PO330 Public Administration

for S1J 2011

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PO 330 Public Administration


S1J 2011 DN


Swafford, Anne


Adjunct Faculty


B.A. Elementary Education, UMKC
Certified Mediator - NY Institute of Mediation

Office Location


Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

January 11, 2011 - March 1, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


Public Administration in America, Tenth Edition by Michael E. Milakovich and George J. Gordon, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009, ISBN 13 978-0-495-56940-4 

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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:

Classes will be highly interactive.  Instructor will use lectures, readings, guest speakers, web sites, media articles, individual and group activities, exercises, and role plays.  Primary methods used will be (1)learning by inquiry, reflection, and interaction, (2) learning by experience and (3) learning by doing.  Discussions and written assignments are designed to develop the student's analytic and critical thinking skills as well as relating knowledge to current events and practical applications in government agencies.

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:

Written Assignments - Assigned questions at the end of each chapter
Role Play Project
Power Point Presentation on assigned learning outcome
6 quizzes
Midterm Exam
Final Exam
Class Activities


1,000 Total Points
A = 900 - 1,000 points
B = 800 - 899 points
C = 700 - 799 points
D = 600 - 699 points
F = 0 - 599 points
Class Activities - 240 points (30 points x 8 sessions)
Written assignments -  240 points (20 points x 12 chapters)
Quizzes - 120 points (20 points each x 6 quizzes)
Role Play Project - 100 points
Power Point Presentation - 75 points
Midterm Exam - 100 points
Final Exam - 125 points
Note:  Optional Bonus Points may be offered.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Points may be deducted for late assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.  Attend classes regularly and attend the entire sessions.  Activities and exercises are planned for each session for a total of 30 points per session.  If you arrive late to class or leave early, you will very likely miss an activity or exercise worth points you can not make up.
2.  Students are responsible for all material covered in class.
3.  Be prepared for class.  Complete the reading assignment for each class.  Be prepared to discuss the content.  Written assignments are essential in preparing for class activities, quizzes, and exams.
4.  No portable telephones or pagers are allowed in class except for security or emergency medical personnel.
5.  Personal computers are allowed for notetaking and class activities.  In class use should be limited to these activities only.
6.  All email communication sent by the instructor will be sent to students using Park University email addresses.  Students are expected to check their Park  between classes. 
7.  If you have any questions or problems, contact the instructor by phone, email, or before, during, or after class.
8.  Tutors are available for students.  If you find the textbook difficult to understand, request a tutor from the Academic Support Center on the main campus to meet with you weekly to prepare assignments, or study for quizzes and exams.  It is important to contact the Center to arrange for a tutor before the 2nd or 3rd class.  The Center is located in Mabee 406 on the Parkville Campus.  The Center's phone number is 816-584-6330.  It is open on Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  You can also schedule a tutor to meet you at the downtown campus instead of at the Parkville Campus.
9.  There are no excused absences except in extreme cases of illness or family death or required military duty.  Each class missed results in a loss of 30 points for class activities.  If you know you will be missing a lot of classes, consider dropping the course or requesting an incomplete for the course.
10.  Any documents emailed to the instructor should be in application/msword format.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Session 1, January 11, 2011

Syllabus Review
Explain Power Point Presentation and Role Play Projects
Chapter 1 - Study of Public Administration
Read chapter 1 in textbook.
Written Assignment - Chapter 1- questions 4,11,13,16,18,19,22, and 24.
Session 2, January 18, 2011

Guest Speaker
Review chapter 1.
Chapter 2 - Public Administration, Democracy and Bureaucratic Power
Chapter 3 - Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
Read chapters 2 and 3. 
Written Assignment - Chapter 2 questions 1,3,5,7,11, and 15
Chapter 3 questions - 5,7,9,10,12


Session 3, January 25, 2011

Review chapters 2-3
Chapter 4 - Organizational Theory
Role Play Preparation

Read chapter 4
Written Assignment - Chapter 4 questions 5,6,7,9,10,11
Session 4, February 1, 2011

Review chapter 4
Chapter 5 - Decision Making
Decision Making Exercise
Role Play Preparation
Midterm Exam

Read chapter 5.
Written Assignment - Chapter 5 questions 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 14.
Study for Midterm Exam over chapters 1-5.
Session 5, February 8, 2011

Guest Speaker
Review Chapter 5
Chapter 6, Chief Executives and the Challenges of Administrative Leadership
Chapter 7, Public Personnel Management

Read chapters 6 and 7.
Written Assignments - Chapter 6 questions 3, 5, 8, 9,15,16
Chapter 7 questions - 1, 2,3,4,5
Session 6, February 15, 2011

Public Personnel Role Play
Chapter 8 - Public Budgeting
Chapter 9 - Public Policy

Read chapters 8 and 9.
Written Assignment - Chapter 8 questions 1,3, 4, 5
Chapter 9 questions 2,4,6, 9
Session 7, February 22, 2011

Guest Speakers
Review chapters 8 and 9
Chapter 10 - Performance Management
Chapter 11 - Administrative Law and Regulation
Read chapters 10 and 11.
Written Assignment - Chapter 10 questions 2,6,8,10,12
Chapter 11 questions1,3, 5,11,15
Session 8, March 1, 2011
Review - Power Point Presentations
Chapter 12 - Public Administration in a Time of Conflict and Change
Final Exam

Read chapter 12.
Written Assignment - Chapter 12 questions 1-7
Prepare Power Point Presentation.
Study for Final Exam over chapters 6-12

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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