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Diploma in Public and Development Management (PDM)

Welcome to the Postgraduate Diplomas in Management in the fields of Public and Development Management (PDM), Security (S) and Public and Development Sector Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). 

Online offering: FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT

 

Entrance Criteria and Applications

Our criteria

  • Applicants require a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and preferably two years of relevant work experience in the public, parastatal or NGO sectors. 
  • The pass mark for these programmes is 50%. Students who achieve an average mark of 65% or more may proceed to the Masters programme.

Applications

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You will need to attach

  • A copy of your CV
  • Certified Academic transcripts
  • Certified Certificates
  • Motivation letter
  • R200 application fee

Fields of Study

Public and Development Management (PDM-PDM)

The PDM-PDM is a one-year programme aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of current public sector administrators and development practitioners from across the continent. It enables them to advance their careers and contribute to good governance and effective development in their organisations and communities. It provides them with an opportunity to explore new ideas, expand their analytical and managerial skills, interact with leading academics and practitioners, and reflect on their values, goals and careers.

It is also aimed at recent graduates with some work experience who wish to embark on a career in public administration or development, equipping them with the skills they need to become effective public administrators and development practitioners.

Lastly, it provides a solid foundation to students who wish to proceed to the Masters programme.

Participants wanting to register for a Masters degree in Public and Development Management who do not have a solid academic grounding at Honours level in public management will be required to complete the PDM courses before embarking on the requirements of the Masters Degree.

Content and Course Structure

For the PDM, you are required to complete the following compulsory courses structured around the three foundational knowledge areas relating to policy and governance, socio-economic development, and service delivery and operations. 

PADM 5243 Governance, Leadership & Public Value

This course deals with contemporary conceptions of state and society. It seeks to provide students with a thorough understanding of the government functioning and administration, government relations with the private sector and civil society, and government interaction within local, national and regional contexts. It examines the public sector and the complex challenges surrounding public administration, as well as the impact of different models of governance and leadership on the distribution of economic and other resources and creation of public value.

PADM  5247 Analytical Methods

The course covers the analysis and interpretation of secondary quantitative data on a variety of topics in the public sector. Students make decisions and communicate their strategies based on statistical methodology and appropriate graphics in MS Office and statistical software.

PADM 5248 Development

This course reviews different conceptions of and current debates about development, including the role of states and markets in development. It deals with the roles of local communities, global actors, and the private and NGO sectors, as well as the impacts of marketisation and economic deregulation. It also highlights challenges to managing development in emerging economies such as South Africa, including social and economic exclusion, inequality, and skewed gender relations.

PADM 5249 Economics for Public Managers

This course introduces students to basic economic concepts and improves their understanding of the functioning of modern economies. Aspects include macroeconomics, including economic growth, unemployment, and inflation; microeconomics, including costs, production and consumption, and supply and demand; fiscal and monetary policy; the role of the state in economic management; and economic policy in South Africa since 1994.

PADM 5245 Public Policy

This course interrogates conceptual and theoretical frameworks of public policy, examines models of public policy making; offers a framework of public policy analysis and explores policy contexts in  South Africa, Africa and globally.  The course provides students with an understanding of the special challenges facing policy development and implementation and how to overcome them. This includes technical and skills requirements for evaluating policy, managing vested interests, consultation and public relations, monitoring and evaluation, and the management of inter-departmental coordination and relations.

PADM 5244 Public Finance

This course introduces students to key concepts in public finance and public sector economics and then analyses public finance issues in the South African context. Key topics include the role of the state in the economy; public expenditure and its impact on economic growth; taxation; fiscal policy; key areas of social policy, including education, health, and social security; and intergovernmental fiscal relations.

PADM 5246 Strategic Public Management

This course deals with managerial systems, strategies and cultures; organisational management; human resources management; performance monitoring; and organisational development and change. It focuses on how bureaucracies should be managed to ensure effective policy implementation, and examines the research and analysis needed for making effective decisions in organisational settings. The course also covers the development and validation of operational plans for effective and efficient service delivery.

Security (PDM-S)

Wits School of Governance is committed to improving governance and development in Africa. To achieve this it offers two linked and progressive qualifications in the field of security: a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters degree.

The PDM-S is a one-year programme aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of current security sector administrators and practitioners from across the continent, enabling them to advance their careers and contribute to good governance and effective development in their organisations and communities. It provides them with an opportunity to explore new ideas, expand their analytical and managerial skills, interact with leading academics and practitioners, and reflect on their values, goals and careers.

It is also aimed at graduates with some work experience who wish to embark on a career in the security sector, equipping them with the skills they need to become effective public administrators and security sector practitioners. Lastly, it is aimed at providing students who wish to proceed to the Masters programme with a solid foundation.

Content and Course Structure

PADM 5243 Governance, Leadership & Public Value

This course deals with contemporary conceptions of state and society. It seeks to provide students with a thorough understanding of the government functioning and administration, government relations with the private sector and civil society, and government interaction within local, national and regional contexts. It examines the public sector and the complex challenges surrounding public administration, as well as the impact of different models of governance and leadership on the distribution of economic and other resources and creation of public value.

PADM  5247 Analytical Methods

The course covers the analysis and interpretation of secondary quantitative data on a variety of topics in the public sector. Students make decisions and communicate their strategies based on statistical methodology and appropriate graphics in MS Office and statistical software.

PADM 5249 Economics for Public Managers

This course introduces students to basic economic concepts and improves their understanding of the functioning of modern economies. Aspects include macroeconomics, including economic growth, unemployment, and inflation; microeconomics, including costs, production and consumption, and supply and demand; fiscal and monetary policy; the role of the state in economic management; and economic policy in South Africa since 1994.

PADM5254A Approaches to Security

This course introduces participants to key concepts in security and governance, such as human security and security sector approaches.  It introduces concepts and paradigms of security and human security, in international and African contexts. Concepts of international relations and politics, conflict prevention, management and resolution, issues in peace studies and concepts of security and the security sector are examined.  In addition, contemporary debates and development in the terrain of civil-military relations are explored, exposing participants to a range of perspectives on civil-military relations and the organisation of defence and civilian structures particularly in Africa.

PADM5255A International and Regional Security

This course explores the changing definition of security, and how security institutions respond to these changing understandings.  It examines the principal security features in the global, regional and sub-regional contexts and considers the institutional and policy capacity at those levels to respond to such features.

PADM5256A Public Security, Justice and Rule of Law

This course examines issues related to combating crime nationally and trans-nationally, oversight and reform of policing, transitional justice and reform of the justice system.  Problems of policing in Africa, political control, oversight and accountability of policing, are explored, as well as public safety, law and order.

PADM5257A Security Sector Governance

This course assists participants to contribute to enhancing democratic management of the security sector in South Africa and the continent through deepening understanding of the inter-relationships between the justice, public safety, intelligence and defence sectors.  It deals with concepts and principles of governance and their application to the security sector. The roles of the executive, the legislature, ministries and government departments in governance, oversight and management, security policy-making, implementation and monitoring and political transitions, peace building and reconstruction are examined.

PADM5245 Public Policy

This course will interrogate conceptual and theoretical frameworks of public policy, examine models of public policy making; offer a framework of public policy analysis and explore policy contexts in  South Africa, Africa and globally. The course provides candidates with an understanding of the special challenges facing policy development and implementation and how to overcome them. This will include technical and skills requirements for evaluating policy,  managing vested interests, consultation and public relations, monitoring and evaluation, and the management of inter-departmental coordination and relations.

Public and Development Sector Monitoring and Evaluation

This programme aims to strengthen capacity in management, monitoring and evaluation.

It is a response to government’s demand for personnel who can accurately measure outputs and outcomes of its interventions as a way of enhancing evidence-based decision-making. Scarcity of local personnel with these and other related skills translates into government sourcing these skills internationally, which is often expensive, untimely, and not customised.

Wits School of Governance has taken the initiative to build the capacity of local personnel in South Africa, and Africa at large, so that we can lead by example and create our own developmental solutions.

The programme aims to build qualitative and quantitative skills for, and capacity in formulating, managing, monitoring, and evaluating development interventions.

Content and Course Structure

PADM5243A Governance, Leadership and Public Value

This course deals with contemporary conceptions of state and society. It seeks to provide students with a thorough understanding of the government functioning and administration, government relations with the private sector and civil society, and government interaction within local, national and regional contexts. It examines the public sector and the complex challenges surrounding public administration, as well as the impact of different models of governance and leadership on the distribution of economic and other resources and creation of public value.

PADM5247A Analytical Methods

The course covers the analysis and interpretation of secondary quantitative data on a variety of topics in the public sector. Students make decisions and communicate their strategies based on statistical methodology and appropriate graphics in MS Office and statistical software.

PADM5248A Development

This course reviews different conceptions of and current debates about development, including the role of states and markets in development. It deals with the roles of local communities, global actors, and the private and NGO sectors, as well as the impacts of marketisation and economic deregulation. It also highlights challenges to managing development in emerging economies such as South Africa, including social and economic exclusion, inequality, and skewed gender relations.

PADM5250A Evaluation

This course introduces a variety of forms and approaches of evaluation that can be applied in a range of contexts. Emphasis is given on developing a logical view of evaluation informed by ideas around utilisation. Evaluation will be unpacked from both a commissioners and practitioners perspective. This course is targeted at programme and policy professionals who will be commissioning, managing, designing and implementing evaluations. 

PADM5251A Managing the Monitoring and Evaluation Practice

A candidate conducts a project to develop a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system that addresses a problem the candidate has identified. The project may or may not be on a topic in their place of work. In the course of doing the project, the candidate needs to work independently, and also with others. 

PADM5252A Monitoring Systems

This course introduces the concepts of routine data monitoring, data management particularly of data quality, and of data reporting.  Following this foundation, the course presents a range of monitoring systems that are used in different contexts particularly in the public and civil sectors. The course then teaches candidates how to design and implement a monitoring system. This course is targeted at programme and policy professionals who will be commissioning, managing, designing and implementing monitoring systems.

PADM5253A Public Finance and Performance Budgeting

This course introduces participants to key theoretical concepts in public finance and public sector economics broadly, as well as providing an opportunity to analyse applied public finance issues in the South African context. Key topics include:

The Public Sector and the Role of the State in the Economy
Public Expenditure and Growth
Performance Budgeting,
Performance information fundamentals,
Performance measures in the budget,
Evaluation and performance budgeting.

Moving beyond the PDM 

Once you have equipped yourself with the foundation provided by the PDM courses, and provided that you have managed to achieve an average mark of 65% or above, you may apply for acceptance to the Master of Management.  On the Masters programme you will complete three courses focused on developing your applied research capacity, and a Directed reading seminar which will provide you with a strong theoretical and conceptual base for your research report.

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