Foundations of Policy Analysis (3)
The logic of action, decision-making, and belief; epistemological issues
underlying scientific and policy research; causality, probability,
statistics, and public policy; and the role of problem definition,
description, theory, model-building, explanation, and prediction in
policy research and decision-making. Reviews major substantive theories
of public choice and public policy making and critically examines them
from a logical and theoretical perspective.
Law and Public Policy (3)
The place of law in the formulation, articulation, and enforcement of
public policy; legal sources, such as constitutions, statutes, cases,
administrative rulings, and agency practices; federal, state, and local
sources and materials examined for policy inconsistencies,
contradictions, and overlap; and the effectiveness of fees, taxes, licenses,
labeling, injunctions, and other legal sanctions.
Organizational Behavior (3)
Examines organizational behavior of individuals and groups/teams and the
organizational context in which that behavior takes place. Organizational
theories as well as behavioral theories and approaches discussed,
including seminal historical works and more current treatments.
Public and Nonprofit Management (3)
Examines contemporary management approaches, techniques, and
skills for managing various kinds of public organizations. Decision-making, administrative leadership, planning, implementation, evaluation,
and ethics are key topics.
Research Methods (3)
Examines research and methodology as a practical skill for public administrators. Topics include research design, descriptive and differential statistics, regression, and qualitative research. Students will learn and use a computer statistical package.
Public Management Information Systems (3)
Management-oriented computer methods including personal productivity
systems and office automation; database management; and the analysis,
supervision, and coordination of the management information systems
department within the larger organizational culture.
Financial Management of Public Programs (3)
Examines budgetary processes, municipal bonds, cash management, and intergovernmental fiscal relations as they apply to financial management of public programs. Topics include cost-benefit, cost-revenue, and cost-effectiveness analyses, as well as contemporary issues such as privatization and liability insurance.
Human Resources Management (3)
The relationship between employers, employees, and their
labor relations organizations in government, health and human services, and the
nonprofit sector; leadership and direction of employees; impact of collective
negotiations on critical issues of public policy; and civil service organizations.
Executive Leadership and Communication Skills (3)
Strengths and limitations of various
leadership theories. Awareness of personal learning, leadership,
influence, and communication styles. Develops leadership skills through
interpersonal exercises and through course projects involving current
managerial and political issues. Communication skills involving writing,
speaking, meetings, media relations, and strategic planning
Research Workshop (3)
Guides students in formulating, researching, and writing a capstone
research paper. Integrates the skills and concepts from the core
courses as students use quantitative and qualitative methods to
analyze a selected policy or administrative problem.
Students must have completed 21 M.P.A. credits. Prerequisite: 56:834:535.
Matriculation Continued (0)
registration may be accomplished by enrolling for at least 3 credits in
standard course offerings, including research courses, or by enrolling
in this course for 0 credits. Students actively engaged in study toward
their degree who are using university facilities and faculty time are
expected to enroll for the appropriate credits.