Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Administration in Human Settlements Management

Qualification code: 90016
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 94622
APS/AS: 21
The College has replaced EUP1501 with BNU1501, FAC1501 with QMI1500, and replaced MCL1501 with PUB1511, and MCL2601 with PUB2614. Students that have completed EUP1501, FAC1501, MCL1501 and MCL2601 in this qualification, will retain the credits and will not be required to complete the replacement modules. Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of the qualification is to educate human settlements practitioners of governments at national, provincial and municipal spheres and in public entities. Qualifying students will be able to work effectively in any human settlements environment but also specifically in any position in human settlements in the public sector. Qualifying students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, specific skills and applied competence within opportunities for continued personal intellectual growth, gainful economic activity and ethical conduct and leadership in the fields associated with public administration and human settlements management. This qualifying student will be able to perform public administrative functions and be able to apply the following: Perform public administration functions as a basis for managerial decisions for human settlements management. - Apply fundamental aspects, principles, and procedures of financial accounting. - Manage policy implementation of human settlement projects adhering to compliance applicable to housing laws and regulations. - Perform Human recourse duties/responsibilities within the administration on human settlements. - Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental principles of ethics in a comparative multidisciplinary perspective. - Investigate the role that government plays in environmental affairs at national, provincial and local level. This qualification lays the foundation for career advancement and further studies in the fields of Public Administration and Human Settlements Management. Candidates that obtain this degree will also be able to contribute to the theory of human settlements management when they articulate to Higher Degrees or a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. 
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

While you are deciding on the modules for which you will be registering, write down the module names and codes so that you have something to refer to when completing your registration.

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

First level

Second level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
GGH2601 - The African Challenge: People and Environment
GGH2604 - People and the Environment
MNG2601 - General Management
PUB2601 - Foundations of Public Administration Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2603 - Creation of Wealth Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2606 - Environmental Affairs Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2614 - Local Government Management II Pre-requisite:PUB1511
PUB2621 - Human Settlements Management IIA Pre-requisite:PUB1602
PUB2622 - Human Settlements Management IIB Pre-requisite:PUB2621

Third level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
DVA3705 - Empowerment and Popular Initiatives
LAH3701 - Land and Housing Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on ADL2601
PUB3701 - Public Management Skills Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3702 - Public Human Resource Management Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3703 - Public Policy Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3705 - Public Financial Administration and Management Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3706 - Reflective Public Administration Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3707 - Ethics in Public Administration and Administrative Justice Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3723 - Human Settlements Management IIIA Pre-requisite:PUB2622
PUB3724 - Human Settlements Management IIIB Pre-requisite:PUB2622