Course Descriptions

TAMUCC Master's in Public Administration

PADM 5300. 3 sem hrs.
U.S. GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS

A survey of the major institutions of the U.S. national government, with special attention to the presidency, Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Some comparative discussion of federalism, parliamentary systems of government, and proportional representation. Brief review of the U.S. Constitution, the federal court structure, and the role of Federal Reserve System.

PADM 5301. 3 sem. hrs.
THEORY & PRACTICE OF P.A.

An introduction to the concepts, theories, literature, legal aspects, and practices of public administration and management. Topics include administrative behavior; program planning, management and evaluation; decision-making; structure and processes of organizations; and ethics.

PADM 5302. 3 sem. hrs.
POLICY MAKING & P.A.

Relationship of politics and administration with reference to the influence of administration and bureaucracy, legislative bodies, parties, political leadership, interest groups and other forces in the formation and execution of public policy in various levels of, primarily, American government

PADM 5303. 3 sem. hrs.
ADMINISTRATIVE ETHICS

A survey of ethical issues faced by public administrators. The course will provide a general grounding in the philosophical and theoretical foundations of ethical inquiry. Special attention will be given to ethical problems arising within hierarchical organizations and to the ethical implications of particular public policies.

PADM 5304. 3 sem. hrs.
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Analysis of the major personnel management problems and issues in the public sector. The functions of recruitment, selection, development, compensation, and employee relations will be studied. Special attention will be given to the legal environment of personnel.
Prerequisite: PADM 5301.

PADM 5305. 3 sem. hrs.
PUBLIC BUDGETING AND FINANCE

An analysis of the formation, management, and administration of fiscal policies at all levels of government in the United States. Basic financial management planning, preparation, presentation, and resource allocation analysis.

PADM 5306. 3 sem. hrs.
PUBLIC SECTOR FISCAL MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS

This course takes an in-depth look at public finance and focuses on budget reform techniques, revenue sources, structure and control, the administration of debt and cash management; including strategies for reducing borrowing costs and increasing the interest earnings of government.
Prerequisite: PADM 5305.

PADM 5307. 3 sem. hrs.
COMMUNICATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS

The theories and current practice of communication within organizations with a particular emphasis on the administrator. Topics will include communication with the external environment, problems of communication within the organizational structure, design of communication systems within the organization, enhancement of written communication skills and oral presentation skills. The course will include some laboratory experiences. Offered on sufficient demand.

PADM 5308. 3 sem. hrs.
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Analysis of the nature of law, especially the law of administrative procedure. The course examines the separation and delegation of powers, the meaning and functioning of the Administrative Procedures Act, the scope of judicial review, and other remedies against administrative actions.

PADM 5310. 3 sem. hrs.
PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS

A course designed to develop an understanding about public sector organizations, their environments, and the political subsystems in which they exist. The course explores organization theory and administrative behavior to understand and diagnose organizational problems and dynamics in the public sector. Emphasis is placed on organization-environment relationships.

PADM 5311. 3 sem. hrs.
RESEARCH METHODS IN P.A.

Examination of analytical methods, research techniques, and models of inquiry in the social and administrative sciences. Topics may include problem definition; needs assessment; data gathering, processing and interpretation; survey research; secondary analysis; and demographics. Assumes computer literacy and completion of an introductory statistics course, or equivalent, prior to student's entry in to the class. [Cross-listed with IDSY 5311.] Prerequisite: POLS 1342 [Common Course MATH 1342] or equivalent.

PADM 5312. 3 sem. hrs.
STATISTICS FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS

Examination of the statistical techniques used by public administrators to include descriptive and inferential statistics. Use of SPSS for analysis of empirical and secondary data sources. Interpretation, analysis and presentation is emphasized. Integration of research design and statistical techniques. Prerequisite: PADM 5311.

PADM 5313. 3 sem. hrs.
SURVEY RESEARCH FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS

The ability to conduct and interpret survey research is becoming an integral part of public management. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to direct, understand and make effective use of administrative and policy information from survey research data.

PADM 5314. 3 sem. hrs.
CULTURAL ANALYSIS AND INTERVENTION

An introduction to the theories and skills of cultural analysis and organizational development. The course will show students how to assess the current cultural environment of an organization and help them understand the science of change. Students will also learn how to deal with the uncertainty of change using proven organizational development strategies.
Prerequisite: PADM 5310.

PADM 5331. 3 sem. hrs.
MANAGING THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

Examination of the forces present and acting on non-profits, the effect of these forces on the non-profit world, position and reactions of the non-profit sector, and possible interventions at the macro and micro level.

PADM 5332. 3 sem. hrs.
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Examination of the theoretical and practical applications of fundraising. A study of government or nonprofit agency grant and contract administration. Applications for responding to funding assistance and solicitations and grants. Contract preparation, evaluation and presentation.

PADM 5335. 3 sem. hrs.
PROGRAM EVALUATION

This course is designed to help the pre- and in-service professional public manager conceptualize the program evaluation effort as a meaningful and understandable set of tasks. The course will examine various means of evaluating programs. The course is designed to develop the program evaluation skills so that students become better contributors and consumers of evaluation and research reports.

PADM 5340. 3 sem. hrs.
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

A study of the political factors that influence the environmental policy of the United States. Emphasis is on the policy process rather than the details of environmental regulations. South Texas issues are studied in order to understand the complexities facing public administrators at the local level. Offered on sufficient demand.

PADM 5360. 3 sem. hrs.
STRATEGIC PLANNING

A seminar course that gives pre- or in-service public managers the tools necessary to consider the long-term mission and direction of the agency and craft strategy and operations from both internal and external stakeholders to achieve those goals. Consideration of strategic planning as a process for implementing strategic management.

PADM 5361. 3 sem. hrs.
GLOBALIZATION AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

A study of how globalization is politically, economically, financially, and technologically structured, how public administrators should respond to globalization in various organizational environments, and how public managers can be creative or proactive to globalization within a local, state, or federal agency. Also, managerial styles and competencies in the age of globalization are identified. Offered on sufficient demand.

PADM 5363. 3 sem. hrs.
LEADERSHIP IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

This course deals with various perspectives on leadership in the public sector and evaluates different leadership styles in different contexts. Students are expected to analyze administrative, organizational, and political circumstances which affect the performance of leaders. Through various case studies, students discuss issues, challenges, and opportunities leaders face.

PADM 5365. 3 sem. hrs.
SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. CAPSTONE

The capstone course for the MPA program is an integrative approach applying the skills, knowledge and values considered, discussed and acquired throughout the core courses to selected public and administrative problems through analytical exercises and case studies. All core courses should be completed prior to enrollment in the capstone. This is the exit requirement for the MPA program. This course must be taken during the last semester prior to graduation.

PADM 5370. 3 sem. hrs.
SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Seminar in identified topics in Public Administration. May be repeated when topics vary. Offered on sufficient demand.

PADM 5380. 3 sem. hrs.
HOMELAND SECURITY AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

This course will provide an overview of the essential ideas that constitute the emerging discipline of homeland security. The course is designed for students interested in a broad overview of homeland security policies including topics related to emergency management, intelligence gathering and analysis, infrastructure security, protection of civil liberties, and counter terrorism strategies.

PADM 5381. 3 sem. hrs.
MODERN TERRORISM AND COUNTER TERRORISM

This course will provide an introduction to the operational and organizational dynamics of modern terrorism from the Cold War to the present, This course will study terrorist organizations to understand the ideologies, cultures, structures and causative factors behind major movements. This course will also focus on U.S. Efforts to counter terrorism from the Cold War to the Global War on Terrorism.

PADM 5382. 3 sem. hrs.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND DISASTER PLANNING PRACTICUM

This course will examine the public policies, procedures and programs for the management of hazards, emergencies and disasters through the use of case studies. It focuses on providing students hands-on experience in emergency management planning and response through the use of tabletop and field exercises. Students will be required to take this course last in the graduate certificate program.

PADM 5396. 3 sem. hrs.
INDIVIDUAL STUDY

See college description. Offered on application.

PADM 5397. 3 sem. hrs.
INTERNSHIP

Practical experience with a government or not-for-profit agency arranged in advance by the supervising professor. Periodic visits, consultations, and a final paper. Offered on sufficient demand and by application.


U.S. Treasury Building

Medical Profession

South Texas Nuclear Project

Texas State Capitol