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PA 563 Personnel Systs of Publ Organiz
Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.


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 563 Personnel Systs of Publ Organiz

Semester

S1P 2013 GSD

Faculty

Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.

Title

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Degrees/Certificates

B.A.  University of Kansas
M.P.A. University of MIssouri-Kansas city
Ph.D. University of MIssouri-Kansas City

Office Location

Hawley Hall Room 308

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday: 8:30-10:30 am; Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-10:30 am

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6302

E-Mail

john.hamilton@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 14, 2013-March 10, 2013

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

5:45 - 8:45 PM

Credit Hours

2


Textbook:
Pynes, Joan E. (2009). Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 3rd ed., San Francisco:Jossey-Bass  ISBN: 978-0-470-33185-9

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Any additional resources will be provided by the instructor.

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 helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:
PA 563 Personnel Systems of Public Organizations: Consideration of the operations of a personnel system with special emphasis on problems of collective bargaining, performance appraisal, training and supervision. Personal development will be emphasized together with diversity as essential concerns of the organization.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and writings. The instructor will endeavor to engage each learner in the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the learner to conduct a logical analysis in arriving a conclusions about the validity and value of the information.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe human resource practices and issues that apply to public administration or public affairs with respect to a dynamic changing environment.
  2. Explain the differences between the public and private sectors, with respect to the application of Equal Opportunity Laws.
  3. Describe the unique applications of Equal Opportunity Laws to the public sector environment.
  4. Describe the differences between compliance with laws and managing diversity in the public sector.
  5. Explain the differences and similarities, as related to Collective Bargaining, in the federal government, state and local governments, and non-profit organizations.
  6. Describe the rules of law governing recruitment and selection processes in the public and non-profit sectors.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Assessment will be conducted through class discussion, short exercises, and an essay

Grading:
Homework short essays                     100 points
Mid-term exercise                               60 points
Final essay                                         100 points
Class participation                               40 points

      Total                                            300 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 Work should be submitted on time unless arrangements have been made with and approved by the instructor.  Homework short essays that are late will have 5 points per day late subtracted from the earned score.  The Mid-term exercise will have 5 points per day subtracted from the earned score.  Due to the short amount of time from the due date of the essay until the end of the course, late final essays will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
It is expected that members of the class will treat each other with respect and dignity.  There will be many different views and opinions and no one should be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class.  Please be respectful of the opinionsof others but feel free to be honest in your responses.  Students should come to the class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1  (January 14-20)   
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Human Resources Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Chapter 2 - Strategic Human Resources Management and Planning
 
 
Week 2 (January 21-27)
 
Chapter 3 - The Legal Environment of Human Resources Management
Chapter 4 - Managing a Diverse Workforce
Homework Assignment
 
 
Week 3 (January 28-February 3)
 
Chapter 5 - Volunteers in the Public and Nonprofit Sector
Chapter 6 - Job Analysis
Homework Assignment
Submit topic to instructor for final essay
 
 
Week 4 (February 4-February 10)
 
Chapter 7 - Recruitment and Selections
Chapter 8 - Performance Management
Homework Assignment
Mid-term exercise
 
Week 5  (February 11-17)
 
Chapter 9 - Compensation
Chapter 10 - Benefits
Homework Assignment
 
Week 6 (February 18-24)
 
Chapter 11 - Training and Development
Homework Assignment
 

Week 7 (February 25-March 3) Final Essay is due by midnight February 28
 
Chapter 12 - Labor-Management Relations: Collective Bargaining in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Chapter 13 - Strategic Human Resource Management and Technology
 
 
Week 8 (March 4-March 10)
 
Chapter 14: Conclusion: Challenges for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

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:

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

 

Homework
Short Essays - 20 points each





Student provides reasoned explanation of the answers
provided - 15 points







Student's writing contains proper spelling, punctuations,
and appropriate citations (if necessary) - 5 points










Mid-Term Assignment - 40 points




This semester, we are examining many
different issues that affect the human resources in public and nonprofit organizations.  One of the most contentious

activities in management is the administration of performance

evaluations.  In this exercise you are to examine a performance

evaluation instrument and process in your organization and analyze it.  If you are not currently a member of a public or nonprofit organization you may select an instrument and process form any public or nonprofit organization you wish. As you analyze the instrument and process, be cognizant of the material we have studied and base you analysis on that

material.





I will be looking for several things as I
grade your exercise.  I have listed them below:





1. Format of the instrument - is it
effective and proper? Is it consistent? (5
points)                                                         




2. Does it list key performance areas? Are they ranked? Details in this
area (5
points)                                             




3. Is an area provided for discussion of employee strengths and weaknesses or
not? (5 points)



4. Is pertinent employee information (specific behaviors, specialized training,
disciplinary actions, commendations, etc.) included in the evaluation? (5
points)                                   




5. What is the appraisal type format or combination of formats? (5 points)



6. Your assessment of the effectiveness of the instrument and
process and any recommended improvements (30 points)



7. Proper format, spelling, and grammar in your writing submission (5
points)





The exercise should be submitted in
proper format and contain a title page and a bibliography. 




It should also be free from spelling
errors and grammatical problems.










Final Essay - 100 points


The essay is due by midnight on Thursday
of Week 7.  It should be submitted to the instructor via the Dropbox
option.


The final essay addresses a human
resources topic chosen by the student.  In preparing the essay, the
student should examine the organization in which he or she is a member and
analyze how future HRM policies may be developed based upon issues pertaining
to the topic selected.  For example, a person who is a member of a public
safety element may elect to write about managing a diverse workforce. With this
topic in mind, the student would look at the current policies of the
organization regarding diversity and assess the thoroughness of the
policies.  The student could then look at the issue

of future hiring of public safety officers and analyze whether current policies are adequate or if there is a need to expand or modify current policies.  If the conclusion is to modify or add to the policies, the student should explain what modifications would be recommended and how they would be implemented.  The student should base any recommendations on more than just a personal desire or belief.  Supporting documentation

for the recommendation should be provided.     


The essay should be 10-12 pages in length
and include a title page and appropriate bibliography. 


The student should submit the topic
selected to the instructor by the end of Week 3.








Grading Rubric


Introduction and statement of problem/issue to be examined
- 20 points





Body - 40 points


   Background information and/or supporting
documentation 


  


Pros/cons of current policy







   Costs/benefits to current policy







   Any identified issues with current policy







  In-depth explanation for need to modify or
change policy 












The above is not inclusive and the student may identify
other issues that belong in this section












Conclusion/Suggested
Action/Recommendation - 30 points










Actions suggested and rationale







Description of policy to be created, if appropriate







Any identified consequences of implementing policing

















 Writing Mechanics - 10 points







Tiltle page and bibliography







Proper format







Spelling and punctuation









Class Discussion
- 40 points






Attendance in class in necessary for particpation in the class discussion. 
Class members will receive 2 points for attendance and up to an addition 3
points for

participation in class discussions.  The total class discussion points

available for each class session will 5 points.


 





 

 

Homework
Short Essays - 20 points each





Student provides reasoned explanation of the answers
provided - 15 points







Student's writing contains proper spelling, punctuations,
and appropriate citations (if necessary) - 5 points










Mid-Term Assignment - 40 points




This semester, we are examining many
different issues that affect the human resources in public and nonprofit organizations.  One of the most contentious activities in management is the administration of performance

evaluations.  In this exercise you are to examine a performance evaluation instrument and process in your organization and analyze it.  If you are not currently a member of a public or nonprofit organization you may select an instrument and process form any public or nonprofit organization you wish. As you analyze the instrument and process, be cognizant of the material we have studied and base you analysis on that

material.





I will be looking for several things as I
grade your exercise.  I have listed them below:





1. Format of the instrument - is it
effective and proper? Is it consistent? (5
points)                                                         






2. Does it list key performance areas? Are they ranked? Details in this
area (5
points)                                             






3. Is an area provided for discussion of employee strengths and weaknesses or
not? (5 points)



4. Is pertinent employee information (specific behaviors, specialized training,
disciplinary actions, commendations, etc.) included in the evaluation? (5
points)                                   




5. What is the appraisal type format or combination of formats? (5 points)



6. Your assessment of the effectiveness of the instrument and
process and any recommended improvements (30 points)



7. Proper format, spelling, and grammar in your writing submission (5
points)





The exercise should be submitted in
proper format and contain a title page and a bibliography. 




It should also be free from spelling
errors and grammatical problems.










Final Essay - 100 points


The essay is due by midnight on Thursday
of Week 7.  It should be submitted to the instructor via the Dropbox
option.


The final essay addresses a human
resources topic chosen by the student.  In preparing the essay, the
student should examine the organization in which he or she is a member and
analyze how future HRM policies may be developed based upon issues pertaining
to the topic selected.  For example, a person who is a member of a public
safety element may elect to write about managing a diverse workforce. With this
topic in mind, the student would look at the current policies of the
organization regarding diversity and assess the thoroughness of the
policies.  The student could then look at the issue of future hiring of public safety officers and analyze whether current policies are adequate or if there is a need to expand or modify current policies.  If the conclusion is to modify or add to the policies, the student should explain what modifications would be recommended and how they would be implemented.  The student should base any recommendations on more than just a personal desire or belief.  Supporting documentation for the recommendation should be provided.     


The essay should be 10-12 pages in length


and include a title page and appropriate bibliography. 


The student should submit the topic
selected to the instructor by the end of Week 3.








Grading Rubric


Introduction and statement of problem/issue to be examined
- 20 points







Body - 40 points





   Background information and/or supporting
documentation 





   Pros/cons of current policy





   Costs/benefits to current policy





   Any identified issues with current policy





  In-depth explanation for need to modify or
change policy 




The above is not inclusive and the student may identify
other issues that belong in this section












Conclusion/Suggested
Action/Recommendation - 30 points





Actions suggested and rationale





Description of policy to be created, if appropriate





Any identified consequences of implementing policing








 Writing Mechanics - 10 points





Tiltle page and bibliography





Proper format





Spelling and punctuation


Class Discussion
- 40 points






Attendance in class in necessary for particpation in the class discussion. 
Class members will receive 2 points for attendance and up to an addition 3
points for participation in class discussions.  The total class discussion points

available for each class session will 5 points.



 





 

 






 

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