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NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA

COURSE CODE : POL 123

COURSE TITLE: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

COURSE GUIDE

POL 123 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Course Team

Dr. Justice Igbokwe (Writer) - NDC Dr. C. Nna-Emeka Okereke (Editor) - NDC Ifeyinwa M. Ogbonna-Nwaogu (Coordinator) - NOUN

NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA

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POL 123

COURSE GUIDE

National Open University of Nigeria Headquarters 14/16 Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria Island Lagos Abuja Office No. 5 Dar es Salaam Street Off Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II, Abuja Nigeria e-mail: @nou.edu.ng URL: .nou.edu.ng

Published By: National Open University of Nigeria First Printed 2009 ISBN: 978-058-823-X All Rights Reserved.

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CONTENTS

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Introduction …………………………………………………..…… Course Aims…...…………………………………………………… Course Objectives …………………………………………..…....... Working through this Course …………………………………….... Course Materials …………………………………………..…….… Study Unit …………………………………………….………..….. Textbooks and References…………………………………………. Assessment ………………………………………………………… Tutor-Marked Assignment (TMA) …………………………….….. Final Examination and Grading ……………………………..….…. Course Marking Scheme ………………………………………….. Course Overview/Presentation Schedule ……………………..…… How to Get the Most from this Course ………………………..…… Facilitators/Tutors and Tutorials …………………………………... Summary ……………………………………………………….…...

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Introduction
Welcome to POL 123: Introduction to Public Administration. This course is a three credit unit course for undergraduate students in Political science. The materials have been developed with the Nigerian context in view. This course guide gives you an overview of the course. It also provides you with information on the organization and requirements of the course.

Course Aims
The aims are to help you understand new ideas and concepts of Public Administration. Hence, there is a requirement for orienting your mind to the contemporary social situations. The course attempts: i. ii. iii. iv. Introducing you to Public Administration and the basic principles and concepts. Demonstrating how these principles can be applied To expose you to current affairs and To help you in widening your horizon of knowledge.

Course Objectives
To achieve the aims set out above, POL 123 has overall objectives. In addition, each unit also has specific objectives. The unit objectives are at the beginning of each unit. I advise that you read them before you start working through the unit. You may want to refer to them during your study of the unit to check your progress. Here are the wider objectives for the course as a whole. By meeting the objectives, you count yourself as having met the aims of the course. On successful completion of the course, you should be able to: • • • • • • • • • Define the basic concepts of Public Administration Explain the importance of Public Administration Differentiate Publiceness from Privateness Relate Public Administration to other social sciences Understanding that Politics is a key to understanding of Public Administration Discover what has influenced the study of Public Administration Know the basis on which departments are organized Know the approaches to the study of public administration Find out why Bureaucracy is greatly needed now.

POL 123

INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

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Identify if the civil servants in Nigeria have honestly endeavoured to implement the policies and programmes of government. Express what is collective responsibility in a parliamentary system of Government Explain why legislative control on administration is indirect.

Working through this Course
To complete the course, you are required to read the study units and other related materials. At the end of each unit, you will be required to submit written assignments for assessment purposes. At the end of the course, you will write a final examination.

Course Materials
The major...
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