NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA

PLOT 91, CADASTRAL ZONE, NNAMDI AZIKIWE EXPRESSWAY, JABI, ABUJA

 

FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

 

DETAILED PROGRAMME PROPOSAL/OUTLINE PROGRAMME PROPOSAL (DPP/OPP)

For

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD) DEGREE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

 

 2021

 

1. NAME OF THE PROGRAMME: DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD) DEGREE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION   

 PROGRAMME CODE:  4412                  

 900 LEVEL

2. JUSTIFICATION OF PROGRAMME

There is an increasing demand for candidates with Doctorate Degree in Public Administration to meet the need for qualified academic staff in Public Administration department of both Public and Private Universities and other tertiary institutions in Nigeria. This programme will bridge this gap as it prepares willing candidates to qualify for a PhD Degree in Public Administration. The programme is therefore being proposed to provide opportunity for those who want to pursue an academic career in Public Administration. The programme will expose students to the theory, practice and research in Public Administration and equip such students for advanced research in the field of Public Administration. Through this programme, NOUN will be fulfilling its mandate of higher manpower development particularly in the field of Public Administration.

PHILOSOPHY, AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

4.1 Philosophy

The philosophy of the PhD programme is to develop and deepen the spirit of enquiry and responsibility in the learners to enhance the capacity in research, training and administrative responsibilities in the public and private sectors of the Nation in particular and the world at large.

4.2 Aim

The programme is designed to strengthen the academic and research competencies as well as sharpen the mind of the learners to think strategically and analytically for making right Management decisions.

 4.3 Objectives

On completion of the programme, students will be able to:

-demonstrate critical thinking analysis and logical reasoning to improve their capacity in undertaking rigorous research at the organizational and national levels; and

-demonstrate the fundamental knowledge, skills and other competencies in the field of Public Administration.

Programme Code
8303
Programme Title
Ph.D Public Administration
Host Faculty
Management Sciences
Degree Type
PhD
Active
Yes
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Admission Requirements

ENTRY/ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree PhD in Public Administration is open to anyone who is desirous of acquiring the highest degree in Public Administration. Applicants for this programme will be required to satisfy NOUN matriculation requirements and have M.Sc in Public Administration, Political Science, Local Government Studies, International Relations and Diplomacy, Industrial Relations and allied disciplines with at least an average of B grade (60%) which includes coursework and research thesis from NOUN or any recognized University by the Senate of NOUN.

Graduation Requirements

DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

The minimum period for the completion of the programme is 3 years (6 semesters) and a maximum of 5 years (10 semesters).

Please note: for any extension beyond specified maximum period, a special permission from the Postgraduate Board will be required.

 

6.0 DEGREE RULES AND PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

6.1 Degree Rules

To be awarded PhD in Public Administration Degree, the student must earn a minimum of 36 credit units made up of 20 credit units from compulsory courses, 4 credit units from elective courses and 12 credit units from thesis. The 36 credit units are distributed as follows:

  1. Core courses (7 with 3 credit units each)                                     -   21 credit units
  2. Elective courses(2 with 2 credit units each)                                -     4 credit units
  3. Thesis                                                                                           -   12 credit units

   Total                                                                                                       -   37 Credit units

6.2 Programme Structure;

The programme consists of course work, seminars and Thesis. The PhD programme is structured for the first two semesters of course work and third semester of commencement of thesis. However, students may start their thesis as may be determined by their Supervisors.

Course Registeration Guide

OUTLINE COURSE STRUCTURE

 900 Level

GST and Others

Compulsory Courses

Elective Courses

Total

 

No of Courses

No of Credit Units

No of Courses

No of Credit Units

No of Courses

No of Credit Units

No of Courses

No of

 Credit

 Units

1st Semester

 

 

4

12

1

2

5

14

2nd Semester

-

-

3

9

1

2

4

11

3rd -6TH Semesters

-

-

1

12

-

-

1

12

Total

-

-

8

33

2

4

10

37

 

OUTLINE PROGRAMME PROPOSAL (OPP)

1st Semester

S/N

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

1.

PUB 913

Advanced Development Administration Theory

3

C

2.

PUB 915

PhD Seminar in Selected National Policies

3

C

3.

PUB 917

Intergovernmental Relations (IGR)

3

C

4.

PUB 919

Electronic Governance and Administration

3

C

5.

PUB 921

Advanced Administrative Law

2

E

6.

PUB 925

Advanced Local Government Administration

2

E

 

 

Total Credit Units(Compulsory)

12

 

 

 

Total Credit Units(Elective)

2

 

 

 

Total Credit Units

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Students are to select 1 out of the two elective courses

 

2nd Semester

S/N

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

1.

FMS 902

Advanced Research Methodology

3

C

2.

PUB 916

Urban Administration

3

C

3.

PUB 932

Strategic Planning and Management

3

C

4.

BFN 910

Seminar in Public Financial Management

2

E

5.

PUB 922

Seminar in Public Personnel Administration

2

E

 

 

Total Credit Units(compulsory)

9

 

 

 

Total Credit Units (Electives)

2

 

 

 

Total Credit Units

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Students are to select 1 out of the two elective courses

Third   Semester

S/N

Course Code

Course Title

Status

Credit Units

1

PUB 990

Thesis

C

12

 

 

 

 

Course Summary

Semester

Compulsory courses

Elective Courses

Total compulsory credits

Total Electives credits

Total Credit

1st semester

4

1

12

2

14

2nd semester

3

1

9

2

11

3rd Semester

1

-

12

-

12

 

 

Grand total

8

2

33

4

37

 

      1.  
      2. DETAILED PROGRAMME PROPOSAL

 

FIRST SEMESTER

PUB 913:      Advanced Development Administration Theory                3 Units           

This course will look at the meaning and theories of development: economic growth, basic need model, redistribution with growth, the Marxist model of development, the World Bank and development, alternative approaches to development, theory and practice of decentralization. It also examines participatory development theory and practice.

PUB    915:          PhD Seminar in Selected National Policies               3 Units                                   

This seminar introduces learners to the most recent research in the area of management and organizational analysis, examining current issues and trends. Learners have an opportunity to present and discuss their own research and actively engage in the analysis and discussion of the work of others. Each learner is expected to make at least one presentation during the course, focusing on the formulation, design, execution and result of his or her research.

 

PUB   917:          Inter-Governmental Relations      (IGR)               3 Units       

A study of inter- governmental relations as a growing sub-theme of Public Administration, Federalism and inter-governmental relations. Issues in the management of inter-governmental relation: constitutional, legal, political, economic, and financial and personnel. Institutional mechanism for managing intergovernmental relations in a comparative perspective with special reference to the experience of countries such as the USA, India, Brazil and Canada

PUB 919: Electronic Governance and Administration         3 Units    

This course is designed to familiarize students with the approaches to e-governance: five stages of e-governance in the application of internet facilities in the planning, implementation and evaluation of service delivery. It examines the threefold classification of e-governance; e-governance as government to government, government to business and government to citizens. Online service delivery, in health care, education, agriculture, judicial administration, business, arts, culture, rural and urban development, and local authority, state and federal administration, and information communication management. It further examines obstacles to e-governance and strategies for overcoming the barriers.

PUB      921:           Advanced Administrative Law                        2 Units                

The course examines the growth and characteristics of administration law, legal safeguard over administration, and the problems of executive power, problem of bureaucracy, judicial review of administration action, administrative adjudication and individual liberty. The distinction between public and private action, personal liability of officers and scope and limit of administrative power:

PUB    925:       Advanced Local Government Administration      2 Units    

The course will examine the philosophy, nature, scope, significance and development, evolution of local governments at other levels will also be examined as well as the issues of grassroots mobilization and participation.

 

SECOND SEMESTER

 

FMS 902:   Advanced Research Methodology                                   3 Units                    

Detailed discussion of method and tools of social research and investigations: Application of these in the different dimensions of public administration. Discussion of various stages of research and thesis writing, scientific inquiring and alternative modes of social investigation, strategy of investigation, research designs, models of data analysis, presentation and reports organization.

 

PUB   916:             Urban Administration                                    3   Units         

An analysis of the variety of political and administrative format and forces operating in an urban area: Issues to be discussed include urban population problems, policy formulation and implementation process: environmental control, social facilities such as housing, education, health care, safe water supply and welfare: policy performance and accountability and relationship between urban and other units of government.

 

PUB   932:        Strategic Planning and Management                          3  Units      

This course embraces critical analysis of the concept, models, types and theories of planning: the politics of planning programme planning, data for planning, plan formulation and implementation.

BFN 910:   Seminar in Public Financial Management                        2 Units                 

This course treats the distinctive characteristic of government and institutional accounting, federal, state and local organization of financial management. It presents the special methods of accounting and auditing in public agencies and government. The course considers macro/micro allocation of resources, type of budgeting instrumentalism, programme budgeting, zero base budgeting, MBO, Bulk budgeting and reaction to stress (cash unit envelope budgeting, structure budget margin, inter-governmental budget control coordination of taxation and expenditure and off budget operations.

PUB   922: Seminar in Public Personnel Management                     2  Units             

This study will attempt to look at the function within organizations with particular reference to recruitment, selection and promotion, discipline. Illustration will be drawn from both the public personnel management techniques and skills such as personnel grading, auditing, manpower, planning, job analysis. It will also focus on issues in development training programme and analyze personnel policies in comparative.

PUB 990:       Thesis                                                                 12 Units      

This is a programme of individual research bearing on a major area of concern to Public Administration and with new insight and addition to existing body of knowledge.

7. COURSE MATERIAL

As is the case with other programmes, there are no developed/written course materials for the PhD Public Administration programme. However, there are course outlines as specified by the NUC Benchmark. There will also be suggested books and e-links for further readings on topical issues as the department/facilitators of the courses deem appropriate.

8.  LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

The language of instruction is English language.

9. INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS

Online facilitation would be the instructional method for this programme.

10.  QUALITY ASSURANCE

To maintain a high quality programme, the course content is in line with the NUC Benchmark and facilitated by in-house academic staff of Professorial cadre and senior lecturers with good teaching and research experiences and with sound academic background.

11.0     EVALUATION

The evaluation process will take the form of two seminars (one seminar each semester) on selected topics will be written, presented and scored by a 3-man team for a 3 unit course. Total score for this component of the evaluation process is 30% while the end of course examination component for each semester will be evaluated over 70%.

11.1     Grading system

Percentage Range

Description

Letter Grade

Point Grade

70.0% and above

Excellent

A

5

60.0%  -  69.9%

Very good

B

4

50.0% - 59.9%

Good

C

3

49.0% - 0.0%

fail

E

1

 

12.0 Academic Staff for the programme

The following academic staff are on ground for the M.Phil programme in Public Administration.

S/N

Names

Qualifications

Rank

1.

Dr. (Mrs) Nwamaka Patricia Ibeme

PhD Public Administration

Associate Professor/HOD

2.

Dr. (Mrs.) Y. I. Ogunlela

PhD Public Administration

Associate Professor

3.

Dr. David Nwogbo

PhD Public Administration

Senior Lecturer

4.

Dr.  Aminu Umar

PhD Political Science

Senior Lecturer

5.

Prof. Ugwuanyi Wilfred N.J.

PhD Financial Management

Professor

6.

Professor Samson Osoba

PhD Management/Transport

Professor

7.

Professor Justus Sokefun

PhD Law

Professor

13. LEARNERS’ SUPPORT

There is a Directorate of Learners Support established by the University to take care of students’ academic and administrative needs. They work hand in hand with the Department/faculty and the study centres.

14. TARGET GROUP

The PhD in Public Administration programme is targeted mainly towards students with M.Sc in Public Administration, Political Science, Local Government Studies, International Relations/Diplomacy, Industrial Relations and allied disciplines.

15. CONCLUSION

PhD in Public Administration is designed to develop and deepen the spirit of enquiry and responsibility in the learners to enhance the capacity in research, training and administrative responsibilities in the public and private sectors. We strongly believe that this programme will meet these needs.

 

 

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Dr. (Mrs.) Nwamaka P. Ibeme                                                       

Head, Public Administration Deptartment

 

 

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