Course Description

Research methods is one of the basic skills that professionals in public management need to have since they need to generate new knowledge through research to guide theory development, influence the practices and even the decisions of public managers and policy makers based on empirical evidence. Moreover, public Management professionals need to raise how, why and what questions to find answers to practical problems. This course describes and illustrates the research methods required at Masters Level for developing the capabilities of participants to carry out their master thesis and case studies on public Management. The course also will equip participants with the ability to develop report writing skills by exposing them to real situations in the public sector of Ethiopia. In order to achieve its mission this course is composed of the following topics.  Introduction to Research, research process, measurement and scaling, sampling, data collection, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and, report writing.


The general objective of this course is to introduce students to research methods and methodology.

More specifically, after completing the course students will be able to:

(i)                 Know what research is, categories of research and how to develop research problem.

(ii)              Understand the basic processes in research

(iii)            Formulate testable hypothesis

(iv)             Know the various types of measurement and scaling

(v)               Identify data for research and how to college data

(vi)             Analyze qualitative and quantitative data

(vii)          Write research report

This course is intended to provide a broad introduction to the field of public policy making, analysis and evaluation. It involves the description of the concepts of public policy, the process involved in public policy formulation and planning, analysis and evaluation of the consequences of public policies on society, both the expected and sometimes unintended consequences. The course also deals with the general overview of public policy making in Ethiopia context.

Course Description

This course essentially focuses on creating an economic and political space for all societal actors, which denotes a paradigm shift. Since the late 1980s and early 1990s, it has occupied a central place in the academic discourse and hence, constitutes an important component of curriculum in public administration and development studies. To this end, this course is designed in such a way to briefly examine the nature, types and functions of local government in the classical context. Much of the focus is, however, on the paradigm shift and its corollary: local governance. The course will also devote enough time to discuss local government and governance in the three Constitutional Governments of Ethiopia will be reviewed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the various forms and functions of local government;
  • Understand the theoretical foundations of the shift in paradigm and its significance in promoting local development in the context of developing countries;
  • Analyze the complex and dynamic nature of local governance and development issues;
  • Develop practical skills on how to establish and promote multi-actor development forum for local development;
  • Identify and design appropriate participatory mechanisms for popular participation in local development;
  • Understand local capacity problems and devise mechanisms of local capacity building for local development; and
  • Comprehend the patterns and trends of local government and governance in Ethiopia, and undertake applied research that would contribute to the improvement of local governance and development in Ethiopia.

Course  Description

This course has been designed to address the particular and intimidating challenges of managing public-sector projects and increasing project management skills in the public sector. It introduces project management methods and tools that have proven useful in both public-sector and private-sector organizations and identifies both the difficulties of public sector projects and best practices for dealing with them. Ultimately, this course is designed to enable public-sector project managers to guide the crucial dialogues necessary for successful projects. It is also intended to help them organize and inspire public organizations to take the actions necessary to create project deliverable s that meet organizational needs. It provides those project managers with the hard and soft skills necessary for success in the public sector as well as private sectors.

The course is also meant to develop techniques and best practices on how to avoid project pitfalls while you put your new found project management skills to work in real-world exercises.

    Learning Outcomes:

After learning this course, students  should able to:

  • To develop critical thinking and knowledge in project Management's theory and practice

  • Increase the capability of public-sector managers and private-sector  project managers working under government contracts to successfully manage projects

  •   To help learners to develop the competence of analyzing the feasibility of the project.

  • Create recognition of the importance of good project management in the public sector and private sector

  • Improve the work products created by public-sector project managers and increase stakeholder satisfaction

Course Description:

Better management of human settlements in the less developed countries has become increasingly important because of the growing awareness that cities and towns have functions which are as important as those rural areas. However, urban systems have been neglected leaving cities under conditions which are unacceptable by any criteria. Hence, the call for better management and governance of urban areas is an attempt to respond to past neglect. This is so because urban governments, traditionally the public sector’s weakest link in most countries, are the ground troops in responding to the rising demands for jobs, infrastructure and basic urban services. 

Urban governance and management involves improving the livability and competitiveness of cities which places big demands on urban government and urban managers. Capable urban management requires a capacity to fulfill public responsibilities; with knowledge, skills, resources and procedures. 

This course deals with concepts, theories and practices of urban governance and management in the context of developing countries. Hence, it deals with the basic issues such as urbanization, urban service delivery and socio-economic problems of modern urban centers in developing countries. It also includes different policy approaches in dealing with urban challenges. 

Learning Outcomes:

After learning this course, students should be able to:

§  Explain the concepts of urban and urbanization

§  Understand the causes and impact of urbanization

§  Understand the concepts and models of urban governance and management

§  Identify urban management challenges

§  Understand policy options to mitigate urban challenges

§  Understand urbanization and management in Ethiopia