PO330 Public Administration

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PO 330 Public Administration


S1J 2009 DN


Swafford, Anne


Adjunct Faculty


B.A. Elementary Education, UMKC
Masters Degree - Public Administration, UMKC
Certified Mediator - NY Institute of Mediation

Office Location


Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

January 13, 2009 - March 3, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



Public Administration in America, Ninth Edition by Michael E. Milakovich and George J. Gordon, Thomson/Wadsworth, 2007, ISBN 0-495-00739-0

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Course Description:
PO 330 Public Administration: (LL) Principles and problems of public administration in America. Special attention is given to the problems of democratic control and development of basic concepts of the field. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Classes will be highly interactive.  Instructor will use lectures, readings, guest speakers, web sites, media articles, individual and group activities and exercises.  Primary methods used will be (1) learning by inquiry, reflection, and interaction, (2) learning by experience, and (3) learning by doing.  Discussions and written assignments are designed to develop the student's analytic and critical thinking skills as well as relating knowledge to current events and practical applications in government agencies.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe public administration in America and its historical developments.
  2. Describe bureaucratic organizations.
  3. Describe public personnel systems.
  4. Describe public budgetary systems.
  5. Describe public organization management.
  6. Describe administrative law procedures.
  7. Describe decision making in a public organization.
  8. Describe policy making in administrative agencies.
  9. Describe ethical considerations in public administration.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Written assignments related to text
Midterm and Final Exams
Class activities
6 quizzes


1,000 Total Points
Midterm = 160 points
Final Exam = 200 points
Quizzes = 120 points (20 points x 6 quizzes)
Class activities = 320 points (40 points x 8 sessions)
Written assignments = 200 points (40 points x 5 assignments)
Optional Bonus Points may be offered.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Points will be deducted for late assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.  Attend classes regularly and attend the entire sessions.  Activities and exercises are planned for each session for a total of 40 points per session.  If you arrive late to class or leave early, you will very likely miss an activity or exercise or quiz worth points you can not make up.
2.  Students are responsible for all material covered in class.
3.  Be prepared for class.  Complete the reading assignment for each class.  Be prepared to discuss the content by taking notes and reviewing study questions at the end of each chapter.  Written assignments are essential in preparing for class activities and exams.
4.  No portable telephones or pagers are allowed in class except for security or emergency medical personnel.
5.  If you have any questions or problems, contact the instructor by phone, email, or before, during, or after class.  Students are expected to check their Park email for messages from the instructor between classes.
6.  There are no excused absences except in extreme cases of illness or a family death or required military duty.  Each class missed results in a loss of 40 points for class activities.  If you know you will be missing a lot of classes, consider dropping the course or requesting an incomplete for the course.
7.  Take home exams must be turned in on time.  Points will be deducted for late exams.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

January 13, 2009

Syllabus review
Chapter 1 - Study of Public Administration Lecture
Computer lab exercise
Woodrow Wilson Essay
Quiz on chapter 1 lecture
Read chapter 1 in textbook
January 20, 2009

Review chapter 1.
Chapter 2 - Public Administration, Democracy and Bureaucratic Power
Group exercises.
Quiz on chapter 2.

Read chapter 2.

Written assignment due.

January 27, 2009


Review chapter 2
Chapter 3 - Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Lecture
Chapter 4 - Organizational Theory Lecture
Quiz on chapters 3 and 4.
Discuss take home midterm exam.

Read chapters 3 and 4.

Written assignment due.

February 3, 2009
Review chapters 3 and 4.
Chapter 5 - Decision Making Lecture
Group Exercises
Chapter 6 - Chief Executives and the Challenges of Administrative Leadership Lecture
Individual exercise on administrative ethics

Read chapters 5 and 6.

Midterm Exam due.

February 10, 2009

Review chapters 5 and 6.
Chapter 7 - Public Personnel Management
Group exercise
Role Play
Quiz on chapter 7

Read chapter 7. 

Written assignment due.


February 17, 2009

Review chapter 7.
Chapter 8 - Public Budgeting Lecture
Chapter 9 - Public Policy Lecture
Exercise on policy implementation
Group exercise
Quiz on chapters 8 and 9

Read chapters 8 and 9.

Written assignment


February 24, 2009

Handout on administrative law.
Chapter 10 - Performance Management Lecture
Chapter 11 - Administrative Law and Regulation Lecture
Computer Lab exercise
Quiz on chapters 10 and 11
Discuss Final Exam

Read chapters 10 and 11.

Written assignment
March 3, 2009

Review chapters 10 and 11.
Chapter 12 - Public Administration in a Time of Conflict and Social Change Lecture
Administrative Law Role Play
Discussion questions
Review of course
Read chapter 12.
Final Exam due.
Note:  The Instructor reserves the right to amend this schedule based on the progress and needs of the students.

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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