PO330 Public Administration

for S1H 2010

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PO 330 Public Administration


S1H 2010 BU


Hill, Hugh


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Business Administration.............The Citadel
M.A. Public Service...................Ball State University
M.A. Aviation Management.........Embry-Riddle University

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Semester Dates

11 Jan--7 Mar  '10

Class Days


Class Time

7:35 - 10:05 PM

Credit Hours


Gordon, George J. and Milakovich, Michael E., "Public Administration in America", Tenth Edition, Wadsworth, Boston, MA., 2009.

Additional Resources:
Dubnick, Melvin J. and Romzek, Barbara S., "American Public Administration", Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991.

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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:
Lecture, discussion, practical application and four examinations.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1.  Understand that Public Administration encompasses all organizations.
  2. 2.  Know the nature of Public Administration as described by others.
  3. 3.  Recognize the role expectations play in shaping Public Administration.
  4. 4.  Understand the influence of the ecology of Public Administration.
  5. 5.  Recognize physical and technological ecological factors on Public Administration.
  6. 6.  Identify the ecological influences of demographics, culture, and economics.
  7. 7.  Identify government institutions as ecological influences on American Public Administration.
  8. 8.  Recognize the policy-making roles of Public Administration.
  9. 9.  Know that human factors--attitudes and behavior--act as filters in interpreting expectations.
  10. 10.  Know the public organizations that are the mechanisms for managing expectations.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

A.  First Exam.............Chapters 1 through 3.................20% wt
B.  Second Exam.........Chapters 5 through 7.................20% wt
C.  Third Exam............Chapters 8 through 10................20% wt
D.  Fourth Exam..........Chapter 12  (Comprehensive).....35% wt
E.  Participation..............................................................05% wt


Examinations:  Four 100 points each, 400 points.  Class particpation is worth 5% of total points.
Grading Policy:  The final grade will be determined as follows:  "A"...90% or over; "B"...80% to 89.9; "C"...70% to 79.9; "D"...60% to 69.9; "F"...Below 60% or THREE UNEXCUSED ABSENCES.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late material handed in because of excusable reasons (TAD, etc.) will not be docked a letter grade.  However, if late material is because of unexcused reasons, the material will be docked a letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend all classes and to be on time.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons (illness, TAD, etc.) are excusable.  However, the student will make up the missed class through an appropriate assignment.  Two unexcused absences are considered excessive.  Academic honesty is required of all students.  The university will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, papers, or other couse assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty will be given a failing grade for this course and may be expelled from the university.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

DATE                             ASSIGNMENT                                    TOPIC
12/14 Jan         Chapters 1 and 2                   Approaching PA;Bureaucracy;Search for Public Administration
19/20 Jan         Chapter 3 and Exam I            Federalism;Living up to Expectations
26/28 Jan         Chapters 5 and 6                   Decision Making;Ecology of PA;Leadership:Physical and Technical Ecology
2/4     Feb        Chapter 7 and Exam II           Human Resources
9/11   Feb        Chapter 8                              Government Budgeting;Governmental Institutions
16/18 Feb        Chapters 9 and 10                 Public Policy; Policy-Making Ecology
23/25 Feb        Exam III and Chapter 12       Performance;The Personal Dimension
2/4     Mar        Chapter 12 and Exam IV      Conclusion                 

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

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