COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: PA 602
COURSE TITLE: Seminar in Public Affairs
TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: FAP 2004
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Erik Bergrud
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Graduate Adjunct Instructor
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS:
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. US Central Time (M-F); 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. US Central Time (M-R)
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: (816) 891-2490
FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
DATES OF THE TERM: 8/23/2004 – 12/19/2004
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Online Course
CLASS SESSION TIME: Online Course
PREREQUISITE(S): 21 hours academic credit and
completion or enrollment in PA 601
CREDIT HOURS: 3
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
Park University will be a renowned
international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for
learners within the global society.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A seminar aiming at correlation
of the academic and practical experiences of the degree candidates. Each student
will prepare a series of papers emphasizing various expectations to be faced in
professional work, such as analysis, critique, evaluation, implementation, and
FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:
The goals of this course are to provide a
meaningful conclusion of the study of public affairs on the master's level and
to provide the students with approaches related to future professional work.
Recognizing that the class is comprised of adult
learners, the instructor facilitates intelligent discussion of key issues rather
than lecturing in a traditional sense.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this
course, students should:
COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Eugene Bardach, Getting
Agencies to Work Together, Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press,
1998, ISBN 0-8157-0797-5.
Robert B. Denhardt, Janet Vinzant Denhardt, & Maria P.
Aristigueta, Managing Human Behavior in Public & Nonprofit Organizations,
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002, ISBN 0-7619-2474-4.
Alex Pattakos, Prisoners of Our Thoughts, San
Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2004, ISBN 1-57675-288-7.
Terrel L. Rhodes, ed., The Public Manager Case Book,
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002, ISBN 0-7619-2327-6.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of
all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or
plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students
who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from
PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or
imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as
one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.
Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep
attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for
cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.
Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of
enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of
two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student
will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete
will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded
for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans
Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused
absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the
appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports
of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for
students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will
be reported to the appropriate agency.
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:
Each week's work must be completed by the end of that
week. Remember, a week is defined as beginning at
12:00 a.m. US Eastern Time Monday morning and ending
at 11:59 p.m. US Eastern Time Sunday night.
There will be no credit for work turned in after the week, unless you have
contacted me beforehand and explained any "special" circumstance. Deadlines not
met during the week will mean your grade will be lowered one-third of a letter
grade for each day late (e.g, from A to A-).
COURSE ASSESSMENT: Class participation, analysis
CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: A class week is
defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins
the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Sunday.
Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and
successfully submitted, or postmarked, so that they are in my hands on the due
date. This applies to mailed assignments and papers submitted online. Note:
Because this is an online course designed to obtain feedback on assignments to
you directly via the Internet, you must make prior arrangements with me before
submitting a paper via fax or the postal service. If you ever have problems
transmitting your assignments to me, telephone me immediately, and we will get
the problem solved.
If you experience computer difficulties (need help
downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if
you experience any errors or problems while in your online course, please
contact Park’s School of Online Learning for assistance.
Policy #2: Back up: every piece of work you complete. This will ensure that a computer
glitch, or a glitch out there in cyberspace won't erase your hard work.
Policy #3: Communicate:
If you are experiencing any confusion
over course material, technical difficulties that are not being resolved and are
preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the
course, let me know and refer to Course Policy #1.
Please check the FAQ threaded discussion area
before you ask general course questions. If you don't see your question there,
then please post your question. Posting them in the threaded discussion area
will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions. And remember,
there are no stupid/silly questions. We are all here to learn!
Policy #5: E-Mail Procedures
When sending e-mail other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by
name and class in all e-mail sent to me and/or other members of our class.
check my e-mail frequently. I will respond to course related questions within
24-48 hours (unless I notify you previously if I will be unavailable).
When files are sent attached to
an e-mail message (with advanced permission), the files should be in either
Microsoft Word XP (or lower), Microsoft Excel XP (or lower), Microsoft
PowerPoint XP (or lower), RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.
Policy #6 Late Work:
Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week. Remember, a
week is defined as beginning at
12:00 a.m. US Eastern Time Monday morning and ending at 11:59 p.m. US Eastern
Time Sunday night. There will be no
credit for work turned in after the week, unless you have contacted me
beforehand and explained any "special" circumstance. Deadlines not met during
the week will mean your grade will be lowered one-third of a letter grade for
each day late (e.g, from A to A-).
Policy #7 Online
Etiquette: All your online
communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Your online
writings will be graded. Here are a couple of online references that discuss
http://goto.intwg.com and netiquette
http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html . NOTE: If you
disagree with a point in someone's assignment, please be diplomatic in
presenting your opposing point of view. It is important to be sensitive to how
your words might be interpreted by the other student especially in front of the
class. Boundaries need to be maintained about attacking the other person's
intelligence. It is important to stay focused on the specific idea you disagree
with and provide supporting information from text or other web sites that
validate your point of view. It is not acceptable to say that you disagree and
leave it at that.
Policy #8 Attendance:
Attendance in this online course is determined by your keeping up to date with
conference discussions and assignments. You are required to participate in
threaded discussions weekly and to turn in assigned work when due. Failure to
"show up" for the weekly work will be considered an equivalent of one class-time
absence. Two class-time absences will result in your final grade being lowered
by one grade. Computers do crash. This is not a legitimate excuse to "miss"
class. It is your responsibility to notify me by phone, or to find another
means (e.g., at a public library or Kinko's) to submit your work.
Policy #9 Courtesy Code:
I expect you follow rules of common courtesy in all your e-mail messages and
your critiques. If I deem any of them to be inappropriate or offensive, I will
forward the message to the appropriate Park University official and the Online
administrators and appropriate action will be taken.
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 American with Disabilities
Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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:
8/23 – 8/29
8/30 – 9/5
9/6 – 9/12
9/13 – 9/19
Denhardt et al, Chapters 11-14
b) Answer the Week Four discussion question: "Identify
a central theme from this week's reading assignment and relate it to a
concept you learned during a previous MPA course."
c) Please complete the Analysis Paper. Your paper
must include the following sections:
(1) CENTRAL THEME. What is the central theme of the Denhardt
et al book? This segment of the paper may not exceed one typewritten page
(2) IMPLICATIONS. How does this book assist you in
understanding your professional experiences and involvements?
(3) UTILIZATION. How would you use the analysis of this book
in your future professional activities?
9/20 – 9/26
9/27 – 10/3
10/4 – 10/10
10/11 – 10/17
10/18 – 10/24
10/25 – 10/31
11/1 – 11/7
11/8 – 11/14
11/15 – 11/21
11/22 – 11/28
11/29 – 12/5
12/6 – 12/12
12/13 – 12/19
complete the Research Paper, adhering to these procedures:
(1) Select a narrow
topic within the emphasis area of your study (Public Management,
Government/Business Relations, Nonprofit and Community Services Management,
MIS, or Health Management).
(2) The selection is up to the student, but the instructor may be consulted.
(3) Prepare an annotated bibliography of research sources on the selected
subject using at least:
(a) a textbook used in one of your emphasis classes,
(b) two other books,
(c) two professional articles (e.g., from a professional journal),
(d) one additional source.
(4) Write a research report according to the outline below.
Your paper must include the following sections:
1. A paragraph length statement of the RATIONALE for the topic
2. An ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY of the sources used. Remember
that possibly only parts of any sources may be used and that this has to be
indicated. Watch the proper order of bibliographical listings.
3. Statement of the CENTRAL THEME found in the sources used.
4. A discussion of the possible UTILIZATION of the results of
this report which must include at least 2 (two) properly identified
footnotes (or endnotes) referring to the bibliographical entries.
The following weights will be
assigned to the course requirements:
Participation in discussion - 25%
Research paper - 25%
Analysis paper - 12.5%
Critique paper - 12.5%
Evaluation paper - 12.5%
Practice paper - 12.5%
Final grades will be computed
based on the following point scale: