PO330 Public Administration

for F2LL 2011

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PO 330 Public Administration


F2LL 2011 LR


Bohannon, Alan L.


Senior Instructor / Adjunct Faculty


BS-Business, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX
MPA, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX

Office Location


Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

(Cell) 501.416.5099





Semester Dates

17 Oct - 11 Dec 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours


Milakovich, Michael & Gordan, George., "Public Administration in America", 10th Ed., Wadsworth Cengage, Boston, MA 02210. 

Case Studies:  Download from Share Docs (Instructor Provided)

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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.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
To provide the student with an understanding of public administration to include, but not limited to, budgets, personnel, policy and procedures and public perceptions of administrative practices within organizations.  This course will attempt to teach each student the importance of public administration within a democratic society. Lecture, discussions, and problem solving individually and in-groups will take place in the classroom.  Prior to each scheduled class, the student is required to read assigned chapters and do any written work assigned.  

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 growth of Public Administration (PA) and examine PA as a field of study.
  2. Describe the governmental system in which PA and policy making operate and examine the underlying values of American administrative practice.
  3. Know the focus of bureaucratic power and the role of the "bureauratic state."
  4. Recognize the dynamic nature of federalism and intergrovernmental (national/state/local) relations.
  5. Review the evolution of organizational theory and discuss the internal dynamics of organization.
  6. Examine administrative decision making as well as ethics, rationality, personal & organizational goals and other influences.
  7. Analyze administrative leadership as it relates to chief executives and thier organizations.
  8. Understand the personnel & human resources development function, training, and skills development.
  9. Examine the budget process.
  10. Explore the subject of managing public policies and programs.
  11. Discuss the regulatory process which impacts every part of American economics and social life.
  12. Explain how PA interacts within the context of citizens, risk and uncertainty.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:
Mid-Term Exam (25 Multiple Choice Questions @ 4 points each, 6 Essay Questions @ 25 points each).
Final Exam (25 Multiple Choice Questions @ 4 points each, 6 Essay Questions @ 25 points each).
Weekly Case Studies (Download, evaluate, and answer questions @ 20 points each).
Final Extensive Case Study/Report. (Evaluate four traffic alternatives, compute real, economic and social cost with each route and make a recommendation using "rational" decision making and cost-effectiveness analysis). 300 points possible.


Total Points = 1000
Mid-Term Exam  =  250 points
Final Exam  =  250 points
Weekly Case Studies =  200 points
Final Extensive Case Study/Report = 300 points. 
Grading Scale:
900-1000 = A
800 - 899 = B
700 - 799 = C
600 - 699 = D
599 <       = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

No assignments will be accepted late.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "zero".
(Attendance is mandatory for discussion of Weekly Case Studies.  Absence = 0 points on that weeks Case Studies.)

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week:              Topics:                                                                     Assignment:
Week 1:           Intro/Syllabus Review                                                - Read Chapters 1 & 2
                        Chapter 1 - The Study of Public Administration          - Download, Read, and
                        Case Study 1                                                               Answer questions on
                                                                                                           Case Studies 1 & 2
                        Chapter 2 - Public Administration, Democracy, &
                        Bureaucratic Power
                        Case Study 2
Week 2:           Chapter 3 - Federalism & Intergovernmental               - Read Chapters 3 & 4
                        Relations                                                                     - Download, Read, and
                        Case Study 3                                                                 Answer questions on
                                                                                                              Case Studies 3 & 4
                        Chapter 4 - Organizational Theory
                        Case Study 4
Week 3:           Chapter 5 - Decision Making in Administration            - Read Chapters 5 & 6
                        Case Study 5                                                              - Download, Read, and
                                                                                                             Answer questions on
                        Chapter 6 - Chief Executives & the Challenges of           Case Studies 5 & 6
                        Administrative Leadership
                        Case Study 6
Week 4:           Mid-Term Exam
                        Case Study Work Group
Week 5:           Chapter 7 - Public Personnel Administration and         - Read Chapters 7 & 8
                        Human Resources Development                                 - Download, Read, and
                        Case Study 7                                                                Answer questions on
                                                                                                             Case Studies 7 & 8
                        Chapter 8 - Government Budgeting
                        Case Study 8
Week 6:           Chapter 9 - Public Policy & Program                         -  Read Chapters 9 & 10
                        Implementation                                                          - Download, Read, and
                        Case Study 9                                                               Answer questions on
                                                                                                            Case Studies 9 & 10
                        Chapter 10 - Performance Management on the      
                        Public Sector
                        Case Study 10
Week 7:           Chapter 11 - Government Regulation and                    - Read Chapters 11 & 12
                        Administrative Law                                                     
                        Chapter 12 - Public Administration in a Time
                        of Conflict & Change
                        Review for Final Exam / Final Case Study Report.
Week 8:           Final Exam
                        Case Study Discussion

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

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