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PO 331 Public Organizations
Swafford, Anne


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PO 331 Public Organizations

Semester

U1J 2008 DN

Faculty

Swafford, Anne

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Elementary Education - UMKC
M.A. Public Administration - UMKC
Certified Mediator

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

816-363-7892

E-Mail

anne.swafford@park.edu

Semester Dates

June 4 - July 23, 2008

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 
Theories of Public Organization, Fifth Edition, by Robert B. Denhardt, copyright 2008, Thomson/Wadsworth publishers - paperback.
ISBN - 13: 978-0-495-09706-8 or ISBN - 10: 0-495-09706-3
 
The Forest Ranger by Herbert Kaufman, Special Reprint Edition, copyright 2006, Resources for the Future publishers - paperback, ISBN 1-933115-27-0
 
 

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Additional Resources:

 
MLA format - Purdue University web site, http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource
 
Exercises from the Public administration Workbook by Mark W. Huddleston and Dennis L. Dresang
 
Journal articles from the Public Administration Review published by the American Society for Public Administration
 
Appendix for Professional Associations for information and Public Administration Journals for Research in Public Administration in America by Michael E. Milakovich and George J. Gordon

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Course Description:
A study dealing with public organization design and impact public organizations have upon those who work in them and deal with them. Topics include: public organization information and control systems, decision making in public organizations, the environment of public organizations, organizational behavior, and innovation in public organizations. 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 and nonprofit agencies.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the major historical organization theories in public administration
  2. Analyze organizational communication theories
  3. Assess the relationship between politics and public organizations in America
  4. Evaluate control systems for public organizations
  5. Illustrate theories of organizational behavior and conflict resolution


Core Assessment:

All Park University 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 a term paper on a specific public organization and will account for at least 20% of the total grade for the course and cover all five of the Core Learning Outcomes. 


Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

 
Term Paper is required for this course.  See the rubric.  Written journal assignments, workbook exercises and  individual and group activities and class discussions will assess student's ability to understand and apply theories to organizations.   

Grading:

 
1,000 Total Points
 
5 written journal assignments (50 points each x 5)  = 250 points
 
Attendance and Activities in Class ( 50 points x 8) = 400 points
 
Term Paper - 350 points total
  • Topic - 25 points
  • Research - (list of sources) - 50 points
  • Interview - 25 points
  • Outline - 25 points
  • Draft of paper - 75 point
  • Final paper - 150 points
 
 
 
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 
Points may be deducted for assignments submitted after due dates.

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 or leave class 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.  Written journal assignments must be turned in for 5 classes, plus a term paper.
 
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.
 
 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

June 4, 2008

Introductions

Syllabus Review
 
Term Paper Requirements
 
MLA Format for Term Paper
 
Discussion of organizations of candidates for the office of President of the U.S.  - How are they different?  What worked, what did not?  What changes are needed?  What was the effect of political culture of a state on the primary election outcome?
 
 

 

 

June 11, 2008

 
Denhardt, Chapter 1, Learning about Public Organizations 
 
Discuss Forest Ranger, Chapters 1, 2, and 3.
 
How to do Research for Term Paper - In the public organization and in scholarly publications.
 
Approve paper topic for each student.

 
 
 
Read Denhardt, Chapter 1.
 
Read Forest Ranger, Chapters 1, 2, and 3.
 
Term Paper topic due.
June 18, 2008
 
Denhardt, Chapter 2,  The Intellectual Heritage:  Marx, Weber, and Freud
 
Denhardt, Chapter 3, The Political Heritage:  From Wilson to Waldo.
 
Forest Ranger, Chapters 4 and 5
 
Review of Research Source List (Bibliography) for Term Paper

 
 
 
Read Denhardt, Chapters 2 and 3.
 
Read Forest Ranger, Chapters 4 and 5.
 
Journal Assignment  #1 due.
 
Bibliography or Source List due.
June 25, 2008

 
 
 
 
Denhardt, Chapter 4 , The Rational Model of Organization
 
Huddleston Exercise on decision making.
 
Relate Forest Ranger Case Study to theories of public organizations
 
Discuss personal interviews  and information collected from organization being analyzed in term papers.

 
Read Denhardt, Chapter 4.
 
Read Forest Ranger Chapters 6 and 7.
 
Journal assignment #2 due.
 
Write-up of personal interview from organization due.
 
Collect documents  from organization for analysis.
July 2, 2008

 
 
Denhardt, Chapter 5, Organizational Humanism and the New Public Administration
 
Denhardt, Chapter 6, The Policy Emphasis and the New Public Management.
 
Term Paper - How to do an Outline. 

 
 
Read Denhardt, Chapters 5 and 6.
 
Journal Assignment #3 due.
 
Review Purdue web site info on how to do outlines.
July 9, 2008

 
 
 
 
Denhardt, Chapter 7, Public Administration and the New Public Service
 
Denhardt, Chapter 8,  The Practitioner as Theorist
 
Term Paper Expectations - Citations, Plagiarism, Paraphrasing, MLA Format, common mistakes in grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.

 
 
Read Denhardt, chapters 7 and 8..
 
Paper Outline due.
 
Journal Assignment #4 due.

 

July 16, 2008


 
 
 
Review theories discussed in course.
 
Term Paper - Peer Review of paper drafts and identify corrections needed.
 
MLA Format exercises.

 

Draft of Term Paper due (100 points)
 
 
 
July 23, 2008

 
 
 
Readings of examples of practitioners as theorists.
 
Term Paper Presentations

 
 
 
 
Final Term Paper due.
 
Prepare handout of findings from research for term paper to present in class.
 
NOTE:  The instructor reserves the right to amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the 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:
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

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper explains and relates five major organization theories (Classical, orthodoxy, neo-classical, structural, and systems) to a specific public organization.

 
Paper explains five major organization theories and identifies the theory most descriptive of a specific public organization

 
Paper explains five major organization theories

 
Paper explains less than five organization theories

 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper analyzes a variety of communication techniques used in a specific organization and ties them to theory

 
Paper analyzes the predominate communication technique used in a specific organization and ties it to theory

 
Paper analyzes the predominate communication techniques used in a specific organization

 
Paper fails to analyze communication techniques used in a specific organization

 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Paper clearly assesses the impact of the appropriate political body on the operation of a specific public organization and judges the effectiveness of control systems utilized to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and legality in its operation




 
Paper explains the responsibilities and interrelationship between the appropriate political body and a specific public organization and judges the effectiveness of control systems utilized to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and legality in its operations

 
Paper explains the responsibilities and interrelationship between the appropriate political body and a specific public organization and identifies its control systems

 
Paper does not explain interrelationship between an organization and its political body or identify control systems in place

 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Paper demonstrates proper use of terminology with no errors

 
Paper demonstrates proper use of terminology with no more than one error

 
Paper demonstrates proper use of terminology with no more than two errors

 
Paper shows three or more errors

 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with no errors










 
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with one error

 
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with two errors

 
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with three or more errors

 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper illustrates how specific organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues within an organization support theory and unique features caused by the public nature of the organization












 
Paper illustrates how specific organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues within an organization support theory

 
Paper describes organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues within an organization

 
Paper contains no information on organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no errors in paper format items:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.



 
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no more than 5 errors in:  MLA. spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no more than 10 errors in:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Artifact does not communicate effectively and contains more than 10 errors in:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Each section of the paper communicates effectively and demonstrates no errors in paper format items: MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.

 
Each section of the paper communicates effectively and demonstrates no more than one error in: MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.

 
Each section of the paper communicates effectively and demonstrates no more than two errors in:  MLA , spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
No section communicates effectively 

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