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

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!
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