Course Description

PADM 250.  Introduction to Public Administration (same as POLI 320)                                    3 credit hours
This course is an introduction to the basic problems of public administration, organizations, management, coordination, responsibility, personnel, budgeting, the information of policy needs and means, and the machinery of administration.

PADM 301.  Organization Theory and Practice                                                                                3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide analysis of the role or organizations in contemporary society.  Particular emphasis will be on decision-making of governmental organizations.  Other organizational issues will be discussed. (Prerequisite:  PADM 250)

PADM 310.  Public Personnel Administration                                                                                   3 credit hours
This course is designed to study the development of the national, state and local civil service.  It will also focus on the merit system:  problems of selection, training, classification, promotion, service ratings, in-service training, discipline and retirement.  All personnel issues will be included for discussion. (Prerequisite:  PADM 250)

PADM 320.  Management of Municipal Services                                                                              3 credit hours
This course is designed to study the nature, objectives, and functioning of services customarily found in urban communities.  It also studies municipal organizational structures; agency responsibilities; methods of operation; and limitations.  Problems of local units of government in the urban environment will also be discussed. (Elective) (Prerequisite:  PADM 250)

PADM 340.  Administrative Leadership                                                                                               3 credit hours
This course is designed to study elements of leadership as applied to selected administrative situations in the field of management.  It also studies social, psychological and behavioral theories of organization.  Emphasis will be on concepts of administrative leadership. (Prerequisite:  PADM 250)

PADM 385.  Government Budgeting                                                                                                      3 credit hours
This course is designed to study the role of fiscal planning and management in the administrative processes.  Focus will be on budgetary theory, budget-making process, inter-governmental fiscal relations.  Problems of fiscal administration and budgeting will also be studied.  (Prerequisite:  ACCT 222)

PADM 400.  Ethics in Public Service                                                                                                     3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide students with the tools necessary for making difficult moral choices, in both their personal lives, as well as their professional lives.  It motivates students to recognize, analyze, discuss and develop decision-making skills in regards to ethical issues in the public sector.  Professional codes of ethics are the main focus.  (Prerequisite:  PADM 250)

PADM 405.  Public Policy & Administration                                                                                         3 credit hours
This course is designed to offer analysis of the motives for government decision-making and elaboration of policy-making processes.  It will study investigation of the problems of policy formation, measurement and outcome prediction.  Emphasis will be on why governments are responsible for certain duties and the impact governmental policies have on our daily lives.  (Prerequisite:  PADM 301)

PADM 415.  Administrative Law                                                                                                             3 credit hours
This course studies delegation of powers, elements of fair administrative procedures.  It also studies judicial control over administrative determination.  Emphasis will be on administrative law and procedures common to public agencies.  (Prerequisite: PADM 250)

PADM 425.  Public Service Internship                                                                                                    6 credit hours
This course is designed to provide supervised work with national, state or local government agencies or political organizations.  Participation in staff and internship conferences are required of all students.  It requires 160 hours of practical work and extensive analytical reports. Course can be completed in two-semesters by registering for 3 instead of 6 credit hours at a time. Internship program, site, and organization must be approved by advisor and department head prior to enrollment in the course.  (Prerequisites:  PADM 250 and Senior standing)