2018-19 Catalog

Public Administration

Courses

MAPA 5088. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thorough and scholarly investigation of a topic acceptable to the thesis committee. The thesis must provide evidence that the candidate has pursued a coherent program of research related to the student’s area(s) of specialization, the results of which reveal academic excellence and which make an original contribution to the discipline. Prerequisite: Student must successfully complete the MPA comprehensive examinations and all preliminary coursework. Project must have approval of major professor.

MAPA 5300. Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This is an introductory, survey course designed to give students an understanding of public administration as a scientific discipline applied to professional practice within the context of American government at the local, state and federal level. Topics include a master’s level survey of the major theories of public administration and governance, interagency and intergovernmental relations, agency reform, ethics of public service, organizational dynamics and behavior, human resource issues, and public budgeting and finance.

MAPA 5301. Organizational Behavior in the Public Sector. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Behavioral theory in organizational context for the public sector. A study of individual and group dynamics in the business environments. Specific emphasis is given to leadership, motivation, communication, employee supervision, and morale in all organizational settings.

MAPA 5302. Human Resource Management in the Public Sector. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Presents the fundamental principles and techniques of personnel management and examines the management of human resources from the point of view of the personnel officer, the operational manager and the employee for the public sector. Examines the responsibilities of organizational leadership for incorporating human resource issues in strategic planning and initiatives. Emphasis is placed on current legal considerations, issues and research.

MAPA 5303. NonProfit & Public Sector Marketing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will examine the role and application of marketing in public and nonprofit settings. The course focuses on a conceptual understanding of the marketing discipline and marketing processes and shows how basic concepts and principles of marketing are applicable to public and nonprofit organizations.

MAPA 5304. Legal Aspects. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A critical evaluation of the role courts play in American public administration. Topics include the structure, function, and operations of the courts at the state and federal level. Credit will not be awarded for both CRIJ 5304 and/or CRIJ 6304 and/or MAPA 5304.

MAPA 5307. Statistical Methods. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of basic and advanced descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on applications in public administration. Credit will not be awarded for both MAPA 5307 and CRIJ 5300. Prerequisite: MAPA 5398 or CRIJ 5398.

MAPA 5310. Introduction to Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview of the history and intellectual foundation of public administration including the major ideas, developments, theories, concepts, and contributors to the growth of public administration and its practice in the United States. Credit will not be given for both MAPA 5300 and MAPA 5310.

MAPA 5311. Intergovernmental Relations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course is a study of the interrelationship of local, state, and federal government entities with emphasis on intergovernmental relations on administration, planning, budgeting, and policy making.

MAPA 5315. Public Budgeting. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is a master’s level introduction to the principles of planning, budgeting and budget administration as applied to the unique requirements of local, state, and federal government agencies. Although strongly based in budgeting theory, the major course goal is to provide students with the basic skills needed to effectively work as an effective team member with agency professionals and external consultants to create and administer public agency budgets.

MAPA 5320. State and Local Government. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

State and local governments within the context of the American governmental system. Special emphasis on federalism, the constitutional/legal relationships between state and local governments, and the institutions, organizational forms, and political processes in American state and local government especially related evolving governance models, such as new public management, new public service and other models.

MAPA 5322. Advanced Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The practical implications of moral philosophy and ethics in a free society on a day-to-day basis in public administration will be discussed. Credit will not be awarded for both CRIJ 5322 and MAPA 5322.

MAPA 5330. Advanced Public Budgeting and Financial Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an in-depth study of the budgeting and financial management of government agencies. Topics include taxation, bonds, special issues in administering matching funds, grants and grant administration, revenue flow, contracts, and fiscal problems of local and state governments including maintenance of services during revenue shortfalls. Prerequisite: MAPA 5320 Public Budgeting and ACCT 5307 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting or permission of instructor.

MAPA 5331. Public Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Course provides broad exposure to the fundamental tools of policy formulation, negotiation, implementation and analysis. While competitive markets are often efficient, there are many barriers to perfectly functioning markets, such as market failure(s), that lead to the need for public policy. Ultimately, the goal of the course is to lead students to appreciate the method of thought and processes associated with allocation of resources at their disposal as seems “best” to them — and how this method can be a widely useful tool for assessing the need for and impact of public policy.

MAPA 5340. Critical Incident Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is a graduate level introduction to crisis planning and management for mass casualty and high profile events. Topics include agency roles natural and man-made disasters, terrorism and other major criminal events, and other high profile incidents. Emphasis will be placed in inter-agency cooperation and interfacing in planning, event management, and long-term, post-event management.

MAPA 5345. Managing Critical Social Problems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will provide students with an overview of the contemporary social issues and the role of government in management or mitigation of those issues. Topics include crime, employment, health care, neighborhood stability, gentrification and community regeneration, and their effects on community residents.

MAPA 5350. Public Administration Capstone. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course requires demonstration of competency in public management through completion of a substantial research project incorporating independent study and critical analysis of a specialized area of the field. This is the capstone course for the Master of Public Administration Program. Prerequisite: completion of all other course work required for the Master of Public Administration degree, including core courses and emphasis area courses, unless an exception is approved by the major professor.

MAPA 5380. Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course gives students the opportunity to integrate the more theoretical aspects of their coursework with participant observation of the operations of a government agency closely related to the student’s area of specialization. The experience will utilize a series of work assignments within the agency to give students a range of experiences to enhance their understanding of professional, public administration. Students will document their experience for presentation as determined through consultation with their major professor who will arrange placements with agency mentors. Prerequisite: Approval of major professor.

MAPA 5385. Seminar in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will allow for flexible topic choice related to current and future trends in public administration. Topics such as comparable and futures studies in public administration along with other evolving and emerging issues in public administration can be further explored via this course.

MAPA 5390. Independent Study. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is an independent research course requiring development of a literature review. methodology, and/or data collection in collaboration with the supervising professor. Prerequisite: Approval of MPA graduate advisor.

MAPA 5398. Research Methods. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will introduce students to multiple research methods, specifically applied in the fields of public administration, in particular to public, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and policy evaluation. This course will assist the student in understanding the role of research and evaluation in public programs. Credit will not be awarded for CRIJ 5398 and MAPA 5398.

PUAD 3301. Principles of Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introductory course in public administration and PA theory.

PUAD 3302. Intergovernmental Relations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introductory course exploring and describing the duties, responsibilities and relationships of the American Federalism system.

PUAD 3303. Introduction to Public Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An introductory course in the public policy making process to include formulation, negotiation and implementation of public policy as well as policy evaluation.

PUAD 3304. Texas and Local Governmental Intergovernmental Relations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A course on the intergovernmental relationships and responsibilities between state and local governments (counties, municipalities, schools districts and special districts). This course should be offered in a semester in which the state legislature is in session so that students can experience reality based field observation (field trip to the state legislature).

PUAD 3305. Introduction to Public Budgeting. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will introduce the processes, formats, and theories of public budgeting to include taxation, service delivery levels and expenditures at the federal, state and local levels.

PUAD 3306. Leadership in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will explore the various leadership theories as well as other related topics to leadership associated with the public sector and public governance.

PUAD 3307. Futures Studies in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will offer an introduction into futures studies methods and processes and how futures studies can be utilized to improve public administration and prepare future public administration models and issues, particularly as they relate to future conditions, challenges and opportunities facing public administration, responsible government and public governance.

PUAD 3308. Seminar in Professional Practices in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will offer an introduction into professions and professionalism in public administration. The course will address professional conduct, responsibilities and roles at the various levels of government as it relates to public administrators.

PUAD 3309. Comparative Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introductory course in comparative public administration; exposure to other systems of governance and public administration (foreign).

PUAD 4301. Legitimacy in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course will explore legitimacy, legal authority and trust related to public administration. It will also delve into the US Constitution, Constitutional Law and the Federalists Papers and other sources of authority and legitimacy of public administration.

PUAD 4302. Evidence Based Decision Making in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course will explore utilizing information, research, statistics, other types of information and sources as it relates to the disciplined process of evidence based decision making in the public sector.

PUAD 4303. Emgergency Management in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This class will focus on all areas of emergency management, National Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Management System (ICS), and the duties and responsibilities of the various players, at all levels of government in responding to natural, man-made, bio-hazard, chemical, medical and terrorist type incidents and how it relates to American Federalism. Included in this course will be the study of emergency management from the perspective of continuity of government and planning related to emergency management.

PUAD 4304. Organizational Behavior in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Public sector organization behavior related processes, motivation, leadership, systems and other topics related to how public organizations perform, establish and pursue public sector objectives in the public interest paradigm.

PUAD 4305. Human Resource Managment in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Human resource management from the point of view of the unique demands and circumstances found in the public sector including motivation theories, talent management (recruitment, hiring, development, training, promotion and discipline) and strategic human resource needs of public sector organizations, now and into the future.

PUAD 4306. Project Management in the Public Sector. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course will focus on planning, executing and finishing public sector project utilizing a number of systems approaches and project management models.

PUAD 4307. Public Policy Domains in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course will focus on a variety of policy areas (domains), issues and challenges across the spectrum of public administration. This course can be repeated once, but requires the approval of the department head or academic advisor.

PUAD 4308. Public Policy Analysis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course will focus on the policy analysis process to include problem identification, formulation of alternatives, measurement criteria, evaluation and decisions loops and the tools associated with decision-making in the public sector.

PUAD 4309. Basic GeoSpatial Techniques and Technologies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Basic introductory course in geospacial technologies and techniques associated with geographical information systems.

PUAD 4310. GeoSpatial Methods for Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

The use of GeoSpacial equipment and techniques, utilizing GIS information for intelligence led governance (aka smart governance), planning and project development and management. Prerequisite: PUAD 4309 or equivalent.

PUAD 4311. Emerging Issues in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Seminar class on emerging issues across the political, cultural, economic, and social spheres that are related to World/USA issues that might impact public administration at any one or all levels of government -- federal, state and local.

PUAD 4312. Non-Profit Sector Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course will focus on management of nonprofit organizations delivering public goods and services.

PUAD 4313. Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation for Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course will focus on alternative dispute resolution methods and mediation for problem-solving associated with individual and community disputes.

PUAD 4315. Research Methods in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course will focus on research methods and processes associated with scholarly inquiry and the practical application of research and evaluation research in public administration.

PUAD 4316. Statistics in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Dedicated course in statistical methodologies and applications associated with public administration. Prerequisite: PUAD 4315.

PUAD 4317. Capstone in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course will provide for a capstone experience in public administration leading to the completion of a senior paper in some area of public administration. This course is a required course for the BSPA. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Status.

PUAD 4318. Public Administration Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course presents an analysis of contemporary ethical issues in public administration. Classical and contemporary ethical theories will be applied to the discussion of such issues as discretion, corruption, public interest, equity, deception, professionalism, and the nature and meaning of justice. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of instructor.

PUAD 4319. Professional Writings in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The process of developing and documenting information related to undergraduate studies in public administration, including researching, editing, revising, and creating technical reports, case narratives, grant applications and reports, academic and field related research proposals, training modules, and formatting professional correspondence to include memoranda. Students will use word processing and related graphic software. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.

PUAD 4384. Internship in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will provide an opportunity for a student to work in a public sector organization to gain experience, establish work ethic and create a network for career development. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Status.

PUAD 4386. Problems in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course provides flexibility of inquiry and study in an area of interest in public administration. Requires approval of department head or academic advisor.

PUAD 4390. Special Topics in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course is will examine and explore various topics of interests in public administration that will be determined on an rotational basis. Requires approval of the department head or academic advisor.