Syllabus Spring 06 by HC120916233032


									MPA 512                                                                               SJ3 & SJ434
Computer Applications for Master of Public Administration                            937-229-2595
Dr. Grant Neeley                                                         Office Hours: MW 2-3 and
                                                                            Thursdays before class
SJ 212                       

Course Objective
This course is designed to address the role of information technology in public administration.
Issues of electronic government and citizen participation will be covered as well as several
types of software applications common in public agencies such as spreadsheets, statistical
analysis, and Geographic Information Systems. We will also discuss the implications of
computerization for administration of public agencies.

Course Requirements
 All projects and work assignments must be submitted on-time, late work will be marked one-
  letter grade lower automatically.
 Additional work and information may be posted on the class website. Any assignment or
  materials posted by 5 p.m. Monday should be prepared for the following class meeting.

         Excel Projects                                      20%
         SPSS Projects                                       20%
         Mid-Term Exam                                       20%
         Topical Paper with                                  30%
         Power Point Presentation                            10%

Attendance Policy
Responsibility for class attendance rests with the student. Regular and punctual attendance at
all scheduled classes is expected, and the University reserves the right to deal at any time with
individual cases of nonattendance. The effect of absences on grades is determined by the
instructor. When absences jeopardize a student's standing in a class, it is the responsibility of
the instructor to report that fact to the student's dean. Any student who, because of a disability,
may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact
the instructor as soon as possible to seek such accommodations as may be needed.

Powering Up: How Public Managers Can Take Control of Information Technology. Katherine
Barrett and Richard Greene. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press. 2001.
Building The Virtual State. Jane Fountain. 2001. Brookings Institution Press.

Course readings: posted on website
   Some Assembly Required: Building a Digital Government for the 21st Century, Center for
   Technology in Government, 1999.
   Making A Case for Local E-Government, Center for Technology in Government, 2002.
   Realizing the Promise of Digital Government, Center for Technology in Government, 2000.
Health Care Management
“The Call to eConnect.” Mary Agnes Carey and John Reichard. Outlook June 2005:10-16.
“A TennCare Tune-Up.” Governing September 2005:70.

General Technology
“Beyond Efficiency.” Melissa Davenport. Governing August 2005:65-66
“Citizen Interaction with E-Government: From the streets to the servers?” Christopher G.
Reddick. Government Information Quarterly 22 (2005) 38–57.
“Challenges in e-government development: Lessons from two information kiosk projects.”Anna
Ya Ni and Alfred Tat-Kei Ho. Government Information Quarterly 22 (2005) 58–74.

Information Gathering
“Fusion Power.” Jenny Mandel. Outlook October 2005:A8-A9.
“Opening the Mail.” Ellen Perlman. Governing June 3005:44,46.
“Chip On Your Shoulder.” Ellen Perlman. Governing September 2005:26-34.
“Prizing Efficiency.” Elizabeth Daigneau. Governing November 2005:67-68.
“Block That Broadband.” Ellen Perlman. Governing August 2005:62.
“A Sticky Business.” Ellen Perlman. Governing October 2005:68.
“Pairing Up.” Ellen Perlman. Governing December 2005:52.
“Rap Sheets in Real Time.” Governing September 2005:70.
“Performance Anxiety.” Thomas R. Davies. Governing June 2005:58.
“Government To Go.” Ellen Perlman. Govererning October 2005:84.
Technology Section. Governing July 2005:52.
“Lines of Communication.” Elizabeth Daigneau. Governing July 2005:54-55.

“Internet Sales Taxes Are A Giant Step Closer.” Governing August 2005:56.

“Detection Devices.” Zack Phillips Outlook October 2005:A11-A12.
“Border Security Technologies: Local and Regional Implications.” Jason Ackleson. Review of
Policy Research 22 (2005):137-155.
“Stolen Identities.” Zach Patton. Governing August 2005:39-42.

This schedule is tentative. Since we are covering computers in this course, you should expect
to see a changing schedule as we find new sources and information. You should check the
class website on a daily basis, especially on Fridays for any new assignments or materials.

DATE                           TOPIC AND READINGS                                 PROJECTS
 1/5    None

1/12    None                                                                Excel Assignments,
                                                                            part 1
1/19    Information Technology in Public Administration
        Powering Up: Introduction & Chapters 1-5
        Building the Virtual State, Chapter 1 & 2
1/26   Spreadsheet applications
       Presentation of Excel Assignments, part 1
2/2    Building the Virtual State Chapters 3-6

2/9    SPSS training and introduction
2/16   Communication Issues
       Powering Up: Chapters 6 & 7
       Graber, The Power of Communication. Chapters 1,2,3,5,7
2/23   SPSS part 2
3/2    Government and the World Wide Web
       Powering Up: Chapter 12
       “Some Assembly Required: Building a Digital Government for the
       21st Century"
       Virtual State, Chapter 9
3/9    Management of Information Technology                             Mid-term?
       Powering Up: Chapters 8-11
       Building the Virtual State, Chapters 10 & 11
3/23   Geographic Information Systems
       Powering Up: Chapter 14
3/30   The Government Performance Project 2002
       Information Technology as a Key Component of Government
4/6    Presentation of Papers

4/20   Presentation of Papers

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