PO334 Public Personnel Administration

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PO 334 Public Personnel Administration


S1B 2012 BL


Whitehead, Anna M.


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Public Affairs/Non-Profit and Community Service
BS Social Psychology
Grant Writing Certification

Office Location

639 Merritt Rd.

Office Hours

8:30 - 5:00 M-F

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

16 Jan - 11 Mar, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM



Credit Hours



Daley, Dennis M., Strategic Human Resource Management : People and Performance, Edition: 2002 , ISBN 13: 978-0-13-028260-6; ISBN 10: 0-13-028260-X   

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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.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructors philosophy is based on interactive lecture, in class and on line discussion, and assigned readings to engage students in the understanding of Public Personnel Administration. Students are expected to come to class prepared to engage in discussion of the material.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss economic impact on personnel administration.
  2. Discuss key personnel differences betweeen local, state and federal employees.
  3. Emphasis on motivation and productivity
  4. Importance of training and development
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:

Based on exams, quizzes, presentations, a case study and various topic discussions.


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%
Class exercises: 200 points (2 exercises from text) 20%
Case Study: 200 points (4 Case Studies) 20%
Total: 1000 points
  900 - 1000   A

   800 - 899%   B

   700 - 799%   C

   600 - 699%   D

    0 - 599%   F  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The class exercises and case study may be turned in ONE DAY late with a 50% penalty (assignments are due by 11:59 pm on the due date).  The mid-term or final may be made up at the discretion of the instructor with a valid excuse.  A valid excuse would need to be documented by the student to the satisfaction of the instructor.  Without a valid excuse or proper documentation, the student will receive a zero.  The class participation grade will also be negatively affected by any absences.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be on time and participate in discussions.  Cell phones should be turned on vibrate.  Students may only answer emergency calls during class.  Chronic tardiness will result in a reduction of the class participation points.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Chapter 1  

Chapter 2
case study

Chapter 3-4
Class exercise 1: Job Analysis

Chapter 5
case study

Chapter 6-7
Class exercise 5: Hiring
Chapter 8
Case Study

Chapter 9
case study

Chapter 10
Final Exam

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.

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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