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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: PADM 330
Course Title: Public Human Resources Administration
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Course focuses on human resources management in the public sector and addresses issues such as the recruitment, selection and evaluation of employees as well as topics such as collective bargaining, employee discrimination, employee development, and more. Prerequisite/Corequisite: PADM/POSC/MGMT 311.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):


Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered even Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Any text or combination of texts covering topics identified in the topical outline.

Cases in Public Human Resources Management
By Reeves, T. Zane (Wadsworth)
Public Human Resources Management: Problems and Prospects
By Hays, Steven W. (Prentice Hall)
Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations: A Strategic Approach
By Pynes, Joan E. (Jossey-Bass)
Public Personnel Management: Current Concerns, Future Problems
By Riccucci, Norma M. (Longman)
Public Personnel Management: Current Concerns, Future Progblems
By Berman, Bowman, West and Van Wart (Sage)
Course Objectives
  • To explore various issues related to human resources management in the public sector.
  • To identify factors potentially creating crises for the public manager.
  • To familiarize the students with various approaches to human resources management.
Measurable Learning
  • Identify historical patterns in the management of human resources in the public sector.
  • Describe and explain issues of human resource management such as collective bargaining, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and others.
  • Describe and explain the legal framework guiding public human resource management.
  • Explain different methods used to hire, train, retain, evaluate, promote, and terminate public sector employees.
Topical Outline:
  • A significant, intensive writing component is required for this course. This requirement may be satisfied by a single type-written paper of twelve pages in length (properly cited) or by multiple assignments of equivalent length.
  • Historical trends in public human resources management
  • Recruitment and selection of public employees
  • Promotion and evaluation of public employees
  • Compensating public employees
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Merit vs. spoils systems
  • Labor management relations, collective bargaining, discrimination, disability, religious freedom, and harrassment in the public sector

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: David Roebuck Date: July 27, 2012
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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