PO330 Public Administration

for F2G 2011

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PO 330 Public Administration


F2G 2011 GR


Gardner, Gary A.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S., Criminal Justice Administration
M.S., Administration

Office Location

Bldg#101, Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND

Office Hours

M-F 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Daytime Phone

701 747-7164

Other Phone

701 741-2328 (Cell)




Semester Dates

17 October - 10 December 2011

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 PM



Credit Hours



Milakovich, M & Gordon, G.; Public Administration in America, tenth edition, 2009; Wadsworth.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Current Periodicals, Publications and articles dealing with Public Administration issues.  All additional resources will be provided to the student(s) by the instructor, at no cost, but must be returned at the end of the semester.

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 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

Educational Philosophy:
Lectures, discussions, readings, case studies and video presentations.  A term paper along with a midterm and final examination will be administered to ensure student(s) grasp material(s) presented and concepts being taught.

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:
One term paper, 8-10 pages in length, dealing with a current Public Administration topic.  All topics must be approved by the instructor.  The term paper will be in APA format. 


The term paper will be worth 40% of the students final grade.  The midterm and final examinations will be worth 25% each for a total of 50% of the final grade.  The midterm and final will each contain 20 multiple choice and true/false questions, 20 short answer questions and 05 essay questions.  Class participation will be 10% of the students final grade.
A  95% - 100%
B  94% - 90%
C  89% - 80%
D  79% - 70%
F  Final grade below 70%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text and other publications and periodicals provided by the instructor.  Written assignments are due on the dates assigned and late assignments will not be accepted unless coordinated with the instructor beforehand.  Students are responsible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during absences.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected and will be a part of the final grade.  Students are expected to come to class prepared and to be on time.  Attendance will be taken each class meeting.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as illness, temporary duty, are excusable; however, the student must make up any missed work.  Each student is responsible for providing justification for an unexcused absence.  Two or more unexcused absences are excessive and could result in a failing grade for the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

18 Oct - Chapter 1 - Discuss what Public Administration is and the principal structures of the National Executive Branch.  Examine State and Local Government Structures along with the Politics, Policies and Organizational Structure.  Discuss the dynamics of Policy Making in the U.S. and look at the growth of Government bureaucracy.  Examine Social Change and Public Administration and compare/contrast Public and Private Administrations.  DISCUSS TOPICS FOR TERM PAPER.
20 Oct - Chapter 2 - Examine Political and Administrative Values and Representative Democracy.  Discuss Administrative Values, Pluralism and Political accountability and Democracy and Public Administration.  Examine dimensions of democratic administration and political environment of bureaucratic powers.  Discuss the foundations of power, political support, bureaucrats, interest groups and politicians in the U.S.  TOPICS FOR TERM PAPER DUE.
25 Oct - Chapter 3 - The Nature of Federalism, Intergovernmental Relations, Fiscal Relations, Grant Reform and discuss Intergovernmental Relations and Public Administration.
27 Oct - Chapter 4 - Examine Formal theories of Organization, Human Relations, Organizational Humanism, Modern Organization Theory, Organizational Dynamics and Behavior.  Discuss Centralization and Decentralization, Organizational Hierarchies, Alternative Forms of Organization, and Organization Theory and Behavior.
01 Nov - Chapter 5 - The nature of decisions, approaches to decision making, incrementalism and mixed scanning, environment of choice, and the problem of goals.  Examine the ethical dimensions of decision making and political rationality.
03 Nov - Chapter 6 - Context of Administrative Leadership, Chief Executive-Bureaucratic linkages and the Instruments of Leadership.  Examine Commonalities and Differences in Leadership Resources and the Organizational Setting of Leadership.  Discuss Traditional Approaches to the Study of Leadership, Challenges of Administrative Leadership and what makes an effective leader.
10 Nov - Chapter 7 - The Evolution of Public Personnel Administration, Formal Arrangements of Personnel Systems and Collective Bargaining and Civil Service Reform in the Public Sector.
15 Nov - Chapter 8 - The Foundations of Modern Government Budgeting, purposes of budgeting , Government budgets and fiscal policy and budget approaches in the Executive Branch.  Discuss the Process of Budget making, budgeting and resource scarcity.
17 Nov - Chapter 9 - The Changing Nature of Public Policies, public policy, politics and/or private management.  Examine the Policy Making Process, planning and analysis, program implementation and program evaluation.
22 Nov - Chapter 10 - Discuss Government Productivity and Measurement Results, reinvention, standards and quality awards.  Examine the Politics of Performance Management, comparing performance management strategies.  Citizen Relationship Management and E-Government.
29 Nov - Chapter 11 - The Rise of Government Regulation and the new social regulation.  Examine why Government Regulation has developed and the structures and Procedures of regulatory bodies.  Discuss Politics of Regulation and the Government regulation of tobacco products.  Examine Administrative Law and the Future of Government Regulation.
01 Dec - Chapter 12 - Discuss the Social and Governmental Environment, social and governmental paradoxes.
06 Dec - REVIEW CHAPTERS 6 through 12.  TERM PAPER(S) DUE.
08 Dec - FINAL EXAMINATION CHAPTERS 6 through 12. 

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 .

Additional Information:
If you are unable to attend a class, you must contact the instructor prior to the class or you will receive an unexcused absence.  Please contact the instructor with any questions or concerns regarding the syllabus or class content.


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