PO332 Public Budget & Finance

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KC Accelerated - Downtown Fall I 2004

  Park University PARK ACCELERATED PROGRAMS - DOWNTOWN PO-332 - Public Budget and Finance
Fall 1 Session
August 24, 2004 through October 12, 2004

Adjunct Instructor:
Jesse L. McLendon, MPA
Phone Number: (816) 454 5844 Phone hours 8:00AM to 9:00PM CST , Work: (816) 2646044 Ext 334
Jesse.McLendon@park.edu <mailto:Jesse.McLendon@park.edu> Home:
JLMcLendon@kc.rr.com <mailto:JLMcLendon@kc.rr.com >
3613 N. Wabash,
Kansas City, Missouri 64116-2882

Course Description

An analysis of public budgeting at the national, state and local levels of government, including the relationship of the federal budget to fiscal policy. The politics of the budgetary process are examined as well as various types of budgets. The influence of intergovernmental transfer payments is also reviewed. 3:0:3

I. Overview and Course Goals

The course is designed to present information describing the politics of the budget process and the relationship to revenue sources and budgeting. Budget types will also be discussed with relationship to the political process. Through "electronic teams," you will work with students many miles apart to complete projects and discuss issues in public budgeting and finance. I will serve as your facilitator and will encourage you to take responsibility for your learning processes. You will discover how to perform research for your papers and discussion topics using the World Wide Web, an extraordinary resource that is almost inexhaustible, and one that is available to you regardless of weather, holidays, or time of day.

The student will be provided with a practical view of budgeting and finance as it relates to the study of the public administration and provide a conceptual basis for the understanding relationship between public administration and the political system and its effect on society and governmental services and programs.

Each week, we will focus on budgeting issues, problems, etc., encountered by the professional through our discussions; these issues are reinforced and expanded in readings in our text.

II. Course Objectives

After completing this course, you should:

Know what budgeting and public finance is and why you should learn about it

Know the budgeting and finance functions of public organizations and who performs them

Know what the budgeting concept is and how it should affect strategy planning

Know a how to develop and inplement a budget

Know the variables that shape the environment of public budgeting and strategy planning

Understand how to screen and evaluate environmental strategy opportunities

Understand a scientific approach to budget research

Understand how social influences affect the public budget process

Understand how the economy affects budget and strategy planning

Note: Not only should you develop an understanding of the above concepts, but also an ability to apply them in your own personal and professional life.


III. Required Texts/Materials

Lynch, Thomas D., Public Budgeting in America, Prentice Hall, 4trh Ed., ISBN 0-13-735846

Rubin, Irene S., The Politics of Public Budgeting, Chatham House, 4th Ed., ISBN 1-889119-42-3


The class will meet each Tuesday night at 17:30 (5:30 pm) beginning August 24, 2004 and ending October 17, 2004. The Class September 14th class will meet on September 18th at the North Kansas City City Hall 2010 Howell, North Kansas City to observe the public budget hearings on the City's FY2004-FY2005 budget. During each class period selected students will be required to present a summary of the assigned readings of the week. The Budget proposal will be presented the last night for class.

Aug 24th 1 Public Budgeting in America Chapter 1 - Public Budgeting in Context The Politics of Public Budgeting Chapter 1 - The Politics of Public Budgets
Aug 31st 2 Public Budgeting in America Chapter 6 - Analytical Processes The Politics of Public Budgeting Chapter 3 - The Political Process Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation
Sept 7th 3 Public Budgeting in America Chapter 2 - Towards Modern Budgeting The Politics of Public Budgeting Chapter 4 - Budget Formats and Preparation Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation
Sept 18th Meet at the North Kansas City - City Hall 4 Public Budgeting in America Chapter 3 - Budget Behavior The Politics of Public Budgeting Chapter 5 - The Politics of Expenditures: Managing Competition, Accountabilty, and Acceptability
Sept 21st 5 Public Budgeting in America Chapter 7 - Operating Budgets and Accounting The Politics of Public Budgeting Chapter 8 - Budget Implementation and Control Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation
Sept 8th 6 Public Budgeting in America Chapter 9 - Revenue Systems The Politics of Public Budgeting Chapter 2 - Revenue Politics Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation
Oct 5th 7 Public Budgeting in America Chapter 8 - Captial Budgeting and Debt Administration Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation
Oct 12th 8 The Politics of Public Budgeting Chapter 2 - Budget Execution: The Politics of Adaptation Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentatiom Presentation of Budget

V. Grading Policy

Grading Criteria – The lesson plan for this course consists of class participation, a weekly reading summaries, weekly discussions, and budget assignment. Class participation in discussions will be an influential component of the student’s grade. The quality and quantity of the student’s participation will be evaluated regularly the instructor, but missed work must be made up within the week. The assignment grade will be lowered one half letter grade for each day the assignment (Weekly Reading Summary, Final, Budget Assignment) is late. Assignments maybe e-mailed at anytime.

Weekly Reading Summary and Presentation 25%
Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation 25%
Budget Assignment 30%
Class Participation 15%
Attendance 5%

Grading Scale I will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your average grade throughout the term. The grading scale is: A = 90 - 100; B = 80 - 89; C = 70 - 79; D = 60 - 69; F = 0 - 59.

VI. Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is the prerequisite for academic study. Academic dishonesty is inimical to the spirit of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, and other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

Plagiarism, the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work, sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. This does not make it less serious. However, students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their course faculty member.

VII. Participation and Attendance

Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The attendance policy established by the University and outlined on page 82 of the 2001-2002 Park University Undergraduate Catalog will be strictly followed. “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”. Students are encouraged to discuss all absences with the instructor to determine the classification of the absence. Job and most family related absences are considered excused if the instructor is advised in advance. All course work must be made up within one week of the missed class. The student is only allowed two excused absences during the term and they can not be consecutive.

The grade for course work that is late will be lowered one letter grade for each week the assignment is late. The assignment can be e-mailed or faxed to meet this requirement.

All cell phones and pagers must be turned off or to vibrate. Any student who leaves class to answer a phone call or page will have their grade for that days attendance lowered one letter grade for each phone call or page. Calls and pages can be returned on the break.