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

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Supps for PMP301P

Dear students

Congratulations to all those that passed! We received some incredible work and you can be proud of yourselves!

Please note that if you did not pass it is probably because you did not provide adequate proof of what you actually do. You also need to reflect on your activities. Just downloading forms that you did not complete is not proof that you can do the task.

Those of you between 40-49 can resubmit via the assignment section, but please remember that as this is a supp your year mark will not count. Please ensure that you add the additional information to your original portfolio and mark it clearly for easy reference.

Enjoy the period of rest and best of luck with your futures!

Friday, 11 December 2009

The end of 2009




As the end of 2009 is around the corner, it is time to reflect on the year and specifically PMP301P. Most students provided us with wonderful portfolios that truly showcased their experience. They provided us with evidence of what they are actively involved in within their departments and even within their communities. One should always keep in mind that portfolios can only be assessed on what is provided by students and according to the rubric that is available in the tutorial letters. Forms that have not been completed or documents that were just dowloaded from the internet can never be adequate proof!
I hope that all went well in the exams and that you will be graduating in 2010. May you have a blessed December-rest, regroup and may 2010 be an amazing year!

Tuesday, 1 September 2009



Happy Spring day everybody!

Hope you are ready for the final month before it is time for exams. Hang in there!

Friday, 21 August 2009

Submission date


Okay, we are making progress. Lecturers are not allowed to provide students with dates, but if you go to myUnisa now, you will find the correct date if you have a look at assignments.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Dear Unisa PMP301P students

Please note that I am trying to find the correct submission date. You can mail the portfolio to the address provided in your Tutorial letter 101, submit it at one of the Unisa assignment boxes or at the regional offices.

I will post a message as soon as I can confirm the submission date!

Kind regards,
Dr Holtzhausen

PS: Remember that the discussion classes will be held at various regions on 17 and 18 September 2009

Monday, 6 July 2009

Round 2


So, we have a "new intake". Just some thoughts:


  • Remember to apply for RPWE
  • Submit the compulsory assignment
  • Work on your portfolios (it is the exam for this subject)
  • Let's work together
  • The period of training is 3 months


See you on myUnisa!

Friday, 22 May 2009




Dear students

Please remember that the due date for the Portfolios are 22 May, which is today! You can mail it, drop it at a Unisa assignment box or even submit it a Unisa, Samuel Pauw building, Seminar room 2.

Hope you enjoyed the experience and good luck with your other subjects!

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Enjoy the break!


Enjoy the Easter break!

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Still looking for a placement?

Dear students

Please remember that on myUNISA you will find the form that must be submitted to the
Directorate: Tutorial Support, Discussion Classes & Work-integrated Learning (TSDL) to help you find a placement.


You also need to remember that your Portfolio is in fact the examination part of PMP301P. Remember the due date for the compulsory assignment is 1 may 2009, so only one month to go!

Happy April Fools!

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Dear students
I have uploaded the logbook under "additional resources" on myUNISA. It is important that you use the learning objectives to guide you in terms of what should be included in your portfolio.
Good luck!

Monday, 23 February 2009

I hope you are not waiting till May!

I often wonder why students wait till the last minute to compile their portfolios. By waiting so long, you will not be able to truly reflect what you have learned and gained. I hope you have already started!

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

MyUNISA and compulsory assignment

Dear PMP301P students

Just to remind you that there is a Discussion forum on myUNISA for your perusal! Please visit myUNISA (remember to register) so that we can start our discussions. Remember to start building your Portfolio timely and that the submission date for the compulsory assignment is 1 May 2009. Without submitting this assignment you will not be partaking in the exam process for this module, thus your Portfolio will not be graded.

Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

How do I know if I will receive adequate exposure?

I would suggest that you investigate the learning outcomes in the logbook to determine if you will be able to provide proof that you got exposure to those. You will be assessed on the basis of these outcomes. Often, you will be able to receive adequate exposure in the section where you are working.

There is a student working at the Department of Health involved in the "2010" Directorate. Looking at the learning outcomes, I am sure that her section will have policies, be able to identify problems that can be solved for better service delivery. The directorate will have to purchase items, follow procedures, gather information etc. It is important that you check the learning outcomes to determine your exposure!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have additional enquiries. Remember that you Portfolio must provide proof of what you have been doing. Please also visit myUNISA and visit the discussion forum.
Happy Portfolio building!

Monday, 5 January 2009

Welcome 2009

Dear students

Welcome to the New Year!!! I hope you are looking forward to all the challenges that 2009 will bring. Just a few comments on the 2008 portfolios:

-Congratulations to those of you that passed-especially those with the distinctions.
- Those of you who need to re-register:better luck this time!

I bet you are wondering why those that passed manged to do so (in fact, we had 2 90% candidates!). Well, the answer is easy. Remember that you are sending us a Portfolio of EVIDENCE-that is the key. You need to provide proof of what you have been doing. just sending us a job description, CV and copies of the course certificates you have done is NOT adequate. That will not earn you more than 20%.

It is so important for you to check the learning outcomes/objectives and monitor that you are achieving them AND to include proof of these outcomes in your Portfolio. I think of a Portfolio as a "brag" book-where you showcase what you have achieved by providing proof.

Please also have a look at previous postings and listen to the podcast of Dr Groenewald.

I will chat to you here and remember that we will also meet on myUNISA-remember to register.

Have a wonderful January!
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