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Saint Joseph’s University ADM-2011/POL-2091 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Dr. Vincent P. McNally, Jr. Course Syllabus - Fall 2010 OFFICE: 106 B Barbelin Building Office Hours and Location: Office hours are by appointment. Check my office door or contact mc for scheduled hours. PHONE: 610-660-1453 Fax: 610-660-1284 E-Mail: [email protected] Course Descripton The focus of this course is (1) to examine the basic elements of management that are necessary for efficient and effective performance in any organization, (2) to analyze the unique internal and external factors that affect such management in the public sector at all levels of governments and (3) to analyze these influences in the context of public policy and current issues as they affect government and society. Learning Objectives Students will be able to: • Analyze an issue, identify the basic substantive and procedural dimensions of a problem • Develop and examine issues from the basic perspective of cultural and environmental factors • Examine alternative solutions to problems and apply moral and ethical principles to all potential outcomes • Define implementation strategies and methods and standards of performance to evaluate success/failure of policies • Understand roles and responsibilities that they, as managers and leaders, can and will play in decision-making and policy in government operations. Course Requirements Required Text: George Berkley and John Rouse, The Craft of Public Administration, 10th Edition, McGraw Hill – 2009. Term Project: There will be a term project written assignment of approximately 5-7 pages with documentation and supporting research. Topics and format will be discussed in class. Due date for paper is December 2, 2008. There will also be an individual oral presentation of approximately 10 minutes given to the class on your project topic to be scheduled in November.Examinations: There will be two mid-semester exams and one final exam in the course with the following grade weights: 2 Mid-Semester Exams: 20% each test (Total of 40%) Final Exam: 30% of grade Term Project: 10% of grade Oral Presentation: 10% of grade Class Participation: is welcomed and encouraged and can be used to influence the student's grade. Grading: Will employ the A-F system with + and - grades with values in G.P.A. as adopted in Fall 1994. Attendance: Follow official policy. Attendance policy on "cutting" will be enforced. Make-up Exams are discouraged and may be significantly more difficult than regular tests. Arrangements must be made prior to regular examinations. Exemptions will only be for the most serious reasons. Sickness requires a doctor's note. Students with unacceptable excuses or who do not follow procedure will have grade reduced by 25 points. Cheating: Follow official policy. Students will receive at least a zero grade for a particular test. Students with Disabilities: “If you have a documented disability (learning, physical, psychological) for which you are, or may be requesting reasonable academic adjustments, you are encouraged to contact Services for Students with Disabilities, Room 113 Science Center, 610-660-1774 or 610-660-1620 as early as possible in the semester.” Students should also alert professor in advance of tests and exams so required accommodations can be made for test taking. READINGS: Textbook readings will complement lecture materials. Some readings will be discussed in class within the framework of the lecture. However, it is the responsibility of students to complete the reading assignments which will be TESTABLE material even if not specifically discussed in class. *Handouts of articles on current issues will also be part of the course and will be testable material.Supplemental Learning Suggestions: Because this course is so involved with current events/issues, students are encouraged to supplement the assigned materials by watching local/national news programs and reading newspapers and magazines on topics of interest to them. The internet also often will have a lot of interesting and entertaining websites on topics relevant to the course. Shows on cable TV on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN and Fox News can also be educational, interesting and entertaining although commentators and guests obviously have particular positions and opinions. The same pros and cons also apply to talk radio shows such as Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. TOPICS AND READING ASSIGNMENTS From INTRODUCING PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION 1. Defining of Public Administration Chapter 1 2. The Ecology and Environment of Public Policy/ Administration Chapter 2 3. Structure and Functions of Government Organizations Chapters 3 TEST NUMBER ONE 4. Organizational Behavior and Management/ Motivation Chapter 4 5. Communication and Leadership in the Public Sector Chapter 7 6. Human Resources and Personal Management Issues Chapters 5, 6 TEST NUMBER TWO 7. Performance and Productivity Analysis Chapter 9 8. Government Regulation Chapter 10 9. Financial Administration – Taxes Chapter 8 FINAL


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