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PA 3304 Research Methods in Public Administration (3 semester hours) Examines methods of Public Administration research. Topics include the nature of administrative inquiry, framing a research problem, choosing a research design, developing hypotheses, sampling designs, and measuring variables. Topics will be covered as students conduct their own study. (3-0) Y
PA 3310 Public Administration (3 semester hours) Overview of management responsibilities, functions, and activities in government agencies within the framework of political values and organization dynamics. (Same as PSCI 3310) (3-0) Y
PA 3314 Financial Management (3 semester hours) Financial accounting, control, and management for efficient and effective resource use within public and nonprofit organizations. (3-0) T
PA 3323 Geographic Information Systems (3 semester hours) Provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems, a software technology for the storage, analysis and display of spatial information. Specific GIS methods are covered for use in a variety of different applications areas and disciplines, including public administration, criminology, demographic, economic and marketing analysis, transportation studies, and environmental/geological applications. Industry standard GIS software tools are used to apply these methods. (Same as GEOG 3323 and SOCS 3323) (3-0) Y
PA 3333 Human Resources Management (3 semester hours) Leadership, motivation, decision making, conflict resolution, performance, and other important challenges of personnel management in government organizations. (3-0) T
PA 3335 Organizational Behavior (3 semester hours) Power, conflict, consensus, and other dynamic behaviors within and between public organizations, and between organizations and their constituents. (3-0) T
PA 3377 Urban Planning and Policy (3 semester credit hours) Explores important substantive areas and concepts in the field of urban and regional planning and current urban planning and policy issues and debates. Topics include: forces that have historically guided and are currently guiding U.S. urbanization; land use, growth management, transportation and traffic congestion, economic development, housing and community development, environmental planning; legal, environmental, governmental contexts. (Same as GEOG3377 and SOC 3377) (3-0) R
PA 4312 Organizations (3 semester hours) Study of the structures and dynamics of organizations. Examines problems of motivation, leadership, morale, networks, communications, hierarchy, control, and technology. (Same as SOC 4340) (3-0) T
PA 4345 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 semester hours) This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of negotiations in the public sector. Students analyze the parties, issues and strategies in negotiations and will take part in many negotiation simulations to develop their skills in issues identification and problem resolution. The course will begin with the study of two-party negotiations and progress to multi-party, multi-issue negotiations. (Same as PSCI 4345) (3-0) T
PA 4350 Politics of Bureaucracy (3 semester hours) This course will provide an in-depth knowledge of some of the major issues in bureaucracy. It focuses on understanding the internal processes and politics as well as some of the external factors that play an important role in the dynamic world of public administration. This course will include varied topics such as administrators as policymakers, the role of ethics and accountability, and external intervention in the daily activities of the policymakers in order to explore the challenges faced by public administrators in the organization and management of public agencies. (3-0) R
PA 4351 Urban Management (3 semester hours) Examination of ways in which the fiscal and administrative policies of local government shape the structure of opportunities and incentives in urban areas. (3-0) R
PA 4355 Nonprofit Organizations (3 semester hours) This course will address the basic concepts of the often overlooked trillion dollar nonprofit sector (also known as the Third Sector) that among others includes education, research, health care, art, religion, social services, advocacy, legal services, international assistance, foundations and mutual benefit organizations. This comprehensive course will provide a thorough introduction and understanding to the sector, such as the history of nonprofit organizations in America, qualifications for charitable groups, and international comparisons. It will also address voluntary sector dynamics such as board and volunteer administration and management. Topics may vary. (Same as SOC 4345) (3-0) R
PA 4360 Ethics in Public Administration (3 semester hours) Examines the relationship between ethical choices and the decision-making of public managers. The ethics of organizational policies and public policies are also examined. (3-0) R
PA 4370 Leadership (3 semester hours) Explores the gamut of leadership theories and modern views of requisites for success in positions of leadership. Students will take from this course knowledge of leadership theories and practical knowledge for applying leadership principles in any organizational setting. (3-0) Y
PA 4396 Topics in Public Administration (3 semester hours) Subject matters of current interest. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (3-0) R
PA 4V97 Independent Study in Public Administration (1-9 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. May be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor required. ([1-9]-0) S
PA 4V98 Internship (1-6 semester hours) May repeat for credit (6 hours maximum). Consent of instructor required. This course can only be taken Credit/No Credit. ([1-6]-0) S
PA 4V99 Senior Honors in Public Administration (1-6 semester hours) For students conducting independent research for honors theses or projects. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum). ([1-6]-0) S