Agenda Item FA 12-02

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

COAS - Philosophy & Religious Studies, Political Science & Public Administration

New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study changes (14 packages)

01/12/12: Passed

01/25/12: Approved

Log Number: 201108-86

Philosophy & Religious Studies - Graduate


Change a degree-major of an existing program

Master of Arts - Practical Phi & Applied Ethics Major

 

Summary of the Changes:

This action corrects the course hour requirements for the Philosophy M.A.'s three capstone options. In the new wording, the Internship Option now reads: "Option 1: 9 hours of internship practicum, research and writing. PHI6942 repeatable up to 15 hours"; the Thesis option now reads: "Option 2: 9 hours of thesis research/writing. PHI 6971 repeatable up to 15 hours"; the Portfolio option now reads "3 hours portfolio preparation plus 6 hours additional graduate course work. PHI6951 repeatable up to 9 hours." 

(Click here to view the Program of study)

 

Change an existing course Internship in Applied Ethics PHI Graduate (6xxx) 942

The change corrects the credit hour requirement for this course (from variable 3-9 to v. 1-9), thus enabling students to take the course in one-hour increments, something needed to permit continued enrollment for those still working on their internship reports even after completing the 9-hour minimum course requirement. This change also expands the course description, now noting the oral defense requirement.
New Course Description:

PHI6942: Internship in Applied Ethics v. 1-9 
Prerequisite: Admission to the MA in Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics OR admission to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Ethics OR permission of the Philosophy Graduate Coordinator. This course focuses on: (1) documented hours of work experience with ethics committees, compliance boards, or other appropriate opportunities; (2) a written report of the problems encountered and the solutions offered, with particular emphasis on the student's contributions; and (3) an oral defense of the report before a departmental committee. This course may be repeated up to 15 credits with permission of the graduate coordinator.

Change an existing course Thesis PHI Graduate (6xxx) 971

The change corrects the credit hour requirement for this course (from variable 3-9 to v. 1-9), thus enabling students to take the course in one-hour increments, something needed to permit continued enrollment for those still working on their thesis even after completing the 9-hour minimum course requirement.
New Course Description:

PHI6971: Thesis v. 1-9 
Prerequisite: Admission to the MA in Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics OR admission to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Ethics OR permission of the Philosophy Graduate Coordinator. This course focuses on research and writing. It may be repeated for up to 15 credit hours with permission from the graduate coordinator. 

Change an existing course Portfolio Preparation PHI Graduate (6xxx) 951

This change corrects the available credit hours for this course, to v.1-3. The current listing (v.1-9) is inaccurate.
New Course Description:

PHI6951: Portfolio Preparation v. 1-3 
Prerequisite: Admission to the M.A. in Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics or permission of the Philosophy Graduate Coordinator. A student in this course will be expected to (1) assemble a portfolio of course papers composed during his or her tenure in the MA program; (2) prepare a portfolio essay addressing themes common to the portfolio papers; and (3) participate in an oral defense of the portfolio and portfolio essay before a departmental committee. All work will be conducted under the supervision of a portfolio advisor. This course may be repeated for up to 9 credits with permission of the graduate coordinator. 

Log Number: 201108-70

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate


Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program

Master of Public Admin. - Public Administration Major Non-Profit Management Concentration

 

Summary of the Changes:

We propose to change the nonprofit concentration, as well as the core courses in the program. 
Within the concentration itself, the finance and human resources classes have been broadened to take in other topics. In Nonprofit Financial Management these include grant writing, grant and contract management, and private ventures. In Nonprofit Stakeholder Relations, these include performance measurement, accountability, legitimacy and communication. 
We have also modified the core considerably. We have renamed the core the Public Management Core, to emphasize the management nature of this program. We have dropped a class from the core to create more flexibility in the program. PUP6007 Policy Analysis has been dropped as an option for the core, leaving PUP6006 Program Evaluation the only policy course in the core. A statistics pre-requisite has been added.

(Click here to view the Program of study)

 

Add a new course Nonprofit Stakeholder Relations (3 crs) PAD Graduate (6xxx) XXX

Prerequisites:    
None
Co-requisites:    
None

Course Description:

Identification of, and relations with, major stakeholders of nonprofit organizations. Major topics include: human resources; volunteer management; board of directors; performance measurement; accountability and legitimacy; and administrative communication.

Log Number: 201108-71

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate


Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program

Master of Public Admin. - Public Administration Health Administration Concentration

 

Summary of the Changes:

At the request of the Brooks College of Health, we propose to change the health administration concentration, as well as the core courses in the MPA program. The core is now 24 credits, the concentration remains at 12 credits, and there are 6 elective credits.

The changes provide a more focused program than the existing curriculum. The existing program asks students to take any four of six courses, meaning there is no common body of knowledge obtained by any two students. The new proposal is more specific, and also fits better with the MHA program's existing course offerings. 
We have also modified the core considerably. We have renamed the core the Public Management Core, to emphasize the management nature of this program. We have dropped a class from the core to create more flexibility in the program. PUP6007 Policy Analysis has been dropped as an option for the core, leaving PUP6006 Program Evaluation the only policy course in the core. A statistics pre-requisite has been added.

(Click here to view the Program of study)

Log Number: 201108-72

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate

 

Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program

Master of Public Admin. - Public Administration Local Government Policy & Adm Concentration

 

Summary of the Changes:

We propose to change the Local Government concentration, as well as the core courses in the MPA program. The core is now 24 credits, the concentration remains at 12 credits, and there are 6 elective credits.

The existing concentration lacks focus, allowing students to take any four of five courses. As a result, all students will not necessarily share any single course, or any single body of knowledge. The changes draw better on existing faculty strengths, especially adding POS 6158 Politics and Policy in Local Government, which can be offered both by Dr. Corrigan, and Dr. Binder, a new hire and specialist in local politics. This course also allows greater involvement of political science faculty in to the public administration graduate program. 
We have also modified the core considerably. We have renamed the core the Public Management Core, to emphasize the management nature of this program. We have dropped a class from the core to create more flexibility in the program. PUP6007 Policy Analysis has been dropped as an option for the core, leaving PUP6006 Program Evaluation the only policy course in the core. A statistics pre-requisite has been added.

(Click here to view the Program of study)

Log Number: 201108-73

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate

 

Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program

Master of Public Admin. - Public Administration General Administration Concentration

 

Summary of the Changes:

We propose to modify the concept of the General concentration, as well as the core courses in the MPA program. The core is now 24 credits, and there are 18 elective credits.

This reflects largely a rebranding. We currently have on the books a General Administration concentration, which is a matter of choosing five courses from among a list of fifteen courses (four of which have not been offered in some years, and two of which are unlikely to be offered in the future). As a result, this 'concentration' concentrates on nothing. We prefer instead to rename this the Generalist Option. I have checked with COAS advising, and this will not present administrative difficulties. 
We have also modified the core considerably. We have renamed the core the Public Management Core, to emphasize the management nature of this program. We have dropped a class from the core to create more flexibility in the program. PUP6007 Policy Analysis has been dropped as an option for the core, leaving PUP6006 Program Evaluation the only policy course in the core. A statistics pre-requisite has been added.

(Click here to view the Program of study)

Log Number: 201108-74

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate

 

Add a new concentration to an existing program

Master of Public Admin. - Public Administration Public policy Concentration


Summary of the Changes:

We propose to add a Public Policy concentration to the MPA concentration, while also making some changes to the core courses in the MPA program. The core is now 24 credits, the concentration has 12 credits, and there are 6 elective credits.

The two major justifications of this concentration are first that it takes advantage of faculty strengths, as Drs. Choi, Christie and Candler are all public policy specialists. Second, it is meant to be a sort of über-analytical concentration for those going in to policy analysis. 
We have also modified the core considerably. We have renamed the core the Public Management Core, to emphasize the management nature of this program. We have dropped a class from the core to create more flexibility in the program. PUP6007 Policy Analysis has been dropped as an option for the core, leaving PUP6006 Program Evaluation the only policy course in the core. A statistics pre-requisite has been added.

(Click here to view the Program of study)

Log Number: 201108-75

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate


 

Change an existing course Capstone Seminar PAD Graduate (6xxx) 066

This is a change in course description. The current description is inconsistent with how the class has been taught for some years.
New Course Description:

Prerequisites: PAD 6060, PAD 5700, and completion of all but 12 credits in the MPA program. This class provides a summary and integration of the MPA program, and of the knowledge, skills and values appropriate to a professional career in public administration.

 

Log Number: 201108-76

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate

 

 

Change an existing course Comparative Public Admin PAD Graduate (6xxx) 836

We propose to change the course description of PAD 6836 Comparative Public Administration because the existing description is too specific, and the Euro-centric focus seems inappropriate in the current world.
New Course Description:

A comparison of the systems and processes of governance in a diverse range of countries. Through this students will gain a better understanding of the global context of public administration, of the influence of this on state and local government in the United States, and develop the basic tools for learning from other experience.

 

 

Log Number: 201108-77

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate

 

Change an existing course Mgt of Nonprofit Orgs PAD Graduate (6xxx) 142

We propose to change the course description of PAD 6142 Management of Nonprofit Organizations because the existing description is too specific and too prescriptive.
New Course Description:

This is the gateway course in the MPA nonprofit concentration and the graduate certificate of nonprofit management. Topics include the history, scope and significance of the nonprofit sector; theories of nonprofit provision; nonprofit management and leadership; strategic planning; and the future of the sector.

 

Log Number: 201108-78

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate

 

Change an existing course Mgt of Nonprofit Orgs PAD Graduate (6xxx) 142

We propose to change the course description of PAD 6142 Management of Nonprofit Organizations because the existing description is too specific and too prescriptive.
New Course Description:

This is the gateway course in the MPA nonprofit concentration and the graduate certificate of nonprofit management. Topics include the history, scope and significance of the nonprofit sector; theories of nonprofit provision; nonprofit management and leadership; strategic planning; and the future of the sector.

Log Number: 201108-79

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate

 

 

Change an existing course Ethics for Administrators PAD Graduate (6xxx) 436

We would like to change the course title and description of PAD 6436 to Ethics, Leadership and Accountability in Public Service because the new title and description does two things for our program. First, it provides a more comprehensive context for the study of ethics in public service. It does this both by emphasizing the pragmatic importance of accountability to stakeholders in public service ethics; and also links (in the sense of restricting) leadership to ethics. Second, it provides an explicit introduction of the topic of leadership in the MPA core. 
New Course Description:

This course studies the centrality of, and interaction between ethics, leadership and accountability in public and nonprofit organizations. 

 

Log Number: 201108-80

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate

 

 

Add a new course Civic Groups & Public Policy 
(3 crs)
PAD Beginning graduate (5xxx) XXX

Prerequisites:    
None
Co-requisites:    
None

Course Description:

Rather than a process taking place within government, public policy involves the interaction of government, business and nonprofit groups. The focus in this course is on the involvement of civic groups in public policy, especially the process of policy advocacy.

 

 

Log Number: 201108-97

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate Cognate


Add a new concentration to an existing program

Master of Public Admin. - Public Administration Major Public Management cognate  Concentration


Summary of the Changes:

Our graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management attracts students from a number of other UNF graduate programs, allowing them the opportunity to add to their skill set expertise in the management of nonprofit agencies. We would like to offer this same opportunity to students interested in adding expertise in the management of government agencies. We do not wish to offer this as a stand-alone graduate certificate, and so will restrict enrollment to students in other UNF graduate programs, espcially those needing an outside cognate. 
The three courses follow the model of our Nonprofit Certificate, in that it includes the introductory class to the MPA (PAD 6060 Public Administration in Modern Society), a human resources class (PAD 6417 Human Resources in Public Management), and a financial resoruces class (PAD 6227 Government Budget and Finance). The fourth class is an elective from among other MPA courses. 
The cognate therefore draws on existing MPA courses, and so will require no additional resources, and no new course offerings. 

(Click here to view the Program of study)

Log Number: 201108-123

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate

 

Change an existing non-degree program

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - Nonprofit Management

 

Summary of the Changes:

We propose revisions to our nonprofit management graduate certificate.

The certificate remains at 12 credits. 
We drop a strategic planning course not specific to nonprofits, and replace this with a broad human resource management class (Stakeholder Relations for NPOs). 
The list of electives is better focused on courses with specific nonprofit content. 
(Click here to view the Program of study)