PO330 Public Administration

for F2K 2011

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PO 330 Public Administration


F2K 2011 LA


May, Christopher D


Adjunct Faculty


Bachelor of Arts (2), Master of Public Administration, Juris Doctor, Master of Laws (Environmental)



Class Days


Class Time

6:30 - 9:00 PM



Credit Hours


Milakovich and Gordon, "Public Administration in America."  10th Edition.

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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

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:
The final course grade will be determined using the following:

Exam 1 (Chapters 1,2,3, & 4)
Exam 2 (Chapters 5,6,7, 8 & 9)
Final  (Chapters 10,11, & 12)
Research Paper
Class Participation

The exams will be short answer/essay questions.  For example, if the exam covers four chapters then there will be four sections on the test.  Each section will have between four and five questions.  Students then choose three of the questions per section, for a total of 12 short answer questions for the exam. 

The research paper topic will be decided by student with the approval of the instructor.  During week one the student will be required to complete the Discussion Questions for Chapter 1.  This is the only chapter requiring completion of the study questions; the chapter provides a healthy overview of what we'll be discussing throughout the term and should give the student ideas about a paper topic .  Students can choose a topic and begin working on their paper at any time, but by the mid-point they will need an approved topic.  Students may choose a topic from the text or can look to current events.


Exam 1  =  100 points
Exam 2  =  100 points
Final   =  100 points
Research Paper =  100 points

Class Participation = 100 points

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

D = 60-69

F = Below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignment(s) will be considered on a case by case basis.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to arrive on time and remain for the duration of each class. 

All communication devices must remain in off mode or silenced while in the classroom.  In the event of an emergency, please step out of the room to take any calls. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Chapter 1  Approaching the Study of Public Administration

Complete Study Questions 1-25 on pp. 47-49


Chapter 2 Public Administration, Democracy, and Bureaucratic Power

Chapter 3 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations


Chapter 4 Organizational Theory

Exam I


Chapter 5 Decision Making in Administration

Chapter 6 Chief Executives and the Challenges of Administrative Leadership

Discuss Research Paper Topics


Chapter 7 Public Personnel Administration and Human Resources Development

Chapter 8 Government Budgeting


Chapter 9 Public Policy and Program Implementation

Exam II


Chapter 10 Performance Management in the Public Sector

Chapter 11 Government Regulation and Administrative Law

Final Exam Review


Chapter 12 Conclusion: Public Administration in a Time of Conflict and Social Change

Final Exam Review

Final Exam

Papers Due

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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