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Administrative Ethics

Course Number:
20:834:515
Credits:
3.00
Modality:
Online
In Person
Description

The primary goals of this course are to: (a) introduce students to the role that ethics should play in the lives of public administrators in various capacities, and (b) provide tools and strategies for identifying and addressing ethical issues in professional life.

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Applied Research Design

Course Number:
20:834:562
Credits:
3.00
Prerequisites:
Applied Statistics (26:834:561)
Modality:
Online
In Person
Description

Covers issues central to understanding and conducting applied policy and management research. These issues include identifying research questions, developing logic models, selection of appropriate quantitative or qualitative methods, measuring outcomes, survey research and other sources of primary and secondary data, experimental and non-experimental strategies for evaluating programs, and the ethical and political issues involved in producing and using evidence to inform policy and practice.

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Applied Statistics

Course Number:
20:834:561
Credits:
3.00
Modality:
Online
In Person
Description

Statistical tools and techniques used to inform policy analysis and management decision-making. Covers descriptive statistics, graphing data, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, cross-tabulation, mean comparison with significance testing, and an introduction to multivariate linear regression. Encourages hands-on work with real data, use of statistical software, and the effective presentation of statistical information.

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Capital Budgeting and Debt Management

Course Number:
20:834:545
Credits:
3.00
Modality:
Online
In Person
Description

This course examines the reasons why state and local governments use capital budgets and explains why both capital planning and budgeting are central to economic development and essential service delivery. Students will learn how to create a capital improvement plan, and how to convert a capital improvement plan into a capital budget. In addition, students will be introduced to debt management networks and practices, debt structure, and the debt issuance process in the primary and secondary municipal bond market.

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Capstone Project

Course Number:
20:834:563
Credits:
3.00
Prerequisites:
Applied Statistics (26:834:561); Applied Research Design (26:834:562)
Modality:
Online
In Person
Description

This course encourages students to integrate knowledge and skills from across the MPA curriculum to develop a professional portfolio, or a research paper, that demonstrates core competencies. The course is organized as a project-based seminar in which students work individually under the guidance of the professor while sharing feedback and advice with each other. By completing and presenting their capstone projects, students will demonstrate their abilities in the five core competencies of the MPA program: 1) To lead and manage in the public interest; 2) To participate in, and contribute to, the policy process; 3) To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make evidence-informed decisions in a complex and dynamic environment; 4) To articulate, apply, and advance a public service perspective; and 5) To communicate and interact productively and in culturally responsive ways with a diverse and changing workforce and society at large.

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Career Explorations in Public Service

Course Number:
40:834:429
Credits:
1.00
Modality:
In Person
Description

Career Explorations in Public Service helps students develop a strong foundation for career decision planning through career inventories, research on careers, and personal reflection. The course provides opportunities and resources for students to seek career information related to academic and occupational interests which form the foundation for sound career decision-making. Students will receive career management skills to effectively identify, compete, and secure professional career opportunities.  Students are guided through individual and group exercises that assist in identifying needs, values, wants, interest, and abilities. Students also learn job search, networking, and interview skills in preparation for an internship or career search.

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Citizen Participation and Productive Management

Course Number:
0
Credits:
3.00
Modality:
In Person
Description

This course analyzes various approaches to the relationship between citizen participation and productive public management. It explores factors influencing citizen involvement and examines potential benefits and dysfunctions of an active citizenry. An important focus is on the role of public administrators in creating structures and networks to encourage citizens to work with officials in policy development and implementation.

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Data Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Course Number:
20:834:520
Credits:
3.00
Modality:
In Person
Description

The course introduces student to the design and management of data systems. Students will learn to design simple databases, understand the use of different data types and formats, download data from external sites, report and extract data. They will be introduced to the use of complex data queries as a form of data analysis. They will learn to use common database software for both relational and object-oriented database management. They will also learn essential principles for making data secure, accessible, and easily maintained.

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Dissertation Research in Public Administration

Course Number:
26:834:701
Credits:
3.00
Modality:
In Person
Description

The dissertation proposal committee normally consists of three to five members, one of whom should be a member of a graduate faculty outside the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Prior to the defense of the proposal, the composition of the dissertation committee must be approved by the PhD program director.

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E-Governance and Digital Services

Course Number:
20:834:517
Credits:
3.00
Modality:
In Person
Description

This course examines the latest trends and best practices in digital service delivery (government to government, citizen to government, and government to citizen services). Students will learn key technologies, how websites and mobile apps support digital services and citizen engagement, how technology adoption is affected by regulation, how to assess performance of digital service delivery systems, and how transparency and open data is likely to affect government operations. Opportunities and barriers confronting the use of technology to promote social change will be presented. 

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