PA563 Personnel Syst's of Publ Organiz

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PA 563 Personnel Systs of Publ Organiz


S1P 2012 DL


Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.


Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration


B.A. in Psychology  from the University of Kansas
Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Public Administration and Adult Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas CIty

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Mackay 20C

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Class Time


Credit Hours


Pynes, Joan E. (2009). Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 3rd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass     ISBN: 978-0-470-33185-9

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Course Description:
PA 563 Personnel Systems of Public Organizations: Consideration of the operations of a personnel system with special emphasis on problems of collective bargaining, performance appraisal, training and supervision. Personal development will be emphasized together with diversity as essential concerns of the organization.

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogs, examinations, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the learner to conduct a logical analysis in arriving at conclusions about the validity and value of the information.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe human resource practices and issues that apply to public administration or public affairs with respect to a dynamic changing environment.
  2. Explain the differences between the public and private sectors, with respect to the application of Equal Opportunity Laws.
  3. Describe the unique applications of Equal Opportunity Laws to the public sector environment.
  4. Describe the differences between compliance with laws and managing diversity in the public sector.
  5. Explain the differences and similarities, as related to Collective Bargaining, in the federal government, state and local governments, and non-profit organizations.
  6. Describe the rules of law governing recruitment and selection processes in the public and non-profit sectors.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Assessment will be conducted through class discussion, short exercises, and an essay.


Homework short essays                  100 points
Mid-Term exercise                           60 points
Final essay                                        100 points
Class Participation                            40 points
                                 Total               300 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Work should be submitted on time unless arrangements have been made with and approved by the instructor.  Homework short essay that are late will have 5 points per day late subtracted from the earned score.  The Mid-Term exercise will have 5 points per day late subtracted from the earned score.  Due to the short amount of time from the due date of the essay until the end of the course, late final essays will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

It is expected that members of the class will treat each other with respect and dignity. There will be many different views and opinions and no one should be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class. Please be respectful of the opinions of others but feel free to be honest in your responses. Students should come to class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1  (January 16-22)
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Human Resources Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Chapter 2 - Strategic Human Resources Management and Planning
Week 2 (January 23-29)
Chapter 3 - The Legal Environment of Human Resources Management
Chapter 4 - Managing a Diverse Workforce
Homework Assignment
Week 3 (January 30-February 5)
Chapter 5 - Volunteers in the Public and Nonprofit Sector
Chapter 6 - Job Analysis
Homework Assignment
Submit topic to instructor for final essay
Week 4 (February 6-12)
Chapter 7 - Recruitment and Selections
Chapter 8 - Performance Management
Homework Assignment
Mid-term exercise
Week 5  (February 13-19)
Chapter 9 - Compensation
Chapter 10 - Benefits
Homework Assignment
Week 6 (February 20-26)
Chapter 11 - Training and Development
Homework Assignment

Week 7 (February 27-March 4) Final Essay is due by midnight March 4
Chapter 12 - Labor-Management Relations: Collective Bargaining in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Chapter 13 - Strategic Human Resource Management and Technology
Week 8 (March 5-11)
Chapter 14: Conclusion: Challenges for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Homework Short Essays - 20 points each

   Student provides reasoned explanation of the answers provided - 15 points

   Student's writing contains proper spelling, punctuations, and appropriate citations (if necessary) - 5 points



Mid-Term Assignment - 60 points

This semester, we are examining many different issues that affect the human resources in public and nonprofit organizations.  One of the most contentious activities in management is the administration of performance evaluations.  In this exercise you are to examine a performance evaluation instrument and process in your organization and analyze it.  If you are not currently a member of a public or nonprofit organization you may select an instrument and process form any public or nonprofit organization you wish. As you analyze the instrument and process, be cognizant of the material we have studied and base you analysis on that material.

I will be looking for several things as I grade your exercise.  I have listed them below:

1. Format - is it effective and proper? Is it consistent? (5 points)                                                         

2. Lists key performance areas? Are they ranked? Details in this area (5 points)                                             

3. Lists are area for discussion of strengths and weaknesses or not? (5 points)

4. Is pertinent employee information included in the evaluation? (5 points)                                   

5. What is the appraisal type format or combination of formats? (5 points)

6. Your assessment of the effectiveness of the instrument and process and any recommended improvements (30 points)

7. Proper format, spelling, and grammar (5 points)

The exercise should be submitted in proper format and contain a title page and a bibliography.  It should also be free from spelling errors and grammatical problems.

Final Essay - 100 points

Introduction and statement of problem/issue to be examined - 20 points

Body - 40 points

   Background information and/or supporting documentation 

   Pros/cons of current policy

   Costs/benefits to current policy

   Any identified issues with current policy

  In-depth explanation for need to modify or change policy 


The above is not all inclusive and the student may identify other issues that belong in this section


Conclusion/Suggested Action/Recommendation - 30 points
   Actions suggested and rationale

   Description of policy to be created, if appropriate

   Any identified consequences of implementing policing


 Writing Mechanics - 10 points

    Title page and bibliography

   Proper format

   Spelling and punctuation


Class Discussion - 40 points

   Class members should provide at least one original post that addresses the question and two meaningful responses to classmates.  The response should be more than "I agree" or "Good post."  The responses should explain why you agree or disagree with the response. 
      Original post - 2 points
      Response to classmates - 3 points

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As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21


Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

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 Graduate Catalog Page 25

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