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PO 330 Public Administration
Bernier, Kenneth A.


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.

Course

PO 330 Public Administration

Semester

S2T 2006 DL

Faculty

Bernier, Kenneth A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

• Master's of Science in Administrative Management, Public Administration, Bowie State University (University System of Maryland), 05/98.
• Bachelor of Science, Public Administration, Upper Iowa University, 10/95.
• Master's Online Teaching Certificate, Illinois Online Network, University of Illinois, 02/02.

Office Location

9201 Mabry Ave NE    Albuquerque, NM 87109

Office Hours

9AM-5PM

Daytime Phone

(505) 797-0757

E-Mail

Kenneth.Bernier@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

13 March 2006 - 7 May 2006

Class Days

Online

Class Time

Online

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Public Administration in America, (8 th ed.)

Public Administration Workbook, (4th ed). This workbook is as essential to the course as is the primary text


Course 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:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is to incorporate materials that are required for the course and current events in the field of Public Administration.  The facilitator will encourage effective communications and create a student-to-student and instructor-to-student environment that will make everyone feel that they are contibuting to the course.

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:
Position Questions
200    20%    Weeks 1,2,3,4,6

Discussion of Issues
106    10.6%  Weekly

Analysis of Interviews
20     2%     Week 3

How's Your Political Savvy?
84     8.4%   Weekly

Workgroup Project
100    10%    Week 5

Workbook Exercises
240    24%    Weeks 3,4,6,7
Exercise 5
Exercise 6
Exercise 12 & 13
Exercises 16 & 17

Final Examination
250    25%     Week 8

Total
1000 points    100%

Grading:
You will be able to track your average throughout the course by means of the Gradebook.

The grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59. The exam will count 25% of your total grade. You will know in advance the standards for each assignment.

Course Grading Scale – you will be able to keep track of your grade throughout the semester using the Gradebook.

A = 90- 100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = < 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Unless granted by the instructor before the fact, there are no excuses for late work.  Each day an assignment is late, your grade will drop 25%.  After four days, the assignment will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The student must access the course web site two times each week.  Part of this access will include posting to the weekly assignments and also posting to a minimum of two of your classmates' postings.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
During Week 1, we begin to focus on the nature and structure of Public Administration in our country; looking at executive structure of the national, state, and local levels. We will attempt to define bureaucracy and look at its growth in the governmental arena. We will examine the similarities and differences in the public and private enterprise as it relates to all sectors of our populations. Ethics and values in public administration is a concern of the public in general. We will utilize class conference in week 1 to examine this topic. We will look at the interplay of public bureaucracy and political power; their interrelationships and conflicts.

During Week 2, we will examine Politics and Bureaucracy. Here's our chance to look at the political world and the world of the bureaucrat as they differ and interrelate. We'll look at real and implied power and the political subsystems in the United States. We'll examine Federalism. We'll also look at how governments relate. We will begin exploration of bureaucratic leadership and the “reigns of authority”. We'll look at viewpoints in leadership by interviewing a government official and an executive of national bureaucracy.

During Week 3, we will look at the maze of government regulation. We'll look at benefits derived from various regulation and regulation causing great dispute. We'll also go into the area of Administrative law; looking at the letter of the law and the implications. An workbook exercise which demonstrates this will be accomplished.

During Week 4, the study of ethics and leadership will be examined. We will examine all governmental levels of leadership, what is expected of our leaders and management techniques that make it possible for our leaders to govern. We will complete an exercise from the workbook that gives us a chance to take an ethical stand.

During Week 5, we will become familiar with Public Personnel Administration and Human Resource Development in the public sector, paying specific attention to the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. We will do assigned workbook exercises jointly to highlight important aspects of this area. We will be paying special attention to the process of Collective Bargaining. You will be asked to post your response to a CB from your workbook in lieu of a discussion question.
 
During Week 6, we will begin working with Public Budgeting and areas associated with budgets at all levels. We will examine governmental budgets and fiscal policy as they relate to modern government budgeting. Approaches to budgeting from the Executive Branch setting the nature of the Federal Budgeting process through the various stages will be highlighted. We will begin with Line Item Budgeting and all its ramifications. We will then explore Performance Budgeting, Program Planning Budgeting, Zero-based Budgeting and various other budgeting methods.

During Week 7, we will begin to integrate the preceding parts of this course and put them to work in our study of Public Policy Making and Rational Decision Making. We will take an objective and subjective look at evaluation policy. We will explore the extremely important tools of Cost Benefit and Cost Effectiveness analysis. We will put this work in motion from the implementation process through the proposal stage and then utilizing Rational Decision Making and Critical Path Analysis as our techniques. We will look at the ramifications of decision making the Public Sector. We will take an objective and subjective look at evaluation policy. We'll look at the intended and unintended consequences of policy making. Lastly, we then look at the future need of decision reevaluation given changing conditions, concerned publics, a different political climate and opportunities and changes in the global environment.

During Week 8,we examine the future need of decision making, leadership and government given changing conditions, concerned publics, a different political climate and opportunities and changes in the global environment. What will Public Administration become in this, the 21st Century? Finally, an evaluation of concepts discovered in this course will be assessed through a Final Proctored Examination. This Proctored Examination will be taken in person at a Park University Resident Center; or at an alternative location approved by the Instructor when no Park University site is available. The student will be responsible for acquiring an acceptable proctor approved by the instructor. It is the responsibility of the Instructor to reject any proctor deemed unacceptable to.

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
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.  

Definitions

Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
Plagiarism involves the use of quotation 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 assignments (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
Collusion with other students on work to be completed by each individual student.
Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.
Procedure

In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park University.  Park University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the 2004-2005 Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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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