Programmes & Courses



Professional Certificates And Diplomas: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE)

This programme will only be offered as special In-Country project. The primary purpose of the award programme is to improve the skills of educational administrators working in Pacific national ministries of education and schools. The programme will focus on specific skills in educational leadership, policy and planning development in education and financing education The programme is focused on three key learning outcomes: 1. Examine elements of educational policy and planning with a sensitivity to the contextual realities of Pacific countries: 2. Design effective and appropriate education policy and planning activities for Pacific context; 3. Evaluate current practices of education policy and planning activities in Pacific context.

Special Admission Requirements:

To be admitted into the Professional Certificate in Education Policy and Planning a person shall

have:

  • a) obtained a first degree and a teaching qualification;
  • b) experienced heads of primary and secondary schools, educational administrators at the systems level or experienced educational officers at district/provincial/ level, educational planners and policy writers at departmental and ministerial levels, directors/deans of education systems, experienced heads of schools;
  • c) met the mature student admission criteria.

Programme requirements:

The Professional Certificate in Education Policy and Planning consists of four courses taught as two weeks intensive workshops. A total of 8 weeks is needed for the completion of the Professional Certificate. All courses will be taught face to face on campus per cohort.

Courses: EDP01, EDP02, EDP03, EDP04

The Professional Diploma in Legal Practice is an intensive programme designed to prepare students for entry into legal practice in one or more of the jurisdictions of the member countries of the university. It is open to any graduate who has successfully passed a programme of legal studies that covered a range of knowledge and skills sufficient to enable students to commence an intensive professional legal practice programme.

Special Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to a Professional Diploma in Legal Practice a person shall have passed a programme of legal studies deemed by the university to be sufficient to enable the graduate to commence an intensive professional legal practice training programme.

Programme Requirements:

The Professional Diploma in Legal Practice consists of:

  • a) Attendance at the Laucala Campus for at least 90% of the core hours and, for online students, participation in at least 90% of the prescribed activities; and
  • b) a period of supervised practice of not more than one month with an organization approved by the university; and
  • c) Completion of eight modules:
    • i) Performance in each of the modules shall be acknowledged by the awarding of the following grades:
      ‘Pas’ meaning ‘Pass or Competent’
      ‘IP’ meaning ‘In Progress’
      ‘Fail’ meaning ‘Fail or Not Competent’
    • ii) A provisional grade of IP (meaning ‘In progress’) shall be awarded where a student is given an extension of time by the Academic Standards and Quality Committee to complete any work on which assessment for the course is based. Any extension of time may only be up to the last day of lectures of the following semester specified in the University Handbook and Calendar. The provisional grade of IP shall be replaced by an appropriate grade based on the work submitted by a student by the end of the extended period. Where a student has been given a Fail grade, the maximum number of attempts allowed for the programme is two, which consists a first attempt followed by a second attempt if the first is not successful. The decision to permit a third attempt at the programme shall rest with the Chair of the Academic Standards and Quality Committee.
    • iii) There are no final examinations for the programme. The performance of students shall be assessed entirely by coursework, which shall include oral presentations, written presentations, logs and portfolios of work, file management, attendance and general conduct. The written and oral presentations may include work that has been prepared and work conducted under examination conditions.

Courses: LWD01, LWD02, LWD03, LWD04, LWD05, LWD06, LWD07, LWD08.

PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING

The Professional Diploma in Legislative Drafting is a two-semester programme designed for the novice as well as for the seasoned drafter to acquire knowledge in the art and science of legislative drafting. The aim of the programme is to introduce the participants in a progressive manner to the legislative drafting process. Emphasis will be laid on the syntax and training will involve the linking of sentences into meaningful units. The training will involve the drafting of statutes and regulations including amendments and penal provisions. The students will acquire skills through ‘hands-on’ practice.

Special Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to a Professional Diploma in Legislative Drafting a person shall:

  • a) have obtained the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) of The University of the South Pacific, or
  • b) have obtained from some other recognised tertiary institution a qualification deemed by Senate or its delegate to be equivalent to the requirements set out in a), or
  • c) have obtained a professional qualification deemed by Senate or its delegate to be equivalent to the requirements set out in a) above, or
  • d) in exceptional cases, have demonstrated experience or achievement Senate or its delegate deems sufficient.

Programme Requirements:

  • a) The Professional Diploma in Legislative Drafting consists of seven courses.
  • b) The programme of study is a distance tuition programme of study extending over a period of not less than two semesters.
  • c) There are no final examinations for the programme. The performance of students shall be assessed entirely by coursework, which shall include written assignments and a drafting workshop. The assignments contribute 60% and the drafting workshop contributes 40% of the total assessment for the programme.
  • d) In order to be eligible to receive the Professional Diploma in Legislative Drafting, a student must prove his or her competency in each and every element of each of the courses.
  • e) Performance in each of the courses shall be acknowledged by the awarding of the following grades:
    ‘Pass’ meaning ‘Pass or Competent’
    ‘IP’ meaning ‘In Progress’
    ‘Fail’ meaning ‘Fail or Not Competent’

A provisional grade of IP (meaning ‘In progress’) shall be awarded where a student is given an extension of time by the Academic Programmes Committee to complete any work on which assessment for the course is based. Any extension of time may only be up to the last day of lectures of the following semester specified in The University Handbook and Calendar. The provisional grade of IP shall be replaced by an appropriate grade based on the work submitted by a student by the end of the extended period. Where a student has been given a Fail grade, the maximum number of attempts allowed for the programme is two, comprising a first attempt followed by a second attempt if not successful. The decision to permit a third attempt at the programme shall rest with the Chair of the Academic Programmes Committee.

Courses: LWD11, LWD12, LWD13, LWD14, LWD15, LWD16, LWD17.

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