PO334 Public Personnel Administration

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PO 334 Public Personnel Administration


F2J 2011 DN


Click, Eric, PhD


Assistant Professor of Public Administration/Program Coordinator Public Administration

Office Location

Park University - Downtown Kansas City Campus: Office 927

Office Hours

Wednesday and Thursday: 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and also by appointment.

Daytime Phone

Office: 816-559-5623



Semester Dates

Monday, October 17, 2011-Sunday, December 11, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


Strategic Human Resource Management (3rd Edition) by Jeffrey A. Mello.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
PAR Submission Instructions and Information for Authors

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.
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Course Description:
PO 334 Public Personnel Administration: Analysis of the various functions of public personnel administration including: recruitment, placement, training, salary, evaluation, retirement, personnel problems, labor relations, collective bargaining, ethics, merit systems, and EEO programs 3:0:3.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain merit systems and how they are used in governmental administrative systems; compare merit systems with non-merit systems and the appropriateness of both; and review recent approaches to performance appraisal.
  2. Explain compensation and benefit packages for public employees and how they are structured.
  3. Delineate the purposes of training and development programs for public employees.
  4. Provide an explanation of recruitment and selection methods used in public employment; and evaluate such methods in terms of their ability to provide governments with appropriate personnel.
  5. Review the legal bases for collective bargaining in the public sector; and examine the various forms of such collective bargaining and evaluate the positives and negatives of such collective bargaining on the public sector.

Core Assessment:

Core Assessment

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures Departmental Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities.  The core assessment for this course is the Final Exam and will account for at least 20% of the total grade for the course and cover at least three of the Core Learning Outcomes. 

Class Assessment:

A total of 100 points is available for this course. Points are broken down into six categories:

Two Journal Submissions @ 27.5 points each = 55%
Reading Presentation @ 17.5 points = 17.5%
Final Exam @ 20 points = 20%
Individual Participation @ 7.5 points = 7.5%

The grading scale is as follows:

A 90% or above (90 – 100 points)
B 80% to 89% (80 – 89 points)
C 70% to 79% (70 – 79 points)
D 60% to 69% (60 – 69 points)
F 59% and below (0 – 59 points)

Written work is graded on demonstrated insight, completion of expectation of the assignment, coherence of organization, grammar and spelling, and proper citations.

Letter grades in this course have the following meanings:

  • An 'A' signifies work that clearly exceeds expectations exemplified by the student who prepares for class discussions and consistently indicates having thought about the material. Written work falling into this category will demonstrate clarity of purpose, organization, and communication. It will also demonstrate original interpretation of course material.
  • A 'B' signifies work that meets expectations, meaning that all aspects of the assignment are completed, but it lacks some aspects of 'A' work, particularly inconsistent preparation for class discussions or written work that demonstrates less significant insight in the the material, frequent grammatical errors, or failure to follow citation requirements.
  • A 'C' denotes written work that minimally meets the intent of the assignment and is poorly constructed, supported, or inconsistent arguments, or works with multiple spelling and grammatical errors, or multiple failures to follow citation requirements.
  • A 'D' falls short of the intent of the assignment in multiple areas and signifies a student who regularly misses class discussions, is otherwise unprepared on multiple occasions, or whose written work fails to meet the minimum expectations of undergraduate students.
  • A 'F' indicates failure to meet minimum requirements, demonstration of consistently poor work, or demonstrated inability to improve performance, cheating, or plagiarism.
Writing Format
Assignments should be double spaced in New Times Roman 12 with 1 inch margins. When using (citing) sources outside of materials provided in this class, please make sure they are quality and reliable sources (Wikipedia is not acceptable). Students should follow PAR Style (Hauptmann School) guidelines. Unless directed, students should submit in hard copy and not electronically without permission. Also, please always provide a title page and reference page.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Non-penalized (excused) extensions/make-up work will only be given based upon documented approved extenuating circumstances. Unexcused late submissions will result in an assignment grade of zero (0%).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Everyone's comments are important. The diversity of the experience among members of your class will enhance learning. All students will be treated equitably within the classroom. Discussion and all communications are required to be respectful. Inappropriate language will not be tolerated, and your professor determines what is inappropriate. Students not treating the professor and/or classmates with respect are subject to discipline or dismissal from the course and/or program.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

In Weeks 1 through 8, the class covers two chapters of Strategic Human Resource Management per week (module) with the exception of Weeks 1 and 8, which cover one chapter. For each chapter, PowerPoints are posted under weekly content in E-Companion.

Week 1: Chapter 1
Week 2: Chapters 2-3
Week 3: Chapters 4-5
Week 4: Chapters 6-7
Week 5: Chapters 8-9
Week 6: Chapters 10-11
Week 7: Chapters 12-13
Week 8: Chapter 14

Reading Presentation
In Weeks 4 through 7, groups will create and present a PowerPoint on a specific Chapter Reading in Strategic Human Resource Management, including in relation to chapter material. In addition, each group will submit and provide to the class a 750 to 1250 word key point summary (in essay form) on their assigned chapter reading findings, including in relation to chapter material, which is worth 7.5 points.

PowerPoint presentations should be approximately 25 to 30 minutes, leaving ten to fifteen minutes (additional) for questions. Grades are based on: 
2 points: Presentation- including business casual minimum attire and powerpoint appearance
2 points: Content/Information – including in relation to course material/theory
2 points: Organization- including each partner presenting information and structure/flow
2 points: Questions- addressing questions posed by both classmates and professor
2 points: Partner Grades- each partner will grade his or her partner(s)
10 points
17.5 points total (submission/handout and PowerPoint presentation)

Students are given eight specific topics to write 500-1000 word responses (entries) based on the readings, lectures and specific sources in essay form. Students will submit parts of the journal on two separate dates.

Journal Submission One:       Wednesday, November 9 (Week 4)
Journal Submission Two:       Wednesday, December 7 (Week 8)

Final Exam
On this exam, in three essays, students will address question(s) based primarily upon Strategic Human Resource Management. The exam should be 6 to 8 pages in length, plus a title page and reference page. Further information, including questions, will be given in Week 5.
Due Date:  Wednesday, December 7 (Week 8)

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Please read and consult the complete Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Policy on Academic Dishonesty starting on page 93), which includes possible ramifications for plagiarism.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

Attendance at all class meetings is expected.  Attendance is taken and reported to Academic Services in accordance with institutional policy.  The class will function on an interactive basis, requiring each member to contribute to the discussion.  Readings, lectures, and participation are vital to student success.  Further, punctuality and preparedness are pertinent.  As a result, if you have more than one unexcused absence, your grade will be reduced by 7.5%.  In order for an absence to be excused, appropriate documentation must be provided.  Excessive tardiness may also result in grade reduction.

In addition, to ensure appropriate participation, please turn cell phones and/or pages to off/silent or vibrate at a minimum during class time (no texting).  Further, laptops are not permitted in class unless directed for authorized class activities.  Also, if a room is equipped with individual computers, students can only use the technology for authorized class related activities.  If applicable, please let me know of possible extenuating circumstances concerning cell phones, pagers and/or computers.

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 .

Additional Information:


With the commitment to improve the effectiveness of the University, students will periodically be asked to participate in class activities that will provide feedback regarding class content and structure and information necessary from a student perspective. This is a key part of our on-going institutional evaluation process with the goal of educational betterment at Park University.

Syllabus Revisions

The professor reserves the right to revise this syllabus as needed throughout the semester.


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