Additional Resources: A. Dubnick, Melvin J. and Romzek, Barbara S., "American Public Administration", Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991.
B. Schuman, David and Olufs, III, Dick W., "Public Administration in the United States", d.C. Heath and Company, 1993.
http://www.wadsworth.comCourse Description: Principles and problems of public administration in America. Special attention is given to the problems of democratic control and the development of basic concepts of the field. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: Lecture, discussion, practical application and four examinations.
Learning Outcomes:1. Understand the growth of public administration and government burescracy that has been a prominent feature of American society.
2. Understand that contemporary public administration has been powerfully influenced by the broader governmental system of which it is a part; by past and present political and administrative values; and by contemporary social change.
3. Know the role that expectations, and the management of expectations, play in shaping the intentions and behavior of American public administrators.
4. Know the concept of ecology and the framework of the orgaanization of the ecology as it applies to the study of public administration.
5, Recognize the various facets of the physical and technological ecology that can impact on the work of pubic administration.
6. Recognize three major sources of ecological influence on American public administration: demographics, cultural values, and economic factors.
7. Know that governmental institutions act as ecological influences on American public administration.
8. Recognize the policy making dimension of the public administration ecology.
9. Identify the influence of personal ecology factors on the work of American public administrators. the needs of public employees, and employees' strategies for fulfilling work-related needs.
10. Identify public organizations as means and mechanisms for managing the many expectations that emerge from the ecology of public administration.
11. Know the dynamics that occur in organizations because they are staffed by people whose norms, values, and behavior reflect many of the expectations that public administration seeks to manage.
12. Understand the issues of public personnel management.
Course Assessment: Examinations:
A. First major exam........Chapters 1 through 3
B. Second major exam.......Chapters 4 through 7
C. Third major exam........Chapters 8 through 10
D. Fourth major exam.......Chapters 11 through 12
Grading: Examinations: Four 100 points each, 400 points.
Class participation is worth 5% of total points.
Grading Policy: The final course grade will be determined as follows: "A"...90% or over; "B"...80% to 89.9; "C"...70% to 79.9; "D"...60% to 69.9; "F"...Below 60% OR three unexcused absences.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late material handed in because of excusable reasons (TAD, etc.,) will not be docked a letter grade. However, if late material is because of unexcused reasons, the material will be docked a letter grade.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to attend all classes and to be on time. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (Illness, TAD, etc.,) are excusable; however, the student will make up the missed class through an appropriate assignment. Two unexcused absences are considered excessive. Academic honesty is required of all students. The university will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, papers, or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty will be given a failing grade for this course and may be expelled from the university.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: DATE CHAPTER/ASSIGN TOPIC
WK of 15 Aug Chapter 1 Approaching the Study of Public Adm
" " Chapter 2 Public Adm, Democracy, and Political Sys
WK of 22 Aug Chapter 3 Bureaucratic Politics and Bureaucartic Pw
" " Exam I Case studies/Discussion
WK of 29 Aug Chapter 4 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
" " Chapter 6 Decision Making in Administration
WK of 5 Sep Chapter 7 Chief Executives and Adm Leadership
" " Exam II Case studies/Discussion
WK of 12 Sep Chapter 8 Public Personnel Administration
" " Chapter 8 Human Resource Development
WK of 19 Sep Chapter 9 Government Budgeting
" " Chapter 10 Public Policy and Management
WK of 26 Sep Exam III Case studies/Discussion
" " Chapter 11 Government Regs and Administrative Law
WK of 3 Oct Chapter 12 Conclusion
" " Exam IV Case studies/Discussion
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
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 89
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