Introduction to Public Administration POLS 3600 – IC1
Spring 2017: Short Session 1 Professor: Nandan Kumar Jha, PhD Office: West Hall 237 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Email is the best way to reach me and I will try to respond within 24 hours on working days and within 24-72 hours to email received during weekends) Phone: 229.293.6058 Office Hours: by email and by appointment only Class Meeting Times: Online Classroom: Desire2Learn Credit Hours: 3 CRN: 22955 Please Note: You are required to read the entire syllabus. This course syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary. If a change does occur, sufficient notice will be given in class and via e-mail. Course Description This course will focus on the study of public administration processes and underlying theories within American government structures. Emphasis is on the pragmatic aspects of current government leadership and public agency management. This course provides a survey of national public administration with emphasis on the political processes within the surrounding administrative agencies. Topics include development of the administrative function, policy formulation and budgeting, the relations of administrators to Congress, interest groups, courts and the public. Course Objective This course is designed for students to learn about general public administration. Public administration is a field that studies how public policies are implemented through the public and nonprofit sectors, as well as through partnerships and contracts with the private sector. Course Goals:
Gain understanding on how public policies are administered
Gain understanding about organizational theories as they pertain to the public and nonprofit sectors
Comprehend the impact of the “iron triangle” and other influences on the bureaucracy
Build understanding on the internal processes that support the bureaucracy such as human resource management and financial management
Build the capability to critically determine solutions to common bureaucratic problems and improve decision-making skills
Will be skilled in inquiry, logical reasoning, and critical analysis, enabling arguments, synthesize facts and information, and offer logical arguments leading to creative solutions to problems
Required Textbook/Readings The Politics of the Administrative Process, 6th Edition, Donald F. Kettl. ISBN: 978-1- 4833-3293-2 Required Technology
This course uses Desire2Learn as a course management system. If you have problems accessing any of the materials, The IT Help Desk provides support Monday – Thursday, 8:00 AM– 6:00 PM, Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Contact the IT Helpdesk at (229) 245-4357. You can also get assistance by contacting the USG D2L Help Center at https://d2lhelp.view.usg.edu or the BlazeVIEW Help Center TOLL FREE – 1-855-772- 0423 for help at any time, day or night. Technology issues may not be used as an excuse for not submitting or completing assignments, so be sure to plan ahead. Considerations will be allowed when there are system-wide errors or issues that affect the entire class. Attendance Policy Class attendance is mandatory. If you are not able to complete class requirements on a regular basis, you must drop the course and re-take it in a future semester. If a student is irregular and missing more than two assignments during the semester without any valid excuse, she/he will lose 5 points for each such absence. Exams & Assignments Assignments Assignment Points Quizzes (6) 138 Readings Discussions (7) 42 Final Exam 100 Total 280
Grading Scale 252– 280 A 224 – 251 B 196 – 223 C 168 – 195 Dhttps://d2lhelp.view.usg.edu/
Below 168 F
Discussions about Readings- 7 worth 6 points each = 42 points (due by Midnight Sunday of the week assigned)
There will be seven (7) weekly discussion questions about the assigned readings. The questions can be answered when the student completes the readings, but the student will not post the discussion response until the assigned week. For each question, the student will answer the assigned question, support his/her answer incorporating the readings, and respond to the posted responses of at least two classmates. Rubric for Discussion Questions about Readings 6 points 4 Points 2 point Responses are posted by deadline; the question is answered thoroughly incorporating the readings into the answer. The student uses the “Reply” button to keep answers in threads and replies to at least two other students’ responses with something more substantial than a basic “I agree” or “I disagree” type of comment.
Responses are posted by deadline; the question is answered thoroughly incorporating the readings into the answer.
Responses are posted by deadline
Weekly Quizzes – 6 worth 23 points= 138 points (due by Midnight Sunday of the week assigned)
There will be six (6) weekly quizzes of 25 questions that will count toward your grade. Each will cover the assigned readings for that week and will have a time limit of 45 minutes to complete. You will have one attempt at completing the quiz so each students needs to make sure to schedule time to complete the quiz before he/she starts the quiz. Each quiz will be available to take from Wednesday-Sunday of the assigned week and students may take the quiz anytime during that period. There is a great deal of material in the chapters, so it is imperative that students read the material before taking the quiz.
Final- 100 points
There will a 50 questions final at the end of the course. The questions will come from the material provided in the text.
Major Academic Dates This is an eight week course and it is important that students understand that the
certain deadlines will be different than those for full semester (16-week) courses. For example, withdrawals will have to be done before the midterm of the 8-week session and not the midterm of the 16-week semester. The following is a table with important dates for this course.
Spring Semester 2017 (Short Session I)
Classes Begin/End January 09 – March 09
Last Day to Add January 12
Last Day to Drop January 12
Login Deadline / Attendance Verification
January 20 by midnight
Midpoint Date – Last Day to withdraw with a “W”
Final Exam Day March 03
Class Schedule Schedule is tentative and may be subject to change.
Date Reading Assignments Assignments 01/09- 01/15 Wk. 1
Kettl Chapters 1 & 2: Chapter 1: Accountability Chapter 2: What Is Public Administration?
Discussion Question: Discussion 1: Introduce yourself to the class. Include in your response your experience with online classes and state how you would define public administration. Quiz 1 (Open 01/11 thru 01/15; Due NLT Midnight 01/15)
01/16- 01/22 Wk. 2
Kettl Chapters 3 & 4 Chapter 3: What Government Does And How It Does It Chapter 4: Organizational Theory
Discussion Question: Discussion 2: The text discusses the functions of government at the federal, state, and local levels. Which level do you feel has the greatest impact on the lives of American citizens? Why do you feel this way? QUIZ 2 (Open 01/18 thru 01/22; Due NLT Midnight 01/22)
01/23- 01/29 Wk. 3
Kettl Chapters 5 & 6 Chapter 5: The Executive Branch Chapter 6: Organization Problems
Discussion Question: Discussion 3: What is “government by proxy” and how do you feel about it? In your opinion, does it increase or hinder government transparency and accountability? QUIZ 3 (Open 01/25 thru 01/29; Due NLT Midnight 01/29)
01/30- 02/05 Wk. 4
Kettl Chapters 7 & 8 Chapter 7: Administrative Reform Chapter 8: The Civil Service
Discussion Question: Discussion 4: Which of the three major administrative reform strategies—downsizing, reengineering, or continuous improvement—do you find to be the most compelling and why? QUIZ 4 (Open 02/01 thru 02/05; Due NLT Midnight 02/05)
02/06- 02/12 Wk. 5
Kettl Chapters 9 & 10 Chapter 9: Human Capital Chapter 10: Decision Making
Discussion Question: Discussion 5: Comment on the Deborah Stone quote reprinted in the text: “Because politics is driven by how people interpret information, much political activity is an effort to control interpretations.” What do you think of this idea that even information is political in the way that interpretations are controlled and perpetuated? QUIZ 5 (Open 02/08 thru 02/12; Due NLT Midnight 02/12)
02/13- 02/19 Wk. 6
Kettl Chapters 11 & 12 Chapter 11: Budgeting Chapter 12: Implementation
Discussion Question: Discussion 6: Within congressional budgeting, there were traditionally two main processes: authorizations and appropriations. Which do you think is more important and why? QUIZ 6 (Open 02/15 thru 02/19; Due NLT Midnight 02/19)
02/20- 02/26 Wk. 7
Kettl Chapters 13 & 14 Chapter 13: Regulation and the Courts Chapter 14: Executive Power and Political Accountability
Discussion Question: Discussion 7: Since many consider Congress to be the “most democratic” of all the branches because its leaders are elected by district and there are so many congressional leaders who have to act together for something to happen, how does American democracy benefit and/or suffer from congressional oversight? Quiz 7 (Open 02/22 thru 02/26; Due NLT Midnight 02/26)
02/27- 03/03 Wk. 8
FINAL EXAM WEEK Final Exam- Students will be able to take the exam any time beginning 12:00 A.M. 03/01 through Midnight 03/03.
Classroom Policies: Make-Up Work
Make up work or alternative assignments will be determined by the
instructor and at the sole discretion of the instructor. These assignments may or may not exactly duplicate the original and will not entitle other students to the same alternatives since they may not have experienced the same situations. Communications regarding assignments:
Students are responsible for communicating with the instructor if they need
clarification on assignment instructions and grading. Students should initiate such
communication well before the due date of submission of an assignment. Students
should not seek clarity about assignment instructions after receiving grade for a
POLICIES FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS:
Students are required to submit assignments online. Students are also
responsible for their access to internet to meet course responsibilities in a timely
manner. Students must keep track of all updates via VSU email and Blazeview. If an
update is scheduled at the same time as the due date for an assignment, students must
submit their assignments beforehand or inform the instructor at the earliest.
If students experience any technical difficulties, then they will need to contact the
BlazeView help desk available through D2L. Any student who does not follow this
procedure will have his/her assignment counted as “late.” Students should keep copies
of all communications with Blazeview helpdesk, VSU IT help desk and use them later to
justify late submission to the instructor.
Policies for missed assignments, make-up assignments, late assignments:
Missed Assignments: If a student misses an assignment or submits an assignment late,
he/she need to submit acceptable documentation to the instructor.
Make-Up Work: After satisfactory review of the documentation provided in support of
the excuse, make up work or alternative assignments will be determined by the sole
discretion of the professor. These assignments may or may not exactly duplicate the
original and will not entitle other students to the same alternatives since they may not
have experienced the same situations.
COURSE COMMUNICATION POLICIES:
Students should check Blazeview course page and their Blazeview email account
regularly. I will communicate with you via your Blazeview email. I will post
announcements, readings, and exam grades on Blazeview. You are responsible for
downloading course materials from Blazeview. If you are unable to view or download
course materials, it is your responsibility to email the instructor in a timely manner.
Lack of disk space in personal computers or similar types of reasons are not acceptable
reasons for not downloading course materials.
Contacting the Instructor
E-Mail Protocol: Most of the communications in this course will be via e-mail.
Generally, e-mails to the instructor will be answered within 24-72 hours. All e-mail
Be through the VSU email system and not personal e-mail accounts;
Be properly addressed and follow appropriate Netiquette;
Include the student’s name and section number for the class; in addition any attachment sent to the instructor must include the sender’s name, course number, and project title as part of the file name, e.g., Smith_POLS_3600IC1_Assign1.doc.
Telephonic Conversation Protocol: If you would like to talk with your instructor,
schedule an appointment one week in advance for phone conversation.
GRADING AND FEEDBACK TIMELINE:
The instructor will grade assignments within a reasonable period of time. Grades
will be made available to students within a week from the due date of submission of any
assignment. Instructor will provide feedback to each student. However, feedback will
not be given on the final exam as there is no time for students to incorporate such
Students must use professional language in communication in class and via email
and phone. After two warnings, the instructor reserves the right to drop a student from
class due to unprofessional behavior.
CHANGES TO THE SYALLABUS
The instructor reserves the privilege of making changes to the syllabus –
including changes to the reading schedule, assignment expectations, and even grading
structure. Students will be given fair warning of any changes.
STUDENT OPINION OF INSTRUCTION (SOI):
At the end of the term, all students will be expected to complete Student Opinion
of Instruction survey (SOI). Students will receive an email notification through their
VSU email address when the SOI is available (generally at least one week before the end
of the term). SOI responses are anonymous to instructors/administrators. Instructors
will be able to view only a summary of all responses after they have submitted final
grades. While instructors will not be able to view individual responses or to access any of
the data until after final grade submission, they will be able to see which students have
or have not completed their SOIs. These compliance and non-compliance reports will
not be available once instructors are able to access the results. Complete information
about the SOIs, including how to access the survey and a timetable for this term is
available at SOI Procedures and Timelines (located at
CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM:
Don’t. This class has zero-tolerance for academic misconduct. Sustained
violations will result in a grade of “F” for the class as well as any other action permitted
by the University. Review the Student Handbook at
http://www.valdosta.edu/studentaffairs/ if you need further clarification. In addition,
by taking this course, you agree that all required course work may be subject to
submission for textual similarity review to SafeAssign, a tool within BlazeVIEW. For
more information on the use of SafeAssign at VSU see SafeAssign for Students at
From VSU’s Academic Integrity Code (the full code is available at Academic Honesty
Policies and Procedures): “Academic integrity is the responsibility of all VSU faculty and
students. Faculty members should promote academic integrity by including clear
instruction on the components of academic integrity and clearly defining the penalties
for cheating and plagiarism in their course syllabi. Students are responsible for knowing
and abiding by the Academic Integrity Policy as set forth in the Student Code of Conduct
and the faculty members’ syllabi. All students are expected to do their own work and to
uphold a high standard of academic ethics.”
Turnitin, a plagiarism prevention tool, is available to all faculty through BlazeVIEW,
VSU’s online course management system. All faculty should include the following
announcement in their syllabi: “By taking this course, you agree that all required course
work may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin, a tool within
BlazeVIEW. For more information on the use of Turnitin at VSU see Turnitin for
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