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PO 331 Public Organizations
Robinson, Randy


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.
CoursePO331 Public Organizations
SemesterU1J DN 2005
FacultyRobinson, Randy
TitleSenior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMPA
BA
Daytime Phone913.681.3200  x2116
E-MailRandy.Robinson@park.edu
R2R2@Mindspring.com
Randy.Robinson@jcw.org
Semester DatesJune 8 - July 27, 2005
Class Days---W---
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Understanding and Managing Public Organizations, Third Edition
Arthur:  Rainey, Hal
Publisher:  Jossey Bass
ISBN:  0-13-140371-0


Course Description:
A study dealing with public organization design and the impact public organizations have upon those who work in them or deal with them.  Topics include: public organization information and control systems, decision making in public organizations, the environment of public organizations, organizational behavior, and innovation in public organizations.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is based on lectures, readings class interactions written assignments and examinations.  The core philosophy is the interaction between the instructor and the students in discussing the readings assignments and how they related to personal experience and practical everyday application.  It is very important to have all reading assignments completed and come to class prepared for discussion and lively, but polite, discussion.  Looking for innovative solutions and challenging preconceived ideas is a vital part of the interaction between the instructor and students.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a basic level of knowledge and understanding of public organizations.
2. Define and identify public stakeholders and politics in public organizations.
3. Analyze and discuss the challenge of organizational design, authority, and control.
4. Explain ethics in public administration recognize ethical dilemmas.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of how organizations learn, grow and adapt.
6. Display a basic understanding of how to manage politics, conflict and power.

Course Assessment:
1. Attend classes regularly (See Attendance Policy).  
2. Be prepared for each class. Have the reading assignment finished for each class.  The course presentation includes lectures and discussion.  Class participation is 10% of the student's final grade (10 points).  Pop quizzes will be given should it become apparent students are not performing the assigned reading.  
3. There will be a final examination worth 25% of the total grade (25 points).  The final examination will include short and long answer and at least one essay question.  The examination will cover reading assignments as well as class lecture and discussion information.  
4. A critical report will be required for this course worth 25% of the student's total grade (25 points).  Instructions will be given in a separate handout.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  
5. The student will give a short presentation to the class on his/her critical report/paper worth 20% of the student's total grade (20 points).  
6. There will be two in-class team assignments worth a total of 20% of the student's grade (20 points).  Explanations and assignments will be given the day of the in-class activity.  
7. No late examinations will be given nor will late papers or assignments be accepted unless there is a valid excuse.  Missing an examination or handing in a late paper or assignment without a valid excuse will result in a "0" for the assignment or examination.  An absence will only be considered valid if it concerns a medical or work related incident.  The instructor may request documentation for any absence.
8. Cheating or plagiarism will result in an "F" for the course (see Section VII below).
9. If you have problems or questions please call me at my work number (you will probably get my voice mail – leave a detailed message and I will return your call) or email me at my Park University email address or work email address (see top of the page).

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late examinations will be given nor will late papers or assignments be accepted unless there is a valid excuse.  Missing an examination or handing in a late paper or assignment without a valid excuse will result in a "0" for the assignment or examination.  An absence will only be considered valid if it concerns a medical or work related incident.  The instructor may request documentation for any absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Wireless Communications - Turn off or turn to vibrate all cell phones and pagers.  Answering a cell phone or pager should ONLY be done if you are on-call for your job (you should inform the Instructor before class) or an emergency.  If you must answer a cell phone or pager please be courteous to others and leave the room.  You will be required to give an explanation to the Instructor for receiving the call or page.
Tardiness:  Chronic tardiness or unapproved early departures are discourteous and will not be tolerated and may result in a .5 unexcused absence.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
GRADES:   % POINTS:
90 - 100 = A EXAMINATION 25    25
80 -   89 = B CRITICAL REPORT/PAPER 25    25
70 -   79 = C IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS 20    20
60 -   69 = D REPORT PRESENTATION 20    20
   0 - 59 = F CLASS PARTICIPATION 10    10
TOTAL  100        100

 Class ActivitiesAssignmentsTests
Meeting - 1
June 8, 2005
Introductions
Class Discussion:  
               Chapter 1:  pages:   3 - 21
               Chapter 2:  pages: 22 - 54
Assignment for Wednesday, June 15:
               Chapter 3:  pages:  55 -  78
               Chapter 4:  pages:  79 -  98
               Chapter 5:  pages:  66 -126
 
Meeting - 2
June 15, 2005
Class Discussion:  
               Chapter 3:  pages:  55 -  78
               Chapter 4:  pages:  79 -  98
               Chapter 5:  pages:  66 -126
Assignment for Wednesday, June 22:
                Chapter 6:  pages: 127 – 150
                Chapter 7:  pages: 151 - 179
 
Meeting - 3
June 22, 2005
Class Discussion:  
                Chapter 6:  pages: 127 -  150
                Chapter 7:  pages: 151 – 179

                In-Class Assignment #1

Assignment for Wednesday, June 29:
                 Chapter   8:  pages: 180 – 218
                 Chapter   9:  pages:  219 - 247
                 Chapter 10:  pages:  248 – 28
 
Meeting - 4
June 29, 2005
Class Discussion:  
                 Chapter   8:  pages:  180 - 218
                 Chapter   9:  pages:  219 - 247
                 Chapter 10:  pages:  248 – 288
Assignment for Wednesday, July 6:
               Chapter 11:  pages:  289 - 331
               Chapter 12:  pages:  332 – 354
 
Meeting - 5
July 6, 2005
Class Discussion:  
               Chapter 11:  pages:  289 - 331
               Chapter 12:  pages:  332 – 354

                In-Class Assignment #2
Assignment for Wednesday, July 13:
               Chapter 13:  pages: 355 - 389
               Chapter 14:  pages: 390 - 424
 
Meeting - 6
July 13, 2005
Class Discussion:  
               Chapter 13:  pages 355 - 389
               Chapter 14:  pages 390 - 424
Assignment for Wednesday, July 20:
               Presentations
 
Meeting - 7
July 20, 2005
PresentationsAssignment for Wednesday, July 27:
               Examination
 
Meeting - 8
July 27, 2005
EXAMINATION  

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
ACADEMIC HONESTY:
“Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
PLAGIARISM:
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.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

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
ATTENDANCE POLICY:
1. Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  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”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
2. If you are unable to attend you must contact the instructor by telephone (work – you may leave a voice mail if I am unavailable) or email (work or Park) at least two (2) hours before class starts or your absence will be considered unexcused.  The student must give a comprehensive reason for being absent in order for it to be excused (“I won't be in class tonight” is not a comprehensive reason).
3. An absence will only be considered excused if it concerns a medical or work related incident.  The instructor may request documentation for any absence.
4. Calling in to MetroPark and leaving a message that you will not be in class is not considered an excused absence.  

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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