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Policy Development and Management for Public Sector
In any modern democratic state, there is a policy framework that spells out the broad principles or values that will enable policymakers to set up guidelines and procedures for management of public affairs. Different approaches, models, mechanisms, and instruments are developed for political, social and cultural technological context.

Purpose of the course:

• After completion of the programme, participants will be able to understand relevant legislation and processes to follow to develop public sector policies. • The purpose of this course on policy development and management for Public Sector is essentially to orientate participants and scholars who wish to enter the arena of public affairs or public sector or those who desire to enhance their careers. • This course deals primarily with the nature and intricacies of public policy. More specifically, its aim is to give learners a broad overview of the dynamics of public policy in the public sector. It is therefore necessary to study public policy because public functionaries need to improve the processes which will improve public delivery requirements and understand political and the administrative dynamics of policy.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
N/A
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Knowledge in public administration and management in the public sector.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:

MODULE  1  (120301):

FORMULATE AND EVALUATE PUBLIC SECTOR POLICIES AND REGULATIONS 

At the end of the learning cycle, the learners will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • National, provincial and local government processes and structure
  • The process of promulgating an act The public sector manager's role in act formulation
  • Generic public policy instruments
  • Relevant legislation
  • Policy determination Operational policy implementation
  • Techniques of financial analysis and decision-making
  • Basic environmental scanning techniques
  • Methods for communicating research findings
  • Situational and stakeholder identification
1.  Identify and explain the role of government frameworks and institutions in formulating regulations and policies.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1

Explain the role of parliament in relation to formulating public sector acts and policies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Clarify the role of the executive outlying the specific responsibilities. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Support the functioning of government is with examples. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Identify the different spheres of government and their levels of interaction and cooperation for service delivery are described with examples. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 

Classify and describe with examples the tools and processes that government use to design and implement acts and policies.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 

Clarify the process for formulating, submitting, promulgating and implementing acts within the public sector in relation to the public sector manager's role. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 

Describe the process for designing and implementing public sector policies is as it relates to the various acts that are promulgated. 

2.  Identify and interpret public policy issues and problems and relate them to policy imperatives of the country.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Identify and explain the steps used to make public policy with respect to public policy formulation in South Africa. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Utilise different communication strategies for communicating results of a policy analysis process to show the link between public policy and economic policy dichotomy. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Identify and review selected policy issues to indicate their origin and resource requirements for their implementation. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Apply the concept of economic efficiency to verify, define and detail policy problems.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 

Discuss policy problems and ways to achieve desirable outcomes.

3.  Conduct policy design through evaluation of different policy alternatives.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Select and use a different criterion to evaluate policy alternatives. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Define and use criteria to evaluate generic policy instruments in South Africa. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Evaluate policy alternatives with reference to specific policy problems and results presented. 

4.  Apply basic cost-benefit analysis techniques to evaluate different policy alternatives.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Identify and consider different categories of costs and benefits in an evaluation of specific policy options. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Utilise qualitative variables in conjunction with costs to make policy recommendations. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Select and use techniques for financial decision-making to evaluate different policy alternatives. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Identify with examples individuals, organisations, and other factors that act to impede effective implementation of selected policy options. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 

Identify and describe steps required to increase the possibility of effective implementation of selected policy options in reports prepared to guide management.

5.  Apply ethical principles to policy design and analysis.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Apply different ethical principles and concepts in the design and analysis of public policy instruments. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Utilise tensions between positive and normative analysis to understand policy implementation issues. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Appreciate and consider The difficulties of quantifying preferences and values in policy choices in evaluating policy alternatives. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Explain tension between individual and collective choices with reference to alternative approaches to policy analysis and design

MODULE  2  (230448):

CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS ORGANISATION POLICY DEVELOPMENT 

At the end of the learning cycle, the learners will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Relevant legislation and policies and sources.
  • The impact of historical, social, political and economic developments on policy formulation.
  • The relationships between legislation, policies, and allocation of resources.
  • The nature and purpose of policies.
  • Models of policy.
  • The articulation and role of policies.
  • Processes of policy formulation and quality criteria for policy.
  • Steps in policy development and principles of policy design.
  • Sectors or groups whose interests are most served and sectors or groups that are ignored or marginalised.
  • Policy evaluation perspectives.
  • Feasibility of policies. 
  • Policy biases.
  • Techniques that contribute to policy development.
1.  Explain current legislation and policies applicable to organisations.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Identify all relevant sources of legislation and policies for specific contexts. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Classify Components/elements of legislation and policies accurately. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Describe relevant legislation and policies in terms of the impact of historical, social, political and economic developments on their formulation. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Pinpoint accurately Elements of legislation and policies that impact on specific contexts and the impact is described in terms of specific examples from such contexts. 

2.  Describe the processes that contribute to the development of policies.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Define the relationships between legislation, policies, and allocation of resources based on specific policy development concepts. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Define the nature and purpose of policies for specific organisation contexts. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Identify accurately and explain with examples models of policy from specific contexts. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Explain with examples The articulation and role of policies from specific contexts. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 

Describe the identified processes in terms of quality criteria for policy. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 

Distinguish accurately the steps in policy development and principles of policy design. 

3.  Identify gaps in policies that impact in specific contexts.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Portray accurately the purpose of relevant policies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Distinguish accurately sectors or groups whose interests are most served and sectors or groups that are ignored or marginalised by specific policies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Evaluate policies against context requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Determine the feasibility of policies in terms of logistics, resources, attitudinal barriers and characteristics of the target group/s. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 

Describe identified policy biases based on verifiable evidence. 

4.  Prepare and use techniques that contribute to policy development in organisations.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Distinguish techniques accurately. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Confirm that selected techniques are appropriate for specific contexts and meet available resource requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Consult all relevant stakeholders and their representatives according to agreed procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Check that consultation and meetings meet stakeholder requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 

Record and disseminate information generated in an accessible format and according to agreed procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 

Present Contributions to all relevant stakeholders, and integrate feedback as agreed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 

Make contributions within specific areas of authority to specified persons/organisations according to agreed procedures. 

 

Assessment: 
Formative and Summative.
Method of assessment: 
Summative: Examination/Case studies/ Group projects Formative: Class tests/ /Assignments

Additional information

L50 100 1
Mode of delivery: 
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Target group: 
Policy makers in the public sector as well as those participants who wish to enter the arena of public affairs.
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Telephone number: 
018 285 2821