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General Course Information for PAD620: Foundations of Public Admin

Course: PAD620 - Foundations of Public Admin
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Description: A general survey course covering the role of the public sector manager in American society today. Studies current issues and leading concepts in the field of non-profit management.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe public administration theories and concepts in the context of the documents of the founding fathers.
  • Analyze and evaluate the concept of new public management within the historical development of government administration.
  • Identify major public administration functions and describe the role they perform in the overall governing of the public sector.
  • Identify key historical developments in public administration and relate these to current trends and practices at both the national and local levels.
  • Analyze decision-making issues and relate them to general public managerial practices in an array of quasi-political government environments.
  • Analyze how the changing global society and multicultural environment impacts the management of the public sector.
  • Explain the division of power within American government as established by the Constitution of the United States.
  • Describe, analyze and evaluate the ethical behavior of individuals in relation to ethical principles and practices of government agencies.
  • Identify and analyze the impact of political influences on the public sector decision-making process.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
    • Evaluate the concept of new public management within a historical context.
    • Evaluate the impact of public administration decisions on urban planning and redevelopment.
    • Synthesize resources and approaches for developing grant proposals for community programs and services.
    • Utilize critical thinking and research methods relevant to public administration in a multi-cultural environment.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures