PO330 Public Administration

for S1J 2008

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PO 330 Public Administration


S1J 2008 DN


Swafford, Anne


Adjunct Faculty


B.A. Elementary Education, UMKC
Certified Mediator, NY Institute of Mediation

Office Location


Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

January 15 - March 11, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



Public Administration in America, Ninth Edition by Michael E. Milakovich and George J. Gordon, Thomson/Wadsworth, 2007, ISBN 0-495-00739-0
The Public Administration Workbook, 5/E by Mark W. Huddleston and Dennis L. Dresang, Longman Publisher, 2007 ISBN 13-9780321273352
Public Administration with an Attitude by H. George Frederickson, 2005, American Society for Public Administration Publishers, ISBN 0-936678-24-0

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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:

Classes will be highly interactive.  Instructor will use lectures, readings, guest speakers, web sites, media articles, individual and group activities and exercises.  Primary methods used will be (1) learning by inquiry, reflection, and interaction, (2) learning by experience, and (3) learning by doing.  Discussions and written assignments are designed to develop the student's analytic and critical thinking skills as well as relating knowledge to current events and practical applications in government agencies.

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:

Written assignments each week related to text.  (Workbook exercises or chapter questions in text)
Midterm and Final Exams - take home essay exams
In class individual and group activities


1,000 Total Points
Midterm Exam    - 160 points
Final Exam          - 200 points
In class activities  - 400 points  (50 points x 8 sessions)
Written assignments  - 240 points ( 40 points x 6 sessions)
Optional Bonus Points may be offered.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Points will be deducted for late written assignments and exams.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.  Attend classes regularly and attend the entire sessions.   Activities and exercises are planned for each session for a total of 50 points per session.  If you arrive late to class orleave early, you will very likely miss an activity or exercise worth points you can not make up.
2.  Students are responsible for all material covered in class while absent.
3.  Be prepared for class.  Complete the reading assignment for each class.  Be prepared to discuss the readings by taking notes and reviewing study questions at the end of each chapter of the text.  Written assignments must be turned in for each class.
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 by phone, email, or before, during, or after class.
6.  There are no excused absences except in extreme cases of illness attested to by a Doctor, or a family death, or required military duty.  Each class missed results in a loss of 50 points for in class activities.  If you will be missing a lot of classes due to health, consider dropping the course or taking an incomplete for the course. 
7.  Take home exams must be turned in on time. Points will be deducted for late exams. 
8.  Workbook assignments and other written assignments will be required in this course.  Points will be deducted for late assignments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

January 15, 2008
Syllabus Review

Chapter 1 - text.  Study of Public Administration
Discussion and activities relating to Frederickson reading and Woodrow Wilson Essay.
Guest Speakers
Read Chapter 1 of text.

Read Book One in Frederickson.
Read Woodrow Wilson Essay, 1886, The Study of Aministration. (Do a Google search to find.)
Written Assignment - Write a one page answer each to questions 8 and 14 at end of chapter one in text.
January 22, 2008

Chapter 2 - Public Administration, Democracy, and Bureaucracy

Chapter 3 - Federalism

Read chapters 2 and 3 in the text.

Written Assignment - Write a one page answer each to question 4 at the end of chapter 2 and question 11 at the end of chapter 3.

January 29, 2008

Chapter 4 - Organizational Theory

Chapter 5 - Decision Making
Guest Speakers
Read Chapters 4 and 5 in text.  Read Huddleston:  Preface, Introduction.  Complete Huddleston Exercises 1,2, and 6.  Type answers to form #28.
February 5, 2008

Chapter 6 - Chief Executives and Leadership

Discussion of Frederickson Books Two and Three
Guest Speakers

Take Home Midterm Essay Exam due.

Read Chapter 6 in text.
Read Frederickson Books Two and Three.
February 12, 2008

Chapter 7 - Human Resources

Chapter 8 Budgeting
Guest Speaker

Read chapters 7 and 8 in text.

Read Huddleston, Public Personnel Administration.  Read Huddleston exercises 7 and 8 which will be done in class.  Complete exercise 13 and turn in during class.
February 19, 2008

Chapter 9 - Public Policy and Program Implementation

Chapter 10 - Performance Management
Discussion of Frederickson Books 4 and 5.
Huddleston Exercise 16.

Read chapters 9 and 10 in text.

Read Frederickson Books 4 and 5. 
Review Huddleston Exercise 16 to be done in class.
February 26, 2008 Chapter 11 - Government Regulations and Administrative law

Read chapter 11 in text.

Written Assignment - Prepare 10 questions for speakers from EPA (regulation) and EEOC (administrative law judge) based on your reading of chapter 11.

March 4, 2008

Chapter 12 - Public Administration in a Time of Conflict and Social Change

Discussion of Frederickson Books 6 and 8.

Take Home Final Essay Exam due.
Read chapter 12 in text.

Read Frederickson Books 6 and 8.

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

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

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.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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