  • Public Health Professionals 
  • South African Police Services 
  • Correctional Service Officials 
  • Municipal Administrators and Managers
  • Community-Based Organisations 
  • Community Leaders

Course summary

  • Certificate type:
    Short Course Certificate

  • Course Duration:
    6-12 months

  • Study method:
    Fully online or Internet supported

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Enrolments

Step 1: Enquire

  • Complete website contact form
  • Speak to Enrolment Consultant
  • Complete application

Step 2: Register

  • Submit documentation
  • Pay your fees

  • Recieve your student number

Step 3: Start

  • Access iCan (Student portal)
  • Complete orientation week

  • Engage with your lecturer

When can I start?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you, download our 2022 intake schedule to see when the next cohort starts.

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Admissions

Students can choose between 2 study methods for this course. Whichever study method you choose you will have access to an expert Course Lecturer.


Method 1: Fully Online

  • Online and downloadable course material
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised course lecturers
  • Master your studies from our cutting-edge interactive student portal, iCan

Method 2: Internet Supported

  • Distance learning with textbooks and internet support (blended learning)
  • Study material is couriered and e-books can be downloaded
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised course lecturers
  • The use of iCan, our student portal, is supplementary for online learning activities
  • Grade 12 (Standard 10) or NQF 4 equivalent
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Alternate admission is possible on the basis of Mature Age exemption (23 years and older)
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • Students should also possess a basic level of digital literacy skills
  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account

Recommended data:

  • At least 1GB of data per month for fully online study method
  • +/- 500MB of data for online supported study method
 

Course fees

At iQ Academy we understand that education is an investment and that’s why we offer flexible payment options to suit most working individuals. You can pay your fees in various monthly instalment plans or in full on enrolment. The fees for this course vary depending on which study method you choose.

  • Choose how you want to pay: Monthly instalment plan or in full on enrolment.

  • Choose how you want to study: Fully online or with textbooks (online supported).

Fully Online

R7,63200
  • All course content is delivered online.
  • Monthly instalments from: R424 p/m
  • Instalment terms from: 6 – 18 months
  • Deposit and terms subject to affordability

Online Supported

R11,95584
  • The course is delivered with text books and online support.
  • Monthly instalments from: R498.16 p/m
  • Instalment terms: 18 or 24 months
  • Deposit and terms subject to affordability
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What do your course fees include?

Once you have completed your course and met all the qualifying criteria you will receive a Short Course Certificate from iQ Academy. Your Certificate is printed and couriered to you free of charge!

All your learning material is included in the course fee, whether you pay in instalments or upfront. There are no hidden costs, the only additional fees that may be charged are remarking or repeat registrations.

Your course lecturer provides all the academic support you need to successfully complete your course.

Enjoy a learning plan that maps out your study schedule each week, and includes live Microsoft Teams sessions with your lecturer and fellow students.

Your online student portal to master your studies, connect with your lecturer and fellow students.

Get access to our wide range of DO Life online micro-courses and grow your everyday life skills on the go.

 

Hear what our students have to say

“Making it possible for everyone to study”

Thanks iQ, for making it possible for everyone to study without feeling the financial pressure with your fee structures. The lectures are amazing. Looking forward to the future now…thank you!

Xolelwa Johanna Thuputlela

“You will never regret it”

Challenging as it was but I am grateful to our facilitators who were with us throughout. I’d encourage everyone to take a course with iQ, you will never regret it. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Anna Ivy Masondo

“This is so easy to do”

It’s so much easier studying online, downloading all my study guides through my cell phone without a laptop. It’s a good experience for me. This is so easy to do!

Vesnant Singo

“Education paves the way to success”

I began my journey with iQ & never looked back. I was promoted from receptionist to admin manageress. I truly believe education paves the way to success.

Roxanne Naidoo

 

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Introduction to Public Admininstration: FAQ’s

Public Administration has many attractive features that lead individuals to pursue studies in this field. Some of the reasons to study Public Administration include:

  • An understanding of how our government works,
  • Being able to make sound decisions about local development plans, and,
  • Opportunities to establish or grow a career in the administration sector.

This course will equip students with the theoretical understanding and practical skills needed to establish a successful career in the public sector, namely due to the holistic and in-depth nature of the curriculum.

This course is relevant to entry-level officials in national, provincial, and local spheres of government, Non-Profit organisations (NPOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), community leaders, members of communities, and any other individuals interested in understanding how government functions. As well as individuals from other disciplines who require basic knowledge of the functions of administration to perform effectively in a public administration environment.

If you want to establish or grow a career in the public sector, then this course is for you. Students with or without prior knowledge of Public Administration can enrol for this course but, a basic understanding of the sector is beneficial.

After completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. Define public administration as a discipline and public administration as a field of practice;
  2. Relate public administration to other disciplines;
  3. Explain the structure and functions of the Government of South Africa;
  4. Differentiate between public and private sector;
  5. Outline the principles of public administration;
  6. Point out the nature and scope of public administration;
  7. Discuss the roles of government officials (the elected and non-elected);
  8. Explain how technology plays a role in public administration especially in the era of the fourth industrial revolution and the Covid 19 pandemic; and;
  9. Outline the values that govern the practice of public administration to build an ethical public service.
  • Unit 1: Basic Concepts of Public Administration
    Understand how and why Public Administration is considered a science and art by learning about discipline vs practice, concepts, theories, and the evolution of Public Administration in South Africa.
  • Unit 2: The Government of South Africa
    Explore the structure and functions of the Government of South Africa and understand the legislation that governs public administration in South Africa.
  • Unit 3: Public vs Private Administration
    Understand the difference between public and private sector entities in South Africa and learn about New Public Management (NPM) principles.
  • Unit 4: Principles of Public Administration
    Discover the principles and scope of Public Administration and understand the constitutional values and ethical principles in South Africa, including “Batho Pele” (South African political initiative).
  • Unit 5: Role of Government Officials
    Understand the role of various types of government officials, challenges faced by public administrators, and what efficiency and effectiveness are in service delivery today.
  • Unit 6: Public Administration and Technology
    Learn about the role that technology plays in public administration, especially in the era of the fourth industrial revolution and the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Unit 7: Transforming Public Service Delivery
    Outline the values that govern the practice of public administration to build an ethical public service.

Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page for more info.

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