PA330 Public Administration

for F1B 2012

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The Hauptmann School of Public Affairs offers a citizen-centered, professional program of graduate study that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition.  As participants in HSPA's vibrant academic community, faculty and students consider, with the coursework, the larger issues of democracy, stewardship, and technology.  In so doing, HSPA seeks to prepare students for the courage and discernment to act for the common good in the global context.  Going beyond competence, students develop knowledge, skills, and values requisite for leadership and service in and across all sectors of society, including government, business, and nonprofit.  HSPA cultivates public affairs as a life-long passion that is fundamental to citizenship in a free society.

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Hauptmann School for Public Affairs Vision Statement
The Hauptmann School for Public Affairs will serve the common good by graduating leaders who exercise authority responsibly, make ethical decisions, act with moral courage, and advance human dignity world-wide.


PA 330 Public Administration


F1B 2012 BL


Raya, Ginger


Adjunct Faculty


MPA-Public Administration
BA-Public Relations

Office Hours

Before or After Class

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 20, 2012 - October 14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Kettl, Donald F., Transformation of Governance : Public Administration for Twenty-First Century America, 2002, ISBN-13:  978-0-8018-7049-1; ISBN-10: 0-8018-7049-6 
Shafritz, Jay M., Introducing Public Administration, 8TH 13 edition, ISBN-13:  978-0-205-85589-6 ; ISBN-10: 0-205-85589-X 

Turabian, K., Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations , L. 7TH 07 edition, ISBN-13: 
978-0-226-82337-9; ISBN-10: 0-226-82337-7

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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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 Turabian 7th Edition Online Citation Guide (Reference List Style- P and R)

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Course Description:
PA 330 Public Administration: 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:
The instructors philosophy is based on interactive lecture, in class and on line discussion, and assigned readings to engage students in the understanding of public administration. Students are expected to come to class prepared to engage in discussion of the material.

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:

Based on quizzes/exercises, exams, presentations, in class assignments, chapter assignments and various topic discussions.

Journals are an opportunity for students to reflect and relate specific material throughout the course.  Students are given  specific topics to write 500-1000 word responses (entries) based on the readings, lectures and specific sources in essay form due by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. of the assigned week.  All entries must utilize and cite material from the week's course information/readings, including complete internal citations and a reference list.  Each entry is worth 90.4 points. Contributing to the entry based upon course content, theory, or personal experiences, not simply personal opinions.

Video Learning Activities
In these activities, in 750 to 1250 words, students address question(s) based primarily on the following Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) videos:
Ken Burn’s Thomas Jefferson
American Experience: Alexander Hamilton
American Experience: Woodrow Wilson

Videos will be linked to on E-College for online viewing.  Further information will be given upon assignment.

Week 1 (Assigned): Ken Burn’s Thomas Jefferson    
Week 3 (Assigned): American Experience: Alexander Hamilton 
Week 5 (Assigned): American Experience: Woodrow Wilson  
Final Exam/Essay
Based primarily upon Donald F. Kettl’s The Transformation of Governance: Public Administration for Twenty-First Century America, compare and contrast the governmental perspectives of Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Woodrow Wilson, including their differences and similarities. The essay should be 6-8 pages in length, not counting the title and reference pages.

Please note, in this essay, students are only allowed to use class sources, i.e., Transformation of Governance, Introducing Public Administration, videos, lectures and the additional handouts/links. Other sources will result in grade reductions.

Due Date: Week 8


A total of 1,000 points is available for this course. Points are broken down into following categories:

Journal                                                45.2%
             5 journal entries valued at 90.4 points each=452 Points

Chapter Assignments                          15%
Each student is assigned a chapter to present/discuss =150 Points

Quizzes/Video Learning Activities       19.8%
quizzes valued at 66 points each= 198 Points
Final Exam                                           20% 
         1 exam valued at 200 Points
Total                                                 1,000 Points or  100% 

Grading Scale:
800-890 =B
700-790 =C
600-690 =D                                            
0-599 =F 
Letter grades in this course have the following meanings:
• An 'A' signifies work that clearly exceeds expectations exemplified by the student who prepares for class discussions and consistently indicates having thought about the material. Written work falling into this category will demonstrate clarity of purpose, organization, and communication. It will also demonstrate clear interpretation of course material with proper citations.
• A 'B' signifies work that meets expectations, meaning that all aspects of the assignment are completed, but it lacks some aspects of 'A' work, particularly inconsistent preparation for class discussions or written work that demonstrates less significant insight in the material, frequent grammatical errors, or failure to follow citation requirements.
• A 'C' denotes written work that minimally meets the intent of the assignment and is poorly constructed, supported, or inconsistent arguments, or works with multiple spelling and grammatical errors, or multiple failures to follow citation requirements.
• A 'D' falls short of the intent of the assignment in multiple areas and signifies a student who regularly misses class discussions, is otherwise unprepared on multiple occasions, or whose written work fails to meet the minimum expectations of undergraduate students.
• A 'F' indicates failure to meet minimum requirements, demonstration of consistently poor work, or demonstrated inability to improve performance, cheating, or plagiarism.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Non-penalized (excused) extensions/make-up work will only be given based upon documented approved extenuating circumstances. Unexcused late submissions will result in an assignment grade of zero (0%).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to arrive on time, participate in discussions, and remain for the duration of each class. Discussion and all communications are required to be respectful.   All communication devices must remain in off mode or silenced while in the classroom. Texting in class is also prohibited.  In the event of an emergency, please step out of the room to take any calls.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Outline
Chapter 1- Intro Book
Chapter 1- Transformation Book
Journal #1
Quizzes/Video Learning Activities  
Chapter 2-3 Intro Book
Chapter 2- Transformation Book
Journal #2

Chapter 4-5 Intro Book
Chapter 3- Transformation Book
Quizzes/Video Learning Activities  

Chapter 6 -7 Intro Book
Chapter 4- Transformation Book
Journal #3

Chapter 8-9 Intro Book
Chapter 5- Transformation Book
Quizzes/Video Learning Activities  
Chapter 10-11 Intro Book
Chapter 6- Transformation Book

Chapter 12-13 Intro Book
Chapter 7- Transformation Book
Final Exam Review

Chapter 14
inal Exam

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 ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 95

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 98

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:

File and Writing Format

If possible, dropbox submissions should be in .doc files. To ensure submissions open, when using Microsoft Word 2007 or above, try to remember to save as Microsoft Office Word 97 - 2003 Document (.doc). The new .docx files sometimes have compatibility issues. If you do not have Microsoft Word and are incapable of submitting in this format, in your word processor, please save the file as an .rtf (rich text format) and submit.

Assignments should be double spaced in New Times Roman 12 with 1 inch margins. When using (citing) sources outside of materials provided in this class, please make sure they are quality and reliable sources (Wikipedia is not acceptable). Students should follow Turabian writing guidelines and always provide a title page and reference page.



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