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PO 330 Public Administration
Johnson, Shirley E.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PO 330 Public Administration

Semester

U1B 2010 BL

Faculty

Johnson, Shirley E.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD- Organization and Management, Leadership
MPA-Public Administration
BS-Professional Management with Business Specialty

Office Location

Park University, Bldg 639, Fort Bliss, TX

Office Hours

Mon-Fri (6PM-9PM MST) Sat-Sun (9AM-9PM MST)

Daytime Phone

(915) 744-2257

Other Phone

(915) 269-0471

E-Mail

shirley.johnson02@park.edu

johnsonbeme1@gmail.com

Semester Dates

May 31, 2010 – July 25, 2010

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Milakovich, M. E, Gordon, G. J. 2009. Public Administration in America, 10th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0-495-56940-4; ISBN-10: 0-495-56940-2

There is only one textbook for this course. 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


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:

What characterizes public administration in the twenty-first century is the scope and rapidity of change affecting virtually all aspects of governmental activity.  Students will gain an understanding of public administration to include, but not limited to, budgets, personnel, policy and procedures and public perceptions of administrative practices within organizations.  Additionally, this course will attempt to teach each student the importance of public administration within a democratic society.  Student interaction with the instructor and other students is essential in this course. Lecture, discussions, and problem solving individually and in-groups will take place in the classroom.  Prior to each scheduled class, the student is required to read assigned chapters and do any written work assigned.  Testing will include quizzes, mid-term, and final exam.  

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. Understand the growth of Public Administration (PA) and examine PA as a field of study.
  2. Describe the governmental system in which PA and policy making operate and examine the underlying values of American administrative practice.
  3. Know the focus of bureaucratic power and the role of the "bureaucratic state."
  4. Recognize the dynamic nature of federalism and intergovernmental (national/state/local) relations.
  5. Review the evolution of organizational theory and discuss the internal dynamics of organization.
  6. Examine administrative decision making as well as ethics, rationality, personal & organizational goals and other influences.
  7. Analyze administrative leadership as it relates to chief executives and their organizations.
  8. Understand the personnel & human resources development function, training, and skills development.
  9. Examine the budget process.
  10. Explore the subject of managing public policies and programs.
  11. Discuss the regulatory process which impacts every part of American economics and social life.
  12. Explain how PA interacts within the context of citizens, risk and uncertainty.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Students will master course objectives through class participation, homework/quizzes, writing assignments, group work, and a final exam.

Grading:

You will be able to track your average throughout the course by means of the Grade book.  The grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59.  The exams will count 40% of your total grade.  You will know in advance the standards for each assignment.
 
Discussion /Postings                  8%
Group Presentation                  10%
Attendance/Participation            4%
Quizzes                                    28%    
Midterm Exam                         20%
Final Exam                               30%

Total                                        100%

A = 90- 100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = < 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

A missed quiz may not be made up and will result in a zero regardless of the classification of the absence.  The mid-term or final may be made up at the discretion of the instructor with a valid excuse.  A valid excuse would need to be documented by the student to the satisfaction of the instructor.  Without a valid excuse or proper documentation, the student will receive a zero. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to arrive on time, participate in discussions, and remain for the duration of each class.  All communication devices must remain in off mode or silenced while in the classroom.  Texting in class is also prohibited.  In the event of an emergency, please step out of the room to take any calls.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


WEEK ONE
Tuesday: Introduction/Syllabus Review
Thursday: Chapter 1, Approaching the Study of Public Administration

WEEK TWO 

Tuesday:  Chapter 2, Public Administration, Democracy, and Bureaucratic Power
Quiz One
Thursday: Chapter 3, Federalism and intergovernmental Relations
Discussion Assignment One
WEEK THREE
Tuesday:  Chapter 4, Organizational Theory
Quiz Two
Thursday: Group Assignment
Discussion Assignment Two
Mid-Term Review                 
WEEK FOUR
Tuesday: Chapter 5, Decision Making in Administration
Thursday: Chapter 6, Chief Executives and the Challenges of Administrative Leadership
Mid-Term Exam            
WEEK FIVE
Tuesday: Chapter 7, Public Personnel Administration and Human Resources Development
Thursday: Chapter 8, Government Budgeting
Discussion Assignment Three
WEEK SIX
Tuesday: Chapter 9, Public Policy and Program Implementation
Quiz Three
Thursday: Group Presentations
WEEK SEVEN
Tuesday: Chapter 10, Performance Management in the Public Sector
Discussion Assignment Four
Thursday: Chapter 11, Government Regulation and Administrative Law
Quiz Four
Final Exam Review
WEEK EIGHT
Chapter 12, Conclusion: Public Administration in a Time of Conflict and Social Change
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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
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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