PO330 Public Administration

for U1OO 2007

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PO 330 Public Administration


U1OO 2007 WO


Karcher, Donald


Adjunct Faculty



Office Location

Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

Office Hours

0500-1020 PM

Daytime Phone


Other Phone





Semester Dates

4 June-29 July, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours



Public Administration - An Action Orientation, Fifth Edition, Robert B Denhardt and Janet V Denhardt, Thomson Higher Education, 10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002-3098

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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:

The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on readings, lectures, class discussion, case studies and written exams.  The instructor will utilize current events to stimulate class discussions

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:

The assessment of learning will be conducted through written exams, homework, and class participation


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

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Class Activities



Meeting - 1 June-6

Lecture/Discussion on Personal Action in PA and The Political Context of PA.

Chapters 1 & 2


Meeting - 2

Lecture/discussion on The Interorganizational Context of PA and The Ethics of Public Service.

Chapters 3 & 4

Homework #1 Due

Meeting - 3

Lecture/discussion on Designing and Managing Organizations and Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

Review for the Mid-Term Exam.

Chapters 5 & 6

Homework #2 Due

Meeting - 4

Lecture/Discussion on Budgeting and Financial Management.

Chapter 7

(Chapters 1-6)

Meeting - 5

Lecture/Discussion On The Management of Human Resources and Personal and Leadership Skills in Public Management.

Chapters 8 & 9

Homework #3 Due

Meeting - 6

Lecture /Discussion on Interpersonal Skills and Group Dynamics and Administrative Reforms and Technology.

Chapter 10 & 11

Homework #4 Due

Meeting - 7

Lecture/Discussion on The Future of Public Service.

Review for Final Exam

Chapter 12

Homework #5 Due

Meeting - 8

Overview and Discussion on Public Administration


(Chapters 7-12)

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

Disability Guidelines:
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