PADM - Public Administration
2014-2015 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015
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This course is designed to foster in the student an understanding of the background and history of public administration as a discipline; to develop an understanding of organizational theory in both classical and contemporary approaches; and to examine the design of organizations and the environment of the political subsystems in which administrators function.
This course introduces students to the basic methods of inquiry utilized in organizational planning and evaluation. The application of these research techniques to the solution of organizational and policy problems is considered.
The student examines the system of administrative law and in some instances uses specific case studies to indicate the development of this system. The influence of administrative law on the conduct of public operations is examined.
The student examines analytical approaches to governmental budgeting, which include PPBS, zero-base budgeting, and cost-benefit analysis. The political environment of the public budgeting process is analyzed.
This course introduces students to basic descriptive and inferential statistics, research principles, sampling designs, survey methodologies, and simple experimental and quasi-experimental designs. The course also introduces students to other assessment methods used by public administrators.
This course focuses on the principles and practices of public personnel management. Approaches for motivating and evaluating personnel are explored. Individual and group behaviors under the systems of both civil service and public collective bargaining are considered. Methods of compensation for employees and managers are examined.
Current and significant issues in public administration are examined. The course focuses on existing theories and practices, with emphasis given to new and emerging topics in the field. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs.
The student explores the interrelationships between political issues and the formation of public policy. Emphasis is given to both the development and implementation of public policy. Specific case studies provide examples of national as well as state and local policy making and include intergovernmental issues.
The student is expected to synthesize and integrate the learning experiences acquired in public administration and to evaluate the research and current topics relative to this major. Techniques used to accomplish these goals may vary. Prerequisite: completion of all other required courses in this major.
PADM 9950 Travel Course-Issues in Public Administration (3)
Current and significant issues in public administration are examined. The course focuses on existing theories and practices, with emphasis given to new and emerging topics in the field. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs. This course includes a mandatory short -term travel component.