PO330 Public Administration

for S1J 2012

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PO 330 Public Administration


S1J 2012 DN


Swafford, Anne


Adjunct Professor


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

Office Location

Park University - Downtown Kansas City Campus

Office Hours

By appointment.

Daytime Phone

816-591-2826 (cell)



Semester Dates

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Required Texts:
1. Introducing Public Administration 7th Edition (2011) by Jay M. Shafritz, E. W. Russell and Christopher P. Borick
2. The Transformation of Governance: Public Administration for Twenty-First Century America (2002) by Donald F. Kettl
Recommended Text:
1. Online Book (Free): http://www.thisnation.com/textbook/index.html by Jonathan Mott
2. The Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition
During the course, students will watch (in-class) and utilize in writing three videos. While these videos are available to view in the library, students may also want to purchase them.
Ken Burn’s Thomas Jefferson (PBS)
American Experience: Alexander Hamilton (PBS)
American Experience: Woodrow Wilson (PBS)

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.
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:

Classes will be highly interactive.  Instructor will use lectures, readings, guest speakers, web sites, media articles, individual and group activities and exercises.  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:

A total of 1,000 points is available for this course. Points are broken down into five categories:

Three Video Learning Activities @ 90 points each = 270 points
Two Journal Submissions @ 150 points each = 300 points
Seven Quizzes @ 30 points each = 210 points
Final Essay (The Final)  = 140 points
Eight In-Class Participation @ 10 points each = 80 points


The grading scale is as follows:

A  = 900 - 1,000 points
B  = 800 to 899 points
C  = 700 to 799 points
D  = 600 to 699 points
F  = 0 to 599 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 with proper citations.
  • 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 Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition (Hauptmann School Guidelines).  Always provide a title page and reference page.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Points may be deducted for late assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.  Attendance in an 8 week course is very important.  Absences should be avoided if at all possible.  Absences will be excused on a case by case basis only if the student notifies the instructor before class or the day immediately following.
2.  Be prepared for class.  Complete the reading and written assignments for each class. 
3.  Comments from everyone in class discussions are important and should be respected.  Learning is enhanced by educational, work, and life experiences among all members of the class. 
4.  If you have any questions or problems, contact the instructor by phone, email, or before, during, or after class.
5.  Tutors are available for students.  If you find the textbooks difficult to understand, request a tutor from the Academic Support Center to meet with you weekly to prepare assignments, or study for quizzes.  Writing assistance is also available for help with spelling, grammar, citations, Chicago Style Format, and content of written essays.  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.
6. Personal computers are allowed for notetaking and class activities.  In class use should be limited to these activities only.
7. All email communication sent by the instructor will be sent to students using Park University email addresses.  Students are expected to check their Park email between classes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week 1: Read Chapters 1-2 of Introducing Public Administration.  Topic for Journal Submission given.

Week 2: Read Chapters 3-4 of Introducing Public Administration.  Read Woodrow Wilson's 1887 Essay online and answer questions on worksheet.  Video Learning Activity One will be assigned

Week 3: Read Chapters 5-6
of Introducing Public Administration. Video Learning Activity One is due.  Topic for Journal Submission given.
Week 4: Read Chapters 7-8 of Introducing Public Administration. Video Learning Activity Two will be assigned. Journal Submission One is due.
Week 5: Read Chapters 9-10 of Introducing Public Administration. Topic for journal submission is assigned.
Week 6: Read Chapters 11-12 of Introducing Public Administration.

Week 7: Read Chapters 13-14 of Introducing Public Administration. Video Learning Activity Three is assigned. Topic for Journal Submission is assigned.

Week 8: Wrap-Up.  Journal Submission Two is due.  Video Learning Activity Three is due.  Final Essay is due.
Video Learning Activities
In these activities, in 2-3 pages, students address question(s) based primarily on the following videos:
Ken Burn’s Thomas Jefferson
American Experience: Alexander Hamilton
American Experience: Woodrow Wilson

Videos will be watched in-class and are available for viewing in the library.  Further information will be given upon assignment.

Students are given four specific topics to write 2-3 page entries based on the readings, lectures and specific sources in essay form. Students will submit parts of the journal on two separate dates.

Final Essay - Independent reading of alternate text is required throughout the course.  Students proceed at their own speed.  The content of this book will not be covered in class.
This essay will serve as the Final.  It will be based primarily upon Donald F. Kettl’s The Transformation of Governance: Public Administration for Twenty-First Century America. Compare and contrast the governmental perspectives of Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Woodrow Wilson, including their differences and similarities. The essay should be 6-8 pages in length, plus a title page and reference page.

Please note, in this essay, students are only allowed to use class sources, i.e., thisnation.com, Transformation of Governance, Introducing Public Administration, videos, lectures and the additional handouts/links. Other sources will result in grade reduction

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


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Last Updated:1/16/2012 2:32:28 PM