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PO 331 Public Organizations
Gardner, Gary A.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

PO 331 Public Organizations

Semester

S1G 2012 GR

Faculty

Gardner, Gary A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

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

Office Location

226 Steen blvd, bldg#101, Grand Forks AFB, ND

Office Hours

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

Daytime Phone

701 747-7164

Other Phone

701 741-2328  (Cell)

E-Mail

gary.gardner@park.edu

g3mgardner@gfwireless.com

Semester Dates

16 January - 11 March 2012

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Fieman, S., Gabriel, Y., & Sims, D., Organizing & Organizations, fourth edition, 2010; Sage.
ISBN 978-1-84860-085-0

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Current periodicals, publications and articles dealing with Organizing and Organizations.  All additional resources will be provided to the student(s) by the instructor, at no cost.  All materials provided by the instructor must be returned to the instructor at the end of the semester.
 
Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition.

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Course Description:
PO 331 Public Organizations: A study dealing with public organization design and impact public organizations have upon those who work in them and deal with them. Topics include: public organization information and control systems, decision making in public organizations, the environment of public organizations, organizational behavior, and innovation in public organizations. 3:0:3

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

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the major historical organization theories in public administration
  2. Analyze organizational communication theories
  3. Assess the relationship between politics and public organizations in America
  4. Evaluate control systems for public organizations
  5. Illustrate theories of organizational behavior and conflict resolution


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 a term paper on a specific public organization and will account for at least 20% of the total grade for the course and cover all five of the Core Learning Outcomes. 


Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

A total of 100 points is available for this course.  Points are broken down in to five categories:
--One term paper 8-10 pages in length, dealing with a current Organization topic.  All topics must be approved by the instructor.  The term paper will be in "Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition" format.  40 points = 40%
 
--A midterm examination with 20 multiple choice, true/false, short answers and essay questions.  10 points = 10%
 
--A final examination with 20 multiple choice, true/false, short answers and essay questions.  10 points = 10%
 
--Two Journal submission. 15 points each = 30%
 
--Class participation.  10 points = 10%
 
Students will be given specific topics dealing with current Organizational issues and will provide responses based on the lectures and readings from the text.  Each journal submission will be in essay form and be 500 - 1000 word responses.  Please ensure journal submissions are double spaced with one inch margins and all spelling and grammer are correct. 
 
 
 
 
 

Grading:

The term paper will be worth 40% of the students final grade.  The midterm and final examinations will be worth 10% each for a total of 20% of the final grade.  The midterm and final will each contain 20 multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions.  Two journal submissions which are worth 15% each for a total of 30% of the final grade.  Class participation will make up the remaining 10% of the students final grade.
 
A  90% or above (90 - 100 points)
B  80% - 89%     (80 - 89 points)
C  70% - 79%     (70 - 79 points)
D  60% - 69%     (60 - 69 points)
F  59%  and below (0 - 59 points) and/or two or more unexcused absences
 

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 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:

17 Jan - Chpts 1 and 2 - Discuss organizing as a set of social activities and if it is an orderly process involving conflicts and compromises.  Examine joining an organization, becoming socialized and organizational rituals.
 
19 Jan - Chpt 3 - Look at different kinds of knowledge and learning styles and how communities of practices may reside in organizations.  Discuss topics for Term paper and approve student(s) topics.
 
24 Jan - Chpt 4 and 5 - Examine motives and what motivates people and organizations and how each plays a role in  an organizational culture.  Discuss how rules are established and enforced within an organization.  Assign topics to student(s) for first Journal submission.
 
26 Jan - Chpt 6 - Examine what physical buildings and work areas do for the process of organizing within an organization.
 
31 Jan - Chpts 7 and 8 - Discuss the different leadership styles and examine some of the different ways in which leadership has been studied.  Look at how politics and deals effect the essence of organizational life.
 
02 Feb - Chpts 9 and 10 - Discuss what constitutes power and influence in organizations.  Examine groups, teams and teamwork in organizations and how each may influence creativity or dysfunction within an organization.
 
07 Feb - Chpts 11 and 12 - Examine how people differ from each other  and how that effects leadership in an organization.  Discuss morals and how an organization defines morals and enforces moral standards on employees of the organization.
 
09 Feb - REVIEW and MIDTER EXAMINATION.  FIRST JOUNAL SUBMISSION DUE.
 
14 Feb - Chpts 13 and 14 - Look at how organizations have responded to the growing alarm concerning global environmental damage.  Discuss the process by which organizations innovate, and at the role of the innovator(s).
 
16 Feb - Chpt 15 - Discuss innovation and change within organizations and take a look at reasons innovations succeed or fail.  Assign topics for second journal submission.
 
21 Feb - Chpts 16 and 17 - Examine working with our own and others emotions and the management processes need in interpersonal communications.  Discuss the role of gender in organizational politics.
 
23 Feb - Chpt 18 - Discuss serious joking within an organization and how it can form bonding or be used to exclude , stereotype and humiliate individuals in an organization.
 
28 Feb - Chpt 19 - Examine virtuality and the increasing importance of virtual teams and organizations.
 
01 Mar - Chpts 20 and 21 - Discuss career shifts and how they impact an organization for better or worse.  Study consumption, not only as a means to stay alive, but also as an avenue of pleasure, meaning and social esteem.
 
06 Mar - Chpts 22 and 23 - Discuss the relationship between home and work as well as the relation between paid and unpaid work.  Examine how learning and organizing in uncertain times can be complex and a lifelong learning experience.
 
08 Mar - REVIEW and FINAL EXAMINATION.  TERM PAPERS ARE DUE.  SECOND JOURNAL SUBMISSION IS 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:
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.

We will go over the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition during the first class meeting.



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper explains and relates five major organization theories (Classical, orthodoxy, neo-classical, structural, and systems) to a specific public organization.

 
Paper explains five major organization theories and identifies the theory most descriptive of a specific public organization

 
Paper explains five major organization theories

 
Paper explains less than five organization theories

 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper analyzes a variety of communication techniques used in a specific organization and ties them to theory

 
Paper analyzes the predominate communication technique used in a specific organization and ties it to theory

 
Paper analyzes the predominate communication techniques used in a specific organization

 
Paper fails to analyze communication techniques used in a specific organization

 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Paper clearly assesses the impact of the appropriate political body on the operation of a specific public organization and judges the effectiveness of control systems utilized to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and legality in its operation




 
Paper explains the responsibilities and interrelationship between the appropriate political body and a specific public organization and judges the effectiveness of control systems utilized to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and legality in its operations

 
Paper explains the responsibilities and interrelationship between the appropriate political body and a specific public organization and identifies its control systems

 
Paper does not explain interrelationship between an organization and its political body or identify control systems in place

 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Paper demonstrates proper use of terminology with no errors

 
Paper demonstrates proper use of terminology with no more than one error

 
Paper demonstrates proper use of terminology with no more than two errors

 
Paper shows three or more errors

 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with no errors










 
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with one error

 
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with two errors

 
Paper utilizes concepts related to organization theory, communication theory, and organizational behavior with three or more errors

 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper illustrates how specific organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues within an organization support theory and unique features caused by the public nature of the organization












 
Paper illustrates how specific organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues within an organization support theory

 
Paper describes organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues within an organization

 
Paper contains no information on organizational behavior and conflict resolution issues 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no errors in paper format items:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.



 
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no more than 5 errors in:  MLA. spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no more than 10 errors in:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Artifact does not communicate effectively and contains more than 10 errors in:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Each section of the paper communicates effectively and demonstrates no errors in paper format items: MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.

 
Each section of the paper communicates effectively and demonstrates no more than one error in: MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.

 
Each section of the paper communicates effectively and demonstrates no more than two errors in:  MLA , spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
No section communicates effectively 

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