PO330 Public Administration

for F2LL 2006

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PO 330 Public Administration


F2LL 2006 LR


Bohannon, Alan L.


Instructor / Adjunct Faculty

Office Location


Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone






Semester Dates

16 Oct - 10 Dec 2006

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours


Milakovich, Michael & Gordan, George., "Public Administration in America", 8th Ed., Wadsworth, Belmont, CA  2004.   ISBN: 0-534-61857-X

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Binder, "Research & Term Paper Guide" and "Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format Guide", supplied by Instructor.

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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:
To provide the student with an understanding of public administration to include, but not limited to, budgets, personnel, policy and procedures and public perceptions of administrative practices within organizations.  This course will attempt to teach each student the importance of public administration within a democratic society. Lecture, discussions, and problem solving individually and in-groups will take place in the classroom.  Prior to each scheduled class, the student is required to read assigned chapters and do any written work assigned.  Testing will include two bi-weekly exams and a final, as well as a research paper.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the growth of Public Administration (PA) and examine PA as a field of study.
  2. Describe the governmental system in which PA and policy making operate and examine the underlying values of American administrative practice.
  3. Know the focus of bureaucratic power and the role of the "bureauratic state."
  4. Recognize the dynamic nature of federalism and intergrovernmental (national/state/local) relations.
  5. Review the evolution of organizational theory and discuss the internal dynamics of organization.
  6. Examine administrative decision making as well as ethics, rationality, personal & organizational goals and other influences.
  7. Analyze administrative leadership as it relates to chief executives and thier organizations.
  8. Understand the personnel & human resources development function, training, and skills development.
  9. Examine the budget process.
  10. Explore the subject of managing public policies and programs.
  11. Discuss the regulatory process which impacts every part of American economics and social life.
  12. Explain how PA interacts within the context of citizens, risk and uncertainty.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
The final course grade will be determined using the following measuresments: Exam 1 (Chapters 1,2,3, & 4) Exam 2 (Chapters 5,6, & 7) Final  (Chapters 8,9,10,11, & 12) 8-10 Page Research Paper

Exam 1  =  100 points Exam 2  =  100 points Final   =  100 points Research Paper =  200 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No assignments will be accepted late.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "zero".

Class Meeting


Meeting 1

Intro / Chapter 1

Meeting 2

Chapter 2

Meeting 3

Chapter 3

Meeting 4

Chapter 4

Meeting 5

Exam 1 (Chapter 1-4)

Meeting 6

Chapter 5

Meeting 7

Chapter 6

Meeting 8

Chapter 7

Meeting 9

Exam 2 (Chapter 5-7)

Meeting 10

Chapter 8

Meeting 11

Chapter 9

Meeting 12

Chapter 10

Meeting 13

Chapter 11

Meeting 14

Chapter 12

Meeting 15

Final Exam
(Chapter 8-12)

Meeting 16

Paper Due



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 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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