PO334 Public Personnel Administration

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PO 334 Public Personnel Administration


U1OO 2006 WO


White, Micheal R.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Dus. Admin.
M.A. Management
M.A. Public Administration

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

5 June - 30 July 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours


Human Resource Management in Public Service, Second Edition, Evan M. Berman, James S, Bowman, Jonathan P. West and Montgomery Van Wart, Sage Publications, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

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 instructors's educational phiolosophy is one of interactiveness based on readings, lecture, class discussion,individual homework and written exams.

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
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. 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
The assessment of learning will be conducted through written exams, homework, and class participation.

Class Participation      10%
Homework                 20%
Mid-Term Exam            35%
Final Exam               35%

The following scale will be used to determine letter grades:

A 90-100
B 80-90
C 70-80
D 60-70
F Below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Five points will be deducted for each week an assignment is late.  No homework will be accepted after the 7th night.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Participation in class discussions is expected and will be part of the final grade.  Students are expected to be at each class meeting and on time.  Students arriving late, leaving early or not attending will lose part of their class participation points.


Class Activities,



Meeting - 1,

Lecture/discussion on Public Service Heritage.,

Chapter 1,


Meeting - 2,

Lecture/discussion on Legal Rights and Responsibilities and Recruitment.,

Chapters 1 and 2,

Homework #1 due,

Meeting - 3,

Lecture/discussion on Selection and Position Management.

Review for Mid-Term Exam,

Chapters 4 and 5,

Homework #2 due,

Meeting - 4,

Lecture/discussion on Compensation. ,

Chapter 6,

(Chapters 1-5),

Meeting - 5,

Lecture/discussion on Employee-Friendly Policies and Training and Development.,

Chapters 7 and 8,

Homework #3 due,

Meeting - 6,

Lecture/discussion on Apprasial and Unions and the Government.,

Chapters 9 and 10,

Homework #4 due,

Meeting - 7,

Lecture/discussion on HRM and Productivity.

Review for Final Exam,

Chapter 11,

Homework #5 due,

Meeting - 8,

Overview/discussion on HRM in Public Service,


(Chapters 6-11),

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

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.

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. 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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