Course Offerings

Upper Division

501. Administrative Leadership
Theory and practice of leading public sector organizations. Topics include leader traits, skills, styles, behaviors, development and evaluation. Formerly a topic under PA 590. Prerequisite: the upper-division writing requirement. (4 units)
514. Management of Private Nonprofit Organizations
Analyzes the specific problems of management in private nonprofit organizations, including planning, personnel, financial and policy issues. Prerequisite: the upper-division writing requirement. (4 units)
516. Public and Non-Profit Project Management
Aspects of project management, including needs and feasibility assessment, project design, proposal writing, contract negotiation, funding, developing project teams, managing team conflict, monitoring, and evaluation. Three hours lecture and two hours activity laboratory. Prerequisite: the upper-division writing requirement. (4 units)
521. Principles of Planning
Introduction to local and regional community planning; includes methods of adoption and interorganizational relationships. Prerequisite: the upper-division writing requirement. (4 units)
540. Introduction to Tribal Management and Governance
Roles, responsibilities and structure of tribal governments. The historical and legal underpinnings of the inter-governmental relations between the U.S. government and Indian tribes. Also explores relevant organization and management theories, concepts and tools as applied to the management of tribal governments. Formerly a topic under PA 590. (4 units)
542. Tribal Government Gaming and Economic Development
The historical and legal foundations and practices of tribal government gaming in the United States with particular attention focused on California. Includes an analysis of tribal governance, economic development, social and economic impacts of tribal government gaming. Formerly a topic under PA 590. (4 units)
548. Management of Computers in the Public Sector
Designed to help students gain competency in computer related skills. Each topic may be taken once for credit. Three hours lecture and two hours activity laboratory.
  1. Word Processing. Prerequisite: the upper-division writing requirement. (4 units)
  2. Data Base Management. Prerequisite: the upper-division writing requirement. (4 units)
  3. Spread Sheet. Prerequisite: the upper-division writing requirement. (4 units)
  4. Communication. Prerequisite: the upper-division writing requirement. (4 units)
  5. Networking (4 units)
  6. Special Problems. Prerequisite: the upper-division writing requirement. (4 units)
  7. Geographic Information Systems (4 units)
557. Public Sector Labor Relations
Analyzes issues created by collective bargaining and unionism in public sectors. Examples: selection of bargaining agents, bargaining scope and obligation, impasse resolution and grievance procedure. Prerequisite: the upper-division writing requirement. (4 units)
564. Local Public Administration
Administrative characteristics and problems of public management in the urban area, including city, county, school and special district organization and functions. Prerequisite: the upper-division writing requirement. (4 units)
568. Accounting for Government and Not-for- Profit Organizations
Covers principles and practices of government fund accounting. Topics include governmental accounting concepts, types and structure of funds and accounts, application of generally accepted accounting principles to government and not-for-profit entities, presentation and uses of financial statements. (Also offered as ACCT 468. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisite: ACCT 211 and the upper-division writing requirement. (4 units)
575. Internship in Public Administration
Supervised work and study in private or public organizations. May be repeated once for credit. A total of two College of Business and Public Administration 575 courses may be applied toward graduation. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and the department's internship coordinator. (4 units)
590. Seminar in Public Administration
An intensive study of some phase of public administration to be developed by the instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
595. Independent Study
Special topics involving library and/or field research. A total of ten units in any College of Business and Public Administration 595 may be applied toward graduation. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and approval by the department of a written project/proposal submitted to the appropriate department in the College of Business and Public Administration on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (2 or 4 units)


May not be taken by undergraduate students.

603. Research Methods in Administration
Principles of research design, development of research instruments, data accumulation and analysis of significant data integrated with use of computers in research. Critique of sample research studies from the literature and a research study conducted by the student. (Also offered as MGMT 603. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisite: SCM 210. (4 units)
611. Public Administration Theory and Practice
A critical analysis of major theories of public administration and their application, including development of the discipline, evolution of institutional forms both in the United States and in international settings, concepts of decision-making and role of public administration in society. (4 units)
612. Productivity Measurement in the Public Sector
Analysis of effective and efficient mobilization of agency resources. Includes examination of the environment, techniques, variables and perspectives in applying productivity measurements, particularly at the local level. (4 units)
615. Public Financial Management
Management of financial resources in public organizations with emphasis on local government. Topics include evaluation and monitoring of financial condition and trends, fiscal policy analysis, revenue and expenditure forecasting, capital planning and financing, cash flow management, debt administration, cost allocation and integrated financial management systems. (4 units)
616. Comparative Public Administration
Cross-national comparison of administrative systems, structures, processes and practices of developed and third world countries. (4 units)
617. Management of Local Economic Development
An introduction to the forms, processes and effects of economic development. Topics include: the dynamics of urban change and revitalization; the planning and financing of community economic development programs and projects; the role of public, neighborhood, advocacy and not-for-profit organizations, and social and environmental impacts of economic change. (4 units)
618. Local Government Development Finance
Explains and analyzes the major financing mechanisms for local government economic and public works development, their working and effectiveness. Topics include the background of the budget process and pertinent documents, an overview of economic development and public works finance, assessment districts, fiscal impact analysis, capital budgeting and financing, revenue forecasting, financing of redevelopment agencies, financial indicators, and case studies of development financing. (4 units)
619. Diversity and Public Organizations
Exploration of the diversity challenges facing public, business and non-profit organizations as they pursue their public policy and economic missions. Topics include: diversity in the context of organizational behavior; diversity's impact on leadership, management, people, organizations, economic development and public policy. (4 units)
620. Regulatory Structure, Policies, and Process in Water Law
Legal authority of water agencies, the procedures employed to exercise and limit that authority, the structure and process of administrative law, and the sharing of power in a federal system. Topics include powers and liabilities of water agencies, administrative procedures act, due process of law, licensing, environmental laws, rulemaking, negotiated rulemaking, interstate compacts, emergency powers, property condemnation, allocation of water resources, uses of water, and legal aspects of financing water projects. (4 units)
621. Water Resources Agency Management
Strategies for and issues in the management of local, state and federal water resources agencies. Topics include designing an organizational structure, reengineering, interorganizational coordination, intergovernmental collaboration, organizational culture, high-performance organizations, growth management, and leadership. (4 units)
622. Politics and Public Relations in Water Resources Management
Basic concepts and techniques of politics and public relations between water agencies, the communities they serve, and other governmental entities. Problems and techniques in administering of programs to manage water politics and improve public relations, including the applications of political and communication theories and practices to water resources management. (4 units)
628. Intergovernmental Administration
Administration of governmental programs in an intergovernmental context. Development of the federal system, relationships among federal, state and local governments, intergovernmental fiscal arrangements, practical problems in setting and implementing policies in an intergovernmental context. (4 units)
630. Program Evaluation
Purposes and methods of program evaluation in public and nonprofit organizations. Topics include selection of programs for evaluation, delineation of frame of reference, gathering of information, techniques of reporting, data analysis, comparative approaches of evaluation and ethical issues. Prerequisite: MATH 305 or SCM 210. (4 units)
641. Federal Indian Law and Administration
Overview of federal Indian laws and policies from treaty making to present. Historical overview of political and legal frameworks, executive policies, and judicial decisions in the context of Indian affairs. Formerly a topic under PA 690. (4 units)
643. Public Policy Issues and American Indians
Public policy issues tribal nations face as they enter the twenty-first century, including: political sovereignty, economic development, constitutional reform, cultural and language maintenance and promotion, land and water rights, religious freedom, health and social welfare, and education. Emphasizes the breadth of issues that leaders must confront from health, education, and social services to politics, economics, and cultural change. Formerly a topic under PA 690. (4 units)
650. Public Management Information Systems
Fundamentals of Management Information Systems. Analysis of common MIS problems in the context of public organizations and solutions implemented to address them. Specific areas of study include technical foundations of information systems, strategic use of information resources, system development, system applications, information security, change management, and social and ethical issues involved with public information systems. Formerly PA 550 and a topic under PA 590. (4 units)
661. Government Systems Acquisitioning and Contracting
Introduces the principles and concepts that underlie successful acquisition management, as well as major systems development and production. Focuses on issues of large-scale acquisition systems and processes from the development of an initial capability or need through design, development, production, fielding, sustainment, and disposal. Formerly a topic under PA 690. (4 units)
662. Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
Analysis of the personnel function as it applies to public sector organizations. Topics include development of modern public service, functions of personnel management, politics of the civil service, employment discrimination, labor management relations, professionalism and ethics, comparative public personnel administration, and computerization of human resources management. (4 units)
663. Public Budgeting and Finance
Budget concepts and their application in varied settings including federal, state, and local governments in the United States and overseas. Includes economic, management and political approaches to budgetary decision-making processes, and institutions, as well as major issues in contemporary budgeting. (4 units)
664. Management of Public Organizations
Issues in public management, including the role of the public executive, theories of public organizations, human behavior in public organizations, innovation and policy change, and ethics. (4 units)
670. Emergency Management
Covers basic theory and practice in emergency management. Topics include approaches to emergency management, the political and administrative environment, administration of complex systems, behavioral aspects, and establishing and implementing community wide policies. (4 units)
671. Defense Acquisition Program Management
Examines the application of acquisition theory in defense systems. Topics include work breakdown structures, program schedules, management of risk related to acquisitions, contract planning and post-award activities, earned value tools, and evaluation practice. Prerequisite: PA 661. (4 units)
672. Administrative Regulation
Discretionary authority of regulatory agencies, the manner in which power is exercised by such agencies, and the administrative structure of the regulatory process. (4 units)
675. Internship in Public Administration
Supervised work and study in private or public organizations. May be repeated once for credit. A total of two College of Business and Public Administration 675 courses may be applied toward graduation. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department's internship coordinator. (4 units)
680. Public Policy Analysis
An integrative course examining the analytical, behavioral and systems sciences approaches to public administrative systems with emphasis upon the development of evaluative skills in applied decision-making. Prerequisites: PA 611, 662, and 663. (4 units)
690. Advanced Topics in Public Administration
Intensive study of an advanced topic in public administration. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
695. Graduate Research Project
Required field study in public administration, including both literary and empirical research. Prerequisites: completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, all other courses for the Master of Public Administration; and consent of instructor and college. (4 units)
999. Comprehensive Examination
An assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of department, completion of course work in the master's program, and in good academic standing. (0 units)

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