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PO 331 Public Organizations
Whitehead, Anna M.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

PO 331 Public Organizations

Semester

U1B 2012 BL

Faculty

Whitehead, Anna M.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MPA, Nonprofit/Community Service
BS, Social/Psychology
Grant Writing Certification

Office Location

Park University, Bldg. 639

Office Hours

9 a.m - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Daytime Phone

915-832-3306

E-Mail

anna.whitehead@park.edu

Semester Dates

June 4, 2012 - July 29, 2012

Class Days

T/TH

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations • 3RD 12
ISBN-978-1-4129-9165-0
 
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In • REV 11
ISBN-978-0-14-311875-6
 
Recommended:
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (7th Edition) by Kate L. Turabian.
 

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Additional Resources:

Turabian 7th Edition Online Citation Guide (Reference List Style- P and R) 
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)- Chicago Style.

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 331 Public Organizations: A study dealing with public organization design and impact public organizations have upon those who work in them and deal with them. Topics include: public organization information and control systems, decision making in public organizations, the environment of public organizations, organizational behavior, and innovation in public organizations. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructors philosophy is based on learning through sharing information, applied learning and experiences.  The instructor will use lecture, discussion of current events, case studies, guest speakers, and assigned readings to engage students in the understanding of Public Organizations.  Students will also participate in a fundraising event, and other group activities.  Students are expected to come to class prepared to participate in discussion of the material.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the major historical organization theories in public administration
  2. Analyze organizational communication theories
  3. Assess the relationship between politics and public organizations in America
  4. Evaluate control systems for public organizations
  5. Illustrate theories of organizational behavior and conflict resolution


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Derive an emphasis on student learning not only from the text, but also from their own experiences.
  2. Emphasize on students interpersonal communication skills and knowledge
  3. Implement effective strategies and practices in message management and communications within organizations
  4. Explain how perception affects communication
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 a term paper on a specific public organization and will account for at least 20% of the total grade for the course and cover all five of the Core Learning Outcomes. 


Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Mid-term Exam, Final Exam, Final Project and Class Participation.

Grading:

Class Participation: 100 points 10%
 
Mid-Term: 250 points
   Mid-Term exam will consist of short answer/essay which will be 20% of your mid-term exam grade and multiple choice 5%
 
Final: 250 points
   Final will consist of short answer/essay which will be 20% of your final exam grade and multiple choice 5%
 
Press Releases: 200 points (2 Press Releases) 20%
 
Final Project: 200 points  20%
 
Total: 1000 points
 
  900 - 1000   A

   800 - 899%   B

   700 - 799%   C

   600 - 699%   D

    0 - 599%   F  

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late submission of course material will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1.  Students are responsible for all material covered in class, whether present or not. 

2.  Be prepared for class.  This means having read the assignments (Book Chapter/s), downloaded and read/prepared any required case studies, and are ready to discuss or participate in a small group exercise in class.
3.  All telephones must be turned to silent for the entire class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 
Week 1: Tuesday: Chapter 1, Introduction, and Discussion
              Thursday: Chapter 2, Discussion, Project Topics
Week 2: Tuesday: Chapter 3, Discussion
              Thursday: Chapter 4, Discussion
Week 3: Tuesday: Chapter 5, Discussion
              Thursday: Chapter 6, Discussion
Week 4: Tuesday: Chapter 7 & 8, Discussion
              Thursday: Mid-Term
Week 5: Tuesday: Chapter 9, Discussion, Start Presentations
              Thursday: Chapter 10, Discussion, Presentations
Week 6: Tuesday: Chapter 11, Discussion, Presentation
              Thursday: Chapter 12, Discussion
Week 7: Tuesday: Chapter 13, Discussion
              Thursday: Chapter 14, Discussion, Review for final
Week 8: Tuesday: Final
              Thursday: Final Exam review

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:
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.

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper explains and relates five major organization theories (Classical, orthodoxy, neo-classical, structural, and systems) to a specific public organization.

 
Paper explains five major organization theories and identifies the theory most descriptive of a specific public organization

 
Paper explains five major organization theories

 
Paper explains less than five organization theories

 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper analyzes a variety of communication techniques used in a specific organization and ties them to theory

 
Paper analyzes the predominate communication technique used in a specific organization and ties it to theory

 
Paper analyzes the predominate communication techniques used in a specific organization

 
Paper fails to analyze communication techniques used in a specific organization

 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Paper clearly assesses the impact of the appropriate political body on the operation of a specific public organization and judges the effectiveness of control systems utilized to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and legality in its operation




 
Paper explains the responsibilities and interrelationship between the appropriate political body and a specific public organization and judges the effectiveness of control systems utilized to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and legality in its operations

 
Paper explains the responsibilities and interrelationship between the appropriate political body and a specific public organization and identifies its control systems

 
Paper does not explain interrelationship between an organization and its political body or identify control systems in place

 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Paper demonstrates proper use of terminology with no errors

 
Paper demonstrates proper use of terminology with no more than one error

 
Paper demonstrates proper use of terminology with no more than two errors

 
Paper shows three or more errors

 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with no errors










 
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with one error

 
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with two errors

 
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with three or more errors

 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper illustrates how specific organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues within an organization support theory and unique features caused by the public nature of the organization












 
Paper illustrates how specific organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues within an organization support theory

 
Paper describes organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues within an organization

 
Paper contains no information on organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no errors in paper format items:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.



 
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no more than 5 errors in:  MLA. spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no more than 10 errors in:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Artifact does not communicate effectively and contains more than 10 errors in:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Each section of the paper communicates effectively and demonstrates no errors in paper format items: MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.

 
Each section of the paper communicates effectively and demonstrates no more than one error in: MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.

 
Each section of the paper communicates effectively and demonstrates no more than two errors in:  MLA , spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
No section communicates effectively 

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