PA334 Public Personnel Administration

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PA 334 Public Personnel Administration


F2J 2012 DN


Lockhart, Rich


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Biology - Harding University
M.P.A. - University of Kansas

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

October 24, 2012 through December 12, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Required Texts
Berman, Evan M., Bowman, James S., Van Wort, Montgomery R., West, Jonathon P., Human Resources Management in Public Service: Paradoxes, Processes, and Problems, 4th Edition, Sage Publishing, ISBN 9781412991674.
Ury, William, Getting Past No: Negotiating in Difficult Situations, Revised, Bantam Publishing, ISBN 9780553371314.
Recommended Text
Turabian, Kate L., A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 7th Edition, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 9780226823379.

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Turabian 7th Edition Online Citation Guide
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Course Description:
PA 334 Public Personnel Administration: Analysis of the various functions of public personnel administration including: recruitment, placement, training, salary, evaluation, retirement, personnel problems, labor relations, collective bargaining, ethics, merit systems, and EEO programs 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's philosophy is based on learning through sharing information, experiences, and critical thinking. The instructor will use lecture, discussion of current events, case studies, guest speakers, assigned readings, and field trips to engage students in the understanding of public personnel administration. Students will be expected to use critical thinking to examine personnel processes and come to a greater understanding of the personnel process and the issues affecting it.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain merit systems and how they are used in governmental administrative systems; compare merit systems with non-merit systems and the appropriateness of both; and review recent approaches to performance appraisal.
  2. Explain compensation and benefit packages for public employees and how they are structured.
  3. Delineate the purposes of training and development programs for public employees.
  4. Provide an explanation of recruitment and selection methods used in public employment; and evaluate such methods in terms of their ability to provide governments with appropriate personnel.
  5. Review the legal bases for collective bargaining in the public sector; and examine the various forms of such collective bargaining and evaluate the positives and negatives of such collective bargaining on the public sector.

Core Assessment:

Core Assessment

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures Departmental Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities.  The core assessment for this course is the Final Exam and will account for at least 20% of the total grade for the course and cover at least three of the Core Learning Outcomes. 

Class Assessment:
The class assessment will consist of attendance, class participation, quizzes, final exam, reflection writings, an article review, and a case study.


Breakdown of assignments by weight
Attendance 10%
Class Participation 5%
Quizzes 10%
Reflection writings 20%
Article Review15%
Case Study 20%
Final Exam 20%

90% and above = A
80% to 89% = B
70% to 79% = C
60% to 69% = D
59% and below = F

Quizzes will be multiple choice and will be based on the information presented in clase during the lecture.

Reflection Writings
Students will select a news story regarding a human resource issue and write a 1 to 2 page paper about the article. The student will be expected to relate the article to the readings and lecture.

Article Review
Students will select an article from Public Administration Review covering a public personnel issue.  The student will write a minimum 3 page paper about the article.  Further instructions will be given in class.

Case Study
Students will select a topic in public personnel administration and write a 3 to 5 page research paper. Students will need to have at least 3 sources and will need to incorporate the lecture, text, and their research into the writing.  Sources will be cited using the Turabian format in an endnote page.

Final Exam
The final exam will be a comprehensive written essay. Students will be provided with questions to use as a framework for the paper. Students will be expected to use the text as a source as well as additional sources. Sources should be cited using Turabian format in an endnote page.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The case study and article review may be turned in ONE DAY late with a 50% penalty (assignments are due by 11:59 on the due date). A missed quiz or final exam may be made up at the discretion of the instructor with a valid excuse. A valid excuse will need to be documented by the student to the satisfaction of the instructor. Without a valid excuse or proper documentation, the student will receive a zero. The class participation grade and attendance grade will be negatively affected by any absences. The reflection writings will be due at the beginning of class each week and will not be accepted after class starts.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be on time and participate in discussions. Cell phones should be turned on vibrate. Students may only answer emergency calls during class. Chronic tardiness will result in a reduction of attendance and class participation points. If a student is not participating, I will let the student know that an increased amount of participation will be required to avoid losing points.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Reading Assignment*
Assignment Due  
B-Chapter 1 and 2
B-Chapter 3 and 4
Quiz and Reflection Writing
B-Chapter 5 and 6
Quiz and Reflection Writing
B-Chapter 7 and 8
Reflection Writing and Article Review
B-Chapter 9 and 10
Quiz and Reflection Writing
U-pages 1 to 130
Quiz and Reflection Writing 
U-pages 131 to end 
Quiz, Reflection Writing and Case Study
B-Chapter 11
Final Exam and Case Study presentations
* B=Berman
  U= Ury

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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