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

Monday, 17 October 2011

2011 Exam

Dear all
It is the start of the October/November 2011 examination. For many it will be their final exam. I would like to wish you a fruitful exam. Remember that hard work will be richly rewarded. Keep your eyes on the final reward and look forward to your graduation!
Blessings to all.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

The last stretch

Dear students

We are hoping that you are enjoying the last stretch and almost ready to submit your portfolios and logbooks. The due date of 28 October 2011 is just around the corner. Remember that logbook will contain your activities (with the signature of your supervisor(s)) and the portfolio will contain the PROOF/EVIDENCE. We will assess you according to the learning outcomes and the rubric provided in your Tutorial letter101. Do not forget to reflect on the learning experience.

This is your portfolio and your opportunity to showcase your abilities. So SHINE!

We are looking forward to receiving your work.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Spring day

Happy spring day! May this be a season of renewal and joy.

Remember to attend our satellite broadcast on 15 September 2011.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Will you be a Unisa graduate?

Unisa’s graduates should have distinctive graduate qualities, with a clear appreciation of our location on the African continent, notwithstanding the increasing internationalisation of higher education. Unisa graduates have, as a result of their successful completion of their studies in an ODL context, unique qualities. These qualities are included in the following statement on graduateness:

Unisa graduates:
(i) Are independent, resilient, responsible and caring citizens who are able to fulfil and serve in multiple roles in their immediate and future local, national and global communities.
(ii) Have a critical understanding of their location on the African continent with its histories, challenges and potential in relation to globally diverse contexts.
(iii) Are able to critically analyse and evaluate the credibility and usefulness of information and data from multiple sources in a globalised world with its ever increasing information and data flows and competing worldviews.
(iv) Know how to apply their discipline-specific knowledges competently, ethically and creatively to solve real-life problems.
(v) Are critically aware of their own learning and developmental needs and future potential.
(Unisa Curriculum Policy, pp. 13,14)

Where to start

We are now in the last three months before submission. Can you believe that eight months have passed? One of the students posted a question on where to start with the introduction. We have given you guidelines on this, but let's explore the introduction.
What is the purpose of an introduction? It is to ease the reader into the portfolio. Tell us what the portfolio is all about, reflect a bit on your learning experience. Tell us something about you. Structure it logically. Think about what is contained in the introduction when you read an academic book, an accredited journal article and make it more personal. Remember that this is YOUR portfolio and YOUR learning experience!

Monday, 11 April 2011

... on RPWE

I have just received an application for RPWE. In a very short paragraph the student requested approval due to his/her extensive experience. Now, that poses a problem. Myself and Mr Nkgabe read the whole application to determine if you are receiving appropriate exposure. You might think that you have all the exposure, but remember that we need to determine if your exposure is according to the learning outcomes-this module is a subject after all! So, PLEASE write proper application letters. Also note that you are 469 students, so it might take us some time to go through all the applications.

Friday, 4 February 2011

A new year

Dear 2011 students

Welcome to the module PMP301P. It is required that those of you who are permanently employed send the RPWE letter to either myself of Mr Nkgabe. We use the letter to determine if you are receiving proper exposure to the identified learning outcomes. Those of you that do not receive proper exposure will have to rotate in the department and also submit the logbook (and the portfolio).

Students who do not qualify for RPWE, must submit the logbook as well as the portfolio.

On 03/03/11 we will host a satellite broadcast and we will share with you exactly what we require from the portfolio. In fact, we even show you previous portfolios done by students. It is a good idea to reply to this entry with questions you would like answered during the session.

Looking forward to working with you in 2011.
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