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PO 331 Public Organizations
Robinson, Randy


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PO 331 Public Organizations

Semester

U1J 2006 DN

Faculty

Robinson, Randy

Title

Senior Instructor of Public Administration & Political Science/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Bachelor of Arts:  Political Science, History & Secondary Education
Master of Public Administration

Daytime Phone

913-715-8560

E-Mail

Randy.Robinson@Park.edu

Randy.Robinson@jcw.org

Semester Dates

June 7, 2006 - July 26, 2006

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Understanding and Managing Public Organizations, Third Edition
Author:  Rainey, Hal
Publisher:  Jossey Bass
ISBN:  0-7879-6561-8


Course Description:
A study dealing with public organization design and the impact public  organizations have upon those who work in them or deal with them.  Topics  include: public organization information and control systems, decision  making in public organizations, the environment of public organizations,  organizational behavior, and innovation in public organizations.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is based on lectures, readings, class interactions, written assignments and examinations.  The core philosophy is the interaction between the instructor and the students in discussing the reading assignments and how they related to personal experience and practical everyday application.  It is very important to have all reading assignments completed and come to class prepared for a lively, but polite, discussion.  Looking for innovative solutions and challenging preconceived ideas is a vital part of the interaction between the instructor and students.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare and contrast the numerous organization theories.
  2. Describe organizational communications systems.
  3. Understand the role that organizational environments play in public organizations.
  4. Describe the relationship between politics and public organizations in America.
  5. Describe control systems for public organizations.
  6. Describe theories of organizational behavior.
  7. Critically examine the bureaucratic model of organization.
  8. Understand conflict resolution methods.
  9. Relate ethical concerns regarding public organizations.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
GRADES:                     POINTS:
90 -  100 = A                EXAMINATION             25
80 -   89 = B                CRITICAL REPORT/PAPER   25
70 -   79 = C                IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS    20  
60 -   69 = D                REPORT PRESENTATION     20
  0 - 59 = F                CLASS PARTICIPATION     10
                                 TOTAL             100



Grading:
1. Attend classes regularly (See Attendance Policy).  
2. Be prepared for each class. Have the reading assignment finished for each class.  The course presentation includes lectures and discussion.  Class participation is 10% of the student's final grade (10 points).  Pop quizzes will be given should it become apparent students are not performing the assigned reading.  
3. There will be a final examination worth 25% of the total grade (25 points).  The final examination will include short and long answer and at least one essay question.  The examination will cover reading assignments as well as class lecture and discussion information.  
4. A critical report will be required for this course worth 25% of the student's total grade (25 points).  Instructions will be given in a separate handout.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  
5. The student will give a short presentation to the class on his/her critical report/paper worth 20% of the student's total grade (20 points).  
6. There will be two in-class team assignments worth a total of 20% of the student's grade (20 points).  Explanations and assignments will be given the day of the in-class activity.  
7. No late examinations will be given nor will late papers or assignments be accepted unless there is a valid excuse.  Missing an examination or handing in a late paper or assignment without a valid excuse will result in a "0" for the assignment or examination.  An absence will only be considered valid if it concerns a medical or work related incident.  The instructor may request documentation for any absence.
8. Cheating or plagiarism will result in an "F" for the course (see below).
9. If you have problems or questions please call me at my work number (you will probably get my voice mail – leave a detailed message and I will return your call) or email me at my Park University email address or work email address (see top of the page).





Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late examinations will be given nor will late papers or assignments be accepted unless there is a valid excuse.  Missing an examination or handing in a late paper or assignment without a valid excuse will result in a "0" for the assignment or examination.  An absence will only be considered valid if it concerns a medical or work related incident.  The instructor may request documentation for any absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Wireless Communications - Turn off or turn to vibrate all cell phones and pagers.  Answering a cell phone or pager should ONLY be done if you are on-call for your job (you should inform the Instructor before class) or an emergency.  If you must answer a cell phone or pager please be courteous to others and leave the room.  You will be required to give an explanation to the Instructor for receiving the call or page.

Tardiness:  Chronic tardiness or unapproved early departures are discourteous and will not be tolerated and may result in a .5 unexcused absence and a loss of class participation points.

Meeting - 1
June 7, 2006

Introductions
Class Discussion:  
              Chapter 1:  pages:   3 - 21
              Chapter 2:  pages: 22 - 54

Assignment for Wednesday, June 14:
              Chapter 3:  pages:  55 -  78
              Chapter 4:  pages:  79 -  98
              Chapter 5:  pages:  66 -126

Meeting - 2
June 14, 2006

Class Discussion:  
              Chapter 3:  pages:  55 -  78
              Chapter 4:  pages:  79 -  98
              Chapter 5:  pages:  66 -126

Assignment for Wednesday, June 21:
               Chapter 6:  pages: 127 – 150
               Chapter 7:  pages: 151 - 179

Meeting - 3
June 21, 2006

Class Discussion:  
               Chapter 6:  pages: 127 -  150
               Chapter 7:  pages: 151 – 179

               In-Class Assignment #1

Assignment for Wednesday, June 28:
                Chapter   8:  pages: 180 – 218
                Chapter   9:  pages:  219 - 247
                Chapter 10:  pages:  248 – 28

Meeting - 4
June 28, 2006

Class Discussion:  
                Chapter   8:  pages:  180 - 218
                Chapter   9:  pages:  219 - 247
                Chapter 10:  pages:  248 – 288

Assignment for Wednesday, July 5:
              Chapter 11:  pages:  289 - 331
              Chapter 12:  pages:  332 – 354

Meeting - 5
July 5, 2006

Class Discussion:  
              Chapter 11:  pages:  289 - 331
              Chapter 12:  pages:  332 – 354

               In-Class Assignment #2

Assignment for Wednesday, July 12:
               Chapter 13:  pages: 355 - 389
               Chapter 14:  pages: 390 - 424

Meeting - 6
July 12, 2006

Class Discussion:  
              Chapter 13:  pages 355 - 389
              Chapter 14:  pages 390 - 424

Assignment for Wednesday, July 19:
              Presentations
CRITICAL REPORT/PAPER DUE

Meeting - 7
July 19, 2006

Presentations
CRITICAL REPORT/PAPER DUE

Assignment for Wednesday, July 26:
              Examination

Meeting - 8
July 26, 2006

EXAMINATION

 

 

 

 


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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
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. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 "WH".
  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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
1. If you are unable to attend you must contact the instructor by telephone (work – you may leave a voice mail if I am unavailable) or email (work or Park) at least two (2) hours before class starts or your absence will be considered unexcused.  The student must give a comprehensive reason for being absent in order for it to be excused (“I won't be in class tonight” is not a comprehensive reason).
3. An absence will only be considered excused if it concerns a medical or work related incident.  The instructor may request documentation for any absence.
4. Calling in to MetroPark and leaving a message that you will not be in class is not considered an excused absence.  


Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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