Robert D. Muse
Constitutional Sheriff Candidate
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Canyon County Sheriff Independent Conservative Constitutional Candidate Robert Muse  receives a letter grade
Program : Doctor of Public Admin Plan : Specialization in General Public Administration
Capella University -- Sep 20, 2012 --

Course Outline

Unit 1 – Politics-Administration Dichotomy

To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the tools available to you through the Capella library and other resources described on iGuide.
  2. Integrate historical events and constructs in public administration with contemporary thought on the scope of public administration.
  3. Demonstrate your understanding of public administration by constructing a definition that is well supported by the literature.

Unit 2 – Structure of Government

To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

  1. Correlate your understanding of decision-making models, power, and culture with the outcomes of attempts to reinvent government.
  2. Analyze and discuss the role of the Constitution in providing structure to government at the federal, state, and local levels.
  3. Analyze case study materials and apply your analysis at a theoretical and practical level.
  4. Apply mind mapping strategies and techniques to the organization of theoretical and conceptual information.

Unit 3 – Intergovernmental Relations

To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

  1. Articulate ways to use your critical thinking skills to transition from a practitioner to a scholar-practitioner.
  2. Describe the complex relationships that have evolved between government agencies and how this complexity affects public administration.
  3. Discuss historical eras that define federal-state-local government relationships.
  4. Correlate the concept of public choice economics with contemporary public administration practices.

Unit 4 – Ethics and Accountability

To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

  1. Apply problem analysis to public agencies in order to address ethical conflicts.
  2. Correlate the concepts of power, ethics, and accountability with an example from your professional life.
  3. Analyze and discuss the significance of honor in the field of public administration and apply your insights to specific case studies.

Unit 5 – Public Management and Organization Theory

To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

  1. Successfully submit a designated sample of your work to the Online Writing Center for critique.
  2. Analyze and explain the development of public management and organization theories.
  3. Explain the theoretical rationale for the differences between for-profit and government organizations.

Unit 6 – Organizational Behavior and Motivation

To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

  1. Identify various theories of motivation from the text and other sources and explain the significance of the differences between the various theorists and theoretical models.
  2. Explain and evaluate the theories of motivation in terms of their applicability to a given case study situation.
  3. Apply the various theories of motivation to current political directions and argue for a particular approach.
  4. Analyze feedback received on your writing and apply that analysis to the creation of an articulated strategy to assess and improve your academic writing skills.

Unit 7 – Performance Management and Evaluation

To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

  1. Articulate the various positions taken in the debate within the field regarding the concept of the customer of public services.
  2. Correlate theoretical constructs of management, such as managerialism, with real-world examples of program assessment and evaluation.
  3. Describe and evaluate various models of program audits and evaluation.
  4. Develop and demonstrate competence in using technology as a learning tool.

Unit 8 – Strategic Management

To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

  1. Discuss the terms strategic management and strategic planning as applied in the public sector.
  2. Take a position on the debate on government size, supporting your arguments with your understanding and research of the theoretical bases.
  3. Evaluate your progress on construction of a mind map of the theoretical and conceptual foundations of public administration.

Unit 9 – Leadership

To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

  1. Articulate the differences between leadership and management.
  2. Apply theoretical concepts of government leadership to specific leaders and evaluate the given leader’s effectiveness or lack thereof.
  3. Describe key characteristics of a leader and assess your own leadership style, personality, and skills from the perspective of determining areas for personal development.

Unit 10 – Social Equity and Equality

To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

  1. Evaluate and discuss the implications of legislation intended to create social equity as it applies to public administration and governance.
  2. Produce a nuanced and well-developed mind map of the theoretical foundations of the public administration field with detailed analysis of three theory branches.
  3. Apply the material you have studied to your own career goals and articulate how your goals have changed or become clearer over the duration of the course.