POL 266 - Introduction to Public Administration

SHSU-Fall, 2006


Instructor:   Dr. Corliss Lentz

Office:     AB1 315M:; 936.294-1459' e-mail: pol_ccl@shsu.edu

Office Hours:   9:-9:30 a.m.; 10:45a.m.-11:30 a.m., T. or Th. or by appointment



A survey of national public administration with emphasis on the political processes within the surrounding administrative agencies. Topics include development of the administrative function, policy formulation and budgeting, the relations of administrators to Congress, interest groups, courts and the public. State and local topics may be included.


POL 266:

Lemay, Michael C.. 2006. Public Administration: Clashing Values in the Administration of Public Policy , 2 nd ed. Thompson/Wadsworth. 0-495-09257-6



This course is an introductory course exploring public administration. We will discuss the history and theory of public administration, including an overview of management techniques, i.e. human resource management and budgeting. We will also focus on the differences between administration at the state and national levels.


We will focus on

   gaining factual knowledge through

    - an examination of the differences between public and private administration,

    - the study of historical development of public administration,

   learning fundamental principles, generalizations or theories through

    - the study of major theories of administration,

    - the examination of activities of public administrations,

    - the examination of terminology associated with administration,

   developing a clearer understanding of, and commitment to, personal values through

    - the discussion of the importance of ethics in the administrative process.




Blue books are mandatory for examinations.


    Examination #1     100 points

    Examination #2     100 points

    Examination #3     100 points

    final examination      100 points

      Total       400 points


A=360-400 points, B=320-359 points, C=280-319 points, D-240-279 points, F =239 points or less



The examinations will be primarily essay. Examinations and the final will include material from both the readings and from classroom discussion. The exams will be essay. Examinations will be graded on the quality of your argument and references to lecture and textbook material. Failure to refer to the textbook or lecture materials will result in unsatisfactory grades. The final exam will be comprehensive in nature. Cheating on ANY exam or paper will result in a 0 grade and possible additional administrative sanctions including expulsion from the university. Cheating consists of copying from another student's paper or examination., or bringing unauthorized materials to an examination.


Student grades will be posted on BlackBoard. Students should save all graded items until the final grade is posted on SAMINFO . If there is a problem with your final grade it cannot be resolved if you do not have original copies of the paper and examinations. The grade in my record will stand unless you can provide documentation that I have made an error; so, save everything !



Attendance will be taken on a regular basis. If you miss class it is your responsibility to become aware of changes in the course syllabus, including dates for examinations and presentations, and for acquiring class notes. Students who have 4 or more unexcused absences will fail the course.


EXCUSED ABSENCES: Absences are usually excused for severe illness or hospitalization, family funerals, university sponsored events or religious holidays. Documentation is required for an absence to be excused. Notification is required before an examination so a make-up can be scheduled.



Cheating on the exams or the paper will result in administrative sanctions including being reported to the Dean of Students, failing the course, or academic expulsion..


This instructor takes academic dishonesty very seriously and will penalize students who engage in it. SHSU defines “cheating” as


“1)copying from another student's test paper, laboratory report, other report, or computer files, data listings, and/or programs.

2) Using, during a test, materials not authorized by the person giving the test.

3) collaborating, without authorization, with another student during an examination or in preparing academic work.

4) knowingly, and without authorization, using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, soliciting, copying, or possessing, in whole or in part, the contents of an unadminstered test....

7) Purchasing, or otherwise acquiring and submitting as one's own work any research paper or other writing assignment prepared by an individual or firm.

5.312 ”Plagiarism” means the appropriation of another's work or idea and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work or idea into one's own work offered for credit.”



Students engaged in any of the above dishonest activities will receive a grade of 0 on the examination or paper in question and be sent to the Dean of Students. Other academic sanctions including expulsion from the university are possible.



The following policies regard classroom demeanor.



Classroom Conduct:

Students will refrain from behavior in the classroom that intentionally or unintentionally disrupts the learning process and, thus, impedes the mission of the university. Cellular telephones and pagers must be turned off before class begins. Students are prohibited from eating in class, using tobacco products, making offensive remarks, reading newspapers, sleeping, talking at inappropriate times, wearing inappropriate clothing, or engaging in any other form of distraction. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom may result in a directive to leave class and your name removed from the day's attendance role. Students who are especially disruptive also may be reported to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action in accordance with university policy. If you leave class prematurely your name will be removed from the day's attendance role.


Cell phones must be turned off and placed out of sight during class lectures, presentations, and examinations.


Visitors must receive the instructor's permission to attend class. Visitors are allowed on a limited basis only; i.e. once or twice a semester. Visitors must maintain the decorum as the rest of the class or they will be asked to leave the class.


Americans with Disabilities:

Requests for disability accommodations must be initiated by the student. A student seeking accommodations should go to the Counseling Center and Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) in a timely manner. This instructor requires documentation from the Counseling Center in order to provide accommodations.

Once documented, discuss with the instructor the best ways that she can accommodate your needs.


Classroom Visitors:

Visitors are allowed on an occasional basis as long as there is a seat in the room for the visitor. Visitors must abide by the same rules of classroom decorum as students.

Instructor Evaluations:

You may be asked to evaluate this instructor at a later date during the semester. The date will be announced when the evaluations become available.


Study Tips:

There are several ways to do well in this class.

  1)   Take good notes in class and review them at the end of the day to fill in information that you didn't take down. The best time to fill in your notes is when the material is fresh in your mind.


  2)   Make note cards for the vocabulary in the lecture, the texts, and those provided on the study guides. There are quite a few terms that you need to know, particularly in the Davis book, and “flash cards” as the best way to memorize the material.


  3)   A study guide will be provided for all 3 exams. Be sure to keep the study guides and all your study materials so you can use them for the final examination.


  4)   Find a study partner or two. Reviewing the material with a study partner is an excellent way to study for an exam or review your notes.


  5)    Don't wait until the night before the examination to study! Some of the terminology in the course is technical and new to you. Spend a few minutes every day reviewing the vocabulary.


  6)   You can always meet with one of the Political Science tutors in the TA's office, AB1 318. Or call the TA's for an appointment at 936-295-1470. The tutors this semester are B.D. Marshall and James Massey.   




You are responsible for reading the assignments prior to the lecture. This will help you better understand the material and participate in class discussion.





Aug. 22 and 24   Introduction. Why PA?



Aug. 29 and 31   Why PA? Balancing Values     LeMay, ch. 1



Sept. 5 and 7     Historical Development of PA   LeMay ch. 2


WEEK 4     

Sept. 12 and 14   Structure of Administration     LeMay, and 3


WEEK 5     

Sept. 19     Constitutional Values        LeMay, ch. 4

Sept. 21      Examination #1, Le May chs. 1-3



Sept. 26 and 28   Constitutional Values       LeMay, ch. 4



Oct. 3 and 5     Alternative Theories       LeMay ch 5


WEEK 8     

Oct. 10 and 12.   Decision Making       LeMay, ch. 6


WEEK 9     

Oct. 17     Management         LeMay, ch. 7

Oct. 19      Examination #2, LeMay chs. 4-6


WEEK 10     

Oct. 24 and 26    Human Resource Management   LeMay, ch. 8


Oct. 31 and Nov. 2   Leadership and communication   LeMay, chs. 9 and 10


WEEK 12     

Nov. 7 and Nov. 9    Financial Management     LeMay, ch. 11



Nov. 14     Administrative Law       LeMay, ch. 12

Nov. 16     Examination #2, LeMay, chs. 7-10


WEEK 14     

Nov. 21       Clientele Pressure and Evaluation   LeMay, ch. 13 and 14

Nov 23     Thanksgiving



Nov. 28 and 30   Challenges in the 21 st Century   


WEEK 16     

Dec. 5       Ethics

Dec. 7       Review for Final Examination



FINAL EXAMINATION-Comprehensive, all chapters and lecture material


Final Exam     TBA