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PO 334 Public Personnel Administration
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.
CoursePO 334 Public Personnel Administration DN
SemesterF2J2005
FacultyRobinson, Randy
TitleSenior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesBA
MPA
Daytime Phone913-681-3200  ext 2116
E-MailRandy.Robinson@park.edu
Randy.Robinson@jcw.org
Semester DatesOctober 26 - December 14, 2005
Class Days---W---
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Strategic Human Resource Management:  People and Performance Management in the Public Sector,

Author:  Daley, Dennis M.

Publisher:  Prentice Hall

ISBN:  0-13-028260-X


Course Description:
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 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 readings 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 discussion and lively, but polite, debate.  Looking for innovative solutions and challenging preconceived ideas is a vital part of the interaction between the instructor and students.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1.  Demonstrate a basic level of knowledge and understanding of personnel management and their systems in government and nonprofit agencies.
2.  Analyze and discuss the challenge of the functions of personnel management including recruitment, selection, promotion, performance appraisal, discipline and termination.
3.  Define and identify current issues and trends in human resource/personnel administration.
4.  To become acquainted with the challenges that public personnel administrators face on a day-to-day basis.
5.  Recognize and explain ethical dilemmas.

Course Assessment:
1.  Attend classes regularly (See Attendance Below).  
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 one 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 report on the human resource/personnel administration of your organization, or an organization you are familiar with, will be required for this course.  The report is worth 25% of the student's total grade (25 points).  Instructions will be given in a separate handout.  
5.  The student will give a short presentation to the class on his/her report worth 20% of the student's total grade (20 points).  
6.  There will be five in-class assignments worth a total of 20% of the student's grade (4 points each for a total of 20 points).  Explanations and assignments will be given the day of the in-class activity.  There are no make-up assignments; if you miss the in-class activity you do not get the points for that assignment.  
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 Section VII 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).

Grading:
Points:
25     EXAMINATION
25     REPORT          
20     IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS
20     REPORT PRESENTATION
10     CLASS PARTICIPATION
100    TOTAL        

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:
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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The instructor may change or alter the course topics and assignments to fit the needs of class.

WeekDateAssignments
       1October 26, 2005Class Discussion:  
        Chapter 1:  Organization of the Personnel Function
                            Pages 1 - 30


Assignment for November 2:
         Read:
               Chapter 2:  Planning
                                  Pages 31 – 51
       2November 2,  2005Class Discussion:  
        Chapter 2:  Planning
                           Pages 31 - 51

Assignment for November 9:
         Read:
               Chapter 3:  Motivation and Productivity
                                  Pages 52 – 73
       3November 9, 2005Class Discussion:  
        Chapter 3:  Motivation and Productivity
                            Pages 52 - 73

Assignment for November 16:
         Read:
               Chapter 4:  Position Management
                                  Pages 74 – 97
       4November 16, 2005Class Discussion:  
        Chapter 4:  Position Management
                            Pages 74 - 97

Assignment for November 23:
         Read:
               Chapter 5:  Staffing
                                  Pages 98 – 128
          REPORT DUE
       5November 23, 2005Report Due
Class Discussion:  
        Chapter 5:  Staffing
                            Pages 98 - 128

Assignment for November 30:
         Read:
               Chapter 6:  Compensation
                                  Pages 129 - 170
       6November 30, 2005Class Discussion:  
        Chapter 6:  Compensation
                            Pages 129 - 170

Assignment for December 7:
         Read:
               Chapter 7:  Performance Appraisal
               Chapter 9:  Employee Rights
                                  Pages 171 – 215 & 235 – 266
          PRESENTATIONS
       7December 7, 2005Class Discussion:  
        Chapter 7:  Performance Appraisal
         Chapter 9:  Employee Rights
                                  Pages 171 – 215 & 235 - 266


Presentations

Assignment for December 14:
               EXAMINATION DUE
               PRESENTATIONS
       8December 14, 2005EXAMINATION DUE
PRESENTATIONS

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. Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
2. 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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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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