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PO 331 Public Organizations
Swafford, Anne


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Course

PO 331 Public Organizations

Semester

U1J 2007 DN

Faculty

Swafford, Anne

Title

Adjunct Faculty/Political Science and Public Administration

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Elementary Education - UMKC
MPA - Organizational Behavior - UMKC
Certified Mediator - Institute for Mediation - NY

Office Hours

By Request

Daytime Phone

816-363-7892

E-Mail

anne.swafford@park.edu

Semester Dates

June 6 - July 25, 2007

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM, Room 910

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 
Images of Organization by Gareth Morgan, 06 Revised Edition, Sage Publications, ISBN 1-4129-3979-8
A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker, Fourth Edition, ISBN 0-312-40684-3

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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:

 
Classes will be interactive.  Instructor will use lectures, readings, exams, quizzes, written assignments, guest speakers, internet web sites, media articles, individual and group actiities, case studies, and evaluative instruments.  A term paper is required to enhance analytic and critical thinking skills as well as relating knowledge to practical applications in government.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the major historical organization theories in public administration
  2. Analyze organizational communication theories
  3. Assess the relationship between politics and public organizations in America
  4. Evaluate control systems for public organizations
  5. Illustrate theories of organizational behavior and conflict resolution


Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures Departmental Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities.  The core assessment for this course is a term paper on a specific public organization and will account for at least 20% of the total grade for the course and cover all five of the Core Learning Outcomes. 


Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Examinations, quizzes, papers, written assignments

Grading:

 
1,000 Total Points
 
5 written assignments (50 points each) - 250 points
 
5 short quizzes (40 points each) - 200 points
 
Term Paper - 200 points
 
Midterm Exam - 150 points
 
Final Exam - 200 points
 
Extra Credit Work approved by the instructor may result in bonus points.
 
90 - 100% =  A
80 -  89%  =  B
70 -  79%  =  C
60 -  69%  =  D
Below 60 % = F

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.   Do not arrive late or leave early.  If you miss a class, contact the instructor by phone or email the next day to obtain makeup assignments. 
 
Scheduled quizzes will be given at the end of a class.  If you are absent for a quiz, it can not be taken later so you will not get the possible 40 points for the quiz.
 
There are no excused absences.
 
2.  Students are responsible for all material covered in class while they are absent.
 
3.  Be prepared for class.  Have the reading assignment finished for each class.  This means that you have read the assignment and are prepared to discuss it or participate in a small group exercise in class.  Turn in written assignments on due dates.
 
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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The instructor reserves the right to amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.

June 6, 2007

1)Overview of Book - Looking at public organizations through the use of metaphors.
2)Mechanistic Organizations, Classical Management Theory,and Scientific Management
3)Syllabus Review 4)Intro to Term Paper
5)Intro to KC,MO and other government related web sites for research
5)Quiz

1)Chapters 1 & 2 - Morgan
2)Assignment #1 (Will be emailed to students by May 31st)
3)Hacker - pages 100 -111

 

June 13, 2007

1)Guest Speakers from the City of KC,MO
2)Chapter 3 - Public organizations as organisms
3) Hacker - Resources for term paper and MLA format for Works Cited List.
4) Assessment of punctuation, capitalization and spelling skills.
5) Quiz

1)Chapter 3 - Morgan
2)KC,MO 2005-06 Annual Report (KC,MO web site)
3)Governing Magazine (Governing web site) 2000 Report Card on Cities - See KC
4)Assignment 2 - (See email -Questions for KC speakers and worksheet)

 

June 20, 2007

1)Guest Speakers from the City of KC,MO.
2) Chapter 4 - Organizations as Brains
3) Group Work - Public Administration Review articles on metaphors.
4)Hacker - Writing a term paper and works cited list format
4)Individual Exercise - (Computer Lab)Prepare a draft of a works cited list from resources identified to date for term paper.
4)Term Paper Outline - Review and get feedback in groups.
5) Quiz

1)Chapter 4 - Morgan
2)Hacker - pages 113-123
3)Assignment #3 - on Google (See email)Conference article on Max Weber and worksheet

 

June 27, 2007

1)Chapter 5 - Cultures in public organizations
2)Group Discussion of PAR articles
3) Hacker - MLA in text citations
4) Group work - relating term paper research to text and KC information

1)Midterm Exam (Chapters 1-5)
2)Chapter 5 - Morgan
3) Hacker - pages 128-134

 

July 4, 2007

Note: This is a national holiday.  We will decide on an alternate date this session by consensus during the June 6th class.
1) Speaker from KC,MO
2)Chapter 6 - Public Organizations as Political Systems
3) Hacker - MLA format
4) Group discussion of article in PA Times
5)Quiz

1) Chapter 6 - Morgan
2)Hacker - pages 148-154
3) Assignment #4 (See email) Questions for speakers and worksheet

 

July 11, 2007

1) Chapter 7 - Public Organizations as Psychic Prisons
2) Chapter 8 - Organization as Flux and Transformation

1)Draft of Term Paper due
2)Chapters 7 and 8 - Morgan

 

July 18, 2007

1) Draft term papers will be returned for editing
2) Chapter 9 - Public Organizations as Instruments of Domination
3) Chapter 10 - The Challenge of Metaphor
4) Group Work -Work with a partner to edit draft of term paper.
5) Quiz

1) Chapters 9 and 10 - Morgan
2)Assignment #5 (See email)

 

July 25, 2007

1) Discussion of findings from term papers.
2) Chapter 11 - Reading and Shaping Organizational Life
3)Final Exam - Case Study

1) Final Exam (Chapters 6-11)
2)Chapter 11 - Morgan
3)Revised Term Paper Due

 

 

 

 

 


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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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper explains and relates five major organization theories (Classical, orthodoxy, neo-classical, structural, and systems) to a specific public organization.

 
Paper explains five major organization theories and identifies the theory most descriptive of a specific public organization

 
Paper explains five major organization theories

 
Paper explains less than five organization theories

 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper analyzes a variety of communication techniques used in a specific organization and ties them to theory

 
Paper analyzes the predominate communication technique used in a specific organization and ties it to theory

 
Paper analyzes the predominate communication techniques used in a specific organization

 
Paper fails to analyze communication techniques used in a specific organization

 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Paper clearly assesses the impact of the appropriate political body on the operation of a specific public organization and judges the effectiveness of control systems utilized to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and legality in its operation




 
Paper explains the responsibilities and interrelationship between the appropriate political body and a specific public organization and judges the effectiveness of control systems utilized to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and legality in its operations

 
Paper explains the responsibilities and interrelationship between the appropriate political body and a specific public organization and identifies its control systems

 
Paper does not explain interrelationship between an organization and its political body or identify control systems in place

 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Paper demonstrates proper use of terminology with no errors

 
Paper demonstrates proper use of terminology with no more than one error

 
Paper demonstrates proper use of terminology with no more than two errors

 
Paper shows three or more errors

 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with no errors










 
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with one error

 
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with two errors

 
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with three or more errors

 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper illustrates how specific organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues within an organization support theory and unique features caused by the public nature of the organization












 
Paper illustrates how specific organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues within an organization support theory

 
Paper describes organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues within an organization

 
Paper contains no information on organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no errors in paper format items:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.



 
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no more than 5 errors in:  MLA. spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no more than 10 errors in:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Artifact does not communicate effectively and contains more than 10 errors in:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Each section of the paper communicates effectively and demonstrates no errors in paper format items: MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.

 
Each section of the paper communicates effectively and demonstrates no more than one error in: MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.

 
Each section of the paper communicates effectively and demonstrates no more than two errors in:  MLA , spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
No section communicates effectively 

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