Bachelor of Administration




Dr Christiana Kappo-Abidemi

Programme Description

The Bachelor of Administration which was approved by Council on Higher Education in 2019 enrols the first set of undergraduates in 2020. The B-Admin is a 360 SAQA credits and HEQSF level 7-degree qualification with a minimum duration of three (3) years to complete. The purpose of the Bachelor of Administration is to address the human capacity needs for public administration and in this way support the achievement of the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) and the National Skills Development Strategy, and meet the identified need of the Mpumalanga Provincial Government: Socio-Economic Review and Outlook and Local Government Sector and Education and Training Authority (LGSETA). The curriculum contributes towards these outcomes as follows. All students will take Public Administration in 1st, 2nd and 3rd years and thus receive three full years of education and training in this core subject. Similarly, students will take Business Management across all three years as the subject is seen as essential for graduates to function efficiently and effectively in the Public Administration domain. In 1st year students are supported with a foundational module in end user computing that will ensure that all students are able to use standard software for word-processing, preparation for presentations and management of large data sets. A second foundational module will assist students with academic literacy for public administration and these skills will continue to be developed through 2nd and 3rd years in other modules. In addition to the core subjects described above, students are able to broaden their knowledge and skills by selecting from a range of elective subjects including Politics, Economics, Sociology, Psychology and Industrial Psychology, which will complement Public Administration and Business Management and allow them to specialize in a particular area of Public Pdministration.

At third year level the focus is on research and preparing the students to undertake research as part of a team. This both prepares them to continue to Honours and to contribute to research in the workplace.
 
 

Admission Requirements

  • National Senior Certificate;
  • Admission Point Score (APS) of 32;
  • Mathematics: Level 2 (30-39%). Mathematical Literacy: Level 3 (40-49%);
  • English (Home or First Additional Language): Level 4 (50-59%);
  • Second language: Level 4 (50-59%; and
Students who wish to take Economics as an elective must have Mathematics: Level 4 (50-59%)
 

Career Opportunities

A B Admin gives you an opportunity to study the general degree initially before choosing your stream or major. This allows you to know where your strengths are and what stream or major interests you the most. A B Admin degree is a great degree to prepare you to work in the public or the private administration sector and equips you to work for a company or as an entrepreneur. Career opportunities are not limited and that means that you have many opportunities as a B Admin graduate.  These career opportunities include, inter alia Local Authority Manager; Senior Government Official, Human resource personnel, Government jobs and Entrepreneurs managing own businesses. Students who successfully complete the B Admin will also able to apply for admission into B Admin Honours programmes at UMP or other tertiary institutions.
 

Curriculum & Credits

Study period Code Description Compulsory Major Subjects Pre-Co Requisites
 
Credits Course Fee
Y/N Y/N
YEAR 1
Semester 1
             
 
 
PAM101 Public Administration Y Y   12  
 
 
MAN101 Business Management Y Y   12  
 
 
ALP101 Academic Literacy for Public Administration Y Y   12  
 
 
EUC101 End User Computing for Public Administration Y Y   12  
Electives: Students select two subjects
  ECON101 Economics N Y   12  
  SOC101 Sociology N Y   12  
  PSY101 Psychology N Y   12  
  IPS101 Industrial Psychology N Y   12  
  POL 101 Politics N Y   12  
 
 
  TOTAL       60  
Semester 2              
  PAM102 Public Administration Y Y   12  
  MAN102 Business Management Y Y   12  
  ALP102 Academic Literacy for Public Administration Y Y   12  
  EUC 102 End User Computing for Public Administration Y
 
Y
 
  12  
Electives: Students select two subjects
  ECON102 Economics N Y   12  
  SOC102 Sociology N Y   12  
  PSY102 Psychology N Y   12  
  IPS101 Industrial Psychology N Y   12  
  POL102 Politics N Y   12  
    TOTAL       60  
    TOTAL CREDITS       120  
Study period Code Description Compulsory Major Subjects Pre-Co Requisites
 
Credits Course Fee
Y/N Y/N
YEAR 2
Semester 1
             
 
 
PAM201 Public Administration Y Y PAM101
PAM 102
15  
  MAN201 Business Management Y Y MAN101
MAN102
15  
Students Continue with both of the electives taken in 1st year
 
 
ECON201 Economics N Y ECON101
ECON102
15  
 
 
SOC201 Sociology N Y SOC101
SOC102
15  
  PSY201 Psychology N Y PSY101
PSY102
15  
  IPS201 Industrial Psychology N Y IPS101
IPS102
15  
  POL102 Politics N Y POL101
POL102
15  
 
 
  TOTAL       60  
Semester 2              
  PAM202 Public Administration Y Y PAM 15  
 
 
MAN202 Business Management Y Y MAN 15  
Students Continue with both of the electives taken in 1st year
 
 
ECON202 Economics N Y ECON 15  
  SOC202 Sociology N Y SOC 15  
  PSY202 Psychology N Y PSY 15  
  IPS202 Industrial Psychology N Y IPS 15  
  POL202 Politics N N POL 15  
    TOTAL       60  
 
 
  TOTAL CREDITS       120  
Study period Code Description Compulsory Major Subjects Pre-CoRequisites Credits Course Fee
Y/N Y/N
YEAR 3
Semester 1
             
  PAM301 Public Administration Y Y PAM 20  
  MAN301 Business Management Y Y MAN 20  
Students continue with ONE of the electives taken in 2nd years
  ECON301 Economics N Y ECON 20  
  SOC301 Sociology N Y SOC 20  
  PSY301 Psychology N Y PSY 20  
  IPS301 Industrial Psychology N Y IPS 20  
  POL301 Politics N Y POL 20  
    TOTAL       60  
Semester 2              
  PAM302 Public Administration Y Y   20  
  MAN302 Business Management Y Y   20  
Students continue with ONE of the electives taken in 2nd years
  ECON302 Economics N Y ECON 20  
  SOC302 Sociology N Y SOC 20  
  PSY302 Psychology N Y PSY 20  
  IPS302 Industrial Psychology N Y IPS 20  
  POL302 Politics N Y POL 20  
    TOTAL       60  
    TOTAL CREDITS       120  
 


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