POSC/CRJU 422 – HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

T/Th, 8:30 - 9:45 am

Instructor: Julius (Jay) Wachtel
Office: UH 539
Phone: (714) 278-2290 (mailbox 6)
E-mail: wachtel@compuserve.com
Class website: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/wachtel
Office hours: Generally, one hour following each class meeting. "Drop-ins" are welcome, but if you wish to insure my presence please make an appointment.

Course description and learning goals

This course reviews current issues, controversies and trends in public personnel administration with emphasis on recent changes and attempts at reform.  Applicable themes and precepts from the public administration and social science literature are used to examine personnel practices in governmental agencies and to suggest possible consequences for the public service, its practitioners and the citizens they serve.

Required books

Ban, Carolyn and Norma Riccucci, eds.  Public Personnel Management: Current Concerns, Future Challenges.  2nd. ed.  New York: Longman, 1997

Teeves, T. Zane. Cases in Public Human Resource Management. Itasca, Ill.: F. E. Peacock, 1999

Other required readings

Class website

Panels

Each student will be assigned to one of five panels.  These will be used for discussing case studies and for presenting papers.

Examinations

Two non-cumulative essay midterm exams and a non-cumulative essay final. Exams test comprehension of themes discussed in class, readings and guest presentations. Please bring one small bluebook.  Makeup exams may be given for a fully documented emergency and must be completed promptly after their normally scheduled date.

Paper, notecards, oral presentation

A five to six page (max) paper, on a topic directly relevant to this course, summarizing a recent article (within the last 3 years) from an academic or professional journal in the field of public administration,  personnel administration or criminal justice.  We are interested in the authorīs point of view, not your personal opinion!  Papers are due on the date of your panelīs presentation (see schedule).

Along with your paper, you will be required to turn in neatly prepared notecards that you prepared as an aid for the oral presentation.

Format

Write in lucid, concise paragraphs, as though you are a journalist reporting on the article. YOU MUST FOLLOW THIS FORMAT:

1.  Begin by telling us what the article seeks to prove or investigate.
2.  If the author conducted research, describe it.  If the author relied on work done by others, describe these works.  We need to know the basis for the authorīs conclusions.
3.  Finally, what conclusions did the author reach, and what are the implications for managing public employees?

Professional appearance is important.  Papers must be neatly typed, single-sided and double-spaced, using conventional margins.  Staple the pages securely and please do not use any kind of a binder.  Spelling and grammar are crucial!

Oral Presentation, Notecards

Each student will have a maximum of five minutes to present their papers orally in class (see schedule).  Students must prepare and refer to notecards, which will be turned in with their papers

Grading

Papers can receive up to 30 points.  They will be graded according to originality, pertinence, quality of thought and expression, grammar and spelling.  Notecards and oral presentations are worth five points each.

PLEASE NOTE:

(1)  Staple a full copy of the article to your paper.  I cannot accept papers otherwise.
(2)  Paper topics must be approved in advance.  Please submit a card listing your social security number, the title of the article, journal name and publication date, no later than Thursday, Sept. 21.

CSUF's catalog defines plagiarism as "…the act of taking the specific substance of another and offering it as one's own without giving credit to the source."  Plagiarism will lead to failure of the course and referral for administrative sanction.  Please don't.

Grading

100 points can be earned - 20 for each exam, 30 for the paper, 5 for the cards and 5 for the presentation.  Except for makeup exams and papers, grades are "curved" - adjusted for student performance.  Unexcused failure to take an exam, participate in a panel presentation or to turn in the paper or note cards on time forfeits all points allotted to that component.  No extra credit assignments will be given.

Weekly schedule

Excepting the first meeting, readings must be completed in advance of class. Be prepared to discuss relevant current events and to analyze the case studies.

Week 1

8/22 - Introduction
8/24 - National Performance Initiative (PPM 1)

Week 2

8/29 - Deregulation and accountability (PPM 3)
8/31 - Meet at Library North, info desk

Week 3

9/5 -  Affirmative action  (PPM 4)
9/7 -  Contīd, CASES: 7 [panel 1], 12 [panel 2], 14 [panel 3]

Week 4

9/12 - Guest speaker, glass ceilings (Mary Cupp, US Customs Service)
9/14 - Diversity and Glass Ceilings  (PPM 5, 6)

Week 5

9/19 - FIRST EXAM (Weeks 1-4 only)
9/21 - Sexuality and the workplace (PPM 7, 8)
          DEADLINE FOR APPROVAL OF PAPER TOPIC

Week 6

9/26 - Contīd, CASES: 13 [panel 4], 16 [panel 5], 27 [panel 1]
9/28 - Guest speaker, sexual harrassment

Week 7

10/3 - Disability policy (PPM 9), CASE: 18 [panel 2]
10/5 - Public unions & labor/management issues (PPM 10, 11)

Week 8

10/10 - Contīd, CASES: 4 [panel 3], 9 [panel 4], 10 [panel 5], 11 [panel 1]
10/12 - Selection, promotion, appraisal (PPM 12, 13)

Week 9

10/17 - Contīd, CASES: 1 [panel 2], 2 [panel 3], 21 [panel 4]
10/19 - SECOND EXAM (Weeks 5-9 only)

Week 10

10/24 -  PANEL 1 - STUDENT PAPERS DUE
10/26 -  Pay and benefits (PPM 14), CASES: 5 [panel 5], 6 [panel 1]

Week 11

10/31 -  Liability (PPM 15)
11/2 -    PANEL 2 - STUDENT PAPERS DUE

Week 12

11/7  -   Liability, contīd
11/9 -    PANEL 3 - STUDENT PAPERS DUE

Week 13

11/14 -  Employee discipline, CASES: 15 [panel 2], 17 [panel 3]
11/16 -  NO CLASS

Week 14:  THANKSGIVING RECESS

Week 15

1/28 -   PANEL 4 - STUDENT PAPERS DUE
11/30 - Reductions in force (PPM 17), CASE: 23 [panel 4]

Week 16

12/5 -  PANEL 5 - STUDENT PAPERS DUE
12/7 -  Privatization (PPM 19)

Week 17

12/14, 9:30 - 11:20 am - FINAL EXAM (Weeks 10-16 only)

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