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PAD 3034   SURVEY OF PUBLIC POLICY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the PSA-BAS program, Public Policy and Administration BS program or Educational Studies BS program. This course will provide the student broad exposure to public policy issues. Emphasis will be placed on determining public need and providing service delivery through program research and community input supported by budgeting and funding. Learning will be directed toward total service delivery models involving multidisciplinary approaches. 47 contact hours.

PAD 3311   PROGRAM PLANNING & EVALUATION

credits: 3  
This course examines training and education in a changing workplace and workforce from a systematic perspective. The student will learn how to improve individual, team, and organizational effectiveness by understanding how to design successful training interventions and learning experiences that can impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes to learners in the workplace. 47 contact hours.

PAD 3330   URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Public Policy and Administration BS Program and PUP 3040. This course provides a basic foundation into the principles of planning practices that imply and include the potential variations of substance as related to local government planning. Emphasis is placed on social, economic and housing planning and its relationship to conceptual frameworks, research perspectives, practical and political considerations, and public policy to include its origin, interpretation and implementation. Course content is guided by an understanding that community growth, and the inevitable changes associated with growth, are no longer accepted without challenge. 47 contact hours.

PAD 3724   FORECASTING TRENDS IN GANGS ENFORCEMENT

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Public Safety Administration BAS program. This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the methodology of forecasting in decision-making for public safety administrators. Specifically, the student will be exposed to forecasting models to anticipate trends in gang enforcement on a national and international scale. Emphasis will be placed on gang intervention, gang membership, and the use of forecasting to gain awareness of the need for administrative planning. 47 contact hours.

PAD 3820   FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Must be taken in the student's first semester in the Public Safety Administration BAS program. This course is presented as an overview of the primary aspects of public safety administration. Major administrative, managerial and leadership components of public safety organizations will be examined. Also addressed will be administrative concerns for special issues and challenges, such as coordinated public safety approaches, post-9/11 administrative worldviews, ethical foundations, critical thinking and analysis, and innovative solutions for pragmatic public safety problems. The course will also provide the student with a framework for individual progress. This will include an initial supervisory/leadership/management skills assessment; the beginning development of an individualized development plan toward educational and career goals, with a personal portfolio; and preliminary planning to link continuous learning with the Capstone course at the end of the program. 47 contact hours.

PAD 3821   CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PUBLIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION

credits: 3  

Prerequisites: PAD 3820 and admission to the Public Safety Administration BAS Program. This course focuses on current issues and trends in the field of public safety administration. The course is structured to introduce management and administrative topics in public safety, examine the implications to the field, and formulate recommendations. This course will begin developing skills in project design and presentation. This course will enhance critical thinking skills. 47 contact hours.

PAD 3874   COMMUNITY RELATIONS THEORY AND PRACTICE

credits: 3  
This course will expose the student to community relations theory and practice within a broad range of public safety organizations. Students will understand why positive community perception of public safety is critical to funding and operational effectiveness. Each student will gain the insight and skills necessary to be effective in the community relations function of public safety administration. 47 contact hours.

PAD 4014   POLITICAL & SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF GANGS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Public Safety Administration BAS, Gangs Enforcement Management Certificate or Educational Studies BS program. This course introduces the student to the interrelationship of gangs, public policy, political decision-making, and the social and economic ramifications. The course focuses student knowledge of contemporary gang issues, public policy paradigms, national social and economic trends, and the impact of gang activity in the community. 47 contact hours.

PAD 4046   MANAGING CONFLICT IN PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): PAD 3820 and admission to the Public Safety Administration BAS Program. This course will examine the various conflict situations in public organizations to include how values and ethics influence the behavior of administrators in making decisions that affect the philosophy and goals of the organization. In addition, focus will be placed on the role of administrators as conflict managers by examining and providing various conflict resolution mechanisms and strategies that are cost-effective to the organization. 47 contact hours.

PAD 4204   PUBLIC FINANCE

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Public Safety Administration BAS program or Public Policy and Administration BS program. This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of all elements of public finance, from budget development to finance management, and from procurement to accounting and auditing. In addition, the course will explore alternative sources of public safety funding available to local government entities. A key component of the course will be the student’s preparation and presentation of a budget for a model city. 47 contact hours.

PAD 4232   GRANT ADMINISTRATION AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to Public Safety Administration BAS or Gangs Enforcement Management Certificate or Health Services Administration BAS or Health Services Administration BAS PAR or Public Policy and Administration BS or Educational Studies BS or Dental Hygiene BAS or Management & Organizational Leadership BAS programs. This course will explore and analyze the proposal-writing role in the resource development process. The student will be introduced to several concepts including researching alternative resources and funding opportunities, proposal writing, implementing and managing grants, developing community partnerships and collaborations, and becoming knowledgeable in policies and procedures related to public entities. 47 contact hours.

PAD 4332   STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL PLANNING

credits: 3  
The course is an examination of strategic planning in public and nonprofit organizations. The student will learn how strategic planning can guide and strengthen the effectiveness of an organization's performance. The ten step Strategy Change Cycle is introduced as an effective planning approach to accomplish strategic and operational planning in organizations. 47 contact hours.

PAD 4393   CRITICAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Public Safety Administration BAS program and PAD 3820. This course examines disaster planning and emergency management. The course focuses on the four phases of planning, mitigation, response, and preparedness. The course includes FEMA and federal government NIMS ICS-700, and ICS 800 certifications. 47 contact hours.

PAD 4603   ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Public Safety Administration BAS program or Public Policy and Administration BS program. This course will examine the workings of Administrative Agencies with an emphasis on their power to make and enforce rules along with their power to investigate and adjudicate alleged violations. Particular focus will be placed on the means by which government administrators interact with these agencies. In addition to understanding the role of administrative agencies, the course will focus on using research skills to examine the constantly-changing rules that are promulgated by administrative agencies. 47 contact hours.

PAD 4878   PUBLIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of the Dean. This course will afford the student an opportunity to observe and use analytical knowledge and research skills to define and confront a problem encountered by today's public safety administrators. The student will complete a project dealing with a current public safety issue and make recommendations for implementation of a solution. This course will foster implementation strategies concluding in a process of promoting efficient and effective management in a public safety agency or the student's chosen field of study. This course will examine the outcome of each student's individualized leadership plan toward educational and career goals with a personal portfolio developed in the course Foundations of Public Safety Administration course to ensure attainment of program goals. 47 contact hours.

PAD 4940   INTERNSHIP

credits: 1-3  

Prerequisites: Approval of the College-wide Internship Office and Admission to: Public Safety Administration BAS program or Permission of the Lead Instructor. This course provides the student with a supervised, practical learning experience in a work setting that is relevant to his/her program of study. Through course assignments and workplace projects the student will apply, connect, and extend academic theory and competencies for the purpose of building professional skills and affiliations. (60-180 contact hours). 
 


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