PO330 Public Administration

for S2T 2012

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PO 330 Public Administration


S2T 2012 DL


Bernier, Kenneth A.


Adjunct Faculty


MS-Administrative Management
MBA-Human Resources
BS-Public Administration

Office Location

7516 Lew Wallace Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-6502

Office Hours

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

Daytime Phone

(505) 228-5321

Other Phone

(505) 845-8028




Semester Dates

March 19, 2012 - May 13, 2012

Class Days

Daily via Online access

Class Time

Daily via Online access

Credit Hours



Public Administration in America 
Author: Milakovich, Michael E.
ISBN: 13-9780495569404
Edition: 10TH (2009)
Publisher: Wadsworth: Cengage Learning



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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.

Educational Philosophy:
This course is highly interactive.  Discussion is of prime importance. Weekly papers allow an in depth look at weekly topics. Videos and historical readings play a part in total learning experience.  An eye on current events is critical.

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 issues, problems, and concepts encountered in governmental administration on a multi-cultural, globally-oriented playing field but with concentration on the United States.
  2. Apply techniques of project management in policy making and budgeting, personnel administration and collective bargaining with familiarity in each area.
  3. Conduct online research necessary to access current governmental information sources.
  4. Understand the basics of the field of Public Administration with all the political and non-political ramifications of managing the public
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Core Assessment: Final Exam

Students are responsible for completing all assignments within a week's time.  Position Papers must have at least 2 other sources of information besides the course texts and be 2 pages in length. 

These papers MUST be written in proper APA format. A minimum of 15 points will be deducted for lack of compliance to APA standards. (An example and reference links will be posted in Document Sharing). All work must be the student's own unless working in a group. The Instructor is readily available to lend assistance.  

If there are questions about any of online policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.


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 final exam will count 25% of your total grade. You will know in advance the standards for each assignment.
Assignment Points              % of Grade   
Position Papers 400            (40% Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
Issues for Discussion 200   (20% Weekly)
Group Project 150               (15% Week 5)
Final Examination 250         (25% Week 8)

Total 1000                           (100%)

Course Grading Scale: you will be able to keep track of your grade throughout the semester using the Grade book.
A = 90- 100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = < 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Unless granted by the instructor before the fact, there will be sanctions for late work. Each day an assignment is late, your grade will drop to the next letter grade. No assignments will be accepted the subsequent week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Rules of online conduct will be observed. Derogatory postings toward other students or the instructor will not be tolerated.  If a problem exists, the instructor should be contacted privately to communicate the situation.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

This is a survey course in Public Administration, the field of study; and public administration in practice. This course examines the issues, problems and concepts encountered in governmental administration with concentration on US examples. Throughout the course, the emphasis is on the sectors which make up Public Administration and public administration. Continuing attention will be given to the political side of administration as well as administrative responsibility, accountability, stakeholders, and ethics in a democratic state.

You will participate in online discussions, homework preparation, and peer review of other's materials, a short group project, current events observations and quizzes during the course. Each week we'll examine a different area of Public Administration with observations of current events as examples.

During Week 1, we begin to focus on the nature and structure of Public Administration in our country; looking at executive structure of the national, state, and local levels. We will attempt to define bureaucracy and look at its growth in the governmental arena. We will examine the similarities and differences in the public and private enterprise as it relates to all sectors of our populations. Ethics and values in public administration is a concern of the public in general. We will utilize class conference in week 1 to examine this topic. We will look at the interplay of public bureaucracy and political power; their interrelationships and conflicts.

During Week 2, we will examine Politics and Bureaucracy. Here's our chance to look at the political world and the world of the bureaucrat as they differ and interrelate. We'll look at real and implied power and the political subsystems in the United States. We'll examine Federalism. We'll also look at how governments relate. We will begin exploration of bureaucratic leadership and the "reigns of authority". We'll look at viewpoints in leadership by interviewing a government official and an executive of national bureaucracy.

During Week 3, we will look at the maze of government regulation. We'll look at benefits derived from various regulation and regulation causing great dispute. We'll also go into the area of Administrative law; looking at the letter of the law and the implications.

During Week 4, the study of ethics and leadership will be examined. We will examine all governmental levels of leadership, what is expected of our leaders and management techniques that make it possible for our leaders to govern.

During Week 5, we will become familiar with Public Personnel Administration and Human Resource Development in the public sector, paying specific attention to the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. We will do assigned workbook exercises jointly to highlight important aspects of this area. We will be paying special attention to the process of Collective Bargaining.

During Week 6, we will begin working with Public Budgeting and areas associated with budgets at all levels. We will examine governmental budgets and fiscal policy as they relate to modern government budgeting. Approaches to budgeting from the Executive Branch setting the nature of the Federal Budgeting process through the various stages will be highlighted. We will begin with Line Item Budgeting and all its ramifications. We will then explore Performance Budgeting, Program Planning Budgeting, Zero-based Budgeting and various other budgeting methods.

During Week 7, we will begin to integrate the preceding parts of this course and put them to work in our study of Public Policy Making and Rational Decision Making. We will take an objective and subjective look at evaluation policy. We will explore the extremely important tools of Cost Benefit and Cost Effectiveness analysis. We will put this work in motion from the implementation process through the proposal stage and then utilizing Rational Decision Making and Critical Path Analysis as our techniques. We will look at the ramifications of decision making the Public Sector. We will take an objective and subjective look at evaluation policy. We'll look at the intended and unintended consequences of policy making. Lastly, we then look at the future need of decision reevaluation given changing conditions, concerned publics, a different political climate and opportunities and changes in the global environment.

During Week 8,we examine the future need of decision making, leadership and government given changing conditions, concerned publics, a different political climate and opportunities and changes in the global environment. What will Public Administration become in this, the 21st Century? Finally, an evaluation of concepts discovered in this course will be assessed through a Final Proctored Examination. This Proctored Examination will be taken in person at a Park University Resident Center; or at an alternative location approved by the Instructor when no Park University site is available. The student will be responsible for acquiring an acceptable proctor approved by the instructor. It is the responsibility of the Instructor to reject any proctor deemed unacceptable to.

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

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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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