Public Administration

Emergency Administration and Planning, EADP = 0425

Public Administration, PADM = 0455

Emergency Administration and Planning, EADP = 0425

4000. Environmental and Hazardous Materials Regulations. 3 hours. History, purpose and scope of environmental regulations (federal and state) as they relate to hazardous materials and hazardous waste.

4050. Response of Local, State and Federal Agencies to Special Populations. 3 hours. Structure and interaction of designated disaster response agencies as they pertain to special populations (elderly, disabled, institutionalized and non-English-speaking); interorganizational relationships among local, state and federal agencies; types of services provided and existing degree of pre-planning.

4060. Computers in Emergency Management I. 3 hours. Examination of the use of personal computers in emergency management. Analysis and application of current software used in emergency management/contingency planning. Special emphasis is placed on planning, resource control and business resumption after disasters.

4070. Computers in Emergency Management II. 3 hours. Advanced application of personal computers in emergency management. A detailed analysis and application of current software used in emergency management/contingency planning. Special emphasis is placed on the development of contingency plans planning, resource control and business resumption after disasters.

4080. Practical Applications in Emergency Administration: Case Studies. 3 hours. A synthesis of learned emergency administration techniques and methodologies. Appropriate case studies are analyzed and evaluated to provide a practical application and comprehensive understanding of theoretical emergency management principles. Prerequisite(s): EADP 3010 and 3020.

Public Administration, PADM = 0455

4130. American Intergovernmental Relations. 3 hours. Federal system; constitutional and theoretical bases of federalism; national/state/local government conflict and cooperation; regional arrangements; political centralization; impact upon American traditions; future prospects. (Same as PSCI 4130.)

4450. Public Policy Analysis. 3 hours. Policy making, impact of public policy and factors that place specific problems on the public agenda. (Same as PSCI 4450.)

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.

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.

5140. Municipal Law. 3 hours. Survey of legal problems common to most local governments. Development of competency in researching municipal law and in writing administrative reports based on the law.

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

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, stormwater 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. 3 hours. Methods and techniques of applied research; research project design and
reporting.

5510. Quantitative Analysis for Public Administration. 3 hours. Development of skills in gathering, processing and interpreting data for administrative decision making. Specific skills in survey research, computer processing of data and application of statistical tests to data.

5530. Advanced Microcomputer Applications in Government. 3 hours. This course, designed for MPA students, stresses the application of various software packages to decision making in a public management context. Students must demonstrate competency in word processing and the use of spreadsheets before enrolling in the course.

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. Evaluation, performance measurement and monitoring in the management of government programs using the methods of social science to evaluate the effectiveness of government services. Prerequisite(s): PADM 5510 or equivalent.

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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