Programme Demands

Modules are divided into 12, 10 and 8 units. An average of 15 hours per week is required for each unit, making 180, 150 and 120 credit hours per module, respectively. The academic year is divided into four terms. This approach is different from the traditional school timetable that adopts three sessions.

To accommodate all learner types, we have adopted a two-track approach. Learners can follow either one of the tracks. Switching between tracks is only allowed before the beginning of a term, where a two-week advance notice must be given to student support requesting such switches. Duration of completion depends on the learner’s pace and ability to provide time to study.

This track is where students take on 1 of the eight (8) core modules per term. Learners on this track would require eight terms (2 years) to finish their studies. Before beginning a term, you may decide to change to a different track by engaging in more than one module in that term and or subsequent terms, shortening the number of terms (or years) required to complete the programme.

This track is where learners take on two (2)modules per term. Learners on this track would therefore require four (4) terms (1 year ) to finish their studies. Before beginning a term, you may decide to change track by engaging in an extra module (track 3) or disengaging one module (track 1). This option will increase or decrease the number of terms required to complete the programme.

This is the fastest track and is only available to students who have completed the first three (3) models and demonstrated exceptional abilities. Learners on this track would therefore require three less time to finish their studies. They may decide before beginning a term to change track by disengaging in one module, reverting to tract two (2) or two modules returning to track 1. This choice will increase the number of terms a student would have required to complete the programme. Track 3 is intensive.

Only if you are embarking on this programme as a full-time student should you opt for track 3. It is very intensive. People with work and family commitments are advised to opt for track 1. People with work or family commitments are advised to opt for track two (2) or seriously consider track one (1).

The first week of every term is for introductions and familiarising students with each other, course rules, and online learning.

4 Oct 2021 – (11 weeks) – 20 Dec 2021 first term.

21 Dec 2021 – (2 weeks) – 3 Jan 2022 first term break.

4 Jan 2022 – (9 weeks) – 4 Mar 2022 Second term.

4 Mar 2022 – (2 weeks) – 19 Mar 2022 second term break

21 Mar 2022 – (11 weeks) – 3 Jun 2022 third term

4 Jun 2022 – (4 weeks) –  3 July 2022 third term break

4 Jul 2022 – (12 weeks) – 23 Sep 2022 fourth term.

24 Sep 2022 – (1 week) – 2 Oct 2022 Recreational Week.

3 Oct 2022 (12 weeks) – 22 Dec 2022 first term

A compulsory Community Practice Exercise (CPE) takes place throughout the programme where students are required to engage with selected structural institutions described as your Community-Based settings (CBS) below. You will be taught how to use Mintzberg’s 5Ps to engage and Wilson’s 5Ws+H to journalize your findings for the LGYIC and LLP journaling.

An insightful practitioner approach to recording your journal will exhibit your collaborations, experience, integration, theorizations, recommendations and be part of the feedback loop for the PS2 Quarterly Journal (PS2QJ). The CPE weighs in at 20% of the course grading and is assessed as a pass or fail.

There are ten (10) Community-Based Settings (CBS) of which you are required to select any two (2) of your choice. You must perform your CPE within the local government area (LGA) you designated yourself in your application.  Continue reading

Under the CPE, active public servants may be allowed one exemption from the CBS list (i) – (x). The exemption must relate to an area the candidate is familiar with due to their current (not previous) occupation. Such exemptions must be authorized from the admissions office before starting the course and verifiable evidence of their occupation tendered.

We are unable to allow exemptions from any other part of the curriculum. The curriculum is intertwined with the CPE such that any exemptions would interfere with a student’s capacity to complete the CPE task. For instance, a candidate who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science or other disciplines may query the need to do similar topics under the curriculum. First, our curriculum design works in hand with the CPE and other practical issues directly related to today’s society that may not have been covered or have been the case when the candidate concluded their previous studies. We cannot accommodate such exemptions. Continue reading

Students must be prepared to work a good deal of the time independently and need considerable personal motivation. Students admitted to this programme conduct their learning under the guidance of a tutor, who will advise on all aspects of academic progress, development and training, development.
This course design is for students who can endure or have successfully endured the rigour of a bachelors-degree. We have adopted an easy-to-understand approach that allows for independent thinking and metacognitive comprehension. Continue reading

There are various methods by which we will assess your performance in each module for this course.

(1). Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
At the end of each unit is a set of multiple-choice questions. You must score a minimum of 75% to proceed to the next unit. MCQ carries 20% of the total programme score.

(2). Assignment
In week 4, a 500-word essay, and in week 9, a 1500-word essay must be submitted as part of your assignment. Assignments are not graded but are marked as either pass or fail. Late assignments will result in 10% deductions for the first week, 20% in the second week, and 40% in the third week. These deductions would weigh heavily on whether you pass or fail the essay assignment.

The maximum period an assignment can be outstanding is three (3) weeks, after which it will be marked as failed. You must request an extension by first informing your course tutor and student support.

Student support will decide based on the assessment extension report made by your tutor and other factors you would need to establish before an extension is granted. Only medical and certain unforeseen events would be considered eligible for such extensions. The essay assignment carries 60% of the total programme score.

(3). Examinations
There is a final examination is for students who intend to contest for elections in the democratic process. It is more critical you complete every module and understand them thoroughly, rather than rush through it and end up with scanty skills. You can enter for the examinations up to one month after the course ends. If you don’t reach the 75% cut-off mark, you can try again after seven days.

(4). Examination Malpractices

Our systems are designed to prevent the rampant examination malpractices experienced in other realms. You electronically submit your assignments online. They are electronically scanned for plagiarism, electronically assessed before the human moderator allocates a score. Our examination is computer-based and monitored by several CCTV cameras highlighting irregular patterns and zooms in the examination hall. The rules are made clear that such irregularities could amount to a percentage loss in marks or cancellation of your examination. There is a human presence and invigilators like me sporadically visiting. Our marking systems are such that you cannot cheat. The multiple-choice section can mark and score on the spot, while text-based answers are received instantly without the possibility of tampering. The exam questions are computer-generated in real-time, randomly and vary per student. Except you know, the answers to thousands of questions (which we would like) say you hacked into our database. It will be impossible to transform that information into written knowledge in an examination setting. To avoid any confusion, we disclose an excellent percentage of the question we may ask as practice.

Updating your e-portfolio learning journal following the guidelines given is part of your assessment all through the programme. Your tutor will guide how to update your portfolio as you gain experience through the units. Your tutor will also guide you on journaling your CPE reports which carry 20% of the total programme.

In this programme, we emphasize that students learn how to collaborate through the

⦁ discussion forums,
⦁ debates from positions given rather than from personal belief,
⦁ social and sporting events,
⦁ volunteering activities, and
⦁ networking.

These are aimed at deepening integration and cooperation between students and their community and are an essential part of the programme. Engaging in all these activities is part of your continuous professional development and will determine how well you perform long after the programme concludes.

Upon completing the programme, students may choose to pool their resources together to form their LGYIC with other students from their local government.

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