The Graduate Diploma in Public Administration is a 36-unit program which is part of the Graduate Program in Public Administration offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences on a fee-paying basis.
It is available on campus, by flexible delivery or in mixed mode, on campus/flexible delivery mode. The graduate diploma requires one year of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).
It articulates with:
* Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
* Master of Public Administration
* Master of Public Administration (Management)
* Master of Public Administration (Policy).
Sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three levels.
Students who have completed the graduate certificate or an approved equivalent normally receive credit for 18 units of topics towards the graduate diploma. In turn, those who complete the graduate diploma normally receive 36 units of credit should they wish to proceed with a masters degree.
Alternatively, students who enrol directly in the graduate diploma may choose to complete only the requirements for the graduate certificate and exit with that award.
PROGRAM OF STUDY [November, 2008]
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, students must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Except with permission of the Faculty Board:
* no topic may be attempted more than twice;
* the program must be completed within six consecutive semesters or, where credit has been granted for previous work, a period determined by the Board.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in 12 or more units may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Students must complete the following topics:
Contemporary Issues in Public Policy, or
Governance and Public Policy
Toolkit for Public Management, or
Ethics in Public Administration
Plus 12 units selected from the following:
Strategic Planning and Management
Knowledge Management for Organisational Learning
Applied Issues in Housing Management
Management in Non-Government Organisations
Risk Management Principles and Practice
Economics and Public Policy
Urban Policy and Governance
Financial and Resource Management
Action Learning Project (Policy)
Managing Human Resources in the Public Sector
Critical Systems Thinking and Practice
Regionalism, Decentralisation and Governance
Action Learning Project (Management)
Culture and Public Policy
Organisational Politics, Culture and Management
Social Policy M
Selected topics from other graduate programs including International Development, International Relations, International Business Administration, Environmental Management, Social Administration and Social Work, Asian Governance, Population Studies and Public Health may be approved by the Director of Studies.