Public Administration Courses (PA)

PA 6601
Research Methods in Public Administration (3)
  An introduction to basic, applied, and evaluative research methodologies and data analysis techniques. Students apply these methodologies to issues, programs, and research problems in the field of public administration. A grade of “B” or better is required.
PA 6603
Economics for Public Management (3)
  An introduction to economic theory emphasizing the application of selected micro-economic and macro-economic theories to issues in public administration.
PA 6604
Workforce Planning and Staffing (3)
  A study of theory, principles, and legal requirements for effective workforce planning, recruitment, selection, and employment in public and non-profit organizational settings. The course provides an in-depth analysis of tools, techniques and statistical concepts applied to the fundamental HR function of workforce planning and staffing. Prerequisite: PA 6624.
PA 6605
Training and Development (3)
  A study of concepts and practices critical to identifying human resources training and development needs critical to ensuring organizational effectiveness.
PA 6606
Issues in Managing the Public Workforce (3)
  A study of concepts and practices to introduce the student to public sector employee performance management requirements, sound employee/labor relations practices, how compensation is determined and the various pay systems and benefits, special monetary incentives, and tangible and intangible awards to motivate, retain, and recognize employee performance of today’s multi-generational workforce.
PA 6607
Performance Measurement and Management for Public and Non-profit Organizations (3)
  This course focuses on how performance measurements are becoming increasingly important in public and non-profit settings. It will ground students in the fundamentals of performance measurement-systems and demonstrate how they are critical from a mission, strategic, funding, transparency and accountability perspective. It will cover not only how to select appropriate measures, but also how to implement a performance measurement system and use performance measures in managing an organization. In addition, the course will highlight the need for leadership and management acumen to ensure success in achieving meaningful, significant and lasting results.
PA 6610
Foundations of Public Administration (3)
  An overview of the history and intellectual foundation of public administration including the major ideas, developments, theories, concepts, and contributors to the growth of public administration and its practice in the United States. The student is introduced to the case analysis method.
PA 6620
Theory of Organizations (3)
  An introduction to the major theoretical approaches and debates in organization theory including core concepts and key issues arising from the classical and contemporary influences. Emphasis is on the evolution of organization theory in the United States and the elements that distinguish public from private organizations.
PA 6622
Public Policy (3)
  An overview of the theoretical orientations underlying the public policy process and the conceptual framework for differentiating types of public policies. Students examine current issues and policies from various theoretical and practical perspectives.
PA 6624
Public Human Resource Management (3)
  A survey of the basic principles, functions, and constitutional issues involved with managing public employees. Specific functions addressed include planning, job analysis, position classification, recruitment and selection, staffing, performance management and appraisal, labor-management relations, training, and other personnel functions.
PA 6625
Specialized Study in Public Administration (3)
  A study of problem(s) in a public or nonprofit organization using research design and methodologies and producing a scholarly paper that contributes directly to the student’s curriculum. The Director of the MPA Program must approve the topic. PA 6625 may substitute for a required concentration course only once in a student’s program and only if taken for three credit hours.
PA 6630
Strategic Planning (3)
  A study and application of decision making models with emphasis on understanding the role and importance of strategic planning in public and nonprofit organizations.
PA 6631
Program Evaluation (3)
  An overview of the theoretical foundations and techniques of program evaluation including need assessments, outcome evaluations, surveys, program outcomes, and impact evaluation(s). Prerequisite: PA 6601.
PA 6640
Intergovernmental Relations (3)
  An examination of the administrative, fiscal, and legal issues that govern relations among the various governmental entities in the United States.
PA 6643
Advanced Public Human Resource Management (3)
  This course is designed to help the student understand the law as it applies to the management of human resources. Its coverage is aimed at preparing the managers of human resources to recognize legal problems, to know the legal impact of decisions of personnel matters and to be knowledgeable in general of the law as it might impact individuals in organizations. Prerequisite: PA 6624.
PA 6644
Administrative Law (3)
  An overview of the legal environment of public administration. The focus is on the powers and procedures of administrative agencies including administrative discretion, rule-making, investigations, prosecuting, negotiating and settlement based on Constitutional law, statutory law, common law, and agency-made law and the liability of governments and their officers.
PA 6645
Managing Government Contracts (3)
  An overview of the principles, legal aspects, processes, and strategies of contract management in public and nonprofit organizations.
PA 6646
Organizational Behavior (3)
  A study of the various theoretical perspectives that help to explain complex organizational behavior in public and nonprofit organizations in the global environment.
PA 6647
Advanced Contract Administration (3)
   An examination of the current processes, procedures, standards, issues and problems in planning, managing, auditing, and evaluating contract performance. Prerequisite: PA 6645 .
PA 6648
Contract Negotiation (3)
  This course focuses on management of the overall contract negotiation process and examines the basics of negotiation, including the procedures, processes, psychology, and skills. These contract negotiation processes are applied to the defense contracting framework. Perspectives of both government and commercial interests are explored.
PA 6649
Government Contract Law (3)
  This course focuses on legal aspects of government contracting. Procurement laws and federal acquisition regulations are examined to serve as a basis for development of case methods. The case methods are used in this course to emphasize legal procedures and logic. The course highlights the significance of the legal process for practicing public administrators.
PA 6650
Governmental Budgeting & Financial Management (3)
  A survey of concepts, principles, processes, and practices in governmental budgeting at national, state, and local levels and the interrelationships of planning, programming, and budgeting strategies.
PA 6660
Readings in Public Administration (1-3)
  A study of problem(s) in a public or non-profit organization using analytical methods with a public policy focus and producing a scholarly paper that contributes directly to the student’s curriculum. The Director of the MPA Program must approve the topic. PA 6660 may substitute for a concentration course only once in a student’s program and only if taken for three credit hours.
PA 6665
Leadership in Public Administration (3)
  A survey of leadership theories, styles, and strategies in the contemporary public and nonprofit workplace.
PA 6666
Foundations of Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  A survey of the history, theory, and political, organizational, legal, financial, personnel, and service contexts unique to nonprofit management.
PA 6667
Executive Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  An examination of the managerial tools and professional practices for developing the internal and external capacity of nonprofits. Topics include working with boards, volunteers, and communities; developing partnerships with public, private and other nonprofit organizations; marketing the program; planning special events; and influencing policy directions through lobbying.
PA 6668
Grant Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  An overview of strategies and techniques integral to identifying potential funding resources and planning, developing, and writing grant proposals. Topics include program development and grant opportunities, the funding acquisition processes, stewardship of funds, and project management strategies including evaluation, dissemination, and continuation plans.
PA 6674
Ethics in Public Administration (3)
  A study of the philosophical and practical issues related to ethical decision making in the public sector. Emphasis is on the analysis of ethical problems and the development of analytical skills and values framework to act ethically in public service roles.
PA 6675
Public Health Services Administration and Policy (3)
  The course provides a framework for developing and analyzing a range of U.S. public health policy areas and issues; acquaints students with increased understanding of the context of public health administration and healthcare policy; and examines key factors and forces impacting total public health system performances in the United States.
PA 6676
Legal and Social Issues in Public Health Administration (3)
  An examination of the legal and ethical aspects of contemporary legal and social issues within the public health services administration process.
PA 6677
Public Health Preparedness & Emergency Response (3)
  The course provides an overview of public health’s involvement and response strategies to various natural and unnatural emergencies and the domestic and international responses to disasters, outbreaks, and epidemics.
PA 6678
Introduction to Public Health (3)
  An introduction to the mission, roles, issues, and context of public health, community health, and health systems, including the history and mission of public health as well as a comprehensive exploration of the essential services and core functions of public health, social justice, and human rights.
PA 6679
E-Governance (3)
  The course studies concepts and methods of e-Government strategies to include planning, implementing, and evaluating information technology used to deliver government services. Topics include e-Government strategy, the use of Web 3.0 and social media, policy concerns, and how to assess the performance and function of e-Government applications and strategies.
PA 6694
Internship (3)
  A practical learning experience in a public or non-profit organization that includes a written paper analyzing a problem pertinent to the student’s concentration.
PA 6699
Capstone in Public Administration (3)
  The required outcome assessment course using case analyses, papers, and/or computer simulations that emphasize the application of analytical skills and knowledge gained from curriculum courses to administrative, organizational, and policy problems. To enroll in PA 6699, students must have a 3.0 grade point average or better and take PA 6699 as the final core course or, with the approval of the instructor, in conjunction with the final core course in the MPA program. To successfully complete this course , the student must achieve a grade of “B” or better. Students should retain core course textbooks for use in PA 6699.
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