Associate of Applied Science in Public Administration Course Descriptions


MS 182 – Introduction to Information Systems

Major microcomputer software applications emphasizing spreadsheets, database management and presentation software are studied.  Students learn the methodology of the development and design of templates for a business environment.  Techniques for using software are learned and applied to the solution of business information problems.  Students also access the Internet for supplemental data to assist in creating contemporary and resourceful projects.  This course uses Office 2007/2010.  (Equivalent to former MS 281)

EC 317 - Public Finance

This course focuses on public financial administration, taxation, expenditure of public funds, and problems of the public debt as applied to federal, state, and local government.

LA 210 - Law for Public Administration

The historical basis of administrative process, delegation of powers, power of investigation, powers of regulatory rules and local laws, and adjudications are covered in this course.

MG 200 - Administrative Management

This introductory course provides a global view of management. Comprehensive understanding is gained through a concentrated focus on the management functions and activities. Also covered are the implications, applications, and integration of management concepts with the objectives and policies of a business in a dynamic environment from a global perspective through analyzing and creating innovative solutions for business cases, situations, and problems. Significant computer interaction and use of the Internet is incorporated throughout the course's learning and application activities.

PL 230 - American Constitutional Government (3)

This course analyzes the origin, structure, powers, and functions of the federal government. The relationship among the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government with emphasis on forces influencing these relationships will be explored.

PL 232 - Structure of Local and State Government (3)

This course studies the governments and politics of states and metropolitan regions, the development of governmental structures and functions, and the politics and problems of state, urban, and metropolitan areas.

PL 350 – Business and Government

An examination of public policy with respect to business institutions and issues in the United States, focusing on a thorough understanding of the collaboration between the public and private sectors and government intervention in business affairs.

PL 440 - Seminar in Public Administration

The course reintroduces students to the theories and concepts studied in previous courses in the program, and delves thoroughly into issues pertaining to public policy design, development, implementation and evaluation. The course examines the impact that various jurisdictions can have on policy implementation. Additionally topics such as theories of administrative organization and behavior, administrative law, and the interaction between public administration and the political process will be reviewed.

MG 265 – Talent Management

This course will provide students with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, responsibilities, roles, activities, and attitudes required of present day managers. Through the text, discussion, research and case studies, the student will reinforce their understanding of supervisory concepts including planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling. Covered in this course is managerial decision making relating to the following areas: establishing goals, designing and implementing controls, problem solving, staffing effective departments, appraising employee performance, motivating employees, developing effective leadership and communication skills, conflict resolution and employee discipline. The material covered is relevant to the student regardless of personal career objectives or corporate level of functioning.

MG 370 - Organizational Behavior

Provides the framework for understanding the behavior of individuals functioning within an organization and the design and operation of effective and innovative organizations. The various topics addressed include the study of individual behavioral processes, interpersonal and group interaction, the design and functioning of innovative organizational structures, systems and processes, and creative and innovative change processes.

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