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The College of Liberal and Applied Arts

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Course Listing

Public Administration
PBA 500Survey of Public Administration.

Overview of the field: defining and outlining public administration and its development, including political management, administrative responsibility, policy systems, personnel administration, financial resources management, organization theory and challenges in public administration.

PBA 505Public Administration Methods.

Introduction to the logic and methods used in public administration research and practice, including research designs, information collection, analytical techniques, and preparing and presenting research findings.

PBA 507Applied Methods for Public Administration.

Introduction to applied quantitative and qualitative methods appropriate for public and nonprofit administration. Undergraduate level statistical knowledge is addressed. Knowledge of measurement, research design, descriptive statistics, probability, inferential statistics, the analysis of nominal and ordinal data, regression analysis, and special topics in using data for management are gained with applications in a public administration context. Suggested Background: PBA 505

PBA 510Public Personnel Administration.

Personnel structures, strategic human resource management, legal issues, recruiting, staffing, job analysis, job evaluation, classification, compensation, training, performance evaluations, appraisals, discipline and dismissal, and issues, opportunities, and challenges in working with human resources.

PBA 515Public Budgeting and Financial Management.

Budgeting processes, types of budgets, the politics of budgeting, revenue systems, accounting, cash management, debt administration, purchasing, risk management and auditing.

PBA 520Policy Systems and Evaluation.

Policy discussions on the national, state and local levels of government with an emphasis on quantitative evaluation. This course is designed to help students determine the effectiveness of policies and programs.

PBA 525Public Organizations and Management.

Development of effective and practical managerial skills. Topics include: the evolution of management thought and managerial styles, organizational structures, decision making, communication, leadership, motivation and understanding organizational duress.

PBA 530Topics in Public Affairs.

The study of a selected subject area related to contemporary public administration. These areas may include comparative administration, local politics, nonprofit administration, policy issues, political institutions or public administration theory. (This course may be repeated with a change in topic.)

PBA 535Leadership in Public Administration.

A survey of leadership and organizational change theories, styles, and strategies in the public and nonprofit workplace. This includes an examination of leadership in the public sector, including the uniqueness of leading a public organization and the attributes of successful leaders of public organizations. An examination of the role leadership can play in public organizational change and the use of futuring as a tool for leadership are explored.

PBA 540Administrative Law and Procedure.

This course focuses on the legal foundations of public administration, constitutional requirements of public managers and administrative procedures in the state of Texas. Topics addressed include due process requirements in administrative law, administrative rulemaking procedures, and requirements for handling information and holding public meetings.

PBA 545Ethics in Public Administration.

Public employees must maintain high levels of ethical decision-making and professional conduct. This course provides students with the theoretical, philosophical and practical tools needed for making appropriate decisions in the role of an administrator in a public or nonprofit organization.

PBA 575Public Administration Capstone Project.

Students complete a special research project, which can be related to their in-service work, internship or an area of interest in public administration. Enrollment is conditional on the approval of a research project proposal, often developed in PBA 505. Completion requires a presentation and oral defense before a faculty panel. Students will enroll in three (3) credit hours of PBA 575. This course is graded pass/fail. Some projects will warrant enrollment in PBA 576 for additional credit hours,

PBA 576Public Administration Capstone Completion.

Special enrollment for students failing to complete the PBA 575 requirements within one semester. Students can only enroll in one credit hour of PBA 576 per semester until the capstone project is completed and graded as determined on a case-by-case basis. These hours may not be used to fulfill degree credit hour requirements. This course is graded pass/fail. Students may enroll in PBA 576 two times without appeal, allowing a total of three semesters for completion of the capstone project.

PBA 599Public Administration Internship.

Practical public administration experience under the direction of an experienced public administrator in an agency. Seminars, faculty supervision and a final administrative report are required; these requirements are adjusted on a case-by-case basis. Your adviser may treat this as a core requirement for students not meeting an acceptable level of prior experience. These courses are graded pass/fail.