Weekly discussions are graded academic exercises. Student postings should be original, relevant, nondiscriminatory observations on the assigned topic(s). Students are expected to read the posts of their fellow classmates and respond to at least two other student postings for each discussion question. Simply rephrasing another student’s post is not acceptable. While discussion postings are informal, they should be intelligible and effectively communicate the student’s ideas. Please pay attention to use of capitalization, misspellings, incomplete sentences, and other violations of grammatical rules.
Each discussion topic will be started by the instructor. You must participate in all discussion topics in order to receive full credit, and your participation will be considered holistically by the instructor. The total possible points for participating during the session equals 100, or a maximum of 12 points per week, except for the first week when an additional four points are added for your Introduction. The key to these posts is quality, not quantity! All initial posts are due by Wednesday of the corresponding week. All responses are due by Saturday of the corresponding week at the 11:59 p.m. deadline.
The Scholarship Paper provides each student with the opportunity to develop research and writing skills as well as synthesize knowledge about an important subject related to Public Administration. Such topics include but are not limited to: politics and administration, ethics in the public sector, inter and intra-governmental relations, public budgeting, human resources management and merit systems, privatization, public-private partnerships, public organizational theory, public sector decision making, myth and reality in public sector management, the growth of bureaucracy, the impact of technology, and performance measuring. The paper must be at least 10 pages of narrative in length excluding title page, abstract, pictorial inserts, tables and charts and reference pages. You will be required to submit a Topic by the end of Week 2 and an Outline, which includes your abstract, by the end of Week 3. Your Scholarship Paper is due by the end of Week 7. Submit all assignments related to the Scholarship Paper via the Dropbox. Failure to submit a topic or to write on a topic that is not approved will result in an automatic failing grade for the paper. The format to be used is the 6th edition of the APA manual of style.
These exercises are based on resources in the text and will be due in weeks 1, 3, 5, 6 and 8. Each exercise is worth 15 points. They will be submitted as dropbox assignments.
The Midterm will cover material from Week 1 through Week 4 of the course. It will consist of short answer and essay questions. It is not a proctored exam, meaning you will be allowed to use your resources to answer the questions presented on the exam. There will be a two-hour limit on the exam from the time you begin.
The Final Exam is worth 150 points toward your final grade. The comprehensive, computerized exam will consist of short answer/definition style questions as well as several essay questions covering the period from Weeks 5 through 8 in the course. NOTE: You will be supervised by a proctor. You will have two hours to take the exam, and you will not be allowed to use books, notes, flash drives or any outside websites.