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SPEA-E 162 : Environment and People

3 credits

An interdisciplinary examination of the problems of population, pollution, and natural resources and their implications for society.

SPEA-E 272 : Introduction to Environmental Science

3 credits

Statistics may be taken concurrently. Application of principles from the life and physical sciences to the scientific understanding and management of the environment. Emphasis will be placed on (1) the physical and biologic restraints on resource availability and use and (2) the technological and scientific options to solving contemporary environmental problems arising from this use.  

Prerequisite - Completion of the natural science and mathematics requirements for the bachelor's degree or equivalent, and ECON E103.

SPEA-E 400 : Topics in Environmental Studies

3 credits

An interdisciplinary consideration of specific environmental topics.

SPEA-H 316 : Environmental Health

3 credits

An orientation to the broad concerns of environmental and health interactions. Topics considered include vector-control food sanitation, air-quality control, water and wastewater treatment and quality control, solid and hazardous waste management, industrial hygiene, radiation safety, and public safety, as well as related policy and administrative techniques. 

SPEA-H 320 : Health Systems Administration

3 credits

An overview of the U.S. health care delivery system. It examines the organization, function, and role of the system; current system problems; and alternative systems or solutions. 

SPEA-H 322 : Principles of Epidemiology

3 credits

A basic overview of epidemiologic methodology and techniques. Both communicable and chronic disease risk factors will be discussed, along with data acquisition, analysis techniques, and current published epidemiological studies.

Prerequisite - SPEA K300, H455 (Emergency Preparedness)

SPEA-H 342 : Community Health Education

3 credits

A study of theory and practice in the field of professional health education; the process of behavioral change is examined; procedures for the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health education practice are considered.

SPEA-H 352 : Healthcare Finance 1

3 credits

A study of the financial management of health care facilities based on generally accepted business principles. Accounting and managerial control of cash, accounts receivable, inventory control, and budgeting and cost control, as well as accounting and evaluation of short- and long-term debt will be examined.

Prerequisite - BUS A201.

SPEA-H 371 : Human Resources Management in Health Care Facilities

3 credits

This introductory course will provide a discussion of the management function, which is concerned with the intelligent acquisition, development, and use of human resources in the diverse field of health care delivery. Aspects of labor relations that relate to this field will be presented.  

SPEA-H 402 : Hospital Administration

3 credits

The study of organization, structure, function, and fiscal operations within hospitals. The role of the hospital in the community, relationship to official and voluntary health agencies, coordination of hospital departments, and managerial involvement will be examined.  

Prerequisite - SPEA H320.

SPEA-H 411 : Chronic and Long-Term Care Administration

3 credits

Nursing home regulations, legal aspects, and insurance; personnel management; medical records; diet and food service; rehabilitation; nursing services; psychiatric aspects in handling of geriatric patients; professional standards; use of volunteer groups.  

SPEA-H 416 : Environmental Health Policy

3 credits

Course is intended for intensive study of selected problems in the area of environmental health management. Enrollment for students having completed field experience in this area and for others with appropriate background and interests.  

Prerequisite - Permission of instructor.

SPEA-H 441 : Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration

3 credits

An overview of the liability and legal responsibility, as well as legal recourse that health care facilities may exercise. This course will discuss policies and standards relating to health facility administration. Included in this course is a discussion of financial aspects unique to the hospital/health care facility environment, such as third-party payments and federal assistance. 

SPEA-H 455 : Topics in Public Health

1 - 3 credits

Extensive discussion of selected topics in public health. The topic may change from semester to semester per resource availability and student demand. 

SPEA-H 465 : Public Health Practicum

3 credits

Supervised orientation, observation, and instruction with local and state level health-related agencies and facilities. Primary emphasis will be placed on the student's area of concentration.  

Prerequisite - Senior standing.

SPEA-H 466 : Public Health Field Experience

1 credit

Supervised advanced training in professional and technical functions in public health functions. Individualized programs may be arranged to suit the student's area of concentration.  

Prerequisite - SPEA H465.

SPEA-H 474 : Health Administration Ethics Seminar

3 credits

This course will examine current issues in public health and governmental and private initiatives to resolve these issues.  

Prerequisite - SPEA H320, H322, H441, V450 (Health Disparities) and senior standing or permission of instructor.

SPEA-H 501 : U.S. Health Care Systems, Policies, and Ethical Challenges

3 credits

Study of the individual and social determinants of health and disease, as well as the nature of the disease intervention process and provider and consumer roles. Description and analysis of resource, process, and control components involved in delivery of health services. Particular emphasis on quality care assessment, epidemiology, and medical terminology.

SPEA-H 503 : Principles of Health Systems Management and Policy

3 credits

Examination of the functional role, organization, and structure of the health system, its components, and their organizational interrelationships. Course provides a broad conceptual framework for the delivery of health services through various organizations, and provides an opportunity to visit and to study a variety of health services systems components.

SPEA-H 504 : Quantitative Health Planning Methods

3 credits

An examination of health planning theory, methods, and techniques, including quantitative and subjective forecasting, determination of health service area, identifying need/demand for health services, health resource allocation decision models, and standards for the design of services and facilities.

Prerequisite - SPEA H5O1, SPEA H5O3.

SPEA-H 505 : Health Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

3 credits

Study and application of techniques to conduct, interpret, and present the design, implementation, and evaluation of health services programs. Includes collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting information. Emphasis on computer utilization and statistical analysis as a management tool. Field project required.

Prerequisite - SPEA H5O1, SPEA H5O3, SPEA H5O4.

SPEA-H 514 : Health Economics

3 credits

Examines the principles and application of economic analysis in the health field and the economist's approach to health care issues; provides insights offered by economic analysis of specific health issues and problems.

Prerequisite - 3 credit hours of undergraduate economics or permission of instructor.

SPEA-H 515 : Seminar in Health Policy: Special Topics

3 credits

An examination of public policy-making in the health care sector since 1900, with emphases on policy analysis, process of governmental regulation, and character of American institutions. Special attention will be given to the constitutional, jurisprudential, legislative, and bureaucratic features of the American health care environment. 

SPEA-H 516 : Health Services Delivery and the Law

3 credits

Medical-legal concepts related to hospitals and other health services organizations. Course provides an in-depth understanding of the relationships of the law and the legal processes affecting the health services system. Presentation of the elements of administrative and agency processes, torts, contracts, facilities, physicians, patients, and personnel. 

SPEA-H 517 : Public Health Epidemiology

3 credits

An examination of basic epidemiology methods such as the design, administration, and analysis of observational and experimental studies involving human subjects. Emphasis will be on the application of epidemiology techniques, the assessment of health hazards and health requirements, as well as the evaluation of the effectiveness of health-related programs.

SPEA-H 518 : Public Health Statistics

3 credits

This course presents data, description, and other statistical procedures used in the analysis of public health data. Topics include demographic techniques, life tables, hypothesis testing, and construction of confidence intervals. Standard statistical techniques such as contingency table analyses, analyses of variance, and regression analyses as applied to health research and program evaluation are also addressed.  

SPEA-H 601 : Hospital Organization and Management

3 credits

Study of the organization and management of hospital clinical, support, and administrative functions; examination of performance evaluation techniques for health managers; analysis of special operational problems; administrative ethics; requirements of the Joint Commission Accreditation of Hospitals emphasized.  

SPEA-H 602 : Mental Health Services Organization and Management

3 credits

Study of the organization and systems for delivery of mental health services; emphasis on the management and the financing of psychiatric services. 

SPEA-H 603 : Nursing Home Organization and Management

3 credits

Study of the purpose, organization, and management of nursing homes, personal and residential care facilities, and institutions needing long-term specialty treatment. Emphasis on personal and professional skills necessary to provide a wide range of services and quality care in those environments. 

SPEA-H 604 : Ambulatory Care/Managed Care Programs

3 credits

Study of the organizational and managerial aspects of ambulatory health services delivery. Focus on delivery strategies and organizational models and on the operational issues of financial control, personnel, regulation, and evaluation.

SPEA-J 101 : American Criminal Justice System

3 credits

Introduction to the criminal justice system of the United States and its function in contemporary society 

SPEA-J 102 : Special Issues in Crimial Justice

3 credits

Course examines selected aspects of the causes and characteristics of crime in America.  Reviews three components of the American criminal justice system:  law enforcement, courts, and corrections.  Focuses on juvenile justice, drugs, terrorism, and international issues, while examining also the delicate balance between community interest and individual rights. 

SPEA-J 150 : Public Safey in America

3 credits

The protection of persons and property involves a number of public and private organizations.  The course examines the roles that agencies working within fire service, emergency management, criminal justice, and the private security sector play in securing public saftey in the United States. 

SPEA-J 201 : Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies

3 credits

This course examines the impact of sociological, psychological, biological, and economic theories of crime and the practice of criminal justice. Focus is upon the nature and importance of theory, context of theoretical develop­ments, methods for the critical analysis of theoretical developments, and policy implications of the varying perspectives considered. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 202 : Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Research

3 credits

Course examines basic concepts of criminal justice. Students become familiar with research techniques necessary for systematic analysis of the criminal justice system, offender behavior, crime trends, and program effectiveness. Students will learn to critically evaluate existing research. Students will become familiar with existing sources of criminal justice data and will learn to assess the quality of that data. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 215 : Concepts of Forensic Science

3 credits

Forensic science and the criminal justice system.  Evidence collection and analysis.  Forensic chemisty including drugs and trace evidence, biology including blood splatter and DNA, pathology, entomology, anthropology, and forensic science and the law.  Credit not given for both SPEA J215 and SPEA J322.  

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 222 : Murder in AmericaL Causes and Consequences

3 credits

An investigation of homicide in the United States.  Focus on the level and nature of homicides as well as domestic homicides, serial, and mass murder, race, ethnicity and gender, drugs and alcohol, school and workplace homicides, investigation, profiling and the death penalty, and homicide prevention and intervention programs. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 260 : Topics in Criminal Justice

1 - 3 credits

Study of selected issues in criminal justice.  Topics vary from semester to semester.  May be repeated for credit. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 272 : Terrorism and Public Policy

3 credits

This course surveys terrorism in democratic societies, with an emphasis on public policy responses designed to combat terrorism.  Overview of terrorist organizations in various countries are interspersed with analyses of significant terrorist events and public policies, and legal and public safety responses the events create. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 275 : Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice

3 credits

This course examines the influence of diversity issues such as race, ethnicity, class, and gender on crime and the treatement of the underrepresented groups throughout the American criminal justice system.  

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 301 : Substantive Criminal Law

3 credits

The development, limitations, and application of substan­tive criminal law using the case-study method.

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102, J201, J202.

SPEA-J 302 : Procedural Criminal Law

3 credits

Criminal law application and procedure from the initiation of police activity through the correctional process using the case-study method.  

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102, J306.

SPEA-J 303 : Evidence

3 credits

The rules of law governing proof at trial of disputed issues of fact; burden of proof; presumptions and judicial notice; examination, impeachment, competency, and privileges of witnesses; hearsay rule and exceptions; all related as nearly as possible to criminal as opposed to civil process.

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102, J306.

SPEA-J 304 : Correctional Law

3 credits

Legal problems from conviction to release: presentence investigations, sentencing, probation and parole, incarceration, loss and restoration of civil rights. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 305 : Juvenile Justice

3 credits

This course is designed to provide an overview of the justice system's response to abused, neglected, and dependant children, juvenile misconduct; and delinquent behavior.  An extensive review of the development of recent legal changes to the court, options for prevention, treatment of juvenile offenders, and possible system reforms. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 306 : The Criminal Courts

3 credits

An analysis of the criminal justice process from prosecution through appeal. The organization and operation of felony and misdemeanor courts are examined. Topics include prosecutorial decision making, plea-bargaining, judicial selections, the conduct of trials, sentencing, and appeal.

Prerequisite - SPEA J101. J102, J201, J202.

SPEA-J 310 : Introduction to Administrative Processes

3 credits

Introduction to principles of management and systems theory for the administration of criminal justice agencies. Credit not given for both SPEA J310 and V270. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 312 : White Collar Crime

3 credits

White collar crime is an examination of the definitions, theories, laws, and policy responses that shape crimes by corporations, government agencies, professionals, and others engaged in legitimate occupations.  

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 320 : Criminal Investigation

3 credits

Theory of investigation, crime scene procedures, interviews, interrogations, surveillances and sources of infor­mation; collection and preservation of physical evidence; investigative techniques in specific crimes. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 321 : American Policing

3 credits

A broadly based study of the operations and interrelationships of the American policy system, including discussion of the limitations of the police function, interjurisdictional matters, and intra-agency processes.

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 322 : Introduction to Criminalistics

3 credits

Evidence developed through the investigative process and methods of identifying and establishing validity and relevance through forensic laboratory techniques.

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 331 : Corrections

3 credits

A survey of contemporary correctional systems including analysis of federal, state, and local correction; adult and juvenile facilities and programs; probation and parole.

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 355 : Global Criminal Justice Prespectives

3 credits

An international review of select criminal justice perspectives and systems within the primary legal traditions of common, civil, Islamic, and social systems, as well as those that do not fit into established categories, such as Native American and African tribal justice.   

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 370 : Seminar in Criminal Justice

3 credits

Selected contemporary topics in criminal justice. May be repeated for credit. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 376 : Principles of Public Safety

3 credits

Examination of threats to public safety and governmental response at various levels to those threats. Treatment of such areas as transportation and highway threats; occupational safety and health; criminal threats; emergency and disaster planning; consumer protection; and fire control and suppression. Discussion of techniques to identify and measure risk, the acceptability of risk, and governmental attempts to control risk.  

Prerequisite - SPEA-J 101, J102.

SPEA-J 380 : Internship in Criminal Justice

3 credits

Open to interested students who qualify upon approval of the faculty. Students may be placed with various criminal justice agencies for assignment to a defined task relevant to their educational interests. Tasks may involve staff work or research. Full-time participants may earn up to 6 credit hours. May be repeated for credit. Course is graded S/F (satisfactory/ fail). 

Prerequisite - Permission of instructor.

SPEA-J 410 : Criminal Justice and Information Systems

3 credits

Records, their use, maintenance, analysis, and interpretation. Use of computer applications and other automated techniques and devices in the criminal justice system. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 433 : Institutional Corrections

3 credits

The history and development of the jail, penitentiary, prison, and reformatory. Analysis and evaluation of contemporary imprisonment. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J101.

SPEA-J 439 : Crime and Public Policy

3 credits

A detailed examination of the major efforts designed to control or reduce crime. A review of existing knowledge is followed by an investigation of current crime control theories, proposals, and programs. 

Prerequisite - All criminal justice concentration courses, senior standing and instructor consent.

SPEA-J 440 : Corrections in the Community

3 credits

A detailed analysis of correctional alternatives to incarceration that focus on the reintegration of the offender while remaining in the community. Because of their extensive use, considerable attention is given to probation and parole. Other topics include diversion community residential programs, restitution halfway houses, and home detention.

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 445 : Trends in Correction

3 credits

Analysis and evaluation of contemporary correctional systems. Discussion of recent research concerning the correctional institution and the various field services.  

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 460 : Police in the Community

3 credits

In-depth examination of crime as an urban policy problem, focusing on the role of police and victims in defining crime as a policy problem, and their roles in seeking to reduce the incidence of crime.  

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102.

SPEA-J 470 : Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

3 credits

Emphasizes current developments in legal, administrative, and operational aspects of the criminal justice system.  

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, J102, and senior standing or consent of department.

SPEA-J 480 : Research in Criminal Justice

1 - 6 credits

Individual research under guidance of faculty member.  

Prerequisite - junior standing, five courses in criminal justice, and consent of departmental chairperson.

SPEA-J 501 : Criminological Thought and Policy

3 credits

This course provides an intensive introduction to the theoretical literature on crime and delinquency. Its purpose is to develop students' ability to critically evaluate and compare theories of crime as they apply to public policy and the criminal justice system.  

SPEA-J 502 : Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Public Affairs

3 credits

This course examines research techniques necessary for systematic analysis of the criminal justice system, offenders' behavior, crime trends, and program effectiveness. The course requires that students actively pursue such techniques as conducting interviews, coding data, and designing studies. Criminological research will be critically examined.

SPEA-J 550 : Topics in Criminal Justice and Public Safety

3 credits

Selected research and special topics in criminal justice such as violence; history of criminal prosecution; and alcohol, drugs, and crime. 

SPEA-J 582 : Criminal Justice Systems

3 credits

Detailed examination of operations of police, courts, and correctional agencies. Study of management problems in systems response to criminal activity. Development of understanding of interrelationships among system components. Examination of major policy issues in criminal justice with emphasis on decision-making techniques. 

Prerequisite - SPEA V586.

SPEA-J 587 : Criminal Violation: Problems and Characteristics

3 credits

Commonalities in criminal behavior. The criminal act: circumstances leading to commission and subsequent perceptions of them. Family, community, and other environments affecting criminal behavior. Behavioral consequences of crime control processes. 

SPEA-J 588 : Law and Control in Society

3 credits

The role of law versus other forms of social control. How social change and social institutions shape the law. Social factors influencing the administration of law. 

SPEA-J 666 : Criminal Justice Policy and Evaluation

3 credits

An empirical assessment of the foundations of contemporary and historical attempts to control or prevent crime. Major policies, programs, and strategies are reviewed and critically analyzed. Specific topics and policies will vary in this capstone seminar.  

SPEA-J 682 : Planning and Management for Criminal Justice and Public Saftey

3 credits

A seminar addressing selected issues in criminal justice. Topics may include management, planning, organized crime, juvenile delinquency, law enforcement, courts, corrections, and other issues. Topics will vary each semester. Different sections may address different topics. The course may be taken more than once. 

Prerequisite - SPEA J582.

SPEA-K 300 : Statistical Techniques

3 credits

Introduction to statistics; nature of statistical data; ordering and manipulation of data; measures of central tendency and dispersion; elementary probability. Concepts of statistical inference and decision: estimation and hypothesis testing. Special topics include regression and correlation, analysis of variance, nonparametric methods.  

Prerequisite - MATH M014 or equivalent.

SPEA-V 100 : Current Topics in Public Affairs

1 - 3 credits

Readings and discussions of current public issues and problems. May be repeated for credit with different topics.  

SPEA-V 170 : Introduction to Public Affairs

3 credits

Broad coverage of public affairs through critical and analytical inquiry into policy making at national and international levels of government. Particular emphasis on intergovernmental relations as they affect policy in the federal system.  

SPEA-V 252 : Career Development and Planning

3 credits

Course highlights include identification of work values and personality preference, a career research assignment, networking assignments designed to prepare students for contact with employers, in-depth tutorial and feedback concerning how to craft a marketable resume and cover letter, and development of an overall career plan.

Prerequisite - SPEA J101, V170.

SPEA-V 260 : Topics in Public Affairs

3 credits

Selected topical courses that are specifically chosen as appropriate to fulfill the SPEA requirement of "public affairs option." Topics vary from semester to semester.  

SPEA-V 261 : Computers in Public Affairs

3 credits

An introduction to computer applications in public affairs. Topics include basic terminology, core concepts, and issues associated with managing operating systems, designing networks, and applying user information technology to public affairs problems. Issues of security and ethics in computing are also considered.  

SPEA-V 263 : Public Management

3 credits

Managers in the public sector must operate under special constraints that are different from those in the private sector. This course examines the management process in public organizations in the United States. Special attention will be given to external influences on public managers, the effects of the intergovernmental environment, and peculiar problems of management in a democratic, limited government system.  

SPEA-V 264 : Urban Structure and Policy

3 credits

An introduction to urban government and public policy issues. Topics include urban government structure, intergovernmental relations, social and demographic trends in urban patterns, urban economic structure, selected urban problems, and policy alternatives.  

SPEA-V 270 : Survey of Administrative Techniques

3 credits

Introduction to principles of supervisory management and systems theory for the administration of public agencies. Credit not given for both SPEA V270 and SPEA J310.  

SPEA-V 340 : Urban Government Administration

3 credits

Structure of local government in the United States, federalism and intergovernmental relations, policy problems faced by local officials, and the implications of those problems for local government and administrators.  

SPEA-V 346 : Introduction to Government Accounting and Financial Reporting

3 credits

An introduction to government accounting, including comparison with accounting for the private sector, intended as background for use of financial administrators. The course deals primarily with municipal accounting. It also includes accounting by and for the federal government, auditing practices, and financial reporting.  

Prerequisite - BUS A201 or consent of instructor. No previous knowledge of accounting is assumed.

SPEA-V 348 : Management Science

3 credits

Introduction to management science models and methods for policy analysis and public management. Methods include decision analysis, linear programming, queuing analysis, and simulation. Computer-based applications are included. Prior familiarization with computers (e.g., CSCI C201) is recommended, though not required. 

Prerequisite - MATH M118 or MATH M125, SPEA K300.

SPEA-V 352 : Personal Career Planning

1 credit

Investigation of careers, the world of work, and the career planning process. The focal point is the student and his/her goals. Provides assistance in developing practical, meaningful, and realistic insight into the nature of making a public-career choice in today's world. Course is graded S/F (satisfactory / fail).  

Prerequisite - Junior standing.

SPEA-V 365 : Urban Development and Planning

3 credits

This course identifies the major problems associated with urban development in the United States and investigates the potential of public planning strategies and tools to deal with those problems. An emphasis is placed on the application of analytical approaches to problem definition and solution. 

Prerequisite - SPEA K300 and SPEA V264.

SPEA-V 366 : Managing Behavior in Public Organizations

3 credits

This course provides an introduction to the management of people in public organizations. Focus is on behavioral science in management and related analytical and experiential applications.  

SPEA-V 368 : Managing Government Operations

3 credits

Application of analytical techniques to operating decisions in public sector management. Cases are used extensively to illustrate the application of techniques such as charting, capacity and demand analysis, forecasting, performance measurement, decision analysis, queuing/simulation, Markov modeling, and cost- effective analysis to design, scheduling, inventory, assignment, transportation, and replacement decisions.

SPEA-V 372 : Government Finance and Budgets

3 credits

Study of fiscal management in public agencies, including revenue administration, debt management, and public budgeting.  

Prerequisite - Junior standing.

SPEA-V 373 : Human Resource Management in the Public Sector

3 credits

The organization andoperation of public personnel management systems with emphasis on concepts and techniques of job analysis, position classification, training, affirmative action, and motivation.  

Prerequisite - Junior standing or permission of instructor.

SPEA-V 375 : Emergency Services Administration

3 credits

An overview of management principles and functional components of Emergency Medical Service systems.  

SPEA-V 376 : Law and Public Policy

3 credits

The purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the origins, process, and impact of law in the making and implementing of public policy. The major objective of the course is to provide students with the substantive concepts necessary to understand the judicial system and law in its various forms.  

SPEA-V 377 : Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America

3 credits

An introduction to the American legal system, including the Constitution, courts system, and administrative law in federal and state agencies. Readings and discussion center on current issues affected by the legal process.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V376.

SPEA-V 380 : Internship in Public and Environmental Affairs

1 - 6 credits

Open to interested students upon approval of faculty. Students are placed with public agencies or governmental units for assignment to a defined task relevant to their educational interests in public affairs. Tasks may involve staff work or research. Full-time participants may earn up to 6 credit hours. 

Prerequisite - Permission of instructor.

SPEA-V 390 : Readings in Public and Environmental Affairs

1 - 3 credits

Independent readings and research related to a topic of special interest to the student. Written report required.  

Prerequisite - Permission of instructor.

SPEA-V 421 : Metropolitan Development

3 credits

Discussion of the process of development in metropolitan regions. Includes topics such as economic development, land-use evolution, and demographic change. Consideration of relevant policy issues.  

SPEA-V 432 : Labor Relations in the Public Sector

3 credits

An introductory overview of labor relations in the public sector. Course includes the development, practice, and extent of the collective bargaining process and administration of the labor agreement by state and local governments.  

SPEA-V 442 : Topics - Budgeting or Cost/Benefit

3 credits

Comprehensive study of techniques of public fiscal management, primarily at the state and local level, and discussion of current issues. May be repeated for different topics.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V372 or permission of instructor.

SPEA-V 444 : Public Administrative Organization

3 credits

A review of research findings and analysis of the operation of public agencies and their performance.  

SPEA-V 447 : Federal Budget Policy

3 credits

Examination of the institutions and processes involved in putting together the annual federal budget, with emphasis on the role of the Appropriations and Budget Committees in Congress and the White House and Office of Management and Budget in the executive branch. Selected major policy areas will be considered.  

SPEA-V 449 : Senior Policy Seminar

3 credits

Discussion of the role of policy analysts in government. Applications of analytical tools to substantive policy areas such as transportation, community development, education, poverty, manpower, and health.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V348.

SPEA-V 450 : Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs

1 - 3 credits

Extensive analysis of selected contemporary issues in public affairs Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for different topics.  

SPEA-V 461 : Computer Applications in Public Affairs

3 credits

This course provides students with the essentials of computer hardware and software needed to operate effectively in a public sector environment. The course will emphasize public sector applications using software packages on microcomputers and minicomputers. 

Prerequisite - CSCI 0201 or SPEA K201, SPEA K300, SPEA V348, and senior standing.

SPEA-V 468 : Research Methods in the Applied Social Sciences

3 credits

This course will introduce the student to the basic methods, issues, analytical techniques, and ethical considerations of evaluation research.  

SPEA-V 472 : Policy Processes in the U.S.

3 credits

Intended as an integrative senior course, primarily for SPEA students. Course content includes analytic perspectives of the policy process, the centers of policy, and the public interest. Selected cases involving problem analysis and decision making on public issues are included, as well as discussion of current policy issues.  

Prerequisite - Senior standing and completion of two SPEA core courses.

SPEA-V 473 : Management Leadership and Policy

3 credits

The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with an opportunity to apply the techniques they have learned to actual situations. Special attention will be paid to feasible as contrasted to desirable solutions. Emphasis will be given to the contextual factors involved in developing feasible solutions.

Prerequisite - All public affairs core courses, senior standing and instructor consent

SPEA-V 490 : Directed Research in Public and Environmental Affairs

1 - 3 credits

To be arranged with the individual instructor and approved by the chairperson of the undergraduate program.  

SPEA-V 499 : Honors Thesis

3 credits

Required of seniors in the Honors Program. Research and paper to be arranged with individual instructor and approved by the campus SPEA Honors Program director. May be repeated for credit.  

SPEA-V 500 : Quantitative Tools for Public Affairs

3 credits

A modular presentation of mathematical and statistical concepts designed to prepare students for SPEA V506. Representative module topics include basic algebraic concepts, basic statistical concepts, probability, computer use, and matrix algebra.  

SPEA-V 502 : Public Management

3 credits

Problems of organization, planning, decision making, performance evaluation, and the management of human resources are considered. Cases are drawn from a variety of public services found at federal, state, and local levels of government.  

Prerequisite - Analysis of concepts, methods, and procedures involved in managing public organizations.

SPEA-V 504 : Public Organizations

3 credits

The course focuses on the behavior and theory of public organizations in four areas: individuals and groups in public organizations, the design of public organizations, organization-environment relations, and interorganizational relations.  

SPEA-V 506 : Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making

3 credits

Noncalculus survey of concepts in probability, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Applications of contingency table analysis, analysis of variance, regression, and other statistical techniques. Computer processing of data emphasized.  

Prerequisite - mathematics and computing foundation.

SPEA-V 507 : Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs

3 credits

This course is a graduate-level introduction to modeling complex systems, estimating parameters of models of the basis of data, forecasting future values of the system, and testing hypotheses about the nature of things within that context.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V506.

SPEA-V 508 : Topics in Quantitative Analysis

1 - 3 credits

Study and application of selected quantitative methods of analysis. Additional topics that are not included in SPEA V506 or SPEA V507 may be presented, or more advanced exami­nation of topics that are introduced in SPEA V506 and SPEA V507 may be undertaken.  

Prerequisite - consent of instructor.

SPEA-V 509 : Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector

3 credits

Ethical conduct in the public sector is examined. Topics covered could include personal ethical responsibility, deception, corruption, codes of ethics, policy making, morality, politics, and whistle blowing. Case studies and media material will be used to illustrate these and other such issues affecting the workplace.  

SPEA-V 512 : Public Policy Process

3 credits

An examination of the role of public affairs professionals in policy processes. Focuses on relationships with political actors in various policy arenas.  

SPEA-V 516 : Public Management Information Systems

3 credits

The economic, social, demographic, technological, and political data necessary for the effective analysis and management of public services. The formation and classification of information on public programs and services. The organization, gathering, storage, and retrieval of complex data banks. The assessment of public organizational data needs. 

SPEA-V 517 : Public Management Economics

3 credits

Application of microeconomics concepts and techniques—including cost, elasticity, pricing, wage determination, and cost-benefit analysis—to public management and public issues and concerns. The course is designed to provide a managerial economics perspective to decision making.  

SPEA-V 518 : Intergovernmental Systems Management

3 credits

Discussion of theories and approaches to systems management including responsibilities and tasks of public systems. Examination of intergovernmental relationships such as national­state-local relationships and intralocal governmental relationships, treatment of organizational and systems design as well as planning, decision making, and control of public systems. Discussion of applications to services such as environment, health, and human services.  

SPEA-V 520 : Environmental Policy Analysis

3 credits

The interrelationships among social, technical, and natural systems. Theories of growth. Causes and implications of environmental problems. Alternative policies and mechanisms for environmental control and bases for choice.  

SPEA-V 521 : The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector

3 credits

The theory, size, scope, and functions of the nonprofit and voluntary sectors are covered from multiple disciplinary perspectives including historical, political, economic, and social.  

SPEA-V 522 : Human Resource Management in Nonprofits

3 credits

Effective human resource management is vital for the long-term success of nonprofit organizations. This course explores the attachments of participants in nonprofit organizations, the motivational and personnel programs required by these attachments, and the managerial strategies for effective human resource management.  

SPEA-V 525 : Management in the Nonprofit Sector

3 credits

An examination of nonprofit (third-sector) organizations and their role in society. Management issues and public policy affecting these organizations are discussed. Primary emphasis is upon U.S. organizations, but attention is given to the global nature of the sector.  

SPEA-V 526 : Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations

3 credits

This course emphasizes a thorough understanding of the language and key concepts of nonprofit financial management. A working knowledge of the basic analytical tools used in financial decision making for nonprofit organizations will be examined through the use of computer software.  

SPEA-V 529 : Seminar in Career and Professional Development

1 credit

Introduction to career development in public and environmental affairs. Orientation to career development approaches and resources. Discussion and practice of professional skills and techniques. Orientation to career development opportunities. Course is graded S /F.  

SPEA-V 532 : Urban Decision Making

3 credits

Administrative decision making against the background of urban politics, power structures, bureaucracies, commercial and industrial interests, and citizen participation.  

SPEA-V 539 : Management Science for Public Affairs

3 credits

Focus on management science methods applied to public policy analysis. Includes treatment of decision theory, constrained optimization and probability/simulation modeling.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V506.

SPEA-V 540 : Law and Public Affairs

3 credits

Explanation of law in society and its influence on public sector operations. Examination of some of the central substantive areas of the study of law, including regulatory processes, administrative adjudication, the Administrative Procedures Act, ombudsmen, and citizen rights, among others.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V506.

SPEA-V 542 : Governmental Financial Accounting and Reporting

3 credits

An introduction to the fundamentals of accounting in business, not-for-profit, and public sectors. Intended only for students without previous accounting courses. Primary emphasis is on municipal entity fund accounting, including the development and use of financial statements.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V560 or consent of instructor.

SPEA-V 543 : Health Services Management

3 credits

A course that integrates theory and application with respect to management of health service organizations. Emphasis on the role of managers and management within formal health service organizations. Current management and organizational theory are applied to an understanding of health care delivery settings.  

SPEA-V 545 : The U.S. Health Care System

3 credits

An analysis of delivery of health care in the United States from 1900 to the present. Major system components are defined and studied with emphasis on current health care policy. Topics include the organization of health care delivery on federal, state, and local levels, both in public and private sectors.  

SPEA-V 546 : Health Services Utilization

3 credits

An examination of problems of access to health care and the utilization of health services. The social, political, and individual factors associated with utilization are studied along with social change and control strategies. Special emphasis is given to power and the definition of power in the system.  

SPEA-V 550 : Topics in Public Affairs

3 credits

Selected research and discussion topics organized on a semester-by-semester basis, usually with significant student input in the course design.  

SPEA-V 554 : Human Services Administration

3 credits

Focus is on policy, management, and organization relating to a variety of humanservice systems. Special attention is given to the management of social programs in the environmental systems.  

SPEA-V 556 : Topics in Human Services Administration

3 credits

Readings and research on selected topics in the field of the management of human services. Topics selected for study will vary.  

SPEA-V 557 : Proposal Development and Grant Administration

3 credits

This course provides the opportunity for each student to develop a complete proposal through participation in the entire grant application process.  The integration of case studies, visual media, printed materials, and class discussions provides students with practical knowledge for writing successful proposals.  

SPEA-V 558 : Fund Development for Nonprofits

3 credits

Important aspects of the fund raising process in nonprofit organizations are covered, including techniques and strategies for assessing potential sources of support; effective use of human resources; process management; theory to underlay practice; analysis of current practice; practice standards; and discussion of ethical problems.  

SPEA-V 560 : Public Finance and Budgeting

3 credits

The fiscal role of government in a mixed economy, sources of public revenue andcredit; administrative, political, and institutional aspects of the budget and the budgetary process; problems and trends in intergovernmental fiscal relations.  

SPEA-V 561 : Public Human Resources Management

3 credits

Discussion of the selection and management of personnel. Personnel systems and the role of the merit system in government. Emphasis on public labor relations and continuous training of personnel for professional development.  

SPEA-V 562 : Public Program Evaluation

3 credits

Examination of how the programs of public agencies are proposed, established, operated, and evaluated. Discussion of the role and conduct of research in the program evaluation process. In addition, techniques of effective evaluation and analysis are discussed.  

SPEA-V 563 : The Planning Process

3 credits

Seminar designed to familiarize students with planning ramifications of policy issues faced by governments. The focal topics selected for study will vary. Emphasis placed on identification and analysis of substantive issues, methods employed for resolution, and application or planning techniques for achieving goals.  

SPEA-V 564 : Urban Management

3 credits

The course deals with the management of public policy in American urban government, with special attention to the relationship of structure, process, and policy. Readings and case studies will focus on urban management problems relating to leadership, planning, and operations.

SPEA-V 566 : Executive Leadership

3 credits

Analysis of executive leadership within the context of public organization in the United States. Examines the role of public managers and the principles and factors that affect their actions in light of current research and practice.  

SPEA-V 567 : Public Financial Administration

3 credits

Problems of financial management in governmental units; alternative revenue sources, financial planning and control, cash debt management; survey of modern expenditure management, control and planning.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V560 or consent of instructor.

SPEA-V 568 : Management of Urban Government Services

1 - 3 credits

The course deals with selected topics in urban services. The course may focus on a specific urban service or provide an overview for several urban services. 

Prerequisite - SPEA V560 or consent of instructor.

SPEA-V 570 : Public Sector Labor Relations

3 credits

An introductory overview of labor relations concepts within the framework of the public sector. The development, practice, and extent of the collective bargaining process as well as the administration of the labor agreement will be examined for state agencies, local municipalities, and school districts. 

SPEA-V 572 : Urban Topics

3 credits

Selected topics in urban policy and administration. The course is some­times restricted to a special group of students focusing on a particular research interest.  

SPEA-V 575 : Comparative Public Management and Administration

3 credits

Reading and discussion of case studies and comparative analyses of formal organizations with emphasis on governmental bureaucracies, public corporations, and international organizations. Topics include bureaucratic environment and culture, technology and organizations, program evaluation, communication and decision making, and administrative structure and process.  

SPEA-V 576 : Comparative Approaches to Development

3 credits

Examination of the application of development theory to the public sector. Topics include modernization theory, urbanization, develop­ment administration, community development, ethnicity, ideology, and national planning. Area case study project to include problems of policy implementation in developing areas.  

SPEA-V 577 : International Economic Development Policy

3 credits

Examination of topics in international economics as related to problems of economic development policy. Topics include international trade, comparative economic policy, economic integration, foreign aid investment, exchange rates, and international economic organizations.  

SPEA-V 579 : Readings in Environmental Science

1 - 3 credits

Readings on selected topics in environmental science to be arranged with the individual instructor. 

SPEA-V 580 : Readings in Public Affairs

1 - 3 credits

Readings on selected topics in public affairs to be arranged with the individual instructor.

SPEA-V 581 : Public Safety Law

1 - 3 credits

Survey of historical development of Anglo-American law of public safety, including criminal law, civil remedies, administrative regulation of risk, and recent developments in employee and consumer safety. Emphasis on understanding legal theory and practice as basis for management decisions. Comparison of jurisprudential viewpoints and other disciplinary approaches to causation, prevention, and correction of public safety problems.  

SPEA-V 585 : Practicum in Public Affairs

1 - 6 credits

Open to interested students through the Center for Public Affairs Service-Learning or Field Study Program. Students hold work assignments with public agencies; final product such as a report, oral examination, or examples of materials developed in the practicum is required. Grading is on a satisfactory/ fail basis.  

SPEA-V 586 : Public Safety in the U.S.

3 credits

Overview of criminal justice and public safety. Definitions of public safety and identification of major components. Functional description of major public safety agencies. Discussion of basic issues in public safety. Management in public safety system. 

SPEA-V 590 : Research in Public Affairs

1 - 3 credits

Research on selected topics in public affairs to be arranged with the individual instructor. 

SPEA-V 593 : Analytical Methods in Planning and Policy Analysis

3 credits

Topics relate to goal setting and forecasting. Analytical methods include time series analysis, demographic projects, economic development and employment forecasting, land use and transportation planning analysis. Optimization methods are applied to transportation and project management. 

Prerequisite - SPEA V507.

SPEA-V 595 : Managerial Decision Making

1 - 3 credits

Applications of decision-making tools to substantive public manage­ment problems. A variety of managerial cases and issues are selected for intensive discussion and analysis.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V504 and SPEA V539.

SPEA-V 600 : Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs

3 credits

Interdisciplinary course designed to give students exposure to the realities of the policy process through detailed analyses of case studies and projects. Course integrates science, technology, policy, and management. Topic may change from semester to semester.

SPEA-V 601 : Workshop in Public Affairs

1 - 6 credits

Projects in public affairs The students work on a research and resource team to complete a project for a public sector client. Faculty act as project managers and resource personnel. 

SPEA-V 602 : Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organ

3 credits

Concepts, cases, and problem solving associated with the structure and process of strategic management in the public sector, broadly defined to include governmental and nongovernmental organizations.  

SPEA-V 610 : Seminar in Government Budget and Program Analysis

1 - 6 credits

Advanced study of management aspects of budgetary process. Special cases are analyzed, and budget problem- solving exercises are utilized.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V560.

SPEA-V 631 : Health Planning

3 credits

A workshop in analysis and use of health data in a planning context. Course deals with the planning process and methods with an emphasis on systems theory. Class project or plan is developed, presented, and defended in a simulated public-hearing format.  

SPEA-V 639 : Managing Government Operations

3 credits

This is an introductory survey of operations management. Emphasis is placed on the analysis, design, and management of operation systems using models from operations management. Readings, lectures, and structured exercises are used to present the models and demonstrate their application.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V502 and SPEA V539.

SPEA-V 650 : Topics in Public Personnel Management

1 - 3 credits

Readings and research on selected topics in the public personnel field. Topics may include such subjects as affirmative action, occupational health and safety, manpower forecasting and planning, and approaches to position classification.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V561.

SPEA-V 660 : Cases and Problems in Fiscal Administration

3 credits

An advanced seminar in the management aspects of public finance that focuses on the budgetary process. Special cases are analyzed and budget problem-solving exercises are utilized.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V560 or consent of instructor.

SPEA-V 665 : Seminar in Policy and Administration

3 credits

Politics of program development and management. Translation of plans into viable, administrable programs. Marshalling support, political process, strategies, constraints, tradeoffs, etc.  

SPEA-V 670 : Topics in Public Sector Labor Relations

1 - 3 credits

Selected research and discussion topics in public sector labor relations arranged on a semester-by­semester basis. Possible topics are collective bargaining in the public sector and dispute settlement in public sector labor relations.  

Prerequisite - SPEA V570 or consent of instructor.
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