PO330 Public Administration

for S2T 2008

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PO 330 Public Administration


S2T 2008 DL


Furnish, Cynthia C.


Assistant Professor/ Full time Faculty


PhD Candidate
MBA (Management), Additional graduate coursework Public Admin. 18 sh (grad plus)
BPA (Bachelor of Public Administration)

Daytime Phone






Semester Dates

17 March- 11 May 2008

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Public Administration in America, 9th ed., Milakovich & Gordon. 

The Public Administration Workbook, 5th ed.,  Huddleston.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Sources of knowledge of current political issues.

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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 development of basic concepts of the field. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

This class will be geared to create a positive environment conducive to learning in Park University's Onliine format.  Professor's educational philosophy is based on the following attributes :

Excellence:  A strong belief that all students have a right to expect excellence in academic instruction.    By providing instruction using the latest, most up-to-date information, software and educational technologies, students must be prepared for today's field of Public Administration .

Accessibility:  All serious students have a right to receive an opportunity for higher education, which promotes individual growth, professional development, and academic achievement.  All serious students should be provided an equal opportunities to receive links to resources that will motivate and assist them in defining and achieving their educational goals.
The student will have the right to approach the professor with any and all questions, problems, and concerns regarding the materials in this course.
 Responsibility:  Each instructor is accountable to his/her students, the community, and to society for accomplishing its goals within the constraints of the University mission and mindful of its resources.

Professionalism:  Each instructor should serve as an example of professionalism for students  to follow.  The actions, speech, and values of each instructor should set a high standard within the academic community.

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.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Students are responsible for completing all assignments within a week's time.  Position Papers must have at least 2 other sources of information besides the course texts.  These papers are to be written in APA format and points will be deducted for lack of compliance. (An example will be posted).
Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If there are questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.


  • Grading Policy

You will be able to track your average throughout the course by means of the Gradebook. The grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59. The exam will count 25% of your total grade. You will know in advance the standards for each assignment.



% of Grade

Due Date          

Position Questions




Discussion of Issues




Analysis of Interviews



Week 3

How's Your Political Savvy?




Workgroup Project



Week 4

Workbook Exercises



As assigned

     Exercises 5,6  - 6%, Exercise 12 (13) -      8%, Exercises 16,17-10%     

 Final Examination



Week 8




Course Grading Scaleyou will be able to keep track of your grade throughout the semester using the Gradebook.

A =

 90- 100% 

B =


C = 


D =


F =

 < 60% 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Unless granted by the instructor before the fact, there are no excuses for late work.  Each day an assignment is late, your grade will drop 25%.  After four days, the assignment will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. However, the instructor must be informed in advance (or as soon as possible). Excused absences are determined by the instructor. The student is responsible for completing all missed work.  Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse from their instructor, will be administratively withdrawn and notified via email that you have been withdrawn and a grade of "WF" will be recorded.
An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.  Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Public Administration in America, (9 th ed.), and readings and exercises in from our workbook, The Public Administration Workbook, (5th ed). This workbook is as essential to the course as is the primary text. We will focus on the readings, discussions, exercises, discussion questions to optimize the learning experience.

During Week 1, we begin to focus on the nature and structure of Public Administration in our country; looking at executive structure of the national, state, and local levels. We will attempt to define bureaucracy and look at its growth in the governmental arena. We will examine the similarities and differences in the public and private enterprise as it relates to all sectors of our populations. Ethics and values in public administration is a concern of the public in general. We will utilize class conference in week 1 to examine this topic. We will look at the interplay of public bureaucracy and political power; their interrelationships and conflicts.

During Week 2, we will examine Politics and Bureaucracy. Here's our chance to look at the political world and the world of the bureaucrat as they differ and interrelate. We'll look at real and implied power and the political subsystems in the United States. We'll examine Federalism. We'll also look at how governments relate. We will begin exploration of bureaucratic leadership and the “reigns of authority”. We'll look at viewpoints in leadership by interviewing a government official and an executive of national bureaucracy.

During Week 3, we will look at the maze of government regulation. We'll look at benefits derived from various regulation and regulation causing great dispute. We'll also go into the area of Administrative law; looking at the letter of the law and the implications. An workbook exercise which demonstrates this will be accomplished.

During Week 4, the study of ethics and leadership will be examined. We will examine all governmental levels of leadership, what is expected of our leaders and management techniques that make it possible for our leaders to govern. We will complete an exercise from the workbook that gives us a chance to take an ethical stand.

During Week 5, we will become familiar with Public Personnel Administration and Human Resource Development in the public sector, paying specific attention to the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. We will do assigned workbook exercises jointly to highlight important aspects of this area. We will be paying special attention to the process of Collective Bargaining. You will be asked to post your response to a CB from your workbook in lieu of a discussion question.
During Week 6, we will begin working with Public Budgeting and areas associated with budgets at all levels. We will examine governmental budgets and fiscal policy as they relate to modern government budgeting. Approaches to budgeting from the Executive Branch setting the nature of the Federal Budgeting process through the various stages will be highlighted. We will begin with Line Item Budgeting and all its ramifications. We will then explore Performance Budgeting, Program Planning Budgeting, Zero-based Budgeting and various other budgeting methods.

During Week 7, we will begin to integrate the preceding parts of this course and put them to work in our study of Public Policy Making and Rational Decision Making. We will take an objective and subjective look at evaluation policy. We will explore the extremely important tools of Cost Benefit and Cost Effectiveness analysis. We will put this work in motion from the implementation process through the proposal stage and then utilizing Rational Decision Making and Critical Path Analysis as our techniques. We will look at the ramifications of decision making the Public Sector. We will take an objective and subjective look at evaluation policy. We'll look at the intended and unintended consequences of policy making. Lastly, we then look at the future need of decision reevaluation given changing conditions, concerned publics, a different political climate and opportunities and changes in the global environment.

During Week 8, we examine the future need of decision making, leadership and government given changing conditions, concerned publics, a different political climate and opportunities and changes in the global environment. What will Public Administration become in this, the 21st Century? Finally, an evaluation of concepts discovered in this course will be assessed through a Final Proctored Examination. This Proctored Examination will be taken in person at a Park University Resident Center; or at an alternative location approved by the Instructor when no Park University site is available. The student will be responsible for acquiring an acceptable proctor approved by the instructor. It is the responsibility of the Instructor to reject any proctor deemed unacceptable to.
A discussion of the discipline and practice of Public Administration in the past, now and in the future will complete the course.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Links giving correct usage of APA writing style will be supplied in Doc. Sharing.  Knowledge of acceptable usage of citations and referencing will help avoic plagairism.

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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