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POLS 2601

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Introduction To Public Administration
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is a survey course of the field of American public administration.  It is designed to provide students with a general overview and introduction to the development, concepts, facts, functions and generalizations concerning the public administration system in the United States.  It includes the study of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the U.S. government, governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies,  non-profit agencies and their interconnection in the policymaking and policy implementation process.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing the course the student will be able to:

1. Explain the historical development and evolution of American public administration from its inception (Woodrow Wilson) to its  "Era of Reform".
2. Identify public administration's external, internal and political environments and explain their interconnection and/or intergovernmental relationship.
3. Differentiate between public, private and non-profit agencies.
4. Understand the types, structures and functions of public agencies including the importance of public service in modern societies.
5. Understand the policymaking and policy implementation process of public agencies.
6. Explain the functions and responsibilities of public administrators.
7. Understand the personnel, budget and financial processes of public agencies.

General Education Outcomes
This course addresses the general education outcomes of identifying, analyzing, and evaluating social, political, historical forces and communicating effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Course Content
I. Development of Public Administration as a function of government and as an academic discipline
II. Public, Private and Non-profit agencies
III. Public Administration and its environments
A. Internal
B. External
C. Political
IV. Types and Structures of public agencies
V. Policymaking and Policy Implementation functions of public agencies
VI. Personnel Administration in the public sector
A. Recruitment and Selection
B. Merit Systems
C. Salary Structures
D. Collective Bargaining
VII. Budget and Finance Administration in the public sector
A. Budget approaches, preparation and approval
B. Budget expenditures
C. Budget oversight and review
VIII. Overview of Organizational Theory
IX. Legal Environment of Public Administration

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Tests and a final exam prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine a part of the course grade.  In general, all exams will focus on the above objectives.  It is expected that writing skills will be a particular emphasis through utilization of a significant essay questions component of the course.  Student mastery of the expected educational outcomes will also be assessed with the use of a writing assignment or writing assignments.

A. This course will be assessed in the Spring semester of every year as part of ongoing program review. Every student in each section will be required to complete a15-question multiple-choice assessment instrument that will count for at least 20% of the grade on the final exam.  This assessment instrument will have questions that sample the material found in the above objectives.
B. The construction of the assessment test will be the responsibility of the college-wide Political Science Curriculum Committee.

The results of the assessment questions will be summarized by the college-wide Political Science Curriculum Committee made up of all persons teaching Political Science and headed by a chair selected by the curriculum committee.  All committee members will analyze the results and determine implications for curriculum change.  A summary of the group analysis as well as specific details and a timeline for implementation of changes will be included.   The committee will follow-up and document the implementation of the agreed upon changes.

Revised Spring 2006

Last Revised: Aug. 11, 2011
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