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PO 334 Public Personnel Administration
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.

Course

PO 334 Public Personnel Administration

Semester

F2J 2006 DN

Faculty

Robinson, Randy

Title

Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MPA

Daytime Phone

913-715-8560

E-Mail

Randy.Robinson@Park.edu

Randy.Robinson@jcw.org

Semester Dates

October 25 - December 13, 2006

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Strategic Human Resource Management:  People and Performance Management in the Public Sector, Author:  Daley, Dennis M. Publisher:  Prentice Hall ISBN:  0-13-028260-X

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:
Analysis of the various functions of public personnel administration including: recruitment, placement, training, salary, evaluation, retirement, personnel problems, labor relations, collective bargaining, ethics, merit systems, and EEO programs. 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, debate.  Looking for innovative solutions and challenging preconceived ideas is a vital part of the interaction between the instructor and students.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain merit systems and how they are used in governmental administrative systems; compare merit systems with non-merit systems and the appropriateness of both; and review recent approaches to performance appraisal.
  2. Explain compensation and benefit packages for public employees and how they are structured.
  3. Delineate the purposes of training and development programs for public employees.
  4. Provide an explanation of recruitment and selection methods used in public employment; and evaluate such methods in terms of their ability to provide governments with appropriate personnel.
  5. Review the legal bases for collective bargaining in the public sector; and examine the various forms of such collective bargaining and evaluate the positives and negatives of such collective bargaining on the public sector.


Core Assessment:

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 the Final Exam and will account for at least 20% of the total grade for the course and cover at least three of the Core Learning Outcomes. 

Class Assessment:
1.  Be prepared for each class. Have the reading assignment finished for each class.  The course presentation includes lectures and discussion.   2.  There will be one take home examination.  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.   3.  A report on the human resource/personnel administration of your organization, or an organization you are familiar with, will be required for this course.   4.  The student will give a short presentation to the class on his/her report. 5.  The student is required to bring to class an article from the Internet, newspaper, magazine, etc. that illustrates each week's topic beginning with Week #2.  The student should be prepared to discuss their article and how it relates to the required reading.   6.  The student will work in a team setting to make a presentation based on one of the assigned exercises in the textbook.

Grading:
1. Attend classes regularly (See Attendance – Above).   2. Be prepared for each class. Have the reading assignment finished for each class.  The course presentation includes lectures and discussion.  Class participation is 15% of the student's final grade (15 points).  Pop quizzes will be given should it become apparent students are not performing the assigned reading.   Part of a student's participation grade and overall evaluation will be to work in a team setting to make a presentation based on one of the assigned exercises in the textbook 3. There will be one take home examination worth 20% of the total grade (20 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 report on the human resource/personnel administration of your organization, or an organization you are familiar with, will be required for this course.  The report is worth 20% of the student's total grade (20 points).  Instructions will be given in a separate handout.   5. The student will give a short presentation to the class on his/her report worth 20% of the student's total grade (20 points).   6. In addition to your reading assignment, the student is required to bring to class an article from the Internet, newspaper, magazine, etc. that illustrates each week's topic beginning with Week #2.  The student should be prepared to discuss their article and how it relates to the required reading.  The Instructor will randomly pick students to present and discuss their article.  Each student will be required to present their article at least once during the 8-week class period.  There is no make up for these assignments.  If you fail to turn-in the assignment or are unable to respond when call on in class, you will receive zero (0) points for that assignment.  The articles are worth a total of 25% (25 points): • Strategic HR Planning (Week 2) • Communication (Week 3) • Job Analysis or Job Evaluation (Week 4) • Recruitment or Retention or Testing (Week 5) • Pay or Pay Structure or Pay Policies (Week 6) 7. Part of a student's participation grade and overall evaluation will be to work in a team setting to make a presentation based on one of the assigned exercises in the textbook.  Assignments will be given on the first night of class. 8. 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. 9. Cheating or plagiarism will result in an "F" for the course (see Section VII below). 10. If you have problems or questions please call me at my work number 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:
The instructor may change or alter the course topics and assignments to fit the needs of class.

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Class Discussion,

Assignments,

REMINDERS,

Meeting - 1
October 25, 2006,

Chapter 1:  Organization of the Personnel Function
                     Pages 1 - 30

How does HR function work in your organization?
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Read:
Chapter 2:  Planning
                    Pages 31 – 51
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Meeting - 2
November 1, 2006,

Chapter 2:  Planning
                     Pages 31 - 51
 
In-Class Activity #1 – Strategic Planning, Exercise 3
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Read:               Chapter 3:  Motivation and Productivity
                                        Pages 52 – 73
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Meeting - 3
November 8, 2006,

Chapter 3:  Motivation and Productivity
                     Pages 52 - 73
         
In-Class Activity #2 – Hiring, Exercise 5
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Read:
Chapter 4:  Position Management
                                         Pages 74 – 97
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Meeting - 4
November 15, 2006,

Chapter 4:  Position Management
Pages 74 - 97
       
In-Class Activity #3 – Job Analysis, Exercise 1
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Read:
Chapter 5:  Staffing
                                         Pages 98 – 128
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REPORT DUE NEXT WEEK
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Meeting - 5
November 22, 2006,

Chapter 5:  Staffing
                   Pages 98 - 128

In-Class Activity #4 – Job Evaluation, Exercise 2
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Read:
Chapter 6:  Compensation
                                         Pages 129 - 170
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REPORT DUE
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Meeting - 6
November 29, 2006,

Chapter 6:  Compensation
                            Pages 129 – 170
         In-Class Activity #5 – Performance Appraisal, Exercise 6
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Read:
Chapter 7:  Performance Appraisal
               Chapter 9:  Employee Rights
                                         Pages 171 – 215 & 235 – 266
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PRESENTATIONS NEXT TWO WEEKS
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Meeting - 7
December 6, 2006,

Chapter 7:  Performance Appraisal
       
Chapter 9:  Employee Rights
                   Pages 171 – 215 & 235 - 266
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                      EXAMINATION DUE,

PRESENTATIONS
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Meeting - 8
December 13, 2006,

PRESENTATIONS,

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EXAMINATION DUE
PRESENTATIONS
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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 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
1.  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).
2.  An absence will only be considered excused if it concerns a medical or work related incident.  The instructor may request documentation for any absence.
3.  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. 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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Last Updated:9/23/2006 10:42:59 PM