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, 5 October 2010

Reading and submissions

I often think people do not read. I have seen with the submissions of the portfolios that people are running around, not knowing where to submit. We have repeatedly (on my Unisa, the Tut210, the satellite broadcast and in telephone conversations) stated that the documentation must be submitted via the assignment sections. If you submit it directly to the department, we (you and us) do not have record of the submission and you do not have a mark cover sheet! Please also note that portfolios cannot be submitted after 15 October 2010.

To those who must still submit the declaration and questionnaire, you can use the fax-to-mail number that was provided in your Tut101.

I would like to wish you the best of luck in the coming exams! The end is near.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

One month to go

Dear students

it is only one month to the submission date for the portfolios and we are hoping that you are collecting your evidence. Remember that as we are not with you in the workplace, the only way we can assess you is through the PoE. So, put in the effort and showcase your abilities! Also remember that we discussed the compilation of the PoE in the satellite session. You can always ask the regional centre to order it for you for free viewing or alternatively you can buy it from Unisa Press.

Looking forward to see what you have done!

Monday, 5 July 2010

Broadcast on 7 July 2010

Greetings to all

Myself and Mr Nkgabe will be hosting a satellite broadcast on 7 July 2010, 10:00-11:30. Please visit your nearest Unisa regional office. The venue for the Sunnyside campus is Building 15.

Please remember that your due date for the portfolio is 1 October 2010.

Monday, 19 April 2010

The whole process...

So, we have a rubric, learning outcomes, logbook and a portfolio-how does it all fit together? All the learning outcomes relate to subjects that you have done over the past 2 and a half years. As this is the practical component of your studies, we must test your previous knowledge. Your previous knowledge is contained in the identified learning outcomes. Now, as we do not work with you, you need to show us that you can "do the work"-thus the learning outcomes. How can you illustrate your competencies? By completing the logbook (you complete it and your mentor/supervisor signs it as confirmation) and providing us with the Portfolio of EVIDENCE. In the POE you actually add evidence of what you are doing. Just adding a form that you downloaded from a site without completing it does not show us that you can do the work. We will use the rubric that you can find in your Tutorial Letter 101 as the exam memorandum.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

RPWE candidates

As a RPWE candidate, we basically assess if you will receive proper exposure in your current place of employment. A person might for example be a security guard at the NPA but might never receive exposure to most of the learning objectives and outcomes.
ALL students must submit the portfolio and logbook AND supporting evidence as this is the only way in which we can assess if you receive the needed exposure and can "do the work". So, use the assessment criteria to guide you in compiling your portfolio.
The competency certificate is basically proof from your employer. Only current information in your current place of employment is needed.

Hope it helps!
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