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PAD 601 Leading Organizational Change  Teaches the prospective public administrator how to effectively lead an organization through a significant change effort from start to finish. Addresses important theories, concepts and tools for leading and managing change with a focus on practical application in the workplace. Uses a mixture of experimental activities, lecture and class assignments.

PAD 603 Economics for Public Managers This course deals with the application of basic microeconomic analysis to public policy problems. The primary goal of the course is to learn the basic principles of economic reasoning so that you can use those principles to help untangle the complex policy problems you will confront as policy makers, policy analysts, and administrators. The course differs from more traditional microeconomic courses in its emphasis on public policy applications.

PAD 612 Negotiation and Conflict Management  Examines a variety of workplace and social dilemmas facing today's public manager. Objectives include helping managers learn how to effectively prepare for negotiation and conflict; analyze negotiation situations in terms of interests, positions, and priorities, and develop appropriate negotiation and conflict management strategies to deal with interpersonal problems, multi-party difficulties, and third-party interventions.

PAD 613 Health Care in America  Provides an overview of the health care system in the United States; the political, economic, and social environment of the American health care system; how healthcare services are organized, financed, and delivered; cost, access, and quality of problems facing the American health care system; and identification and analysis of proposals to reform the health care system

PAD 619 Financial Management of Health Care Organizations  Prerequisite: PAD 640. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the tools and concepts of the financial management of health care organizations. We will use accounting and other tools of finance to provide information and data to inform decision-making. In the complex  and constantly fluctuating world of health care, these skills are a must for every manager in this industry.

PAD 622 Legal Aspects of Public Administration Provides students with exposure to legal issues frequently encountered by managers of public and nonprofit agencies. Provides students with insight into principles of legal analysis, and conducts an in-depth review of employment issues. Covers discrimination, informed consent issues and the regulatory powers of government agencies.

PAD 629 Fundraising and Development  Designed for individuals who are currently preparing for leadership roles in this area. Explores the ethics and values in professional fundraising. Also explores various forms of exchange that take place in fundraising, from individuals through corporations. Develops skills, including prospect identification, cultivation and research.

PAD 640 Financial Management   Must have taken prior to PAD 619. Geared to enable non-financial managers to understand financial management in government, health and nonprofit organizations. Examines financial management and how to make use of financial information such as budgets, forecasts, strategic plans and financial statements.

PAD 641 Foundations of Public Administration  Provides MPA students with the intellectual foundation they will need for subsequent study in sub-fields of public administration. Emphasis is placed on the study of the ideas, value systems, theoretical frameworks, and historical events that have merged to form the field of public administration.

PAD 643 Information Management in Public Administration Provides current and future managers with knowledge of key information technology issues faced within modern public and nonprofit organizations. Students will achieve the capability to plan, implement, and evaluate IT projects. An emphasis also is placed on the organizational and social impacts of information technology initiatives.

PAD 644 Supervision Skills  For those now in (or preparing for) informal or formal leadership positions. Teaches supervisory skills through discussion, exercises, role plays, and the design/presentation of a training module on topics such as coaching and counseling, leading staff meetings, handling employee complaints, delegating responsibility, performance problem solving, performance appraisal interviewing, disciplinary action and the job interview

PAD 646 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector  Defines the various meanings of "nonprofit;"differentiate and categorize the role of the nonprofit sector in the US economy vis-a-vis the for profit and governmental sectors; understand the environment calling for increased accountability and transparency in the nonprofit sector; and analyze and critique various proposals for reforming the nonprofit sector and making it more accountable and transparent.

PAD 653 Ethics in Administration  Enables students to gain a conceptual and practical understanding of ethics and of the principal ethical theories. Teaches students to appreciate how ethics are applied to decisions and behavior in professional life, whether in the public or nonprofit sectors. Examines the relationship between being ethical and leadership and excellence in management.

PAD 661 Creating an Empowered Organization  Covers the many issues surrounding the development of empowered teams from both the leader's and team member's perspective. Includes a mix of current theories and experiential activities, with the latter to be used as the primary instruction method. Since there is no generic step-by-step plan for building an empowered organization, challenges students with applying the general theories and methodologies to their own workplace. Focuses throughout the course on the role of manager in developing empowered teams.

PAD 663 The Leadership Roundtable Seminar course that focuses on leadership theory and practice. Explores theories of leadership, critique examples and strategies of leadership, and intricately examine the issue of politics in leadership. Students in this course will be provided with the opportunity to critique leadership styles of both themselves and others.

PAD 664 Nonprofit Advocacy and Government Relations  Designed to prepare current and future nonprofit leaders with the skills and knowledge to pursue effective relationships with government and to influence public policy decision-making on behalf of mission-related goals. Course stresses advocacy, lobbying, and voter education as key strategies for educating policymakers, the media and the public.

PAD 666 Computer Applications  An intermediate-level course designed to enhance students' skills in the computer applications used in Public Administration core courses. Applications include the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), MS Excel, PowerPoint, and the use of on-line courseware. This will be done in conjunction with readings and exercises that develop some understanding of the information technology challenges and opportunities in public service organizations.

PAD 678 Nonprofit Management  Provides an understanding of nonprofit organizations: their characteristics, purpose, structure, role and the management challenges confronting them. Examines practical methods and strategies for strengthening governance and board issues; planning; fundraising; marketing; public relations; financial management; and working with volunteers.

PAD 679 Grant Writing and Management  Provides students with a "hands-on" experience of developing and writing competitive grant proposals for nonprofit and governmental agencies in order to increase their effectiveness in planning for, submitting, obtaining and managing grants. Enables students to: create a competitive grant proposal, identify the strengths and shortcomings of grant funding for program and agency purposes, identify sources of grant funding, and analyze the strengths and shortcomings of agency support for grant writing.

PAD 680 Public Policy  This course provides students with an intellectual framework for developing their own answers to the following questions: why, when and how should government intervene in our lives?  How is public policy made? How can systematic analysis play a constructive role in policy making? What are the most effective roles of non-governmental organizations, markets, and the state in the policy-making process? It also provides an introduction to the major social problems affecting the United States and other countries.

PAD 681 Strategic Management for Public Organizations  Presents models of strategic thinking, and  goal-oriented planning and control techniques essential for survival. Explores the dilemmas and challenges of today's managers in a dynamic economy. Provides students with concepts in areas crucial to the contemporary manager such as industry analysis, competitive positioning, management of change, development of strategic thinking, visioning, and leadership. Explores issues of creating public value and the question of ethics in today's restructured economy. Uses interactive lecture-discussion format and case studies designed to enable students to develop team-building and communication skills.

PAD 682 Organizational Behavior  Focuses on the interpersonal and social characteristics of organizations and the skills required to manage them. Covers topics from a behavioral perspective, including; perception, attribution, decision-making, motivation, communication, leadership, group and team dynamics, structure, organizational culture, change, and organizational learning. Features case studies, role- plays, field interviews, films and the application of measurement instruments to complement the lecture-discussion format. Draws examples from governmental, nonprofit and business organizations.

PAD 683 Intergovernmental Relations  Explores tensions between national goals and state and local priorities, and the implications for sub national units of shifts in priorities and grant-in-aid instruments at the national level.

PAD 684 Budget-State and Local Government . Examines budgeting as a crucial management function in public and nonprofit organizations. Gives special concern to the politics, practice and analysis which surround the budgetary process.

PAD 685 Human Resource Management  Covers human resource management (HRM) principles and skills useful for both the supervisor and the personnel specialist in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Includes the role of the human resource manager, job analysis and position descriptions, selection, EEO and affirmative action, civil service, employee rights, quality of work life, compensation and benefits,  performance appraisal, training and career development, labor relations and occupational safety/health. Uses team projects, class exercises, role plays, student presentations, lecture-discussion and a Human Resource Information System demonstration to assure that both the knowledge and skills of human resource management are learned.

PAD 687 Statistics for Managers  Allows students to learn to use SPSS by reading chapters in a text specifically designed to help them gain proficiency in using the software and understanding statistical methods. Also allows students to learn to describe data, develop and test hypotheses, and examine the relationships that exist among variables. Evaluates students on short exercises from the text, a midterm and a final project.

PAD 688 Research and Program Evaluation  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to some of the methods used in social science research. While this course will not make you an expert in social science research, the goal is to become comfortable with applications of basic research methods, and most importantly, to learn how to be an intelligent consumer of research prepared by others. We will also touch upon performance measurement, which is essential to understanding if a program is successful in achieving its goals.

PAD 694 Public Administration Internship Experience . Prerequisite: Completion of 21 credits toward the MPA. Instructor approval required. Provides students an opportunity to learn the practical application of theories, concepts and techniques taught in the Public Administration program. Through employment in a public sector, health care, nonprofit or public safety organization, teaches students practical administrative or policy practices and how to integrate theoretical issues with those found in the workplace. Internship may be taken twice.

PAD 696 Portfolio Seminar  For the portfolio paper, students assess 5 course competencies (below) as prescribed by the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (NASPAA), using what they have learned in their Public Administration courses: 1. To lead and manage in public governance, 2. to participate in and contribute to the public policy process, 3. To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions, 4. to articulate and apply a public service perspective, and 5. to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

PAD 699 Independent Study  Allows students to work individually with faculty on an area of special interest. Requires students to develop the objectives and methodologies subject to review and approval of the faculty.


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