PO 330 Public Administration
S2T 2010 DL
Bernier, Kenneth A.
MS-Administrative ManagementMBA-Human ResourcesBS-Public Administration
7516 Lew Wallace Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-6502
Mon-Fri (6PM-9PM MST) Sat-Sun (9AM-9PM MST)
March 15, 2010 - May 9, 2010
Daily via Online access
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Educational Philosophy: This course is highly interactive. Discussion is of prime importance. Weekly papers allow an in depth look at weekly topics. Videos and historical readings play a part in total learning experience. An eye on current events is critical.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment: Final Exam
Students are responsible for completing all assignments within a week's time. Position Papers must have at least 2 other sources of information besides the course texts and be about 2 pages in length.
These papers MUST be written in proper APA format. A minimum of 15 points will be deducted for lack of compliance to APA standards. (An example and reference links will be posted in Document Sharing). All work must be the student's own unless working in a group. The Instructor is readily available to lend assistance.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Submission of Late Work: Unless granted by the instructor before the fact, there will be sanctions for late work. Each day an assignment is late, your grade will drop to the next letter grade. No assignments will be accepted the subsequent week.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Rules of online conduct will be observed. Derogatory postings toward other students or the instructor will not be tolerated. If a problem exists, the instructor should be contacted privately to communicate the situation.
This is a survey course in Public Administration, the field of study; and public administration in practice. This course examines the issues, problems and concepts encountered in governmental administration with concentration on US examples. Throughout the course, the emphasis is on the sectors which make up Public Administration and public administration. Continuing attention will be given to the political side of administration as well as administrative responsibility, accountability, stakeholders, and ethics in a democratic state.
You will participate in online discussions, homework preparation, and peer review of other's materials, a short group project, current events observations and quizzes during the course. Each week we'll examine a different area of Public Administration with observations of current events as examples.
During Week 1, we begin to focus on the nature and structure of Public Administration in our country; looking at executive structure of the national, state, and local levels. We will attempt to define bureaucracy and look at its growth in the governmental arena. We will examine the similarities and differences in the public and private enterprise as it relates to all sectors of our populations. Ethics and values in public administration is a concern of the public in general. We will utilize class conference in week 1 to examine this topic. We will look at the interplay of public bureaucracy and political power; their interrelationships and conflicts.
During Week 2, we will examine Politics and Bureaucracy. Here's our chance to look at the political world and the world of the bureaucrat as they differ and interrelate. We'll look at real and implied power and the political subsystems in the United States. We'll examine Federalism. We'll also look at how governments relate. We will begin exploration of bureaucratic leadership and the ?reigns of authority?. We'll look at viewpoints in leadership by interviewing a government official and an executive of national bureaucracy.
During Week 3, we will look at the maze of government regulation. We'll look at benefits derived from various regulation and regulation causing great dispute. We'll also go into the area of Administrative law; looking at the letter of the law and the implications. A workbook exercise which demonstrates this will be accomplished.
During Week 4, the study of ethics and leadership will be examined. We will examine all governmental levels of leadership, what is expected of our leaders and management techniques that make it possible for our leaders to govern. We will complete an exercise from the workbook that gives us a chance to take an ethical stand.
During Week 5, we will become familiar with Public Personnel Administration and Human Resource Development in the public sector, paying specific attention to the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. We will do assigned workbook exercises jointly to highlight important aspects of this area. We will be paying special attention to the process of Collective Bargaining. You will be asked to post your response to a CB from your workbook in lieu of a discussion question.
During Week 6, we will begin working with Public Budgeting and areas associated with budgets at all levels. We will examine governmental budgets and fiscal policy as they relate to modern government budgeting. Approaches to budgeting from the Executive Branch setting the nature of the Federal Budgeting process through the various stages will be highlighted. We will begin with Line Item Budgeting and all its ramifications. We will then explore Performance Budgeting, Program Planning Budgeting, Zero-based Budgeting and various other budgeting methods.
During Week 7, we will begin to integrate the preceding parts of this course and put them to work in our study of Public Policy Making and Rational Decision Making. We will take an objective and subjective look at evaluation policy. We will explore the extremely important tools of Cost Benefit and Cost Effectiveness analysis. We will put this work in motion from the implementation process through the proposal stage and then utilizing Rational Decision Making and Critical Path Analysis as our techniques. We will look at the ramifications of decision making the Public Sector. We will take an objective and subjective look at evaluation policy. We'll look at the intended and unintended consequences of policy making. Lastly, we then look at the future need of decision reevaluation given changing conditions, concerned publics, a different political climate and opportunities and changes in the global environment.
During Week 8,we examine the future need of decision making, leadership and government given changing conditions, concerned publics, a different political climate and opportunities and changes in the global environment. What will Public Administration become in this, the 21st Century? Finally, an evaluation of concepts discovered in this course will be assessed through a Final Proctored Examination. This Proctored Examination will be taken in person at a Park University Resident Center; or at an alternative location approved by the Instructor when no Park University site is available. The student will be responsible for acquiring an acceptable proctor approved by the instructor. It is the responsibility of the Instructor to reject any proctor deemed unacceptable to.
A discussion of the discipline and practice of Public Administration in the past, now and in the future will complete the course.
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My name is Ken Bernier. I hold a Master’s of Arts in Administrative Management,
Master's in Business Administration - Human Resources, and BS in Public
Currently, I serve as a Telecommunications Project Manager
with a large corporation in Albuquerque,
NM. I am involved with large telecommunications'
projects for a workforce of 13,500 employees across many locations throughout
the United States. I also handle spectrum policy-making through
councils and groups. I also deal with
intergovernmental issues with regards to telecommunication interoperability and
emergency response. My Department has
many moving pieces with a large budget, many processes to keep in line with
ISO-9001 standards, non-exempt and exempt employees, contractors,
sub-contractors, maintenance contractors, and student interns.
I am an Adjunct Faculty member at Central New Mexico
Community College and
help out in the Project Management and Political Science Departments. I am also an Adjunct Faculty member at Park University
and help out with Public Administration and Human Resource courses.
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