PO333 Public Management & Leadership

for F2E 2009

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PO 333 Public Management & Leadership


F2E 2009 PE


Breckon, Jerry D.


Management and Public Administration/Adjunct Faculty


Masters in Public Administration
B.S. Business and Management
B.A. Political Science

Office Location

Camp Pendleton Campus

Office Hours

By Appointment or After Class

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

760-696-2601 (Cell)




Semester Dates

October 19, 2009 to December 13, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 10:10 PM



Credit Hours


Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 2009, Sage Publications, 2nd Edition, Robert B. Denhardt, Janet V. Denhardt, and Maria P. Aristigueta. ISBN: 978-1-4129-5667-3.

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Course Description:
PO 333 Public Management and Leadership The study of managerial functions, processes, ethics and practices in public organizations. Topics may include: goals, objectives, policies, organizational structures, and decision-making thoery and practice in public organizations. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy allows for the fulfillment of the whole student concept. This allows for the student to learn and express ideas in an oral, individual, group, written, and examination (assessment) format. In order to effectively accomplish this students must come to class fully prepared by having completed the required readings and any other outside class assignments. In addition students learn not only from the instructor, but from fellow students. Therefore, it is extremely important students attend class and take part in any class and small group discussions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the difference between management and leadership.
  2. Compare and contrast various theories of management.
  3. Describe ethical concerns for public managers.
  4. Compare and contrast various theories of leadership.
  5. Describe how policies, goals and objectives are related to management.
  6. Describe various decision-making theories.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Assessment tools will include a mid-term and a comprehensive final exam. The exams will constitute fill in the blank, multiply choice and short essay questions. In addition each student will be required to submit a 10 page research paper covering an approved topic in Public Management or Leadership. Finally every student will take part in a small group presentation to the class. This will help students facilitate their presentation, organization, and group interactive skills...all of which are extremely important in the world of Public Management and Leadership. 

Graded Item/Points/Percent of Grade (rounded)

Research Paper/100/17%
Group Presentation/60/10%
Mid-Term Exam/150/25%
Final Exam/200/33%
Total/600/100% (rounded)

A= 90-100%
B= 80-89%
C= 70-79%
F= Below 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Unless prior arrangements have been made all late work will receive a reduction of one grade level in assessment. This is not an encouragement to submit late work, but an incentive to have work completed and submitted on time. Turning in of late work can also impact your overall class grade through reduction of attendance and participation points. Students departing on TAD, TDY, or other excused absences, approved by the instructor, should complete assignments prior to departure.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Classroom conduct consists of respect towards your instructor and fellow classmates. If you arrive late for class please feel free to come in and take a seat, however, do so with as little disruption to the class as possible. Please turn all cell phones, and any other telecommunication devices off during the class period. Refrain from side conversations while the instructor is teaching the class. Laptop computers are welcome in the classroom for note taking only. Abuse of this privilege will result in the individual involved being banned from using the laptop in class for the rest of the term.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Meeting One: Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Course Overview and Introduction: Syllabus Review
Video Clip: Stress
Chapter 2: Knowing and Managing Yourself
Chapter 4: Managing Stress
Research Project Discussed and Posted on Web
Next Chapters Questions Posted on Web

Meeting Two: Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Video Clip: Leadership
Chapter 6: Motivating Yourself and Others
Chapter 7: Leadership in Public Organizations
Next Chapters Questions Posted on Web

Meeting Three: Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Video Clip: Managing Conflict
Chapter 8: Power and Organizational Politics
Chapter 11: Managing Conflict
Mid-Term Review

Meeting Four: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Video Clip: Communicating
Chapter 9: Communicating Effectively With Others
Mid-Term Exam
Next Chapters Questions Posted on Web

Meeting Five: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Video Clip: Teamwork 
Chapter 10: Working in Groups and Teams
Chapter 12: Organizational Change
Next Chapters Questions Posted on Web

Meeting Six: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Video Clip: Ethics
Chapter 13: Representing the Organization "On the Outside"
Chapter 14: Managing in the Public Interest

Meeting Seven: Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Video Clip: Public Service
Group Presentations
Final Review
Research Project Due
Meeting Eight: Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Group Presentations
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 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

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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