UNISA Short Course in Practical Guidelines in Building Stakeholder Relations

UNISA Short Course in Practical Guidelines in Building Stakeholder Relations

hort Course in Practical Guidelines in Building Stakeholder Relations (76852)Purpose

This fully online short course aims to address the need for a programme on effective stakeholder relations that is customised for the SA context by means of an integration of theoretical principles and practical guidelines for compliance to the stakeholder relationship principles of the King IV report on Corporate Governance..

The purpose of this short course is to equip individuals involved with/responsible for stakeholder relations in an organisation with the methodology to identify strategic stakeholders and to build and maintain stakeholder relationships with these stakeholders in conjunction with managing secondary stakeholder claims. Since the course is built from a South African perspective, it will further provide individuals with guidelines on how to build stakeholder relations in compliance to the King report on Corporate Governance. Since the King report is largely concerned about accounting and general governance principles, it is essential to equip individuals dealing with these aspects with knowledge and skills on stakeholder relationship management. This is a great challenge and gap in the current level of expertise of individuals in organisations having to address this aspect. In turn, communication professionals have some background in building and managing stakeholder relationships, but have little or no knowledge of the requirements and how to address the stakeholder relationship principles of the King IV report.Target group

The short course is specifically targeted at individuals in organisations who has, as part of their mandate, the responsibility of building and maintaining stakeholder relationships or who is tasked with compliance to the stakeholder relationship principles of the King IV. The SLP is also aimed at graduates (National Diploma or Bachelor Degree) who aspire to work in a related field that would require stakeholder relationship building skills.

Admission requirements

The credit calculation is based on the assumption that students should have:
• A National Senior Certificate and experience in corporate governance, public relations, corporate communication, investor relations or any other stakeholder relations orientated field who has, as part of their mandate in the organisation, the responsibility of building and maintaining stakeholder relationships; AND/OR
•A tertiary qualification (National Diploma or Bachelor degree)
 
 Duration

Semester course
 Language medium

English
 Registration periods

There will be two intakes for the course per year*
1st semester registration:November – mid January
2nd semester registration:April – June
 
Tuition starts 1 February and 1 July respectively.
 
 Tuition method

Fully online
 Kind of assessment

Formative: 3 assignments
Summative: e-portfolio
 Theoretical principles and practical guidelines in building stakeholder relationships (TPPG01H)Syllabus/Content Topics

The module of this SLP will consist of four learning units:
 
UNIT 1: Theoretical basis
A two-pronged approach will be followed to theoretically define the concept ‘stakeholder’ and related stakeholder terminology: Firstly, a contextualisation from a business perspective will be provided followed by the principles of Freeman’s stakeholder theory.
UNIT 2: Stakeholder inclusivity 
The role of communication in the stakeholder relationship building process will be discussed, with specific reference to the Stockholm Accords. This topic will also make reference to various corporate communication functions that are essential in the stakeholder relationship building process, namely, issues- and crisis management; reputation management; research and knowledge management. The concept of stakeholder inclusivity will focus on engaging stakeholders in decision making according to the AA1000 SES principles.

UNIT 3: King IV: Outlining stakeholder relationship principles

This unit will specifically define, discuss and most importantly, provide guidelines on how organisations should apply / aspire to apply the stakeholder relationship principles in the King IV report.

Unit 4: Stakeholder Relationship Management Plan
This unit will be a culmination of the preceding units whereby students will be guided on devising a stakeholder relationship management plan with pragmatic relevance to their organisation / any organisation of choice
 Course leader

Dr Yolandi Slabbert
D Litt et Phil (Communication) (Unisa)
Department of Communication Science
Expertise : Strategic communication; corporate communication; organisation-stakeholder relationship building; crisis communication; public relations
Theo van Wijk, room 7-92
Tel: 012 429 3242
Fax: 012 429 3346
slabby@unisa.ac.za
 Programme administrator(s)

For registration enquires please contact:

 
Ms A Vermeulen
Department of Communication Science
Theo van Wijk, room 7-81
Tel: 012 429 6016
vermea@unisa.ac.za

Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.