Public Administration

Emergency Administration and Planningsee Undergraduate Catalog

Public Administration, PADM

5010. Context of Public Administration. 3 hours. An examination of the political, institutional, ethical, social, legal and economic contexts in which administrators operate.

5020. Governmental Management. 3 hours. Practice, problems and politics of administration, including executive leadership, planning and decision making, and organizational behavior and structure.

5030. Strategic Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations. 3 hours. Examination of current issues and literature on the nature and significance of strategic management in the public and nonprofit sectors, with emphasis on strategic planning, coupled with experience in gathering and reporting information vital to preparation of strategic goals and plans.

5040. Nonprofit Management. 3 hours. Characteristics of and leadership in nonprofit organizations, with emphasis on the chief executive, the board and volunteers in activities such as governance, planning and fund raising.

5060. Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations. 3 hours. Analysis of political, administrative and fiscal relationships among governments in the American political system. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5100. Local Government Management. 3 hours. Organization and management of American local government, including executive leadership, governance structures and service implementation with emphasis on council-manager government.

5200. Public Personnel Management. 3 hours. Managing human resources in national, state and local governments.

5210. Diversity Issues in Public Personnel Administration. 3 hours. Focuses on diversity issues in modern public personnel management. Examines the contemporary meaning of "workplace diversity," the identification and evaluation of governmental policies, processes and management techniques for promoting diversity, and the effect of workplace diversity on government performance. Emphasis is given to identifying effective techniques for managing diversity.

5220. Personnel Management in Nonprofit Organizations. 3 hours. Examines the uniqueness of personnel management in the nonprofit sector. Emphasis is on the concepts and techniques of, and the laws and ethical standards affecting nonprofit personnel management. This includes hiring, paying, supervising, motivating, developing, promoting, disciplining and retaining employees (paid or unpaid) in nonprofit and volunteer organizations.

5300. Introduction to Planning. 3 hours. Examination of state, regional and local government planning. Course explores planning theory, the planning process, managing planning, implementing plans and citizen participation.

5400. Governmental Budgeting. 3 hours. Principles of the budgetary process and innovations in budget preparation, including performance budgeting, program budgeting and zero-base budgeting. Emphasis is given to the role of the budget process as a tool for financial control, improving program performance and policy making.

5410. Capital Budgeting and Planning. 3 hours. Examination of capital budgeting and planning in government. Course explores the financial aspects of water and waste water utilities, roads and highways, airports, parks, storm water drainage and other infrastructure. Key dimensions of budgeting, planning and managing public works facilities are detailed through lectures, case studies and papers.

5420. Revenue Policy and Administration. 3 hours. Examination of the economic, political and administrative issues that governments encounter when making revenue decisions, including how to achieve equity, economic efficiency and administrative feasibility. Topics include the three principal revenue sources of government — income, sales and property taxes — plus such nontax sources as user charges, grants-in-aid and lotteries. This course is restricted to those majoring in public administration or political science.

5430. Financial Accountability in Government. 3 hours. An introduction to financial control in government, including fund accounting, financial reporting, internal controls and auditing. Particular emphasis is given to the public manager's use of accounting information in such contexts as budget decision making, pricing government services, cash planning and municipal bond ratings.

5500. Administrative Research Methods I. 3 hours. Methods and techniques of applied research; research design and reporting; statistical analysis.

5510. Administrative Research Methods II. 3 hours. Advanced research methods and issues including research design, non-parametric testing and regression analysis. Students gain experience in reporting and presenting research findings. Prerequisite(s): PADM 5500.

5540. Public Decision Making Techniques. 3 hours. Examination of fundamental techniques used to assist public administrators in making decisions. Rationalism, incrementalism, probability models, cost-benefit analysis, forecasting and other methods are explored. The theory and practice of each approach is presented, along with case studies that use each technique.

5550. Seminar in Program Evaluation. 3 hours. Introductory course in program evaluation focusing on the practical application of appropriate social science research methodology to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of public and non-profit sector programs and policies. Covers a broad range of topics on how to develop an evaluation plan; design various types of evaluations such as process, impact, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness evaluations; and how to manage evaluation projects.

5560. Performance Measurement in Public and Nonprofit Sectors. 3 hours. Overview of the performance measurement process, including benchmarking and performance monitoring in public and nonprofit organizations. The overall objective of the course is to acquaint program administrators and other practitioners with conceptual tools essential to understanding the development of performance measurement systems and the techniques necessary to enable them to apply the concepts in their work environments. Emphasis is on the practical application of the techniques of performance measurement in field settings.

5610. Context of Emergency Management. 3 hours. Examination of the theory and practice of emergency management. Particular emphasis is given to the major issues affecting emergency management, including strategies to promote planning for mitigating disasters. Emphasis is on the evolving role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state and local government, and emergency managers in the disaster management arena.

5615. Environmental Planning and Hazards. 3 hours. Introduction to environmental planning and policy at the federal, state and local government levels. Designed to help students develop a working knowledge of basic planning and policy concepts, methods, institutions and issues. Emphasis is given to the linkage between environmental degradation and vulnerability to hazards.

5630. Principles of Health Administration. 3 hours. Acquaints students with the management and policy concepts essential to understanding the delivery and administration of health care services. It uses the systems framework to provide a comprehensive coverage of the various components of health care delivery in the United States. Focus on the application of administrative principles and processes to the understanding of three key issues in health policy and management: improving access, controlling costs and ensuring quality.

5700. Seminar in Public Administration. 3 hours. Concepts, problems and processes of public administration. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5800-5810. Public Management Internship. 3 hours each. Acquisition of practical public management experience through an arranged internship in a governmental or non-profit agency for at least one semester. Periodic seminars, supervision and a final administrative report are required. Prerequisite(s): consent of department chair. Pass/no pass only.

5900-5910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Conference courses open to advanced students capable of doing independent research under the direction of the instructor. Prerequisite(s): consent of department chair.

5950. Master's Thesis. 3 or 6 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 6 hours credit required. No credit assigned until thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Continuous enrollment required once work on thesis has begun. May be repeated for credit.

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