Analytical Methods (3) Quantitative methods in the analysis of planning and management problems. Includes descriptive statistics, statistical distributions, probability, hypothesis development, significance testing, correlation, contingency table analysis, and regression.
Capstone Project (3) Seminar in which students produce a team project drawing from the full course of study toward the EMPA. The project may involve policy research, intensive study of an organization, development of a rationale for new or changed service programs, or some combination of these.
Ethical Issues in Public Policy and Administration (3) Consideration of selected ethical problems and dilemmas facing policy makers and public administrators. These issues include conflict of interest, confidentiality, deception, official disobedience, whistle-blowing, and record keeping, as well as questions of distributive justice in health care and employment opportunities. Special attention is given to conflicts between expedience and principle in policy making and policy implementation. Readings are in political theory and political ethics, as well as cases and commentary.
Government Budgeting Systems (3) Budget concepts and processes used by the American governments and their administrative units. Provides essential skills and experience in budgetary analysis and management applicable to nonprofit as well as public sector agencies.
Human Resources Administration (3) Human resource administration in public and nonprofit settings, including human resource planning, staffing, development, and compensation. Behavioral and environmental determinants are examined, including production technology, market factors, service delivery, and government regulations.
Introduction to Public Administration (3) Concepts and methods for analyzing significant factors and relationships in governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations as they function in their environments. Students identify and diagnose the principal types of problems encountered at levels of high administrative responsibility in government and the nonprofit sector.
Leadership (3) Leadership versus management; leadership qualities and characteristics; leadership skills, such as conflict management and team building; leadership tasks, including vision, agenda setting, and mobilizing resources; leadership in organizational and political settings; role of followership; and impact of diversity upon leaders and leadership.
Political Economy and Public Administration (3) Explores basic economic concepts and applies them to relevant public administration issues. Looks at microeconomic and macroeconomic problems as they impact the public and nonprofit sectors.
Public and Nonprofit Productivity (3) Analysis and critique of the most recent research on productivity in public organizations, with particular attention to human factors, work processes, effective-outcome measurement, and labor- management relations.
Strategic Planning (3) Strategic planning and management in the public and nonprofit sectors, including methods that facilitate achieving organizational goals in a changing environment. Attention paid to forecasting, goal and objective setting, strategy building, and resource mobilization.