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  • Objectives
    The Certificate in Local Government Administration program gives you an opportunity to obtain recognition for post-secondary studies that relate directly to your role as a local government employee.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate in Local Government Administration
  • Course description
    Courses

    PADM 112 Intro to Public Administration
    PADM 227 Government Services
    PADM 230 Public Finance in Canada
    PADM 240 Law and Administration
        
    Two (2) electives*

    *Required electives:

        * Two post-secondary courses having the equivalent of six Camosun College credits in the areas of Public Administration, Business, Political Science, English, or Business Communications.
        * Electives may be obtained from any recognized post-secondary institution in British Columbia.

    PADM 112 Intro to Public Administration

    (3 credits) F, W (6,0,0,0 over 7-weeks)

    The course will examine the framework of how the business of government at all three levels (municipal, provincial and federal) operates. It will address the principles of managing within government and will review the internal organization and external environment in which public sector managers must operate, including the impact of politics on decision making.

    Prerequisite(s): "C" in English 12 or TPC 12, or assessment.

    PADM 211 Planning in Government

    (3 credits) P, S (6,0,0,0 over 7-weeks)

    This course will highlight issues in resource management, and examine the need for strategic and operational planning for government. A project management focus will incorporate the general principles, practices, tools and resources associated with managing diverse projects within the public sector. A review of the impact of such plans on communities and the need to seek community input will be included.

    Prerequisite(s): PADM 112.

    PADM 219 Current Issues in Government

    (1 credit) F, W (42 hours total)

    This course will examine issues relevant to public sector management and will provide new topics each semester covering changes to legislation, external forces, stakeholder issues, and other trends. Students may take this course up to three times for credit in a credentialled program.

    Prerequisite(s): ENGL 12 or TPC 12, or assessment.

    PADM 227 Government Services

    (3 credits) F, W (6,0,0,0 over 7-weeks)

    This course focuses on the design, delivery, and management of government services at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. It will cover issues related to providing services, including the transition of public policy into programs, performance management and service quality and leadership.

    Prerequisite(s): PADM 112.

    PADM 230 Public Finance in Canada

    (3 credits) F, W (6,0,0,0 over 7-weeks)

    This course provides an examination of the finance function in the three levels of government in Canada – federal, provincial (with an emphasis on British Columbia), and local. The course addresses the organization and responsibilities of public finance, discusses the major funding sources for government programs, and provides an introduction to some of the key issues and problems currently facing public finance officials.

    Prerequisite(s): PADM 112.

    PADM 240 Law and Administration

    (3 credits) F, W (6,0,0,0 over 7-weeks)

    This course will provide an introduction to the principles of administrative law, how legislation is created and the powers and duties of administrative authorities. The course will also examine the legal principles behind the provincial legislature and municipal bodies and their legal powers in a Canadian context. It will incorporate and overview of how policy becomes regulation and law.

    Prerequisite(s): PADM 112.

    PADM 260 Managing Multi-Party Decisions

    (3 credits) W (2,0,0,0)

    In this skill based course the emphasis is placed on the techniques necessary to manage decision processes which involve multiple stake holders. Resource allocation and zoning are examples of the types of processes covered in this course.

    Prerequisite(s): PADM 112 or BUS 150.

    PADM 276 Application Project

    (2 credits) Varies

    This directed studies course is designed as a capstone course. Students will work individually and with faculty supervision to complete a special project for their current employer or for another public sector client. The project will deal with a real organizational or operational issue requiring analysis and recommendations.

    Prerequisite(s): PADM 112.

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