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PUB 310: Current Issues in Public Administration

Course Description

This course will focus on synthesizing the basic tenets of public administration with eight current issues that have faced the industry over the last several years. Topics include organizational change, performance measurement, technology, revenue forecasting, contract reform, civil service reform, and Affirmative Action. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Synthesize the basic tenets of Public Administration with practical, topical dilemmas facing the industry.
  2. Apply previous Public Administration coursework to "real world" examples.
  3. Describe how public organizations change and adapt to both internal and external variances.
  4. Evaluate methods used to quantitatively assess the success or failure of a program.
  5. Discuss how technology integrates into administrative settings.
  6. Explain how public entities assess what their citizens want.
  7. Analyze methods that government entities use to forecast tax and grant revenue for budgeting purposes.
  8. Explain how organizations apply new laws and regulatory standards to the bidding and contracting process, the hiring and promotion of employees, and efforts to diversify the workplace.

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

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

50%

Midterm (Week 4)

25%

Final (Week 8)

25%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Durant, Robert F. and Jennifer R.S. Durant. Debating Public Administration: Management Challenges, Choices and Opportunities. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2013. ISBN-13: 9781466502369

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1,2,3

Topic: Organizational Change

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1: Managing Successful Organizational Change in the Public Sector
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
    • Introduce yourself via Discussion Board
    • Discussion 1.1: Evaluate the Argument
    • Discussion 1.2: Practical Example

2

1,2,4

Topic: Performance Measurement

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 2: Back to the Future? Performance-related pay, Empirical Research, and the Perils of PersistenceÂ
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
    • Discussion 2.1: Evaluate the Argument
    • Discussion 2.2: Practical Example

3

1,2,5

Topic: Technological Advances

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3: From “Need to Know” to “Need to Share”: Tangled Problems, Information Boundaries, and the Building of Public Sector Knowledge Networks
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
    • Discussion 3.1: Evaluate the Argument
    • Discussion 3.2: Practical Example

4

1,2,6

Topic: Citizen Preferences

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4: Toward “Strong Democracy” in Global Cities? Social Capital Building, Theory-Driven Reform and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Experience
    • Chapter 5: Reinventing Administrative Prescriptions: The Case for Democratic-Constitutional Impact Statements and Scorecards
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
    • Discussion 4.1: Evaluate the Argument
    • Discussion 4.2: Practical Exam
  • Complete Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam
Chapters 1-5
SLOs 1-6

5

1,2,7

Topic: Revenue Forecasting

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6: Betting on the Future with a Cloudy Crystal Ball? How Financial Theory Can Improve Revenue Forecasting and Budgets in the States
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
    • Discussion 5.1: Evaluate the Argument
    • Discussion 5.2: Practical Example

6

1,2,8

Topic: Contract Reform

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7: Managing Public Service Contracts: Aligning Values, Institutions, and Markets
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
    • Discussion 6.1: Evaluate the Argument
    • Discussion 6.2: Practical Example

7

1,2,8

Topic: Civil Service Reform

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8: A Return to Spoils? Revisiting Radical Civil Service Reform in the United States
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
    • Discussion 7.1: Evaluate the Argument
    • Discussion 7.2: Practical Example

8

1,2,8

Topics: Discrimination & Affirmative Action

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9: A Solution in Search of a Problem? Discrimination, Affirmative Action, and the New Governance
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
    • Discussion 8.1: Evaluate the Argument
    • Discussion 8.2: Practical Exam
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete Course Evaluation

Final Exam
Chapters 6-9
SLOs 1-8

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