Course Descriptions

Courses in Public Administration

PADM 5341 Seminar in Comparative Public Administration
Similarities, differences in bureaucratic structures, processes; analysis of organization, staffing, role of administrative systems in contrasting social, cultural contexts of the western, nonwestern worlds.

PADM 5353 Seminar in Public Budgeting
Budgeting theory, practice; includes budgeting as allocations, process, games, rituals, history, politics; institutions, their roles in budgeting; current issues such as uncontrollability, balanced budgets, variance budgeting.

PADM 7301 The Profession of Public Administration
Introduction to the discipline of public administration. Covers historical development of public administration, the relationship between politics and administration, conflicting public values, defining the public interest and the appropriate level of administrative discretion, as well as professionalism, the ASPA Code of Ethics, career planning for public service, and major sources of information for professional research. Students should enroll in The Profession of Public Administration course in the first or second semester they are in the MPA program. They must complete The Profession of Public Administration course with an A or a B before being able to take additional MPA courses.

PADM 7303 Public Organization Theory
Theory, research of complex organizations, their management, administration; relevance, application of the approaches in terms of design, structure, function, processes, their interdependencies.

PADM 7313 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
Policies, practices, issues of managing the human resource function in public organizations.

PADM 7315 Methods in Public Administration
Gathering, analyzing data; includes research design, measurement, sampling, survey and evaluation research, coding, scale and index measurement, univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis.

PADM 7323 Public Financial Administration
Policies, concepts, practice, and analysis of public financial management issues and practices; introduction to the principles of public finance and the skills necessary for sound management of public sector financial resources. These principles include public budgeting, debt, investments, forecasting, tax administration, and intergovernmental fiscal transfers.

PADM 7331 Problems in Public Administration
Seminar on selected topics. Ā Previous topics have included: Ā Network Management; Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations; and Geographic Information Systems.

PADM 7332 Politics and Bureaucracy
Relationship of politics and administration; reference to the influence of legislative bodies, parties, interest groups, other forces on bureaucracy, formation and execution of public policy.

PADM 7333 Administrative Leadership and Public Management
Theory, practice; distinctive challenges facing managers of public organizations; includes political context, effective leadership styles, building and maintaining motivated organizations, application of successful management techniques.

PADM 7334 Grantwriting and Fund Raising
Practical, hands-on study of the concepts, strategies, and techniques of resource development in public and not-for-profit organizations; emphasis on formulation of needs and capacity studies, organization of goals and objectives, budget preparation, volunteer coordination, and outcomes evaluation.

PADM 7335 Urban Management
Administration of urban governments in context of intergovernmental relations, limited resources, political compromise, competing citizen demands; emphasis on balancing economy and efficiency with equity concerns, especially in key policy decisions relating to quality of urban life.

PADM 7336 Managing the Not-for-Profit Sector
Management issues unique to nonprofit sector; hands-on use of real-world examples, problems through selected readings, special projects; attention to managing volunteers, fundraising.

PADM 7337 Public Organizational Change and Development
Theories, concepts; emphasis on applications to practical administrative problems.

PADM 7338 Public Personnel Problems and Issues
Topical problems, issues from operational, theoretical perspectives; emphasis on political, legal, economic, social, environmental forces that shape the human resource function in public agencies.

PADM 7339 State Administration and Reform
Specialized needs of managing, reforming state government from comparative framework; emphasis on Arkansas.

PADM 7340 Ethics in Public Administration
Public managers today face increasingly complex ethical dilemmas, often having to weigh personal and professional values against current public opinion and the law. This course examines some of these inherent conflicts through the use of case studies to help provide a framework and process for resolving ethical issues in the public sector.

PADM 7341 Managing Public Disputes
Prerequisites: bachelor’s degree, enrollment in graduate school, and consent of instructor. Covers the knowledge and skills necessary for effective management of complex multi-party disputes about public issues such as land use and delivery of services. Examination of principles for managing conflict in the public sector; explores effective methods for analyzing and framing multi-party conflicts; and provides step-by-step procedures for reaching and implementing agreements. Designed for public sector managers, mangers of nonprofit or private organizations, and dispute resolution professionals. Emphasis on learning through case studies and simulation exercises.

PADM 7342 Public Revenue Management
This course is a practical study of concepts and techniques used to manage public funds from a public manager’s perspective. Reading material, class discussions, and practical exercises will emphasize public funds accounting, internal revenue control, investing, and financial statements. Three credit hours.

PADM 7343 Organizational Partnerships and Collaboration
Increasingly, managers, employees, and volunteers from all walks of life, in the public, nonprofit, private sectors are called upon to work in collaborative environment. Reading material, class discussions, and practical exercises will focus on how public and nonprofit managers can best facilitate production and change in such an environment. Three credit hours.

PADM 7345 Urban Management and Community Change
PADM 7335 recommended first. Project-driven study of urban government leadership and management in the context of community systems and collaboration. Focus on issues of regional cooperation, planning and service delivery, urban and suburban governments, and neighborhood and community development.

PADM 7353 Seminar in Intergovernmental Management
Selected aspects, such as relations between levels of government, American federalism, federal fiscal relations, comparative administration, and emerging trends in intergovernmental relations.

PADM 7363 Public Policy Analysis
Prerequisite: PADM 7315. Public policy evaluation with an emphasis on developing future policies using quantitative, qualitative techniques; includes research design, computer applications, evaluation research, and substantive policy.

PADM 7373 Seminar in Public Administration
Prerequisite: 27 approved public administration hours with a minimum of 12 hours of core courses completed. Analysis, linkage of theories, concepts in public administration, policy; emphasis on applying research to practice of public administration. The major applied project paper and oral defense are completed during this course.

PADM 7380 Public Program Evaluation
Prerequisite: Public Administration 7315 or consent of instructor. Techniques for evaluating how well public programs work and what sort of research is most helpful to managers who want to improve them; formal research design, process evaluations, and impact evaluations; final project requires the evaluation of public or nonprofit program.

PADM 7385 Seminar in Public Policy
Public sector theories; techniques for analyzing policies; various substantive fields that may include health, energy, environment, other policy-making areas.

PADM 7393 Administrative Law
Legal aspects of the administrative process, effect of legal principles, processes on administrative decision making; emphasis on limitation of administrative discretion, judicial review of administrative decisions.

PADM 8000 Thesis in Public Administration
Prerequisites: 24 graduate hours; consent of coordinator. Preparation of a thesis demonstrating scholarship on some aspect of public administration, normally in-depth treatment of an applied management concern; must be approved by a thesis committee (chairperson and two faculty members selected by student with coordinator’s approval). Variable credit of one to six hours. Concurrent enrollment in final three to six hours with coordinator’s approval.

PADM 8301 Internship I in Public Administration
Prerequisites: 27 graduate hours; consent of coordinator. (For students with no public service background.) Practical, first-hand experience in government or nonprofit sector; usually requires four to six months full-time work in appropriate position, management paper reflecting professional and scholarly development.

PADM 8302 Internship II in Public Administration
Prerequisites: 27 graduate hours; consent of coordinator. (For students with no public service background.) Practical, first-hand experience in government or nonprofit sector; usually requires four to six months full-time work in appropriate position, management paper reflecting professional and scholarly development.