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PA 330 Public Administration
Calcara, Phillip J.


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.

Hauptmann School for Public Affairs Mission Statement
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.



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.

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.


Course

PA 330 Public Administration

Semester

U1T 2013 DL

Faculty

Calcara, Phil

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

MPA, Disaster and Emergency Management - Park University
BS, Criminal Justice - Park University
Fire I and II in accordance with Missouri Division of Fire Safety and NFPA

Office Location

Kansas City, Missouri Downtown Campus

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 547-7445

E-Mail

phillip.calcara@park.edu

Semester Dates

Monday, June 3rd - Sunday, July 28

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
1. Introducing Public Administration 8th Edition (2012)by Jay M. Shafritz, E.W. Russell and Christopher P. Borick

 
2. The Transformation of Governance: Public Administration for Twenty-First Century America (2002) by Donald F. Kettl
 
3. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (8th Edition) by Kate L. Turabian.
 
 
Recommended Text: 

Online Book (Free): http://www.thisnation.com/textbook/index.html by Jonathan Mott.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Turabian 8th Edition Online Citation Guide (Reference List Style - P and R) - Note, Turabian (Reference List Style - P and R) is the writing style of all PA prefix courses. 

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.
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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

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:
A total of 500 points is available for this course. Points are broken down into four categories:

One Introduction Discussion @ 20.5 points = 4.1%

Eight Weekly Discussions @ 24 points each = 38.4%

Three Video Learning Activities @ 62.5 points each = 37.5%

Final Essay @ 100 points = 20%

Grading:
The grading scale is as follows:

A 90% or above

B 80% to 89%

C 70% to 79%

D 60% to 69%

F 59% and below

Course discussions are graded on demonstrated preparation for the discussion, including linage of the current discussion with previous course materials, clearly-communicated concepts derived from non-assigned reading materials (with suitable citation/reference), presentation of substantive comments that are constructive in nature, and fabrication of logical and well-crafted positions.  Further, written work is graded on demonstrated insight, completion of expectation of the assignment, coherence of organization, grammar and spelling, and proper citations. 

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
**See applicable grading rubrics**
 
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. 

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:
Everyone's comments are important.  The diversity of the experience among members of your class will enhance learning.  All students will be treated equitably within the classroom.  Discussion and all communications are required to be respectful.  Inappropriate language will not be tolerated, and your professor determines what is inappropriate.  Students not treating the professor and/or classmates with respect are subject to discipline or dismissal from the course and/or program.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
In Weeks 1 through 7, the class covers two chapters from Introducing Public Administration per week (module) with Week 8 serving as a wrap-up week.  For each chapter, PowerPoints and Chapter Lectures are posted.   

Introducing Public Administration                          

Week 1: Chapters 1-2                                                

Week 2: Chapters 3-4                                                

Week 3: Chapters 5-6                                                

Week 4: Chapters 7-8                                                

Week 5: Chapters 9-10                                              

Week 6: Chapters 11-12                                            

Week 7: Chapters 13-14                                            

Week 8: Wrap-Up                                                      

Starting in Week 1, the module content for the following week will be released on Friday @ 11:59 p.m.

Discussions

Weekly, students relate specific sources to module material.  Students are required to make one main post (three to four paragraphs) that address the specific discussion by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and two peer review posts (responses to his or her classmates' posts that are two to three paragraphs each) by 11:59 p.m. Sunday.  All posts must utilize and cite material from the week's course information/readings, including complete internal citations and a reference list.  Each post is worth 8 points.

What are substantive postings?  Substantive postings include:

  • Responding to the discussion questions as well as discourse between students related to subject matter within their course.  This includes posting responses to others' answers within a Discussion Area.  A response may express agreement with or challenge to the point of view expressed, supported by references (citations) to the text or lecture.
  • Contributing to the discussion 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 (Due Week 2 - Sunday @ 11:59 p.m.)

Week 3 (Assigned): American Experience: Alexander Hamilton (Due Week 4 - Sunday @ 11:59 p.m.)

Week 5 (Assigned): American Experience: Woodrow Wilson (Due Week 6 - Sunday @ 11:59 p.m.)

Final Essay

Based primarily on 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., thisnation.com, Transformation of Governance, Introducing Public Administration, videos, lectures and the additional handouts/links.  Other sources will result in grade reductions.  

Due date: Week 8 - Sunday by 11:59 p.m.

**Note, in PA prefix courses, students do not have proctored exams.  As a result, you do not have a proctored exam in this course, so please ignore the emails from online learning and do not schedule a time to take a proctored exam in this course. 

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 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.
ONLINE NOTE: 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 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

Assessment



With the commitment to improve the effectiveness of the University, students will periodically be asked to participate in class activities that will provide feedback regarding class content and structure and information necessary from a student perspective.  This is a key part of our on-going institutional evaluation process with the goal of educational betterment of Park University. 

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The professor reserves the right to revise this syllabus as needed through the semester.

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