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Course Descriptions

Descriptions of the courses the Graduate Program in Public Administration offers.public administration, courses required

 Required Credits for Master's Completion: (40 Core Credits) + (20 Elective Credits) = (60 Credits)

Core Requirements:

PADM 500 Personal Assessment (1)

Graded Pass/No Credit

Prerequisite: admitted MPA student or director signature required.

A seminar in weekend format during the student's first or second quarter; it concentrates on career choice issues and assists in determining job fit, teaching students the use of psychometric instruments and techniques for assisting employees to make sound career decisions. The weekend will also include an abbreviated assessment center so students can gain experience in both the roles of assessor and assessee.

PADM 501 Public Administration Research Approaches (4)

 Prerequisite: admitted MPA student or instructor signature required.

This course should be take the 1st or 2nd quarter in the program. 

Assists the student in developing skills in locating, obtaining and assembling information pertinent to public administration. The course explores various approaches to research found in public administration literature. It also involves students in critically examining research with attention to the tasks of defining a research purpose, posing research questions, writing a literature review and selecting an appropriate research approach (quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods).

PADM 503 Concepts and Values of Public Service (4)

Prerequisite: admitted MPA student or director signature required.

This course should be take the 1st or 2nd quarter in the program.

Offers an analysis of the development of the administrative state and the profession of public administration. Emphasis is placed on the value system underlying modern public administration and its impact on the administrative process.

PADM 505 Public Policy Cycles (4)

Prerequisite: admitted MPA student or director signature required, domestic political institutions required. PADM 500, PADM501, PADM503

An examination of the impact of environmental forces on the formulation and content of public policy on the local, state or national level. Such elements as social values, political institutions and processes, intergovernmental relations, political resource distribution and the structure of policy are central to this investigation

PADM 507 Public Policy Analysis (4)

Prerequisite: admitted MPA student or director signature required, statistical techniques through inferential required. PADM500, PADM501, PADM503

Offers an examination of rational decision making with a focus on use of analytical tools as an instrument of public policy. Analytic tools include political and economic modeling. Emphasis varies with instructor.

PADM 509 Public Personnel Management (4)

Prerequisite: admitted MPA student or director signature required. PADM500, PADM501, PADM503

Addresses the fundamentals of human resource management in the public sector. Topics covered may include the civil service system, merit principles, equal employment opportunity and/or current human resource management issues or techniques related to such concerns as employee recruitment, selection, orientation and motivation. (Cross-listed BADM 509)

PADM 511 Public Sector Organization Theory and Dynamics (4)

Prerequisite: admitted MPA student or director signature required. PADM500, PADM501, PADM503

A review of contemporary organization theory and ways that it helps us understand the dynamics of organizational change and transformation, with special reference to the public sector and the basic values of modern public administration.

PADM 513 Public Planning and Budgeting (4)

Prerequisite: admitted MPA student or director signature required. PADM500, PADM501, PADM503

An examination of budget process emphasizing bureaucratic politics, policy issues, alternative methods and planning techniques.

PADM 515 Administrative Law and Regulation (4)

Prerequisite: admitted MPA student or director signature required, domestic political institutions required. PADM500, PADM501, PADM503

A description, analysis and critique of the American systems of administrative law and regulations and their impact on the public

PADM 517 Professional Employment (1)

Graded Pass/No Credit

Prerequisite: admitted MPA student or director signature required. PADM500, PADM501, PADM503

A seminar in weekend format offered as a student's graduation approaches; it focuses on transition into the job market, giving students experience in résumé preparation, hiring practices and interview techniques from the perspective of both the employer and prospective employee. Additional topics to be covered include personnel system reform efforts, handling of stress in the workplace and ethical issues which commonly arise.

PADM 519 Public Service Learning Field Experience (2)

Graded Pass/No Credit

Prerequisite: admitted MPA student or director signature required. PADM500, PADM501, PADM503

Guided field placement in at least 100 hours of voluntary service with an agency or organization that provides public service. (Students may be excused from this course based on evidence of at least 100 hours of voluntary service provided in a context outside of this requirement. If a student is excused from this course, the 2 credits will be replaced with 2 credits of elective classes.)

PADM 601 Research Project (1-2)

Prerequisites: PADM 501 and permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

An advanced research and writing project in which a student, with the advice and editorial review of the chair of his/her comprehensive oral exam committee, improves and enhances a paper previously submitted as a term paper in a PADM course. The improved and enhanced paper is presented and discussed as part of the comprehensive oral exam for the MPA degree.

PADM 602 MPA Portfolio (1-2)

Graded Pass/No Credit.

An advanced reflective praxis project in which a student, following the guidelines provided by the MPA Program and with the advice and editorial review of the chair of his/her comprehensive oral exam committee, develops a portfolio including his/her best work in the MPA Program. The portfolio is presented and discussed as part of the comprehensive oral exam for the MPA degree.


Elective Options:

PADM 523 Public Financial Management (4)

Presents a broad overview of the management of financing by U.S. governments. The emphasis is on municipal financial management, its environment and the skills required.

PADM 525 Public Sector Grants-Writing and Administration (4)

Examination of the development of public sector grant programs and the distribution and fiscal management of money transfers. Topics include project development, grant applications, program planning and implementation and public policies for the improvement of intergovernmental operations. (Cross-listed BADM 525)

PADM 527 Capital Finance and Bonds (2)

Within a general vision of the larger governmental finance system, this course describes optional means of financing and addresses the pros and cons of each.

PADM 531 Intergovernmental Relations (4)

Explores the interdependence and linkages between governmental agencies explored from the perspectives of the legal/regulatory, fund raising/fund transfer and administrative/cooperative elements in our federal system.

PADM 533 City Government Administration (4)

An exploration of the major management issues and techniques involved in the professional management of city governments. Topics include the role of the professional city administrator, the changing face of cities, major city services issues, ethics, decision making and budget preparation. Examines both theoretical and the practical aspects of city government management.

PADM 539 Special Topics (1-5)

Generally weekend format for 2 credit courses.

PADM 543 Labor Relations (2)

This course covers a broad range of topics such as history of the labor movement, federal and state statutes covering the field, emergency operations planning and legislative lobbying efforts. (Cross-listed BADM 543)

PADM 545 Collective Bargaining (2)

This course addresses the process of reaching agreement on a contract. (Cross-listed BADM 545)

PADM 547 Hiring Right (2)

This course addresses hiring issues such as employee screening, using employment agencies and search firms and staying out of court.

PADM 551 Comparative Public Administration (4)

A comparative examination and analysis of the impacts of political and social cultures on public administrative systems within nation states.

PADM 553 The Constitution and Public Administration (2)

This course is intended to engage public administrators in serious consideration of how the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Supreme Court cases interpreting it affect our practice.

PADM 555 The Political Executive (4)

Examines the role, responsibilities and powers of the elected and politically appointed executives in government and agencies in the U.S.

PADM 561 Public Administration Through Film and Television (2)

This course explores, through cinematic images, how government and government employees are portrayed in film and television.

PADM 563 Public Sector Ethics (4)

This course seeks to provide an understanding and appreciation of basic ethical concepts and frameworks; a variety of ethical theories and approaches are considered and applied to public sector situations. A main focus of the course is on the exercise of both individual and collective judgment-Right Action or Good Conduct-in public organizational and policy settings.

PADM 571 Entrepreneurship: Journey or Destination (4)

This course is designed to assist students in assessing their personal interests in entrepreneurship and as part of that assessment, the course will include learning from the life and times of entrepreneurs, both historical and present. The students will be expected to develop a bio-sketch of their chosen entrepreneur and share that information with the class.

PADM 596 Experimental Course (1-4)

PADM 597 Workshops and Short Courses in Public Administration (1-4)

Note: only one workshop course for up to 3 credits may be used to fulfill graduate degree requirements.

PADM 598 Seminars in Public Administration (1-4)

PADM 599 Directed/Independent Study (1-4)

PADM 600 Thesis Research Seminar (1-15)

Prerequisites: PADM 501 and permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean. (Continuous registration of 2 credit hours per quarter. Maximum of 8 credits allowed toward MPA degree.)

 A seminar designed to assist students completing research requirements in connection with the MPA program. This is a required course if the thesis option is chosen. The thesis can be substituted for the advanced research and writing seminar within a chosen specialization and as an elective. The thesis option is intended for those students going on to doctoral study.

PADM 603 Internships in Public Administration (2- 8)

Grade Pass/No Credit.

Prerequisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

Guided field placement with a public agency. (May be repeated.)

 

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