PO330 Public Administration

for U1SS 2009

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PO330 Public Administration


U1SS 2009 RA


Vernon, Monique L.


Adjunct Faculty


B.A. Criminal Justice & Sociology
M.A. Public Administration

Office Location

Randolph AFB Campus Center

Office Hours

Before Class

Daytime Phone

(830) 221-4091 office

Other Phone

(210) 381-6703 cell




Web Page


Semester Dates

June 1, 2009- July 26, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:20pm



Credit Hours



Milakovich and Gordon, Public Administration in America 10th edition, 2009, ISBN-13: 978-0-495-56940-4; ISBN-10: 495-56940-2

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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:

What characterizes public administration in the twenty-first century is the scope and rapidity of change affecting virtually all aspects of governmental activity.  Student interaction with the instructor and other students is essential in this course.  We will engage in classroom interavtiveness through lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, outside research and writings.  We will evaluate the government on a  local and national level by studying past decisions that have lead us to the present and will ultimately determine our future.
Welcome to Public Administration (PO 330)! 

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:

Master course objectives through class participation, homework/quizzes, writing assignments, group work, and a final exam.


Classroom Participation          10%
Homework/Quizzes                35%    
Group Assignment                  25%                
Final Exam                             30%

Total                                     100%
The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of classroom participation, homework/quizzes, research paper, group assignment, and the final exam. 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignment(s) will be considered on a case by case basis.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 Students are expected to arrive on time and remain for the duration of each class. 
All communication devices must remain in off mode or silenced while in the classroom.  In the event of an emergency, please step out of the room to take any calls. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Outline
Chapter 1  Approaching the Study of Public Administration


Chapter 2 Public Administration, Democracy, and Bureaucratic Power
Chapter 3 Federalism and intergovernmental Relations


Chapter 4 Organizational Theory
Group Assignment

Chapter 5 Decision Making in Administration
Chapter 6 Chief Executives and the Challenges of Administrative Leadership


Chapter 7 Public Personnel Administration and Human Resources Development
Chapter 8 Government Budgeting


Chapter 9 Public Policy and Program Implementation
Group Presentations


Chapter 10 Performance Management in the Public Sector
Chapter 11 Government Regulation and Administrative Law
Final Exam Review


Chapter 12 Conclusion: Public Administration in a Time of Conflict and Social Change
Final Exam

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 2008-2009 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 "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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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 .


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