PO330 Public Administration

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PO 330 Public Administration


S1J 2010 DN


Davis, Arthur A.


Adjunct Professor


MA in Public Administration, University of Kansas
BA in Political Science & Public Administration, William Jewell College

Office Location


Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 898-1962




Web Page


Semester Dates

January 12, 2010 - March 2, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


Public Administration: Partnerships in Public Service, Fourth Edition by William C. Johnson, Waveland Press, Inc., 2009, ISBN 1-57766-550-3

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Course Description:
PO 330 Public Administration: (LL) 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:
5 written assignments related to text
Midterm and Final Papers
Class Activities/participation
6 quizzes

Note:  All assignments will be graded on content, grammar, punctuation, etc.  Expectations for the written format/style will be reviewed during first class on January 12, 2010.

1,000 total points

Midterm paper = 160 points
Final Paper = 200 points
Quizzes = 120 points (20 points x 6 quizzes)
Class Activities/participation = 320 points (40 points x 8 sessions)
Written Assignments = 200 points (40 points x 5 assignments)
Bonus Points may be offered

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Points will be deducted for late assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Punctuality is important - please be on time to class!

All students are expected to read assigned chapters - and be prepared to discuss.  Participation in class discussion will be part of the grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
January 12, 2010         Read Chapter 1 - Public Administration: The People's Business.
                                    Introductions; syllabus review; review other materials; quiz on Chapter 1 discussion;                   
                                    written assignment #1 distributed; group exercises.

January 19, 2010         Read Chapters 2 & 3 - The Mosaic of American Governments; Administration                                      in the Federal Network
                                    (Review Chapter 1); written assignment #1 due; Quiz on Chapters 2 & 3;
                                    written assignment #2 distributed.

January 26, 2010         Read Chapters 4 & 5 - Private Partners in Public Administration; The Dynamics of Bureaucracy
                                    (Review Chapters 2 & 3); written assignment # 2 due;  Quiz on Chapters 4 & 5; Review take home
                                    midterm paper.

February 2, 2010         Read Chapters 6, 7, & 8 - From Public Purposes to Public Policies; Public Executives: Leading and
                                    Managing; Administrative Decision Making; (Review Chapters 4 & 5)
                                    Guest Speaker - a local city manager; Midterm Paper Due; Exercise on administrative ethics;
                                    Quiz on Chapter 7; written assignment #3 distributed.

February 9, 2010         Read Chapter 9 - Public Money; (Review Chapters 6, 7, & 8)
                                    Exercise in public budgeting; Written assignment #3 due; Quiz on Chapter 9
                                    Written assignment #4 distributed.

February 16, 2010       Read Chapters 10 & 11 - Human Resources in Government; Government and Business;
                                    (Review Chapter 9) Guest speaker - a local public administrator/leader; Written assignment #4 due;
                                    Written assignment #5 distributed; Quiz on Chapter 10.

February 23, 2010       Read Chapters 12 & 13 - Government and its Publics; Implementation and Evaluation;
                                    (Review Chapters 10 & 11); Written assignment #5 due; Final paper assignment distributed.

March 2, 2010           Read Chapter 14 - Public Accountability and Ethical Conduct;
                                  (Review Chapters 12 & 13) Final paper due; Presentations of final paper to class;
                                  Group and individual exercises on ethics case studies; Review of 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
To be excused, a student must call the instructor on his mobile phone prior to class and indicate the reason why he/she cannot attend.  All work due musts be submitted by email prior to class.

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