Public Administration

GENERAL STUDIES

In line with the NUC guidelines, Veritas University provides courses which are designed as General studies courses. They are Compulsory courses. These courses are:
COURSE        COURSE TITLE                                           CREDIT UNITS
CODE
GES 1011        Communication in English I                          2
GES 1031        Nigerian People and Culture                          2
GES 1041        Use of Library, Study Skills and ICT             2
GES 1012        Communication in English II                                     2
GES 1022        Logic and Philosophy of Human Existence   2
GES 1021        History and Philosophy of Science                2
GES 2021        Entrepreneurship and Innovation                   2
GES 1032        Communication in French                              2
GES 2012        Business Creation and Growth                       2
GES 1042        Community Service                                        2

  • COURSE STRUCTURES

100 Level                                     First Semester


Course Code

Course title

Credit unit

PAD 101

Introduction to Public Administration

3

    SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology

3

GES 115

History and philosophy of science

2

GES 113

Nigerian people and culture

2

GES 111

Communication in English Skills I

2

LAW 101

Nigerian Legal System

2

ECO 101

Principles Of Economics1

2

PSD 101

Introduction to Political Science

3

ACC 101

Introduction to Accounting

2

PAD 121

Introduction to Computer

2

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

23

 

100 Level Second Semester


Course Code

Course title

Credit unit

GES 122

Communication in English II

2

GES 112

Logic, Philosophy and human existence

2

GES 124

Communication in French

2

GES 142

Community Service

1

THG 172

Introduction to Church History

2

LAW 102

Nigerian Legal system II

2

PAD 102

Individuals, groups and Society

3

PAD 112

Elements of Government

2

ECO 102

Principles of Economics II

2

ACC 102

Introduction to Accounting II

3

PAD 122

 Mathematics for Public Administration

2

 

TOTAL    CREDIT UNIT

23

200 LEVEL                        First Semester


Course Code

Course title

Credit unit

GES 221

Peace and Conflict Resolution

2

GES 223

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

2

THG 211

Spiritual Theology and Catechesis

2

PAD 201

Descriptive Statistics for Public Administration

2

PAD 211

Nigerian Government and Administration I

2

ECO201

Intro to Micro Economics

2

PAD 221

Element of public administration

3

PAD 231

Introduction to Local Government

2

BUS 241

Elements of Business Administration

2

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

19

200 level Second Semester


Course Code

Course title

Credit unit

GES 312

Business creation and growth

2

THG 272

Social teachings of the church

2

PAD 202

Inferential Statistics for Public Admin

3

ECO 212

Introduction to Macro Economics

2

PAD 212

Social Psychology

3

PAD 222

Economic and Social Development

3

PAD 232

Financial Accounting

3

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNIT

18

 

 

300 LevelFirst Semester


Course Code

Course title

Credit unit

PAD 301

Administrative Theory

3

PAD 311

Administrative Law

3

PAD 321

Public Personnel Administration

3

PAD 331

Comparative Public Administration

3

PAD 341

E- Governance

3

PAD 351

International relation

3

 

ELECTIVES (ANY 1)

 

PAD 361

Nigerian Economy I

2

PAD 371

Social and Welfare policy in Nigeria

2

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNIT

20

300 Level                                                       Second Semester


Course Code

Course title

Credit unit

PAD 302

Administrative Behavior

3

PAD 312

Development administration

3

PAD 322

Comparative Local Government

3

PAD 332

Research methods in Public Administration

3

PAD 342

 Traditional Administrative System in Nigeria

3

 

ELECTIVES (ANY 1)

 

PAD 352

Nigerian Economy II

2

PAD 362

Rural and Community Development

2

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNIT

18

 

 

400 LevelFirst Semester


Course Code

Course title

Credit unit

PAD 401

Public Enterprises Management

3

PAD 411

Public Policy Making and Analysis

3

PAD 421

Public Financial Administration

3

PAD 431

Theory and Practice of Planning

3

PAD 441

Project Analysis and Management

3

 

ELECTIVES (ANY 1)

 

PAD 451

Civil Society Organization

2

PAD 461

Conflict Management

2

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

17

400 Level                      Second Semester


Course Code

Course title

Credit unit

PAD 402

Research Project

6

PAD 412

Inter-Governmental Relations

3

PAD 422

Workshop in Public Administration

3

PAD 432

Democratic studies

3

 

ELECTIVES (ANY 1)

 

PAD 442

Government and Administration of Urban System

2

PAD 452

Gender Studies

2

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNIT

17

Summary of Total Credit Unit Requirement

LEVELS                         CREDIT UNITS
100 Level                                    46
200 Level                                   37
300 Level                                   38
400 Level                                   34
Total Credit Units           155
Required minimum credit units for graduating UTME Students = 120
Required minimum credit units for graduating Direct Entry Students = 90

 

  • COURSES DESCRIPTION

100 LEVEL
PAD 101: Introduction to Public Administration
Constitutional Background to Public Administration; Nature of Public Administration; Similarities and Differences between Public and Private Administration, Functions of Public Administration, Schools or Conceptual Approaches to the study of Public Administration; the Goal Model, System Model, Decision-Making Model, the Classical Model, Human Relations Model, Sociological Model, Classifications or Typologies of Organisations. Bureaucracy – Nature, Strengths and Weaknesses, Features of Ideal type Bureaucracy, Functions, and Public Administration in National Development – Growth and Development, Reforms of the Civil Service, Changing Role of Socio-Economic and Political Transformation.International Public Administration and its Relationship with Domestic Public Administration.

PAD 102: Individuals, groups and Societies
Study of Nigerian history, culture and arts in pre-colonial times, Nigerian’s perception of his world, Culture areas of Nigeria and their characteristics, Evolution of Nigeria as a political unit, Indigene/settler phenomenon, Concepts of trade, Economic self-reliance, Social justice, Individual and national development, Norms and values, Negative attitudes and conducts (cultism and related vices), Re-orientation of moral Environmental problems
PAD 112: Elements of Government
The course explores the concept of politics, what is politics, is there a science of politics? What is government and scope of government? The course also discusses the subject matter of politics, concept of state, sources of conflict and Conflict resolution in politics. Similarly the course structure examines forms of government, sovereignty and its implication, rule of law, citizenship, separation of powers, supremacy of parliament: it principles and limitations, delegated legislation and finally Nigerian independence and its character, as well as the independence constitution of 1960 and subsequent constitutions.

PAD 111:  Mathematics for Public Administration
The course is designed to teach students the application of mathematics to public administration. Topics include: numbers; concepts of set theory; simple and compound interest; annuity, present values and sinking fund; arithmetic and geometric progression.          

 

200LEVEL
PAD 201: Descriptive Statistics for Public Administration
This explores methods of collecting, presenting and analyzing data. Topics to be treated include measures of central tendencies, dispersion, skewness, expectations and decisions. Elementary probability theory, probability distributions, sampling and sampling distributions.

PAD 211: Nigerian Government and Administration I
The objective of the course is to acquaint students with the major colonial and post-colonial political, constitutional and administrative development in Nigeria. At the end of the study, the students would have been better informed of the reasons for and impact of colonialism on the political and administrative development in Nigeria. The students are also expected to have been more enlightened on the pattern of organization of governmental institutions in terms of composition, structure, functions and the relationships between and within them. This is expected to lead the students to the identification of the different systems of government as well as a better understanding of the origin, structure, functions and landmark reforms of the civil service in Nigeria. The following key issues shall be considered:

  • British conquest and colonial administration in Nigeria.
  • Political and constitutional development in Nigeria.
  • Federalism in Nigeria.
  • Origin, structure and functions of the civil service Composition and functions of other executive agencies.
  • The relationships between the civil service, the legislature and the judiciary.
  • The electoral process in Nigeria.
  • Civil service reforms and public accountability.

PAD 221: Elements of Public Administration
Nature of Public Administrations, similarities and differences between Public and private administration, functions of public administration, schools or conceptual approaches to the study of Public Administration, the goal model, system model, decision making model, the classical model, human relations model, sociological model, classification or typologies of organizations. Bureaucracy - Nature, strengths and weaknesses, features of ideal type of bureaucracy, reform of the Civil Service, international Public Administration and its relationship with domestic Public Administration.
PAD 231: Introduction to Local Government
This course is an introduction to the concept and principles of decentralization in government (De-concentration and Devolution). This is followed by definition and characteristics to the discussion of political and organizational structures of local government people’s participation in policy making process at grassroots level; management of resources and intergovernmental relations. The course ends with a brief look at how local governments operate in Britain, France and the United States of America.
PAD 202: Inferential Statistics for Public Administration
Elementary Sample Theory, types of hypotheses for small and large samples; (chi-square distribution and text of goodness of fit), analysis of variance, linear regression and correlation, calculation of index numbers, time series and analysis of time series.

PAD 212: Social Psychology
Scope and methods of contemporary social psychology.Nature and functions of theories in social psychology.The social context of behaviour.Social learning.Motivation and perception.Person perception.Theories of social interaction.Co-operation and Competition.Problems of aggression.Violence and War. Group processes and inter-group relations. Attitude formation and change.Communication and effect of mass media.Psycholinguistics, Cross cultural studies of personality and cognition.Social Psychological aspects of social change.Attitude change. Changing the Behaviour of others; Conformity, Compliance, and obedience. Unintentional Social Influence.Inter-personal Attraction.Altruism and Helping.

PAD 222: Economic and Social Development
Classical and contemporary theories of development should be explored. Development planning and implementations, general aspects of economic growth, general aspects of social change with emphasis on the Nigerian experience. It will therefore, consists of: exposing students to development dynamics; exploring various theories of development-classical, neo-classical and modern; examining the linkage between economic growth and development; making students appreciate the linkage between the stage of Nigeria’s growth and development with historical/colonial circumstances; examining the Nigerian social setting and the inherent characteristics that require changes and demonstrating to students the rationale behind the processes of national development plan and implementation.

 

300 LEVEL
PAD 301: Administrative theory
Origins, Structure and Management of Organisations, Formal and Informal Organisations.The Impact on Informal Norms in Formal Organisation.Organization Theories; Co-ordination, Efficiency, Retrenchment and Growth, Motivation, Leadership, Communication and Dynamics of Change in Orgainsation.The concept of Administration, its Emergence, Complexity and Maintenance; Efficiency in Public Administration, Politics and Administration dichotomy.Decentralisation, Deconcentration and Devolution, Delegation, Conflict Resolution strategies; Leadership and innovation, communication Skills.
PAD 311: Administrative Law
This course exposes the students to the knowledge of the general principles of administrative law as well as the skills required in the application of the principles in the operation of public administrative authorities. The outline includes: The State, the Law and the Citizens; Delegation of Powers; Administrative Adjudication; Administrative Law Institutions; Administrative Rule Making; Control of Administrative Powers; Judicial Review of Administrative Actions; Non-Judicial/Administrative Review Remedies; and Judicial Review/Common Law Remedies.
PAD 321: Public Personnel Management
The course involves Introduction to Personnel Administration, meaning, objectives, functions of Personnel Administration. Personnel Management Principles, approaches to Personnel Management.  Position classification, line and staff organization structure, personnel policies, recruitment procedures and processes, advancement, training and development, promotion, job evaluation systems.  Employees conduct and discipline.  Incentive systems, job analysis, manpower planning and employee services programme. It involves wages and salary administration, workman compensation, safety and health programmes, employees integration, industrial relations e.g. collective bargaining, trade disputes, grievances and grievance procedures and trade unionism in Nigeria. It will also include employees’ separation/retirement, pension and gratuity. Human resource management in the Nigerian public service.
PAD 331: Comparative Public Administration
This course provides an overview of a cross-national study of public administration in developed and developing countries. The major focus is on the nature and operation of bureaucracies in these countries. Issues examined include Evolution, Significance, Approaches, and Limitations of comparative public administration; frameworks of comparison; features of public administration in both developed and developing countries; selected countries focus covering North America: United States of America; (b) Europe: Britain, France & Germany; (c) Asia: Japan & Singapore; Africa: Botswana & Nigeria; international administrative institutions and practices, global fight against corruption and maladministration, and globalization and public administration.

PAD 341: E- Governance
The objectives of the course are to enable the students understand the concept of and appreciate the use of ICT in Public Sector Management. Also, they identify barriers to the effective use of ICT in governance and polities that will promote the use of ICT in governance. The course examines: the definitions, development and functions of ICT; the benefits and opportunities of ICT in public sector management; recent ICT developments and opportunities in the public sector; e.g. the internet, Electronic Service Delivery (ESD), workflow system knowledge management and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERD); barriers to ICT applications in the public sector; and policies to promote the use of ICT in the public sector.

PAD 351: International Relations
The international environment plays an important role in engendering or hampering the functions of public administrators. This largely is the result of increased globalization and improved contacts across boundaries of nation-states. In these global villages, the public administration student needs to be conversant with the factors and forces that shapes national and international activity. The overriding objectives of this course, therefore, is to enable the student appreciate and understand this reality to enhance his capacity to deliver. The course is broken into topics such as: introduction; basic concepts; methodology of international analysis; foreign aid; international law and international organizations. Balance of power, diplomacy and elements of foreign policy, non-alignment and uni-polarity are treated. Structure and functions of the U.N.O., Commonwealth of Nations, ECOWAS and position of Nigeria in these international and regional organizations and world politics is explored generally.

PAD 361: Nigerian Economy I
Analysis of development in the pre-colonial and post-colonial periods with regards to development of economic and social organization.Role of agriculture, industry, money and banking and international trade in the context of Nigeria’s economic development.Growth of income, employment, wages and prices.Public development institutions.

PAD 371: Social and Welfare Policy in Nigeria
Nature and Development of Social Policy in the context of changing Nigerian Social Conditions and of the Impact Upon Family and Group Organization. Welfare Policies and Social services: Criminology, Policies and Problems in Education, Housing, Health, Provision of Food.
PAD 302: Administrative Behavior
Concept of Administrative behaviours, Decision Making and Organization, some problems of Administrative theory, facts and values in decision-making, rationality in administrative organization, the relevance of information technology to organizational design, selected preparations, the birth of an organization, problems of organizational design, organizational politics, personality development, organizational change, frustration, stress, conflict and leadership.
PAD 312: Development Administration
Development analysis-exploring the meaning and dimensions of development planning, Foreign trade setting, Environment of Development Administration, political economy, Administrative and socio-cultural factors affecting Government development efforts.Models of Economic Development strategies and policies of National Development.      
PAD 322: Comparative Local Government
The course deal with: the history of local government in Nigeria; pre-colonial and post-colonial periods; comparative study of local government in the world, their impact on Africa and Nigeria; Determinants of the size of local government structure arrangement; Source and management of local government revenue; role of local government in national development; inter-governmental relation.
 PAD 332: Research Methods in Public Administration
This is course is designed to introduce students to  theie issues, concepts and techniques of research in r management sciences (with special emphasis on research in administration). By the end of the study, students should understand what scientific research is all about, in theory and practice. The course will also equip them with tools of performing an undergraduate research, which is a key requirement of the programme. Key issues to be focused are as follows

  • Nature of administrative and management sciences  research
  • Identification of research problems
  • Literature review
  • Conceptual framework development
  • Determination of research methodology Process and strategies for selecting respondents
  • Data interpretation and
  • Writing the Research Report and documenting the studies

PAD 342: Traditional Administrative System in Nigeria
Early History of Nigeria, Nok Culture in Delta, Migration and Formation of Centralized Institutions.Hausa State.Kanem-Borno; Yoruba States, Benin etc.Administration in those states.Formation of Acapahellous Groups East and West of the Niger, Delta, North and South of the Benue; Administration within these groups.State formations.Early history of Nigeria and cultures in detail.Migration and formation of centralized institutions.Hausa States, KanemBorno, Yoruba States, Benin, Oyo e.t.c. and Administration in these States.Formation of acephalous groups, East and West of the Niger Delta, North and South of the Benue Administration within these groups.  Pre-colonial and post colonial, Local government reforms 1976, 1988, Etsu-Nupe Local Government Reform. Early History of Nigeria, Nok Culture in Delta, Migration and Formation of Centralized Institutions.Hausa State.Kanem-Borno; Yoruba States, Benin etc.Administration in those states.Formation of Acapahellous Groups East and West of the Niger, Delta, North and South of the Benue; Administration within these groups.

PAD 352: Nigerian Economy II
National Income and expenditure.Monetary and fiscal policies in Nigeria.Monetary institutions.Trade and transport systems.Contributions of sectors of the Nigerian economy to national output and the relationship between these sectors.Role of national institutions.Economic Development and social change, Introduction to Economic History of Nigeria; Casual factors and theories of development.Population, labour and employment.Trade and investment.Industrialization strategy.Investment choice and Project Appraisal.Agricultural development.Money and Finance.

 

PAD 362: Rural and Community Development
Characteristics of rural areas, the special role of community development and the dynamics of community leadership, concepts to be discussed are ruralism, communalism, traditional institutions and rural elite groups, change, self-help and felt-needs oriented projects and programmes and cooperative organizations. The role of government in Agriculture, rural and community development.
400 LEVEL
PAD 401: Public Enterprise Management
Objectives and Classification of Public Enterprises in Nigeria.Organization and Problems; Performance Measurement and Control; Capital Structure and Funding, Relationship between State and Federal Parastatals; Detailed Consideration of Commissioned Reports on Parastatals, Privatization and commercialization of public enterprise.
PAD 402: Research Project
This course is a follow-up on research method. It deals largely with qualitative and quantitative presentation and analysis of data. It focuses on how these two types of data are processed as in collection, classifying, presentation and analysis. Greater emphasis shall be placed on instruments of data analysis. The format for producing a project report will also be revisited to enable students to structure their research projects properly. At the end of this course, all students are supposed to develop a proposal for their research projects.
PAD 411: Public Policy Making and Analysis
Nature and Complexity of Policy Making; Implementation and Evaluation; Basic concepts like Policy, Plan, Programme, Project, Actors, Stakeholders, Policy Arena, etc. are defined and illustrated; the main body of the course is divided into two sections. Section I covers the Theoretical Aspect of the course, including the following topics; The Policy Cycle; Agenda Setting in Policy Formulation; Formal and Informal ways of Generating Policy. Relevant Ideas; Theories of Decision-making; Selected Models in Policy-Analysis. The Second Section covers case studies of selected policies in Nigeria, Among which are:- General Economic and Social Development Policy, Health, Sanitation and Welfare Policy; Housing Policy; Defence and Foreign Policy; Education Policy; Agriculture and Rural Development Policy, etc.
PAD 421: Public Financial Administration
Environmental and Distinguishing Characteristics of Government and Institutional Accounting: State and Local Government Organisation for Financial Management; Special Methods of Accounting within the Legal and Financial Constraints for ; Local Government, Hospitals, and state-owned Companies; Planning in the Public Sector; Planning Programming, Budgeting, Accounting and the Budget Process; Problems of Developing Output. Measure and quantification of effectiveness; Control and Accountability; Control, Government Control; Reporting and Auditing in the Public Sector; Accountability to the Electorate.

PAD 431: Project Analysis and Management
The inter-relationships between projects and development plans, the project cycle, different aspects of project appraisals such as economic, technical, organizational, managerial, cone and --financial, the methodology for social benefit cost analysis and criteria for project choice. Project environment, organizational aspects of project management and project management techniques such as PERT and CPM

PAD 441:Civil Society Organization
This course is aimed at developing the capabilities of students in the understanding of non-governmental sector, developing their skills in the development of a project plan to funding agencies, to be conversant with management principles, and to be equipped with a sound understanding of the issues facing NGOs. Topics to be covered include: Introduction – Understanding NGOs, its strategies, structures and systems; Project development – definition of project objectives, etc, project management – identifying supporting team members, communication and documentation, etc; managing people (in the NGO); mobilizing and managing financial resources – fund raising, sources of NGO funds, etc; financial management in NGOs; analysis of key issues and challenges facing NGOs as development partners; managing for effective impact – M&E in NGO work, approaches to measuring impact, role of NGO managers, etc; Management Information system in the NGO sector – identifying the main issues in gathering and using information for accountability, learning and managing people, tracking; relations with stakeholders – sustainability, etc; and project evaluation – concluding the project.

PAD 451: Conflict Management
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the meanings, nature, causes, types, dimensions and effects of conflict. The theories of conflict shall also be critically examined. The strategies for conflict management will be identified and X-rayed. The efficacy of the strategies will be examined within the context of organizational, national and international arena.

PAD 461: Rural and Community Development
Characteristics of rural areas, the special role of community development and the dynamics of community leadership. Concepts to be discussed are ruralism, communalism, traditional institutions and rural elite groups, social mobilization and value orientation change, self-help and felt – needs oriented projects and programmes and cooperative organizations. The role of government in agriculture, rural and community development.

PAD 412: Intergovernmental Relations
Federalism and IGR: Theories and Approaches to Federalism and IGR, Historical Development of the Nigeria system; Regulatory federalism: The changing Roles of federal, State and Local Governments; Intergovernmental Politics and Actors: The Legislative, Executive, Judiciary, Bureaucracy and Interest Groups; Politics and Actors: The Legislative Executive, Judiciary, Bureaucracy and Interest Groups: Political Aspects of IGR: Bureaucracy, Politics and Public Policy; Fiscal Federalism and Financing: the Assignment of Expenditure Responsibilities and Revenue Rights – Sole and Concurrent Responsibilities, Taxes and other sources of Revenue, and vertical Imbalance and Horizontal Disparities: The Future of IGR: Reforming Bureaucracy, Intergovernmental Programmes, Policy Making and Implementation.
PAD 422: Workshop in Public Administration
The purpose and use of files, the content and application of the civil service rules, the financial instructions, the financial memoranda, the stores regulations, the Civil Service Commission Regulations, the art of minuting, drafting; and letter writing, the preparation of annual reports and handling over notes, etc, office norms and languages such as priority, action and reference slips, channels of correspondence, glossary of office abbreviations, etc.

PAD 432: Democratic Studies
The Concept of Democracy; Political Theories of Democracy; Analysis of Processes and Institutions of Democracy; Democracy and Democratic Dynamics in Nigeria; Electoral Participation and Procedures in Nigeria: Trends, Problems and Prospects; Human Rights and Democracy; National/Global Context of Democracy, Developing Techniques for the Empowerment of Constituencies; Parameters which Constrain Collective Institutions and the State.

PAD 442: Theory and Practice of Planning
Planning, its meaning and nature, basic features of planning, various approaches and theories of planning.Socialist and capitalist planning, factors that determines the choice and success of planning.Manpower and strategic planning, annual plans and budget.The planning process and administration of development plans.

PAD 452: Gender Studies
This course will examine the social, political and economic aspects of gender relations, and their relation to the development process. The course will also provide an introduction to tools of gender analysis which are used to influence policy decisions as well as gender – based barriers to the participation of woken in devilment. Topics to be covered include: Introduction to the Social Construction of Gender; Introduction to the Concept of Development; Women and development; Mainstreaming gender in development policy; Economic, political and social contexts of gender discriminations; Women, work and the global economy; Education and equal opportunity; Globalisation and economic restructuring; Tools and framework of gender analysis and gender planning.