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PUB 101: Public Administration

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the study of public administration in 21st Century America. Students in this course will become acclimated to core administrative topics including budgeting, ethics and human resource management. The course also explores time and stress management, communication and motivation all within the context of group dynamics. Practical case studies are used as a learning tool in this course.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Understand the history of public administration and explain why it is a discipline worth studying.
  2. Identify the relationship between federal, state and local governments.
  3. Recognize ethical dilemmas and apply decision-making tools to solve them.
  4. Explain how typical public and non-profit organizations are developed and structured.
  5. Understand the basic tenets of strategic planning (including implementation and evaluation).
  6. Provide an overview of the public budgeting process.
  7. Understand the basics of public-sector Human Resources and labor-management.
  8. Develop new strategies for time and stress management.
  9. Use new communication and motivation skills to positively affect future group dynamics.
  10. Evaluate and explore new trends in public administration.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

40%

Case Studies (Weeks 4 & 8)

30%

Final Exam (Week 8)

30%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Denhardt, Robert and Denhardt, Janet (2014). Public Administration: An Action Orientation (7th Edition). Wadsworth, Inc. ISBN-10: 1-133-93921-X or ISBN-13: 978-1-133-93921-4

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1

  • Course Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Personal Action in Public Organizations
  • Chapter 2: The Political Context of Public Administration
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

2

2

  • Chapter 3: The Inter-organizational Context of Public Administration
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

3

3

  • Chapter 7: The Ethics of Public Service
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

4

4,5

  • Chapter 8: Designing and Managing Organizations
  • Chapter 4: Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Case Studies 1-2-3

Case Studies 1-2-3 Due
SLO's 1,2,3

5

6

  • Chapter 7: Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

6

7

  • Chapter 6: The Management of Human Resources
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

7

8,9

  • Chapter 9: Leadership and Management Skills in Public Organizations
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

8

10

  • Chapter 10: Administrative Reform, Productivity & Performance
  • Chapter 11: Opportunities for the Future
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Case Studies 4-5-6
  • Take the Final Exam

Case Studies 4-5-6 Due
SLO's 5,6,7

Final Exam

Chapters 1-12
SLO's 1-10

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.