Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Administration (Portuguese)

Awarding body/institution 頒授機構 Macao Polytechnic Institute
Responsible school 負責學校 School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Endorsement  in the Official Gazette 政府公報批示 137/2010
Name of final award / programme Title 學位及課程名稱 Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Administration (Portuguese)
Duration of study 學習年期 4 years
MPI programme code 理工課程編號 4LANP
FHEQ level of award FHEQ學歷水準 Level 6

Academic units which will also be involved in teaching part of the programme


Institution(s) other than MPI that will provide some teaching to the programme


Programme outline 課程簡介
Studying BSc Social Sciences in Public Administration (Portuguese) you will examine key strategic issues in Public Administration, including political science, government and public administration of Macao, accounting and budget management, information and communication technologies and international organisations and international Relations. The transdisciplinary training of professionals in the area of administrative management, providing them with a creative spirit and human training falls under the goals of creating an open and harmonious environment for the free expression of academic views and of encouraging students to work towards self‐improvement, maturity, and a willingness to serve.
Programme objectives 課程目標

This programme aims to supply Macao with innovative administrative management talents who can adapt to local demands. In addition to a systematic introduction to administrative management, this programme gives emphasis to the development of students’ humanistic quality and ability to apply their theoretical knowledge into practical work by adopting diverse teaching methodology, including case study, interactive discussion, and internship. The ultimate aim of this programme is to enable graduates to demonstrate competency in practical administrative management works in government departments or other public/ private organisations.

What will you be expected to achieve? 期望達到的成效
By the end of this programme, students should: understand the basic concepts and principles of Public Administration; know and identify the theoretical models and techniques of Public Administration, applying them to real world situations; understand the interdisciplinary nature of Public administration; understand the way of functioning of Public Administration; know the fundamentals, objectives, structure, organisation and functioning of public management; analyse the relations between the State and other sectors of the economy; be able to use the main legal instruments available; be able to adapt to modernisation in Public Administration, particularly regarding aspects about information society. The study cycle was organised to enhance training, which aims at a strong link between theory and practice. Annual monitoring actions about the training process are foreseen to be undertaken by the programme coordinator.
Academic content 學術內容
A1 Knowledge and awareness of the new challenges of public services: the modernisation, proximity and dynamism. The programme is based on areas such as Law, Social Sciences and Management and Accounting.
A2 Knowledge and understanding: Understanding the main concepts of Public Administration and the main approaches of the General Theory of Administration.
A3 Making judgements: Critical argumentation when analysing organisational situations, leading to the discussion of related topics within the class.
Disciplinary skills‐ able to 學科技能
B1 Application of knowledge and understanding: Ability to associate various concepts; Ability to describe practical examples; Ability to identify topics of Administration in an organisational context.
B2 Learning abilities: Ability of studying autonomously; Independent critical reflection, understanding the functions of people management and applying them to organisational situations.
B3 Communication abilities: Describe real situations on the developed topics, developing argumentation skills and association of concepts.
Attributes 特質
C1 To learn continuously within academia and beyond and to employ relevant information and knowledge in understanding different contexts.
C2 To acquire research skills and values which can provide different approaches to problem solving and decision making in the context of Public Administration.
C3 Develop knowledge and a broad overview of the various skills needed to work in public administration in a multicultural context.
How will you learn? 如何學習
The School aims to train highly qualified professionals, in an interdisciplinary perspective and in a context of excellence, able to adapt to new realities, promoting research, innovation and entrepreneurship and lifelong learning. We highlight, as common aspects, the integral training of the citizens, lifelong learning, research, diffusion and transfer of knowledge and culture, quality and innovation, training highly qualified people, in an interdisciplinary perspective and in a context of excellence, able to adapt to new realities, promoting research, innovation and entrepreneurship and lifelong learning, that we intend to provide to the students of Public Administration. The School offers its students the ability of learning to learn, so that even after their graduation they will have the capacity and motivation to autonomously acquire knowledge and skills necessary for their professional activity (lifelong learning).
How will you be assessed? 如何評核
The School schedules an annual Public Administration Examination Board which considers all student academic profiles and agrees classifications and progression routes. Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, presentation and final examinations. Clear guidance on coursework requirement is given, emphasising approaches to coursework of various types and how to avoid plagiarism, together with rules and procedures. Examinations are typically of a three hour paper undertaken in the May/June diet of exams. Examination papers will be reviewed by an Internal Moderator and then by External Examiners. All exam papers go through a moderation marking procedure. All fail scripts together with a representative sample of intermediate scripts are sent to the External Examiners for quality control. Undergraduates have an opportunity to take supplementary exam and if they fail again, they have to re‐sit the failed modules.
How is the programme structured? 課程架構
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Course Code
Course Selection Status

1st Year of Study 第一學年

Complete 2 subjects from elective group A See below 4 Elective 2
Introduction to Public Administration PADM1101 3 Compulsory 1
Introduction to Law LLAW1102 3 Compulsory 1
Introduction to Political Science PADM1103 3 Compulsory 1
Portuguese I PORT1111 3 Compulsory 1
Information Technology Fundamentals COMP1106 2 Compulsory 1
Physical Education PEDU1108 2 Compulsory 1
English I ENGL1109 3 Compulsory 1
Principles of Economics ECON1104 3 Compulsory 2
Introduction to Sociology SOCI1105 3 Compulsory 2
Portuguese II PORT1112 3 Compulsory 2
College Portuguese I PORT1100 2 Compulsory 2
Advanced Computer Application COMP1107 2 Compulsory 2
English II ENGL1110 3 Compulsory 2
Mandarin I MAND1111 3 Compulsory 1
Mandarin II MAND1112 3 Compulsory 2

2nd Year of Study 第二學年

Public Policy Analysis PADM2124 3 Compulsory 1
Public Finance PADM2125 3 Compulsory 1
Administrative Law LLAW2128 3 Compulsory 1
English III ENGL2132 3 Compulsory 1
Organisation Theory PADM2126 3 Compulsory 1
Constitution and Basic Law LLAW2121 3 Compulsory 1
Government and Public Administration of Macao PADM2122 3 Compulsory 1
Political Thought PADM2123 3 Compulsory 2
Human Resources Management HHRM2127 3 Compulsory 2
Ethics and Discipline in Public Service PADM2129 3 Compulsory 2
English IV ENGL2133 3 Compulsory 2
Official Document Writing PADM2130 3 Compulsory 2
Statistics MATH2131 3 Compulsory 2

3rd Year of Study 第三學年

Complete 2 subjects from elective group B See below 6 Elective 1,2
Government and Business PADM3140 3 Compulsory 1
Government and Public Adm. of China PADM3134 3 Compulsory 1
Urban Management PADM3136 3 Compulsory 1
E‐Government PADM3135 3 Compulsory 1
English V ENGL3142 3 Compulsory 1
Civil Service Law LLAW3137 3 Compulsory 2
Accounting and Budget Management PADM3138 3 Compulsory 2
Research Methods in Social Sciences SOCI3139 3 Compulsory 2
English VI ENGL3143 3 Compulsory 2
Internship in Public Administration PADM3141 4 Compulsory 2

4th Year of Study 第四學年

Complete 4 subjects from elective group C See below 12 Elective 1,2
International Law LLAW4158 3 Elective 1
Selected Topics in Social Science SOCI4161 3 Elective 1
Comparative Public Administration PADM4150 3 Compulsory 1
Public Relations PADM4151 3 Compulsory 1
Graduation Research Project I PADM4154 3 Compulsory 1
Selected Topics in Public Administration PADM4152 3 Compulsory 2
International Organisations and International Relations PADM4153 3 Compulsory 2
Graduation Research Project II PADM4155 3 Compulsory 2

Elective Group A

Chinese History and Culture HIST1116 2 Elective  
Portuguese History and Culture HIST1117 2 Elective  
Introduction to Civil Law LLAW1118 2 Elective  
Music and Film Appreciation MUS1119 2 Elective  
Philosophy PHIL1113 2 Elective  
Critical Thinking PHIL1115 2 Elective  
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1114 2 Elective  
Science, Technology and Modern Society SOCI1120 2 Elective  

Elective Group B

Administrative Litigation Law LLAW3149 3 Elective  
Contemporary Public Management PADM3144 3 Elective  
Quality Management PADM3145 3 Elective  
Selected Readings in Public Administration PADM3146 3 Elective  
Government and Public Administration of Hong Kong PADM3147 3 Elective  
The History of Administration in Macao PADM3148 3 Elective  

Elective Group C

Gaming Economy and Management GRMM4162 3 Elective  
International Law LLAW4158 3 Elective  
Tax Law of Macao LLAW4159 3 Elective  
Crisis Management MGMT4156 3 Elective  
Non‐Profit Organisation Management PADM4157 3 Elective  
Globalisation and Regional Cooperation PADM4160 3 Elective  
Policy On Culture and Tourism PADM4163 3 Elective  
Labor Policy PADM4164 3 Elective  
Selected Topics in Social Science SOCI4161 3 Elective  
Social Welfare Policy SOCI4165 3 Elective  
What are the entry requirements? 入學條件
1. Secondary School Graduates(Form 6), or According to article 28 of the Higher Education Law of RAEM, article nº9, applicants of age 25 or above and with special ability conditions, need not comply with the above mentioned point 1. Upon successful completion of the entrance examination, the applicant will be eligible to further his/her studies in a higher diploma programme offered by MPI. All those who complete 25 years of age before September 1st will also be eligible to participate in the entrance examination.

(Note: According to article 4 of Decree‐Law 26/2003, the participants who have completed their secondary studies out of Macao need the recognition of MPI’s Academic Qualification Recognition Committee before they are eligible to register.)
2. Have passed the medical examination.
How do we listen and act on your feedback? 如何聽取及回應學生的回饋
All the classes have a class speaker that makes the straight connection with the programme coordinator. The programme coordinator meets at least once a semester with the class speaker. At the school level, it’s also held a meeting per semester with the class speakers and the school director and the programme coordinators. Each semester the management board of the institute meets the class speakers of all the schools, the alumni, heads of the administrative departments, all directors and all the programme coordinators.
Academic support 教學支援
The induction week before the start of Semester A provides introductory talks on all the services and support mechanisms available within the school and institute. The plasma screens within the school also update on timetabling, events and support services within the school. Students are assigned an academic advisor for them to consult on academic related support. Beyond this, the school also provides support services through a student advisor for nonacademic matters. The virtual learning environment has information on the different modules and supervisory advice for dissertations. Students are also advised on the support services available in the Language and Learning Unit. Students are assigned a dedicated supervisor for their core dissertation module.
Programme-specific rules and facts 課程特定的規則及事項
Support for disabled students 殘疾學生支援
Macao Polytechnic Institute has in place an institution‐wide policy to ensure that all student needs are taken care of and a supportive and accessible learning environment is maintained. When cases of special needs are notified or identified, special arrangements are made on a case‐by‐case basis with the joint effort of the programme and several student support services of the Institute, such as the Registry, the Student Affairs Office, the Computer Services Centre, etc. to provide the necessary support.
Links with employers, internship opportunities and transferable skills 與僱主的關係、實習機會及可轉移技能
The School has an Office of Internships, which aims to develop an internship programme suitable for training students; to promote contacts with entities and employers of various industries that receive our students; and to contribute for the integration of students into the labour market serving as a link between school, the Public Administration and the business world.
This Office, together with the programme coordinator and the teacher responsible for internships, prepare the students' allocation to the several training places, according to the objectives of the internship, the students' interests and the availability of places for the internship. During the internship period, students can still use all School services (libraries, study rooms, computer rooms,...)