About the module

Public Managament Practice 3 (PMP301P) is a compulsory module in the third year for the National Diploma in Public Management. It is more popularly known as Work Integrated Learning or Experiential Learning. For the purpose of this subject, we will make use of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) when we refer to aspects relating to Public Management Practice. Often, students do not know what is expected of them and their supervisors in the workplace. This blog will share some ideas, thoughts and will almost be like a "911" if you have any questions or concerns.

I am looking forward to take this journey with you!

My contact details are:
Prof Natasja Holtzhausen
E-mail: holtzn@unisa.ac.za
Tel:+27 12 429 6228
Fax:+27 12 429 6075

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Department's Responsibilities

· Curriculum design and development take place in consultation with the relevant industry role-players. The experiential learning curriculum, is a component of the overall curriculum.
· Direct responsibility is retained while decentralising certain aspects, at discretion of the academic staff concerned. This includes placements, accreditation of experiential learning sites, on-site monitoring and evaluation.
· Developing, in conjunction with the staff of regional centres, operational procedures for students, and providing guidelines and training for workplace mentors.
· Developing placement guidelines for experiential learning and making them available to regional centres in order to be able to identify suitable work placements or community service placements.
· Providing for the orientation of learners in respect of experiential learning.
· Conducting on-site monitor visits with regard to experiential learning progress and quality when possible. The final responsibility, however, remains with the academic staff.
· Maintaining experiential learning administration and database in collaboration with the central unit and regional offices.
· Dealing with the grievances of learners regarding experiential learning aspects according to the University policies and procedures. Learners will have recourse to the central unit to intervene on their behalf.

It is important for all of us to discuss these matters so that we can create the best possible system!

Monday, 8 September 2008

Learner's responsiblities

As a learner, you, your lecturer(s) and the University have responsibilities in the WIL process. During this week, I will share some of these with you. So, let's look at some of your responsibilities:
· You must register for the module Public Management Practice III which is a third year module. When you receive your tutorial letter, you will know that you are registered!
· You must identify a suitable employer and ensure that the employer’s policy for experiential learning is acceptable to the University. Approach your regional office for assistance in this regard.
· Inform your regional office of the exact dates of your experiential learning period.
· You must show respect for and understanding of the goals, rules and code of conduct of the employer and the University.
· You must notify the University of any change of address where experiential learning is undertaken.
· You must meet the requirements of both the experiential learning and the academic education before your application for a diploma will be considered.
· You must ensure that you keep your logbook up to date and that it is signed by the employer at the place where you will be doing your experiential learning.
· You must also ensure that the experiential learning received is up to standard and complies with University guidelines. Inform your Regional Office if you feel that there is insufficient learning taking place.
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