Governmental Science Laboratory

A. Introduction
Governmental Science Laboratory as a part of Governmental Science Department attemps to shore up the teaching-learning process by giving laboratory and field practices to the students of Governmental Science Department. The goals are; first, students will have a basic skill to operate technologi-based governmental practices; second, giving practical experience to the students in preparing various governmental program with a field practical system; third, giving students a basic skill in preparing report in the form of policy paper.
 
Recently, the Governmental Science Laboratory starts to have outward orientation by performing cooperation with various institutions in order to conduct research and develop govermental practices. In the future, orientation in cooperation between institutions to conduct research and governmental practice development and training become the reference to the Governemntal Science laboratory in participating creating "Good Governance" especially in local government area.
 
B. Practicum Progress in The Governmental Science Laboratory 
B.1. The progress of Practicum Course Implementation
        For the last four years, the practicum course at the Govermnetal Science Department has developed as follows:
 
Academic Year
Number of Practicum Course
Number of Course to be Practiced
Course Name
2002/2003
8 Courses
2 Courses
1.      Management Information System
2.      Governmental Management Organization
2003/2004
8 Courses
3 Courses
1.      Management Information System
2.      Governmental Management Organization 
3.      Political Parties and Election System
2004/2005
8 Courses
6 Courses
1.      Management Information System
2.      Govermnetal Management Organization
3.      Political Parties and Election System 
4.      Social Change & Govermental Dynamics
5.      Village Governance System
6.      Local Revenue
2005/2006
8 Courses
8 Courses
1.      Management Information System
2.      Governmetal Management Orginization
3.      Politicla Parties and Election System 
4.      Social Chane and Governmental Dynamics
5.      Village Governance System
6.      Local Revenue
7.      Governmental Science Methodology
8.      Public Policy
2007/2010
8 Courses
8 Courses
1.      Governmetal Management Organization
2.      Management Information System 
3.      Social Change and Governmental Dynamics
4.      Taxation
5.      Political Parties and Election of the RI System
6.      Public Policy
7.      Govenmental Science Methodology
 

B.2.  Human Resourse Devellopment  (Instructor and Assistant)
a. Human Resource Development at the Laboratory
   To support the implementation of practicum, there is a need on adequate instructor and assistant. The lecture on the related subject and several lecturers pointed by the department act as instructor assisted by the senior students selected to be assistants. Meanwhile, the development of the human resources  who manage practicum is:

 

Academic Year

Course to be Practiced
Course
(Semester)
Human Resource
(Instructor and Assistant)
2002/2003
2 Courses
1. Management Information System
(odd semester)
2 instructors
6 assistants
2. Governmental Management Organization (even semester)
2 instructors
6 assistants
 
2003/2004
3 Courses
1. Management Information System (odd semester)
 
2 instructors
6 assistants
2. Governmental Management Organization (even semester)
3. Political Parties and Election System (even semester)
3 instructors
6 assistants


 
2004/2005
6 Courses
1. Management Information System (odd semester)
2. Social Change and Govermnetal Dynamics (odd semester)
4 instructors
8 assistants
3. Governmental Management Organization (even semester)
4. Political Parties and Election System (even semester)
5. Village Governance System (even semester)
6. Local Recenue (even semester)
6 instructors
12 assistants






 
2005/2006
6 Courses
1. Management Information System (odd semester)
2. Social Change and Governmental Dynamics (odd semester)
3. Governmental Science Methodology (odd semester)
4. Public Policy (odd semester)
4 instructors
12 assistants
5. Governmental Management Organization (even semester)
6. Political Parties and Election System (even semester)
7. VIllage Governance System (even semester)
8. Local Revenue (even semester)
6 instructors
12 assistants
2007-2010
8 Courses
1.   Govermental Management Organization
2.   Management Information System
3.   Social Change and Governmental Dynamics
4.   Taxation
5.   Political Parties and Election System of the RI
6.   Public Policy
7.   Governmental Science Methodology 
 
 
 
b. Recruitment and Development of the Laboratory Human Resources
   Every two semesters, there is a rotation of assistant. The less active assistant and assistant who doens not want to continue being assistant will be replaced by the new assistant taken from the students who interest in it through a selection conducting by the Governmental Science Laboratory. The requirements to be assistant are, among others: a). at least semester IV student of Gov. Science; b). students who have finished SIM and OMP practicum course; c) able to operate SISDASAT, Excel, Microsoft Word. The number of old and new assistant in the Gov. Science lab. is not more than 12 people.
 
To improve the assistant's skill in performing practicum duties, there are things to be done as follows:
  • Workshop, presenting lecturer of the course or practitioner of the field of the practicum course
  • Group discussion
  • Giving insight and practice on teaching-learning process mastery
  • Weekly evaluation related to the practicum implemantation
 
B.3. Practicum facilities and infrastructures development
      Practicum facility supports of the Governmental Science laboratory have become better. It is because since the even semester of 2003/2004, computers in the laboratory have been replaced by the more adequate computers (equivalent to pentium 4). There are 17 units connected and completed with the Strategic Data Information System/Sistem Informasi Data Strategis (SISDASAT) and database on organizational structure of the governments in East Java, Region in Number, Election of 2004. Besides, the laboratory also equippped with two printers, 1 scanner, and 1 CD RW to back data up needed by the laboratory.
 
One unit is connected to the internet so that it can be used to access data needed by the Governmental Science laboratiry. From the 17 computer units, 15 of them are used for practicum while the two of them are used for administration sevices.
 
Governmental Science laboratory also has a seminar room (round table) which is useful for students to: 1) do proposal seminar for those who are finishing thesis; 2) read thesis, references, and other data required to finish thesis; 3). have a workshop and discussion to deepen practicum material by assistant, 4). have a breafing delivered by the instructor and assistant to the practicum group which will practice; 5). conduct meeting related to preparation, implementation, and practicum evaluation.
 
B.4. Practicum Guide ( Module )
   To facilitate practicum process, ideally every practicum courses in the laboratory of Govermental Science Department should be equipped with a module or a guide book. Until now, the available module is Sistem Informasi Data Strategis (Sisdasat) for SIM and OMP courses. Meanwhile, practicum guide is used for Local Revenue, Governmental Science Methodology, Political Parties and Election System courses in the stage of completion and reduplication.
 
Meanwhile, the technical implementation of the field practice course, (Village Governance System, Public Policy, and Social Change and Governmental Dynamics courses) is in the form of giving a task by the lecturer of the course to the students in group. They are required to have field visit and conduct survay to the institution performance implementation by giving TOR, survay instrument, and guideline for report making as the completion material.
 
B.5. Practicum Schedule
     With the limited rooms and facilities and the increase number of practicum courses, the schedule of the laboratory needs to be more efficently arranged. For one course, there is impossible to conduct a practicum for two or three months, but only for one month. The consequence is if the face to face practicum meeting is done 8 times, in one week there will be 2 times face to face meeting by the instructor and assistant. Meanwhile, for the field practicum, the preparation and implementation process are regulated a month after mid-term test.
 
B.6. Practicum Participants and Practicum Group Forming
     Although the trend of the Governmental Science Students for the last for years has experience decrease, but the number of practicum participants from semester to semester experiences increase. It is in line with the increase number of practicum courses. Thus, in practicum management, the participants need to be devided into groups adjusted to the room capacity and the number of computer.
 
The course guardianship lecture and assistant devide the practicum participant students into several groups. One group is not allowed to have more than 15 people (in accordance with the available number of the computers). In the even semester of academic year 2005/2006, from the four practicum courses, the group division is:
No
Practicum Course
Semester
Number of Class
Number of Students
Number of Group
1
OMP
II
2
76
9
2
Management Information System
III
2
113
15
3
Public Policy 
III
2
85
9
4
Local Revenue
IV
2
63
7
5
Village Governance System
IV
3
119
4
6
Social Change and Governmental Dynamics
V
2
86
10
7
Governmental Science Methodology
V
3
151
16
8
Political Parties and Election System of the Republic of Indonesia
VI
2
109
18
 
C. Other Services of The Governmental Science Laboratory 
        Governmental Science laboratory also provides the following services to the students:
  1. Thesis as reference for Governmental Science students and other department students who are finishing thesis
  2. Data of region for students who need information on: 1). Region in number, 2). Local strategy plan , Rapeda, Election result of 2004, RAPBD, APBD, Codification of Laws and Regulations of the government and so forth
  3. Seminar room for Governmental Science  students who propose for proposal seminar
  4. Internet data access for students who need the complete data for: thesis, papaer, and college tasks
D. Governmental Science Laboratory Faces The Future 
       After realizing the objective condition of the Governmental Science laboratory, the agenda to be performed in the future are:
1. Providing maximal service to the students of Governmental Science Department by conducting practicum as follows:
  • Renewing Sisdasat so that it will not be out of date
  • Improving professionalism of the laboratory human resources; the management, instructors, and assistants so that the can perform their duties well
  • Providing timely practicum module so that it will not take much time of the practicum schedule
  • Regulating the more efficient practicum schedule
  • Having orderly administration on the organization of practicum at the Governmental Science Laboratory so that it can be reported and accounted for anytime.
2. Rebuilding cooperation with various parties especially govermental institutions in order to:
  • Providing lab facilities such as books, region data, CD/VCD about government practices and services, village governance system
  • Research in order to build a Good Governance
  • Organizing local government human resource training and development
  • Empowering society by conductiong training to increase participation of the society in the development
  • Cooperating with other several institutions in the form of seminar, discussion, workshop on actual issues developed in the society
3. Making the Governmental Science laboratory as a means of publication for the department
 
E. Closing
        That is a glimps description about the Governmental Science laboratory of FISIP UMM. We hope that the information will be useful for conducting evaluation related to the management of the Govenmental Science laboratory.  
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