Mulungushi University
Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute

Programme Accreditation No.HEA-MU/LP/7/15
Name of Learning ProgrammeBachelor of Arts in Public Administration
ZQF Level7

1.0 Introduction

The Bachelor of Public Administration explores concepts, principles, theories, and techniques in public administration, focusing on factors influencing policy formulation and strategic change.

2.0 Rationale

Designed for pre-service and mid-career students, this program equips learners with knowledge and competencies to manage government departments, line ministries, councils, public agencies, and non-profit organizations to address performance gaps associated with the public sector and other organizational settings.

3.0 Aims of the Programme

The aim is to produce graduates equipped with knowledge, competencies, analytical, and research skills to respond to the rapidly changing environment of public administration.

4.0 Objectives of the Programme

  • Analyze and apply concepts, theories, techniques, and procedures in the administration and management of councils, public agencies, and non-profit organizations.
  • Develop skills and attitudes to use or generate relevant knowledge in public administration.
  • Integrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve functional competencies for responding to the complexity of public administration in a development context.

5.0 Entry Requirements

Prospective students must meet the following requirements:

  • Pass Grade 12 or Form V with a minimum credit in at least five subjects including English Language; OR
  • ‘O’ Level certificate with a minimum grade C in at least five subjects including English Language; OR
  • ‘A’ Level certificate with passes in English Language and any other recognized equivalent subjects.
  • Students possessing a diploma from a recognized College (recognized by Mulungushi University) enter the program at Year 2.

6.0 Course Structure

Year 1 – Semester 1

Course codeCourse Name
PYI 111Introduction to Philosophy
SSE 111Introduction to Microeconomics
SIR 112Introduction to Political Science
BMG 101Ethics & Sustainable Society
SSS 121Research & Academic Writing Skills

Year 1 – Semester 2

Course codeCourse Name
PHI 112Critical Thinking
SSE 122Introduction to Macroeconomics
SPA 112Introduction to Public Administration
ICT 132Introduction to Computer Software
BEN 142Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

Year 2 – Semester 1

Course codeCourse Name
BHR 211Human Resource Management I
BLL 241Constitutional Law I
SLG 211Local Government Administration
SPA 221Organizational Theory
SSS 261Introduction to Research

Year 2 – Semester 2

Course codeCourse Name
SPA 212National Government and Administration
BLL 242Constitutional Law II
BHR 212Human Resource Management II
SSS 262Data Analysis & Software Application
SIR 282African Political Thought

Year 3 – Semester 1

Course codeCourse Name
SPA 311Development Administration
SPA 321Public Policy Analysis
SIR 381Project Planning and Management
LIR 331Industrial Relations I
BHR 331Organization Development I

Year 3 – Semester 2

Course codeCourse Name
BHR 332Organization Development II
LIR 332Industrial Relations II
LIR 352Administrative Law
SEC 332Public Finance
SPA 312Comparative Public Administration

Year 4 – Semester 1

Course codeCourse Name
LIR 431Employment and Labour Law
SPA 411Public Management
SPA 421Public Enterprise Management
SPA 431Programme Evaluation
SSS 471Human Development

Year 4 – Semester 2

Course codeCourse Name
DES 432Environmental Planning and Management
LIR 432Employment and Labour Law II
SPA 412Strategic Management
SPA 422Ethics in Public Sector Management
SSS 442Research Project