PAD 771 Capstone Seminar

Bulletin Title and Description

Requires students to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained during their MPA graduate study to a semester-long project chosen by the student in consultation with the faculty member directing the seminar.

Credits: 3.0

Prerequisites: PAD 715 and either PAD 739 or PAD 758.

Notes: This course is graded as a Pass/Fail (P/F) ZTC/OER Course.

Learning Goals

1.2 Students will understand the core functions, issues, and theories of human resources management.

1.3 Students will understand the major theories of organizational structure and organizational behavior.

2.3 Students will conduct a research or policy analysis project that makes appropriate use of empirical research tools.

3.1 Students will demonstrate reading, writing and analytical skills necessary for management & policy decision-making.

4.1 Students will understand how the public service values such as ethical behavior, diversity, equity, integrity,  efficiency, effectiveness and professionalism shape the formulation and implementation of public policy and administration

Course Topics and Resources

  1. Overview
  2. Selecting a Topic
  3. Project Definition
  4. Project Outline
  5. Memorandum Introduction
  6. Literature Review
  7. Environmental Scan
  8. Options Specification
  9. Options Assessment
  10. Turnitin Submission
  11. Presentation Slides
  12. Executive Summary
  13. Project Submission and Assessment
  14. Revision and Resubmission