PA566 Admin Law & Public Organizations

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PA 566 Admin Law & Public Organizations


F2P 2012 GSD


Barrett, Michael P.


Adjunct Professor


LL.M Health Law (expected 2013) Loyola University Chicago
J.D. Univ. of Missouri - Kansas City
M.P.A. Univ. of Missouri - Kansas City

Office Location


Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 8:00 pm (after or before class in person is great)

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

October 25, 2012 - December 14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:45 - 8:45 PM

Credit Hours



Texts: Administrative Law: Bureaucracy in a Democracy

Author: Daniel Hall

ISBN: 0-7619-2164-8


The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America

Author: Philip K. Howard

ISBN: 0-4466-7228-9

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
I will provide a number of cases and handouts during class.

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.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information

Course Description:
PA 566 Administrative Law and Public Organizations: The legal system and its effect on the work of public organizations. Discussion of the basis elements of administrative law as it applies to public organizations.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor is strongly grounded in the socratic method of teaching by asking the students questions rather than lecturing.  Students should be prepared with their reading prior to class so that they can answer questions when called upon.

Class Assessment:

Exams, quizzes, papers, briefs and a statute project which may be a team project depending on class make-up.


Subject to change depending on the class' grasp of the concepts as we move through the semester.

Grading Policy

Grading Criteria – In this course, in addition to keeping up with the assigned readings, students will be required to complete the following assignments:

Report on administrative agencies (selected by the student from a list provided by the instructor) - 75 points

Case briefs (on legal cases assigned by the instructor) - 25 points for each brief for a total of 75 points

Participation in weekly discussions/discussion questions - 150 points (15 points for Weeks 1-4 and Week 7's discussion questions/review questions and problems, 20 points for Week 5's assignments and 30 points for Week 6's discussion questions. 25 points for general participation and feedback provided to classmates.

Final project - 150 points

Grading Scale –

Each week assignments will be made. I will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your average grade throughout the term. 

The grading scale is: 

405 - 450 points = A

360 - 404 points = B    

315 - 359 points = C

270 - 314 points = D

0 - 269 points = F

Final project - As this is a graduate level course, a final project will be due in lieu of a proctored final examination. For the final project, you will be drafting administrative rules and analyzing a detailed discussion problem involving an administrative adjudication. Failure to submit your final project will result in an automatic grade of "F." 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
There is no acceptance of late submission of course material unless there is a death in the family or an emergency lasting more than 3 consecutive days (student will support with documentation if requrested).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Ground Rules for Class Participation

o Students should use e-mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. 

o All students will participate in weekly discussions. Courtesy to all speakers will be observed.

Policy #1: If you experience computer difficulties or if you experience any errors or problems while completing homework, you will not be excused or provided extra time.  Students should identify a backup for technical difficulties should they arise.

Policy #2: Back up: every piece of work you complete. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch out there in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.

Policy #3: Communicate: If you are experiencing any confusion over course material that are preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the course, let me know and refer to Course Policy #1.

Policy #4: My Response Policy: I will check my e-mail once a day and sometimes more frequently. I will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours (unless I notify you previously that I will be unavailable).

Policy #6 Workload: Each week's work must be completed by the next class. Assignments received after this time will not be accepted unless you have made special arrangements with me because of an emergency

Policy #7 All your communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. In written assignments, spelling and grammar are very important (we are in graduate school afterall). You will not impress your instructor if your work is full of spelling errors and mistakes on basic grammar!
Policy #8 All laws and regulations will be called by their proper names. There will be no negative references to legislation. Legislation is passed by Congress or state legislature and signed by the President or Governor. If you dislike the legislation, vote someone else in office, but for purposes of this class you will show the law respect. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Academic Honesty:
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 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22


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 course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

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: .

Additional Information:

Every student is either a professional or wants to be; therefore, I expect all students to act as such. Political discussions will occur in this class, but we will have both a respect for the views of our fellow students (and instructor) and thick skins.  Disagreements with laws are not personal even though they may affect some students personally.  Students need to be aware of this and accept it and be able to deal with it.


I do not speak to the lowest common denominator. As graduate students in a PUBLIC AFFAIRS program you are expected to have a detailed knowledge of the United States government (including its structure and underlying principles) and the state government of the state in which you live.  If you do not, you will need to refresh your knowledge prior to class.


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Last Updated:10/5/2012 8:30:02 AM