Touch the Technology Syllabus 2015



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Sample MPA Syllabus

 Administrative Law
MPA 506 – Fall
School of Management
Marist College
Professor. TBA                                      
Office Hours: Online anytime by appointment               
Course Description
Administrative Law explores the study of the legal framework of public administration. Basic principles of constitutional law and the institutions of American government are reviewed. The development of the administrative agency as a contemporary legal and social phenomenon and its relationship to other branches of government are considered. The structure of an administrative agency, its jurisdiction, powers, processes, and accountability are analyzed.
Course Objectives
MPA Program Objectives associated with the specific objectives for this course.
Compare various perspectives across organizational environments and the role of public administrators in core management and public policy disciplines.
Course Objective 1. Be able to identify the key legal, constitutional and political restraints affecting public organizations.
Course Objective 2. Assess various court cases throughout history that reflect on the political and legal relationships between administrative agencies and the courts. 
Demonstrate competency in communicating ideas, and Employ qualitative and quantitative analyses as a part of decision-making across public organizations. 
Course Objective 3. Explain the evolving relationship between the legislative bodies and the administrative agencies under the executive branch of government.
Integrate theories and practical applications of public organizations.
Course Objective 4. Compare and contrast contemporary academic literature in administrative law. 
Articulate ethical principles and their implications of managing in a diverse workforce in the global public sector.
Course Objective 5. Identify the key components of due process in U.S. administrative law.
Course Material/Text
The literature chosen for the course aims at providing students with a broad cross-section of understanding that will more likely lead to an appreciation of the relationships between the three branches of government. Individuals will be challenged to employ their own critical ability and independent judgment to express coherent cognitive patterns across the course themes.
Stephen J. Cann, Administrative Law, 4th Edition. Sage Publications
Readings and Notes
You should/shall review text assignments before reading course notes developed for each week. Course notes reflect on the assigned readings for the past week as well as provide discussion topics for the upcoming week. The readings outlined further below, indicate the chapters that should be read for that week and discussed online. Generally, the notes only reference the reading assignments when required, as they principally focus on elaborating the text materials, but occasionally offering clarification.
Objectives and Outcomes
You should/shall review the weekly file identified as Objectives and Outcomes at the beginning of each week as this file will outline the goals for the week as well as the steps taken to meet these goals. The files specifically layout the required assignments due for that particular week and discussion questions for the online discussion forum.
Communication Policy
Students should use the iLearn Message system to communicate with the professor only on private/personal issues. Any questions of a general nature, that is, ones seeking clarification on assignments, due dates, etc., should be posted in forum Questions/Answers. I will respond to all questions on the Forum within 24-hours but will make an effort to reply sooner if possible. Office hours are available at anytime throughout the course. Appointments can be made for phone, online chat or web conferencing as needed. 
As this is a graduate course, the weekly forums will be student facilitated, and the professor’s participation will be only when necessary; clarification of topic, refocus of discussion, etc. Students should not wait for professor’s comments/response to continue weekly discussion. Also, refer to online netiquette at the end of this syllabus. All assignments will be graded within a week if not sooner.
Course Requirements
Class Participation                                           
Your weekly discussions will be evaluated separately beginning with week 2; therefore it is important that you have continued and sustained discussion postings throughout the course. For each week discussion, I expect at least two rounds of participation from everyone for at least two questions. This is to underscore that a minimum of four quality posts will warrant a passing grade, but for an A grade - you should consider more than four and the quality of each posts per week. Given that weekly discussions run from Monday to Monday, your initial posts should ideally come by mid-week, with reactions and responses coming in the second half of the weeks. Class participation will be critical in meeting the following course objectives:
Be able to identify the key legal, constitutional and political restraints affecting public organizations.
Explain the evolving relationship between the legislative bodies and the administrative agencies under the executive branch of government.
Identify the key components of due process in U.S. administrative law.
Case Briefs
            Throughout the course specific cases will be assigned to be briefed from the weekly readings. All cases assigned on the course will be expected to be read by the entire class, however specific cases may be assigned for briefing. Refer to week 1 notes for briefing outline and assignments. Case briefs will be critical in meeting the following course objectives:
Assess various court cases throughout history that reflect on the political and legal relationships between administrative agencies and the courts.
Literature Review (Annotated Bibliography)
The next required assignment is a review of the literature on one specific theme of administrative law. You are responsible for providing a review of three journal articles (the articles cannot be from the same issue of a journal) and writing an overall review on the three selections. The completed literature review should be roughly four pages [fifth page for references in APA format]. The first three pages each associated with each article and the fourth page comparing/contrasting the three selections. The literature review is expected to review scholarly academic articles. This excludes newspaper and magazine news stories. The literature review will be critical in meeting the following course objectives:
Compare and contrast contemporary academic literature in administrative law.
The mid-term appears during the fourth week of the course. The exam will be essay based with two questions of which you are required to answer. The questions are concepts reviewed up to that point and will include all the reading materials (notes, texts and discussions). The mid-term exam will be critical in meeting the following course objectives:
Explain the evolving relationship between the legislative bodies and the administrative agencies under the executive branch of government.
Final Paper                                                                              
A paper will be due at the end of the course that focuses on a particular case, cases or issue of your choosing and analyzing by utilizing course concepts. You have an opportunity to build on one of the articles done for the literature review or topic emerging in the news.  The final paper should be roughly five to seven pages. Any topic relevant to Administrative Law is fine. Paper should include issue background, relevant court cases, an application of course concepts. The final paper will be critical in meeting the following course objectives:
Be able to identify the key legal, constitutional and political restraints affecting public organizations.
Compare and contrast contemporary academic literature in administrative law.
Final Exam
An essay based exam will be administered at the beginning of week 8 and due by week’s end. The exam will be essay based with two questions. The final exam will be critical in meeting the following course objective:
Be able to identify the key legal, constitutional and political restraints affecting public organizations.
                        Identify the key components of due process in U.S. administrative law.
Course Grading
            Weeks 1-4                                                       10points
            Weeks 5-8                                                       10points
Literature Review                                                         15points
Question 1                                                        8points
Question 2                                                        8points
Case Briefs                                          
            Brief #1                                                            5points
            Brief #2                                                            5points
            Brief #3                                                            5points
            Brief #4                                                            5points
Course Paper                                                              13points
Final Exam                                                                  
Question 1                                                        8points
Question 2                                                        8points
Total Possible Points                                                 100points
Grading Expectations
A         This person has an extraordinary grasp of the material, including conceptual connections among points and topics, and shows unusual insight into concepts, or ability to apply theories to practice, or both. 

A         [100-95]
A-          [94-91]

B          This person has a good grasp of the material and is able to draw inferences and connections at a level that would be expected of most graduate students.

B+       [90-88]
B          [87-85]
B-          [84-82]

C         This person’s understanding of the material would be adequate for an undergraduate student, but is not up to the standards of graduate work.

C+       [81-79]
C         [75-78]

You will be able to track your grades and any missed assignments via the Gradebook Tab in the course website.
Course Schedule
Week 1 – The Constitutional Context of Public Administration
October 21st      
            Week 1 Objectives and Notes Released October 21st 10am
Readings and Discussion on:
Cann Chapter 1
Case Brief #1 due October 28th 10am
Week 2 – Executive Control of the Bureaucracy
October 28th
Week 2 Objectives and Notes Released October 28th 10am
Readings and Discussion on:
Cann Chapter 2
Case Brief #2 due November 4th 10am
Week 3 – Legislative Control of the Bureaucracy
November 4th
Week 3 Objectives and Notes Released November 4th 10am
Readings and Discussion on:
Cann Chapter 3
Case Brief #3 due November 11th 10am
Week 4 – Control by Default: The Judiciary
November 11th    
Week 4 Objectives and Notes Released November 11th 10am
Readings and Discussion on:
Cann Chapter 4
Literature Review due November 18th 10am
Week 5 – The Government and Information
November 18th    
Week 5 Objectives and Notes Released November 18th 10am
Readings and Discussion on:
Cann Chapter 5
Mid-term Exam released on Wednesday, November 20th 10am
Mid-term Exam due on Monday, November 25th 10am
Week 6 – The Law of Public Employment
November 25th      
Week 6 Objectives and Notes Released November 25th 10am
Readings and Discussion on:
Cann Chapter 8
Case Brief #4 due December 2nd 10am
Week 7 – Due Process of Law in Other Contexts
December 2nd     
Week 7 Objectives and Notes Released December 2nd 10am
Readings and Discussion on:
Cann Chapter 9
                        Final Paper due December 9th 10am                
Week 8 – Administrative Action
December 9th    
Week 8 Objectives and Notes Released December 9th 10am
Readings and Discussion on:
Cann Chapter 6
Final Exam released on Monday, December 9th 10am  
Final Exam due on Thursday, December 12th 11pm
Late Policy
It is a Bad Idea to turn things in late. Late papers are penalized. This does mean, however, that late is better than never. All time deadlines are at EST. As graduate students I am aware that at times, work, family or health may prevent on time submissions. Therefore, I do accept late assignments, but so as not to judge among reasons of lateness, I have a standard late policy for grading purposes.
All assignments that are between one minute and 48 hours late will receive a one point deduction. All assignments that are 49 hours and 96 hours (2-4 days) late will receive a three point deduction. Any assignments late beyond four days will receive an additional point deduction per day. For the Mid-Term and Final Exams, all late submissions will receive a three point deduction for each day late beginning with the first minute late.
All late submissions should be sent via message attachment to the instructor. The body of the message should include the name of the late assignment and required point deduction. Do Not  include the reason the assignment is late – simply include the assignment name and point deduction in text.
Marist College ADA Statement
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The Marist College Office of Special Services provides individualized support to students in order to ensure access to a complete education.  Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Office of Special Services at 575-3274, Donnelly Hall 226 or via email at as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. Information about Marist's support services can be found at
Academic Dishonesty
Students are expected to uphold the school’s standard of conduct relating to academic honesty (please refer to the Marist College Student handbook for detailed information on the definitions and consequences for cheating and plagiarism).  Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work they submit.  The guiding principle of academic integrity shall be that a student’s submitted work, examinations, reports, and projects must be that of the student’s own work.  Students shall be guilty of violating the honor code if they:
Represent the work of others as their own;
Use or obtain unauthorized assistance in any academic work;
Give unauthorized assistance to other students;
Modify, without instructor approval, an examination, paper, record, or report for the purpose of obtaining additional credit;
Misrepresent the content of submitted work.
Evidence of cheating or plagiarism will result in a grade of 0 for that particular assignment.  Multiple incidences of plagiarism or cheating will result in a grade of “F” for this course.  If a student is unclear about whether a particular situation may constitute an honor code violation, the student should contact the instructor to discuss the situation.   
Plagiarism Prevention
Marist College is committed to the fundamental values of preserving academic honesty as defined in the Student Handbook.  The instructor reserves the right to utilize electronic means to help prevent plagiarism.  Students agree that by taking this course all assignments are subject to submission for textual similarity review to [Only the Lit Review and Final Paper are slated for submission review by] Assignments submitted to will be included as source documents in’s restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents.  Additional information about this system can be found at
Students should review resources at: [] which will provide you with the information on how to properly cite sources and understand what is meant by plagiarism.
Academic Resources
Marist College also has a number of academic resources, including tutoring, writing assistance, and advising, and proofreading assistance. You are encouraged to visit to learn more about these support tools.
The Marist College Academic Learning Center hosts a proofreading site in iLearn. On the proofreading site, you can submit your academic papers for review before you turn them into me for this class. To access the site, click My Workspace in your Quicklinks bar at the top of this screen. Then, click Membership in the left hand navigation bar. At the top of the screen, click Joinable Sites and scroll to join PROOF_001N_001.
Online Course
This course requires the use of Marist’s iLearn system. In order to actively participate in the course a basic knowledge of the iLearn website system is required. For any students who still require further support, Marist College provides a range of resources to help you get the most from your online educational experience. For access to iLearn support, click the links at the bottom of the iLearn login screen ( Here, you will find access to a brief web tutorial for an overview of iLearn tools, 1- or 2-page tips sheets for using specific tools, and a page of frequently asked questions for students.

For additional technical support please contact: Or call: 1-845-575-4357 (HELP)
Important information about the Marist College Help Desk (including hours) is available at the Help Desk Website:  Please note: the Help Desk is usually closed on weekends, so you will need to plan your schedule accordingly when completing assignments with weekend due dates in this course.

Instructors and Students in an Online Community Should Be :
Considerate : Treat each other with respect. Take time to read and respond to each other in such a way that a learning environment can continue to develop. Format your post so that everyone can learn from your knowledge, skills and abilities.
Encouraging : Not everyone has had previous online experience. Some may spend more time observing (reading other students'/candidates’ postings, remaining invisible for some time) than others. Notice the habits of your students/candidates’ and classmates. Provide encouragement for creative and critical conversation.
Helpful : Even a well-presented course can create some confusion. It is very easy to lose your place or miss reading information on certain links or pages. When other students/candidates are lost, offer a helping hand by pointing them in the right online direction so they can regain their confidence in online learning.
Aware : We all have had different life experiences. Be aware that your written word is the only form of communication in an asynchronous learning environment. Use your words carefully. Ask yourself if your comment could possibly be interpreted as insulting, disrespectful, discriminating, mocking, or rude. How would you feel if this comment was directed toward you?
The following behaviors should be avoided :
Shouting : Using all capital letters when communicating in an online environment is known as shouting. This usage is considered a rude method of communicating. Avoid using all capital letters in your online communications.
Impatience : Once you have posted a question or concern to your instructor, please wait patiently for a reply. There is no reason to bully your instructor or make judgment calls about his or her performance. In an online community, patience is a virtue.
The following behaviors are disruptive to the learning environment and will not be tolerated.
Flaming : Flaming is the term used for behaving disrespectfully toward others online. This behavior includes, but is not limited to, mocking, shouting, cursing, humiliating and discriminating against someone in the online environment.
Disrespect : Impolite and impertinent behavior, such as putting down or cursing your instructor or any student/candidate in an online classroom, will not be tolerated. Tone and presentation of your thoughts are very important. If you disagree with a posting or find one to be personally insulting, please find a way to respond politely or contact the Online Instructional Specialist for a review of the content.
Offensiveness : An online classroom is not the place for graphic terminology, sexual discussions, swearing, or any pornographic resources. Inappropriate language and materials of this nature are inexcusable and constitutes unacceptable behavior.
Discrimination : Derogatory statements about race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, and veterans will not be tolerated.
MPA Mission
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Marist College prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and values to be professionally competent and ethical leaders of a diverse work force in public and nonprofit organizations within the context of a global society. The curriculum links theory and practice by emphasizing contemporary issues grounded in the historical foundation of public administration.