PO330 Public Administration

for S1LL 2011

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PO 330 Public Administration


S1LL 2011 LR


Bohannon, Alan L.


Senior Instructor / Adjunct Faculty


BS-Business, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX
MPA, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX

Office Location


Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

(Cell) 501.416.5099





Semester Dates

10 Jan-5 Mar 2011

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Credit Hours


Milakovich, Michael & Gordan, George., "Public Administration in America", 10th Ed., Wadsworth Cengage, Boston, MA 02210. 

Essays:  Download from Share Docs (Instructor Provided)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Optional: Public Administration Workbook

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Course Description:
Principles and problems of public administration in America.  Special attention is given to the problems of democratic control and the development of basic concepts of the field.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
To provide the student with an understanding of public administration to include, but not limited to, budgets, personnel, policy and procedures and public perceptions of administrative practices within organizations.  This course will attempt to teach each student the importance of public administration within a democratic society. 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 two bi-weekly exams and a final, as well as a research paper.

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 "bureauratic state."
  4. Recognize the dynamic nature of federalism and intergrovernmental (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 thier 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:
The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements: Mid-Term Exam & Final Exam,  Case Study

Mid-Term Exam  =  100 points; Final Exam  =  100 points; Case Study =  300 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No assignments will be accepted late.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "zero".

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Meeting 1A
15 Jan 2011
Intro/Syllabus Review
Chapter 1 - The Study of Public Administration (Lecture)
Essay: The Study of Administration(Woodrow Wilson)
Case Study Handout/Review
Read Chapter 1 in Text
Download and Read Essay
Meeting 1B
15 Jan 2011
Chapter 2 - Public Administration, Democracy, & Bureaucratic Power (Lecture)
Essay: Public Administrative Theory and the Separation of Powers (David Rosenbloom)
Read Chapter 2 in Text
Download and read Essay
22 Jan 2011
 Chapter 3 - Federalism & Intergovernmental Releations (Lecture)
Essay: Federalism, Intergovernmental Releations, and Intergovernmental Management (Deil Wright)
Read Chapter 3 in Text
Download and Read Essay

 Meeting 2B

22 Jan 2011

 Chapter 4 - Organizational Theory (Lecture)
Essay: The Proverbs of Administration (Herbert Simon)

Read Chapter 4 in Text
Download and Read Ess

Meeting 3A

29 Jan 2011

  Chapter 5 - Decision Making in Administration (Lecture) 
Essay: Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making (Deborah Stone)

 Read Chapter 5 in Text  Download and Read Essay


Meeting3B                   29Jan2011
 Chapter 6 - Chief Executives & theChallenges of Administrative Leadership  (Lecture) 
Essay: The Transformation of Governance; Who Governs and How (Donaly Kettl)              

Read Chapter 6 in Test    Download and Read Essay


5 Feb 2011
 Mid-Term Exam

5 Feb 2011   
Case Study Work Group


12 Feb2011                  
Chapter 7 - Public Personnel Administration and Human Resources Development (Lecture)  Essay:  The Human Side of Enterprise (Douglas McGregor) Read Chapter 7 in Text  Download and Read Essay

12 Feb 2011
Chapter 8 - Government Budgeting (Lecture)       
Essay: Organizational Decline and Cutback Management (Charles Levine)                                                                           
Read Chapter 8 in Text  Download and Read Essay
19 Feb 2011
Chapter 9 - Public Policy & Program Implementation (Lecture0  Essay: The Science of "Muddling Through" (Charles Lindblom)
Read Chapter 9 in Text Download and Read Essay.

19 Feb 2011
 Chapter 10 - Performance Managment in the Public Sector (Lecture)  Essay:  A Public Management for all Seasons? (Christopher Hood) Read Chapter 10 in Test  Download  and Read Essay.

26 Feb 2011
Chapter 11 - Government Regulation and Administrative Law (Lecture)  Essay: The American System (Morton Grodzins) Read Chapter 11 in Text   Download and Read Essay.

26 Feb 2011
Chapter 12 - Public Administration in a Time of Conflict and Change (Lecture)  Essay: From Red Tape to Results: Creating a Government That Works (The National Preformance Review) Read Chapter 12 in Text  Download and Read Essay
Meeting 8A
5 Mar 2011
Final Exam
Meeting 8B
5 Mar 2011
Case Study Discussions

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  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".
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