1. Demonstrate knowledge of and the basic principles of financial accounting necessary as an input on management control;
2. Demonstrate understanding of management control processes in public-sector and nonprofit organizations;
3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the methods of evaluating programs from a cost-benefit perspective;
4. Demonstrate knowledge of budgeting and budget analysis;
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the application of cost information to make decisions;
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the various approaches to financing public-sector organizations;
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the various policy implications of public-sector expenditure and financing practices;
8. Demonstrate, through written assignments, the ability to synthesize theories and other related materials from the field of public administration in a coherent and concise fashion; and
9. Engage in problem-solving exercises and/or case preparation that demonstrate critical thinking skills when addressing current issues in public administration, financial management, and policy.
Class Requirements and Assignments:
All individual assignments should be submitted through the WebCT email for the course. Do not use the university email address for submitting assignments.
When posting to discussions, it is better to post directly than to use attachments. You can cut and paste from Word or some other word processor software to the discussion if you want to prepare a comment over time. Use Word attachments for assignments sent directly to the professor.
Each student should post a brief biographical sketch that lays out his or her background, experience, current program in which they are enrolled, and anything else you want to let people know about you. This is a requirement.
Discussions are opened as the semester progresses. These discussions are focused on application of the course content through discussion questions, problems, and/or brief case studies (Case studies that will be included in the discussions are identified in the Schedule section of this syllabus), as well as the exploration of current events relevant to the course. Students also are encouraged to initiate topics. Students are encouraged to post both comments and questions and treat the discussion as a discussion that might occur in a classroom. For example, you might add something from work that is relevant to the course, or comment on a current event like a change in Federal or state policy that is related to the course. All students are expected to contribute to this discussion at least once per week for all but the last three weeks of the semester, but this is a minimum requirement to ensure you do not receive zero points. The total points are assigned at the end of the semester.
Students will be assigned problems, questions and/or case studies to be completed and turned in to the instructor directly on the dates noted below. Assignments will be posted in the Course Assignment area of WebCT. Assignments must be completed by the date noted.
Students will be expected to prepare a 10-15-page research paper on a subject relevant to the class. This paper must be distinct from your file paper unless approved by the instructor. A minimum of 10 peer-reviewed research articles must be cited using the APA style (See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ for good information on APA style and a lot of other valuable suggestions on how to write). Use of the research databases available through the MSU Library is encouraged and an easy way to find good research articles. In general, you cannot find the types of articles that meet the course requirements without using the library databases. .
There will be an oral final exam posted. The exam will cover the content of the course and may include anything from answer a general question to providing the definition of a term you should know. The exam will be schedule to take 30 minutes (plan for an hour to ensure that you do not get squeezed for time), and may be done face-to-face in my office or over the telephone.
F=69% or less