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PO 334 Public Personnel Administration
Sturner, Peter C.


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
SemesterF2J2004
FacultySturner, Peter C.
TitleSenior Instructor
Degrees/CertificatesMasters of Public Affairs
BA Sociology
Office LocationThompson Center, Parkville Campus
Office Hours08:00 - 15:00 M-F or by appointment
Daytime Phone816-584-6226
Other Phone816-584-6444
E-Mailpete.sturner@park.edu
psturner@kc.rr.com
Semester DatesOctober 25 - December 19, 2004
Class Days---W---
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Dennis M. Daley, Strategic Human Resource Management Prentice Hall Publishers, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2002  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:
Professor Sturner's educational philosophy recognizes the different learning styles of adult learners.  Therefore the class material will be delivered in a variety of ways including lectures, readings, group work, class discussion, class projects, videos, examinations, writing and the use of the Internet.  Students will be required to analyze and think critically about the material learned.  Students will also be required to give and defend their own opinions regarding the course material.

Learning Outcomes:
COURSE OBJECTIVES: at the end of this course the student will:
• Have a better understanding of public personnel systems
• Understand U S Supreme Court decisions which effect employment issues
• Understand the Civil Service Reform Act
• Become familiar with affirmative action
• Become familiar with government employment issues
• Become familiar with performance appraisals
• Become familiar with public employment unions

Course Assessment:
COURSE ASSESSMENT: Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on projects, writing assignments, and examinations.  There will also be opportunities to work in groups, and to be assessed based on individual and group performance.

Grading:

Grades will be determined as follows:

A  90-100%
B  80-89%
C  70-79%
D  60-69%
F  less than 60%

10%  Attendance
15%  Class participation
25%  Mid-term exam
25%  Final exam
25%  Class assignments

Late Submission of Course Materials:
:  Late assignments will be dropped a letter grade unless prior arrangements have been made with your instructor.  No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Attend class and be prompt.  Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade.  Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period

2. The instructor must know in advance that you will not be in class in order for you to receive an excused absence.  The instructor can be reached via e-mail at pete.sturner@park.edu or by phone 816-584-6226.  I can also be reached via the Park University Department of Public Safety Dispatcher at 816-584-6444.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.

3. Be prepared for class.  This means that you have read the appropriate assignments and are prepared to discuss them in class.  

4. Examinations.  There will be a mid-term and a final exam.  All questions will be essay type.  Both examinations will be take-home.  They will be due on a certain date.  Late examinations will receive a reduction of one letter grade.

5. Because this is an evening class and some students may not have adequate time between work and class to have dinner, it is okay to bring food and drink (non-alcoholic) ? to class.  However, be sure to place your trash in the proper receptacle.  Also if you spill something you are responsible to clean it up.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
COURSE TOPICS/ DATES/ ASSIGNMENTS:

October 27 Introductions and orientation.
 
November 3 Read Chapter 1
Lecture/Class Discussion:  Organization of the Personnel Function
Class Activity:  Discuss how the human resources function works in your agency
                         Video: The Last Hurrah

November 10     Read Chapter 2
Lecture/Class Discussion: Human Resource Planning
Class Activity: Human Resource Planning Exercise

November 17 Read Chapter 3
Lecture/Class Discussion: Motivation and productivity
Class Activity: Strategic Planning Exercise

November 24 Read Chapters 4-5
Lecture/Class Discussion: Position Management & Staffing
Class Activity: Hiring Exercise
MID-TERM EXAM DUE 11/24

December 1 Read Chapters 6-7
Lecture/Class Discussion: Compensation & Performance Appraisals
Class Activity: Performance Appraisal Exercise

December 8 Read Chapter 8, 9 & 10
Lecture/Class Discussion:  Training, Employees Rights and Labor Relations
Class Activity: Job Evaluation Exercise, Negotiation Exercise

December 15 FINAL EXAM DUE

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
Plagiarism, even unintentional, will result in a grade of F on the paper.

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


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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