Information Management in Public Sector Organizations – PADM 710

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines the major trends in information management (IM) and the challenges associated with IM best practices within the public sector. Students will research key IM issues and make appropriate recommendations related to the effective practice of public administration and leadership.

Prerequisite

PADM 700

Rationale

The over-arching principle is that public policy leaders must become continuous learners and early adopters of existing and emerging technologies and then maximize state-of-the-art information to provide, if not improve, any public service.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the efficacy of existing and emerging technologies impacting the delivery, management, and optimization of public services.
  2. Delineate the roles of primary stakeholders and maximize their functional uses in the collection, interpretation, and application of management information.
  3. Evaluate, for a specific public service, the effectiveness (or lack thereof) and use of management information applications. 
  4. Create an action plan with recommendations to increase the effective and impactful use of technologies and information to improve that service.
  5. Synthesize course concepts with a Biblical paradigm of public administration.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 750–800 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words.

The student will write an 8–10 page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the specified topic for that week. The paper must include citations from at least 15 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

The Application Paper is the culminating project of the course where students will apply course concepts to an analysis of a real public administration organization including an interview of a key leader within that organization.  Students will submit a topic proposal for professor review and upon approval will write 12–14 pages of content.  The paper must include citations from at least 25 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.