CCPS Public Administration Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
PADM 101: Introduction to Public Administration. 3 hours.

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of public administration in the American system of government, apply management and organizational theory to the public setting, and illustrate the work life of a public administrator through simulations and case studies. The course will examine the foundations, organization, ethics, financing and management of this administrative responsibility. Students of the course will be required to attend various meetings in their community associated with public administration.

PADM 102: Introduction to Long-Term Care Administration. 3 hours.

An overview of the long-term care industry in America. Course will cover history, philosophy, regulatory standards, and management of the long-term care industry.

200 Level Courses
PADM 201: The Judiciary in Public Administration. 3 hours.

This course will examine the legal foundation and environment of public management in the United States. It will emphasize how the Constitution affects the administrative state as well as how the federal judiciary, especially the U.S. Supreme Court, struggles to shape the public administrative process in its own image. This course will explore the need for public managers to exhibit constitutional competence while simultaneously examining how constitutional and administrative law influences the decision-making processes and discretionary judgments of civil servants working in public agencies.

PADM 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

PADM 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 1-12 hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
PADM 301: Aging and Public Administration. 3 hours.

Examination of public administration as it pertains to aging policy including consideration of determinants of aging policy and organizations involved in the administration and policy process.

PADM 302: GIS in Public Administration. 3 hours.

This course will meld Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and public administration with a goal towards giving the future public administrators the tools to interpret and use GIS in the everyday decision-making process. Given the breadth and depth of the subject matter, this course will not cover GIS completely or make students proficient GIS users, but it will set them on the path to do so if they desire.

PADM 305: Healthcare Administration. 3 hours.

This course will examine the scope and practice of healthcare administration. Students will learn various models of healthcare delivery systems and social, political, individual, and organizational forces that impact healthcare delivery. Course topics will include communication strategies, marketing, operations, financial, and human resources management.

PADM 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship. Varies hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

400 Level Courses
PADM 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.

PrerequisitesPADM 101PADM 201. 
This course is designed to bring together everything students have learned in the public administration courses. With the guidance of a faculty member, students will develop a research or experiential project which will demonstrate the knowledge and skills expected upon completion of the major. This information will be presented in both a written and oral presentation. Satisfactory completion of this course will demonstrate a solid understanding of the ethical, budgetary, and legal issues involved in public administration.