PO330 Public Administration

for S2GG 2010

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PO 330 Public Administration


S2GG 2010 MI


Sipma, Amanda R.


Adjunct Faculty


AS in Administrative Assistant from Minot State Bottineau
BS in Management/Human Resources from Park University
MPA with a major in Public Administration and a minor in Emergency Management

Office Location

Ward County Court House

Office Hours


Daytime Phone


Other Phone






Semester Dates

March 15, 2010 - May 9, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM



Credit Hours



Public Administration in America, Edition 10th (2009), Milakovich, Michael E., ISBN:  13-9780534618575
There is only one textbook for this course.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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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:

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:
The assessment of this class will be conducted through written exams, homework, position paper, and class participation.


Class Participation - 10%
Homework - 20%
Midterm - 25%
Paper - 20%
Final Exam - 25%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of late work, unless granted by the instructor before the fact, will be deemed as late work.  Each day an assignment is late, your grade will drop ten points. No assignments will be accepted the following week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Rules with classroom will be observed.  Derogatory remarks toward other students or the instructor will not be tolerated.  If a problem exists, the instructor should be notified privately to communicate the situation.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
   Chapter 1:  Approaching the Study of Public Administration
   Discussion Questions Pgs 47-49
Week 2
   Chapter 2:  Public Administration, Democracy, and Bureaucratic Power
   Chapter 3:  Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
   Discussion Questions Pgs 102-104 & 152-153
Week 3
   Chapter 4:  Organizational Theory
   Chapter 5:  Decision Making in Administration
   Discussion Questions Pgs 204-205 & 250-251
Week 4
   Chapter 6:  Chief Executives and the Challenges of Administrative Leadership
   Discussion Questions Pgs 298-299
Week 5
   Chapter 7:  Public Personnel Administration and Human Resources Development
   Chapter 8:  Government Budgeting
   Discussion Questions Pgs 366-367 & 417-418
Week 6
   Chapter 9:  Public Policy and Program Implementation
   Chapter 10:  Performance Management in the Public Sector
   Discussion Questions Pgs 460-461 & 511-512
Week 7
   Chapter 11:  Government Regulations and Administrative Law
   Chapter 12:  Conclusion:  Public Administration in a Time of Conflict and Social Change
   Discussion Questions Pgs 562-563 & 603-604 
Week 8
Position Papers

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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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