PO333 Public Management & Leadership

for S1B 2008

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PO 333 Public Management & Leadership


S1B 2008 BL


Schmitz, Lorie E.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Computer Science Park University
M. P.A. Park University Specialization: M.I.S.
Ph.D. Candidate Walden University Public Policy & Administration

Office Location

Bldg 616 Rm 9 (upstairs)

Office Hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon - Fri  visits by appointment

Daytime Phone

(915) 564-5037 (may call any time during the day)



Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:10 PM

Credit Hours


No textbook required. Instructor will disseminate course material.

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

Educational Philosophy:
The understanding of leadership, management and decision making processes are critical for any administrator involved in either public or private organizations.

By creating an interactive, non-threatening environment I hope to engage students and maximize learning potential. Understanding social interaction is a critical leadership skill so all in-class projects are conducted in a group environment during class. Quizzes are an opportunity to expand knowledge, not judge students. Quizzes and projectes will be conducted and graded in class with an accompanying discussion. Term papers are constructed throughout the term and provide an opportunity for students to expand their critical thinking and communication skills (both of which are reflective of positive leadership traits).

Being an instructor is an opportunity to impart knowledge and serve the learning community. This course is designed to create discussion, expand critical thinking abilities and impact learners in a positive and lasting manner. Participation is required and will be critical for success in PO333.

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:

One Quiz will be conducted in class based upon material presented in class  This exercise will be graded in class that day.  Discussion will take place after the quiz to facilitate and demonstrate student understanding of concepts
Group Projects
Project 1: Wicked Problems
Discussion will be made of societal issues facing public organizations that remain "hot topics" in our nation
Project will be held in group format with an assigned student leader
Students will examine the issues from the viewpoint of an administrative team assigned with providing solutions
Facets of public organizations that create complexity in the field will become apparent through the exercise
This exercise will present possible topics for term paper subjects within the first week
Project 2: Leading the Way
Project will be held in a group format with an assigned leader
Students will be presented with an organization and problem or opportunity
They will explore leadership styles making connection between theory and practice as they explore solutions
This exercise will assist students when formatting conclusions for their term paper as they apply theory to problems
Project 3: Paradigms
Project will be held in group format with an assigned student leader
Students will be presented with an organization and problem
They will examine the issues from an assigned leadership perspective already discussed in class
Connections will be made concerning course concepts, theory and complexity of public organizations 
This exercise will assist students when formatting conclusions for their term paper as they apply theory to problems
Project 4: Exploring Ethics
Project will be held in a group format with an assigned student leader
Students will be presented with hypothetical ethical situations
They will discuss the best approach for each situation
Connections will be developed between theory and practice
Exercise will emphasize the importance of ethics in leadership & public organizations
Project 5: Peer Review 
 Project will be held in a group format with an assigned student leader
Students will seek peer review for their term papers
Groups will read and discuss their term papers with other group members
They will demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter and defend conclusions
This exercise allows for the understanding of the importance of "input" in decision making
Project 6: Personal Leadership Planning
Project will be held in a group format with an assigned student leader
Students will be given a leadership questionnaire on the first day of class during this Project the questionnaire will be returned
Students will be asked to discuss their previous responses among the group and note any changes in their understanding of the concepts presented in the questionnaire 
They will then be given a Personal Leadership Plan to fill out and turn in
This exercise stimulates understanding of the importance of personal leadership goals for all learners  
Final Exam
The final exam will be conducted in Week 8 and will combine true/false, mutliple choice & essay questions
Students will be allowed the use of notes
Term Paper
A 7-10 page A.P.A. style paper will be constructed during the course of the semester. Continuous feed back from peers and the instructor will facilitate the process. Classroom projects will assist the student in constructing the paper.

The paper will demonstrate understanding of the core outcomes for the course by focusing on societal issues facing public organizations and their administrators. Final copies of the paper will be submitted via electronic format (e-companion drop box, CD, thumb drive transfer to instructor’s computer or email) before the due date.


1 Quiz worth 80 points
6 projects each worth 70 points (420 total)
1 Term Paper worth 250 points
1 Final Exam worth 150 points
Course Participation Grade possible 100 points
Total of 100 points for course possible
900 points = 4.0
800 points = 3.0
700 points = 2.0
600 points = 1.0

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Participation is the key to learning. I will offer every opportunity for students to learn and assimilate concepts. This means that much of the work will be completed in class as a group to facilitate interactive discussion.

All quizzes and projects will be conducted and graded in class.  

If a class is missed that contains group work, that work will have to be compensated for. This will entail the submission of an additional two page paper regarding the missed concepts to demonstrate understanding of material relevant to missing exercises.  Because we are limited to one session per week the paper will be due the week after the missed session. The student will be responsible for obtaining the week's notes from the instructor or another student to create a paper and complete make-up work during that week. Any make-up assignments submitted past the deadline will not be accepted.

Missing the final exam without making arrangements prior to the test date will result in a zero for the assignment.

Plenty of time will be allowed for the construction of the term paper throughout the semester. Each day that the paper is late will subtract 50 points from the possible awarded value.  For example: a term paper that is one day late can only earn a total of 200 points.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

I strive to produce a non-threatening environment conducive to learning.  Respectful communication and participation are required. Any hostile behavior toward other students will not be tolerated.  

Cell phones, pagers and text messaging in class will not be allowed. Answering phones and texting during class is not allowed. Texting during an exam, quiz or group exercise can result in a zero for the assignment. If student’s have an emergency they can ask to be excused and arrange to make up any missed assignments per the policy listed in the section above entitled: “late submission of course material”.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Introduction to course: discussion of core objectives and course requirements

Overview of Public Organizations and public administration
Leadership Questionnaire
Project 1: Wicked Problems
Week 2: Management in Public Organizations
Classical and emerging theories in Management and their relevance to public organizations
Students will present term paper topics for approval
Project 1: Wicked Problems (continued)
Week 3: Leadership in Public Organizations
Leadership theory and its relevance to Public Organizations
Students will present three sources for instructor approval for term papers
Project 3: Leading the Way
Week 4: Leadership & management
Relationship of leadership & management theory to decision making
decision making models  
Students will bring Abstract to class and outline
Project 4: Paradigms
Week 5: Bringing it together; how do management, leadership, decision making and organizational theory combine 
Testing of student's understanding with discussion
Project 5: Exploring Ethics
Week 6:  Effective decision making in public organizations; includes discussion of budgeting, human resources as well as ethical, and democratic concerns
Term Papers returned for corrections
Project 6: Peer Review
First draft of Term Paper due for preview
Week 7: Tools for administrators
Review of course concepts
Term Papers Due
Project 7: Personal Leadership Planning

Week 8: Course Review, Term Paper Review & 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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Last Updated:2/21/2008 12:03:31 AM