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Course Descriptions

     
    Department of Public Administration

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Course Descriptions

PAD 501: Public Administration: Survey of the Field
This is the introductory course in public administration designed to provide students with a broad overview of the field of Public Administration, both as an academic discipline and as a profession. It examines the context in which public administration occurs and its relationship to the social and political environment in which it exists. Students will be exposed to the various functions involved in administration of public policy and how to apply practical solutions to the problem faced in its implementation.

PAD 502: Organizational Theory and Bureaucratic Behaviors
This course focuses on the structure, process and role of individuals in organizations emphasizing how and why these components have to be coordinated to efficiently and effectively attain organizational goals and objectives. It defines and examines concepts, models, paradigms and theories in the field of organization theory as the basis for understanding internal and external organizational dynamics.

PAD 503: Research Methods
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to study and apply both qualitative and quantitative research methods. This course teaches students the skills needed for problem analysis and critical inquire. While focusing on descriptive research, other research designs and various data gathering techniques are examined. Additionally, the identification of research issues/problems, the determination of appropriate research approaches for exploring the issues/problems identified, the formulation of relevant data analysis procedure and techniques, and the presentation of research results are examined.

PAD 504: Research Data Analysis
This course provides an understanding of quantitative as well as qualitative techniques for analyzing research data on public programs and administrative problems. Explores the relevancy of quantitative and qualitative analysis to problems administrators face in public agencies. Students will learn to make appropriate use of applied research in decision making and will utilize computer programming in support of statistical analysis.

PAD 505: Economics for Public Administrators
This course is designed to provide public administrators with the fundamental economic background necessary to understand and implement public policy. Macroeconomic and microeconomic theories are used to develop tools that are useful applications.

PAD 506: Public Budgeting and Finance
This course includes an overview of the political and legal institutions in the budgetary process. The various contexts of public budgets, including political and economic, are explored. Additionally, students examine the executive and legislative foci on public budgeting. Budgetary analytical processes, operating budgets, capital budgets, and revenue systems are explained to provide students with the ability to plan, develop, and implement budgets in public sector agencies.

PAD 507: Formulation of Public Policy
This course is designed primarily to acquaint students with the public policy making process in the United States. The goal is to enable students to identify, explain and understand the structure, sources and processes of public policy making, and, to attempt to use models developed by policy analysts and experts to analyze government policies and programs. Particular emphasis will be placed on the socio-economic and political variables that impact upon the policy making processes and on the utility of theoretical knowledge and research in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policies in the United States.

PAD 508: Human Resources Management
The focus of this course is upon developing a full understanding of the nature of the working relationship which exists between management and the worker within a productive environment. This type of environment, one where emphasis is placed on creating a work situation which is mutually beneficial to both parties, is the primary focus of the human resource function in public and private organizations. This course provides an overview of the historical nature of human resources management in the public sector, explores legal and constitutional structures, and develops recommendations for establishing and maintaining constructive relationships between these two competing groups.

PAD 509: State and Local Government Finance
This course covers the many aspects of financial management: the need for accurate forecasting, accounting reporting, the players and pressures of the budget cycle; the importance of local revenue sources; the need for sound management of debt, cash, inventory, purchasing and risk. Trends and issues that have emerged in state and local financial management also will be explored. Students study the impacts of the last decade of the twentieth century: national and local efforts to foster accountability for performance in government; the effects of privatization and service contracting on local finance; the effects of a slowed economy on revenue sources, property valuation, interest rates, and service delivery; local government involvement in economic development; globalization of the local economy, and other economic and demographic patterns in metropolitan areas. This course focuses on management principles and practices while outlining the financial and economic context within which financial management takes place.

PAD 510: Program Design Implementation and Evaluation
This course introduces students to the importance of program design, implementation and evaluation in the field of public administration. It highlights essential steps and issues involved in the design of effective public programs and underscore the need to conduct good evaluation for these programs. In addition, the course examines how social science knowledge can enhance the design and evaluation of public programs.

PAD 511: Applied Urban Management
The course will expose the students to the complex problems of managing urban America in the 21st century. Specific emphasis will be placed on the political environment of urban places with their diverse populations configured in dimensions of race, class and economic disparities. The overall goal of the course is to have the students gather general knowledge of urban America and acquire skills that may be applied in managing urban units of government.

PAD 512: Internship
All pre-service students are required to complete an approved internship. The length of the internship must be a minimum of twelve (12) weeks and 480 hours of on-site work. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with practical hands on experience related to their areas of concentration. This experience should be in a position which provides students with entry-level professional responsibilities in their selected concentrations. Students must work under the direct supervision of a person in the organization who has mid to executive level responsibility.

Students participating in their internships will concurringly that this internship course. Students are counseled on various aspects of practical administration. Discussions also focus on the identification of problems which will be used in the final Exit Paper. Students are required to prepare a portfolio and submit a critical analysis of one of the required textbooks.

PAD 513: Independent Study
This course is provided for students requesting special instruction in an approved concentration. Students are given required reading lists for analysis and discussion with the assigned faculty. Students also complete case study analyses and a major research paper on a topic that has prior approval of the faculty. The student learning outcomes reflect those of the specific course for which the independent study is undertaken, e.g., PAD 521, Principles of community and Economic Development. 


PAD 514: Public Management I
This course is designed to broaden the students’ knowledge of the scope and character of managing in the public sector. In addition to exploring the traditional functions and behavior of public managers, this course will place emphasis on the politics of public management. Issues related to ethical behavior in public management will also be explored. Considerable attention will be given to current approaches to improve the management of public organizations.

PAD 515: Comparative Administration
Comparative public administration is the systematic study of public administration, policy and management from a cross-national perspective. It introduces students to a wide range of administrative systems with an emphasis on third world public bureaucracies. Selected administrative systems will be used in the study of comparative administration.

PAD 516: Fundamentals of Social Policy
The course is designed to define and understand basic concepts in the field of social policy to understand the philosophical justification for American social policies. To examine competing theories developed to analyze social policy. To identify, discuss and review the literature on social policies. To analyze specific policies for context and relevance to society. To discuss ethical questions associated with the implementation of social policies.

PAD 517: Labor Management Relations
This is an introductory course designed to enhance the knowledge of students in the area of labor management relations and collective bargaining. The primary objectives of this course are to introduce students to the terminology, historical context and current trends in the area of labor management relations as they relates to both the public and private sectors. Due to the legal environment and political context in which the public sector operates it is important to distinguish the differences between the management of labor relations in the public versus the private sector. Finally, this course will allow students to gain hands on experience in resolving labor management issues by examining relevant case studies and participating in various role play simulations.

PAD 518: Strategic Human Resources Management Planning
This course gives the student a practical overview of strategic human resources practices as tools for management in today’s knowledge-based organization. The organization’s need to link the accomplishment of its strategic mission to human resource activities is explored. Emphasis is placed on using individual HR functions for achieving an organization’s mission and purpose. Human resources techniques and functions are addressed from the perspective of their ability to provide value-added assistance to achieving goals of the organization.

PAD 519: Development Management and Administration
This course provides a foundation for the study and practice of development administration emphasizing issues of societal change and development, administrative systems, processes, problems and techniques used mainly by developing countries to promote development.

PAD 520: International Administration
This course is designed to provide an overview of the theory, setting, and conduct of international administration. Theories and principles in the field will be used to analyze international organizations and the professional civil servant who works in them. Other issues to be discussed include bilateral, multilateral and other institutions in the political economy of international administrations.

PAD 521: Principles of Community and Economic Development
This course is designed to introduce students to concepts, theories and methods developed in the study of community and development. Citizens empowerment, policy formation, and the role of the nonprofit organization will be discussed.

PAD 523: Development Finance
This course is designed to examine a range of issues in government finance that confront developing countries. The issues include the formulation and execution of a national budget; the objectives, size and effects of expenditures, the purpose and results of various ways of taxing income, the wealth, consumption exports or natural resources, the role of foreign and domestic borrowing and the consequences of financing by money creation.

PAD 524: Seminar Contemporary Problems in Urban Management
This seminar is designed to explore through reading, discussion and research the characteristics, issues, and problems of managing and governing urban areas.

PAD 525: Seminar in Public Policy
This course is primarily intended for students whose concentration or area of interest is in public policy. It is designed to acquaint them with the most up-to-date literature in the field and to emphasize the philosophical, theoretical and practical basis and evolutionary trends of this field of study. The goal is to develop in these students the ability to critically analyze and evaluate the assumptions, theories, research methodology and application of public policies.

PAD 526: Topics in International Administration and Development Management
This course reviews the literature in the area of International Development Administration for the purposes of identifying the unifying themes in this subject area. The student will critically evaluate prevailing theories, notions and orientations of development in order to understand and develop new approaches to development administration.

PAD 527: Compensation Management
Concepts, theories, developments and practical applications in the compensation field are presented. Characteristics and design of compensation plans are evaluated based on their cost and effectiveness, as well as the return on the organization’s investment.

PAD 528: Seminar: Human Resources Management
This is the capstone course for the Human Resources concentration and is designed to provide students with the opportunity to focus on the role that human resources management plays in organizational goal attainment. Through assigned readings, in-class discussions, and out of class exercises, students will explore the concept of human capital as an organizational asset requiring investment and development. Particular attention will be focused on the use of benchmarking in developing strategic human resources management policies and practices and aligning them with the organization’s mission, goals and objectives.

PAD 531: Seminar: Contemporary Problems in Community and Economic Development
The U.S. Economic Development Agency describes economic development as “fundamentally about enhancing the factors or productive capacity-land, capital, and technology – of a national, state or local economy.” In this course, the “community” in community and economic development (CED) activities comprises residents of a geographic neighborhood or multi-neighborhood area, no matter how they relate to one another. The challenges that are presented in the quest to improve productive capacity, and therefore economic status and quality of life, are numerous and varied. At the heart, often lie business management knowledge and skills and the availability and access to adequate start-up or productivity improvement funding. While the private sector can play an important role in encouraging economic growth through venture capital and other investments, the public sector plays an important role in developing tools and providing resources to generate employment and improved productivity. This course will address strategies and issues in CED, including policy alternatives at different levels of government, such as small business assistance, community-level technology-based development, as well as a range of financing mechanisms.