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Public Policy & Administration

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). 
 

PUP 3002   INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY & ADMINISTRATION

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the BS Public Policy and Administration program. This course will provide a basic foundation in the conceptual frameworks, research perspectives and practical considerations of policy origination, interpretation/implementation and organizational behavior management within public organizations. The emphasis will be on critical thinking and a problem solving approach to improving organizational performance. Course content is guided by the practical aspects of theory, research, best practices, and the past and current real world experience of managers. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3023   PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION LEGAL RESEARCH

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Public Policy and Administration BS Program. Pre- or corequisite(s): PUP 3002. This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of the major techniques utilized in legal research, analysis, and writing. It will introduce the student to a broad practical approach to the use of legal publications in addressing public policy and administration issues. This course familiarizes the student with computerized legal research databases and enhances previously learned research skills to include a focus on policy development/ implementation, programs and projects. The student will build upon the essential building blocks of how government works. The student will complete assigned problems and scenarios in legal research. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3033   POLICY LEADERSHIP

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Public Policy and Administration BS Program. Prerequisite: PUP 3002 with a minimum grade of C and PUP 3040 with a minimum grade of C. This course introduces students to the relationship between leadership and policy and the organizational dynamics that influence the implementation of public policy. Students will experience all phases of developing policy, from identifying stakeholders and their competing perspectives, to determining factors that impact the sustainability of public policy. Emphasis will be placed on the varying leadership styles used to work with diverse groups and in one-on-one interactions for the purpose on influencing policy development, analysis, decision making, implementation, and improvement. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3040   STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission into the Bachelor of Science Public Policy and Administration program and PUP 3002. This course will provide a basic foundation in the conceptual frameworks, research perspectives, practical and political considerations of state and local government and its relationship to public policy to include its origin, interpretation and implementation. The emphasis will be on critical thinking, “the art of negotiation”, diplomacy, problem solving and decision making. Course content is guided by the practical aspects of theory, research, best practices, and past and current real world experience of public managers. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3043   EVALUATING PUBLIC POLICY (RESEARCH METHODS I)

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to Public Policy and Administration BS. Pre- or corequisite: PUP 3040. This course will provide an introduction to research methods used in public policy and administration. The student will be introduced to several concepts including initiating and organizing a research study, appropriate study designs, measurement of variables, sampling techniques, use of surveys and protection of human subjects and other ethical issues. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3046   POLICY DATA ANALYSIS (RESEARCH METHODS II)

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to Public Policy and Administration BS and PUP3043 Research Methods I. This course will provide an introduction to statistical research methods used in public policy and administration. The student will be introduced to strategies for data analysis including correlation, simple linear regression, hypothesis testing, use of indices and effective communication of research findings in public policy and administration. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3052   ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL POLICY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Public Policy and Administration BS program. This course provides students with an overview of contemporary international issues and the knowledge necessary to engage in a detailed examination and constructive discussion of these issues. Focus is placed on three broad categories: conflict, security and terrorism; globalization and the international economy; and, international human rights and justice. Students will craft solutions to these issues and present them in a peer group setting. Students will learn about important geographical and geostrategic factors contributing to the menu of political crises examined. The class is debate-driven, meaning issues are examined based on differing viewpoints and the merits of each. Students will engage in a substantive case study of international diplomacy through the use of a Model UN Module, where students will represent nations, draft written submissions, and engage in debate about a current issue in the international arena. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3054   POLICY AND ETHICS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Public Policy and Administration BS program. This course will introduce students to policy and ethics as a process of reasonable, rational and responsible decision making in the workplace. The student will analyze policy, political and ethical issues that managers and public organizations face in today’s environment. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3055   PUBLIC POLICY AND NEGOTIATION

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Public Policy and Administration BS Program. This course provides a basic foundation into the principles of dispute resolution and consensus-building on public disputes, policy development and program implementation. Emphasis will be placed on combining theoretical and practical applications addressing government, business and citizen groups in managing public disputes and policy making development. Federal, state and local case studies and exercises are employed to help students develop skills in multi-party conflict analysis, assessment for dispute resolution intervention, and negotiation and facilitation processes. Course content is guided by an understanding that social and economic growth has a direct impact on the timing, tolerance, politics and power involved in the dynamics of conflict resolution and consensus building. 47 contact hours

PUP 3823   EMERGENCY AND CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Admission to PPA-BS program and COM 3120 with a minimum grade of "C".  This course introduces the student to the principles of crisis communications from both an internal and external perspective on international, national, state and local levels. This course will combine theoretical and practical applications addressing governments, businesses and citizen groups in the development of communication techniques and the basic principles of crisis management. Case studies and class exercises are employed to help students develop skills in multi-party negotiations, conflict resolution, crisis and resource allocation and decision making. Emphasis will be placed on introducing students on how to prepare senior leadership to respond to the dynamic nature of media perception and public opinion during crisis situations which affect the usual and customary operations of a business or government. 47 contact hours.

PUP 4941   PUBLIC POLICY CAPSTONE

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Completion of all core courses in the Public Policy and Administration BS program or permission of the dean. This is the capstone course for the Public Policy and Administration program and will provide the opportunity for the student to demonstrate that he/she has learned both the theoretical material and practical skills from the program and can apply them in the real world. It must be taken during the student’s last semester in the program. This course focuses on giving the student the opportunity to develop and present a policy to address a current issue in public policy and administration. The student will choose a topic for a project consistent with the goals of this program and submit it to the course instructor for approval. 47 contact hours.

PUP 4949   PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION CO-OP WORK EXPERIENCE

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Public Policy and Administration BS program, and Faculty Advisor/Co-op Coordinator or Program Director Approval. This course is designed to provide students with major-related, supervised, evaluated practical training work experiences which may be paid or voluntary. Students are graded on the basis of documented learning acquired through hands-on experiences in an actual work setting. Variable credits are available, one to three per course. The student must fulfill the requirement of 180 on-the-job hours in addition to written assignments.


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