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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)
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Review of integrative human physiology and pathophysiology with an emphasis upon homeostatic mechanisms and etiologies of disease. The interrelationships of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular and tissue level (pathology), organ and systemic level (impairment) and to the total human body (functional limitations) will be applied in each of the body systems. Discussions and applied materials will be tailored to the physical therapist with an emphasis on PT-specific diagnoses. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The course involves a study of joint structure, joint function, and the biomechanical principles underlying human motion. All major peripheral joints and the spine will be studied. Application of functional anatomy to clinical physical therapy situations will be emphasized. Prerequisite: admission into post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course consists of a four week clinical internship at an assigned facility. Students will be exposed to a clinical setting and preliminary opportunities for application of didactic course work. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communication and interpersonal skills in the clinical setting, as well as documentation and physical therapy skills and procedures that have been introduced in classes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of semester 1 of course work in the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. CLN
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This course consists of a four week internship practicum at an assigned facility. Students will be exposed to a clinical setting and continuing opportunities for application of didactic course work. Emphasis will continue to be placed on the development of communication and interpersonal skills in the clinical setting, as well as documentation and physical therapy skills and procedures that have been introduced in classes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 2 semesters of course work in the DPT curriculum (including PTRS 720 - Clinical Education I), or permission of instructor. CLN
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Students will apply the concepts taught in PTRS 715 (Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy) and skills obtained in their individual clinical practice. This course will include discussion related to current treatment approaches effecting peripheral and spinal joints. The course activities include review of the current evidence based scientific literature related to orthopedic conditions and interventions, web-based discussion related to individual patient case scenarios and lab activities associated with treatment techniques including mobilization/manipulation, self-mobilization and therapeutic exercise. Prerequisite: Entry into post-professional DPT program or permission of instructor. LEC
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Builds on the foundation in PTRS 710 (Advanced Human Anatomy), PTRS 703 (Physical Therapy Tests and Measures), PTRS 711 (Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics). Examination skills and treatment interventions that apply specifically to the musculoskeletal system are provided. Basic examination skills for all peripheral joints, abnormal gait, and therapeutic exercise are discussed and reviewed. A problem-solving wrap-up session, guided by a local clinician will allow small groups of students to perform an evaluation of a patient with a musculoskeletal disorder. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 2 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC
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Mastery of physical therapy subjective and objective examination and treatment intervention for patients of all ages who present with a musculoskeletal problem with emphasis on amputation, prosthetics, upper and lower extremity orthoses, fracture management and connective tissue disorders. Emphasis will be placed on the most common clinical problems and physical therapy diagnoses. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 2 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC
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An introduction to research in the evidence-based physical therapy practice including the Scientific Method, library and multimedia resources, research process, measurement theory (reliability and validity), research designs, experimental design principles, research ethics, critical review and analysis of research publications, statistical concepts, and writing of a research report and/or research proposal. Throughout, emphasis is placed on clinical research pertinent to physical therapy. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 2 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC
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This course will provide students with the applied knowledge to medically screen patients for symptoms and signs that require the expertise of other health care professionals. Patient cases currently treated by the practicing physical therapist will be used to compare diagnostic tests and values. The course will focus on comorbidities and their implications in diagnosis and treatment. The course will be delivered via the web. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or approval by the instructor. LEC
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Physical therapists need skills to relate human pathophysiology to its clinical presentation. The interrelationships of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular and tissue level (pathology), organ and systemic level (impairment) and to the total human body (functional limitations) will be applied in each of the body systems. Discussions and applied materials will be tailored to the patient population served by the therapist. Prerequisite: Admission into post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Basic ethical concepts, principles, relevant theories and ethical decision making models applied to major contemporary health care issues and dilemmas facing allied health professionals. Development of skills for ethical clinical decision making is the focus. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Comprised of a four week clinical internship at an assigned facility. Students will be exposed to a clinical setting and continuing opportunities for application of didactic course work. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communication and interpersonal skills (701), the application of general physical therapy evaluation and treatment skills (711, 712, 745, 756, 750, 855, 785), preliminary documentation (702), differential diagnosis of general medical conditions (880), evidence based physical therapy practice (750) and basic physical therapy skills and procedures in the clinical setting (703, 704, 705). Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 3 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or consent of instructor. CLN
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This course will provide entry-level DPT students with the knowledge of the physiological functions and adaptations of the human body with exercise. Emphasis will be placed on familiarizing students with sound medical rationale and the basis for treatment considering the immediate and long-term effects of exercise. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 3 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or consent of the instructor. LEC
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Anatomy, Physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems are studied and related to clinical signs and symptoms. Students are introduced to common evaluation and treatment techniques, as well as the rationale for including physical therapy in the management of cardiopulmonary conditions. These topics are discussed in conjunction with case studies and current research. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 4 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC
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An introduction to medical imaging and an overview of its role in the health care delivery system. Topics include an introduction to basic imaging equipment with an emphasis on digital acquisition and processing. Factors affecting the quality of images and limitations to the techniques are reviewed. Imaging techniques covered include: X-rays, CT scans, Nuclear medicine, ultrasound, MRI and PET. This course will also include a component covering the microscopic anatomy of cells. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Is comprised of a four week clinical internship at an assigned facility. Students will be exposed to a clinical setting and continuing opportunities for application of didactic course work. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communication and interpersonal skills (701), the application of general physical therapy evaluation and treatment skills (711, 712, 745, 746, 750, 855, 785), preliminary documentation (702), differential diagnosis of general medical conditions (880), evidence based physical therapy practice (750) and basic physical therapy skills and procedures in the clinical setting (703, 704, 705). Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 4 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or permission of instructor. CLN
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Focuses on the role of the physical therapist in health promotion across the life span. Emphasis is placed on familiarizing the students with the concept of wellness, health/fitness screening methods, nutrition, education, health promotion programs in the community and the overall role wellness plays in a person's long term well being. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 5 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or permission of instructor. LEC
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This course introduces fundamental concepts necessary for the entry-level physical therapist to examine, evaluate, and treat the pediatric client. Lecture and lab experiences emphasize a problem oriented approach to physical therapy management of children with musculoskeletal, neurological, and/or cardiopulmonary impairments. Students will learn to recognize components of normal and abnormal development, particularly during the first year of life. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 6 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or permission of instructor. LEC
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Designed to familiarize the entry-level therapist with contemporary issues in health care which impact the delivery of physical therapy. Professionalism, management and administrative principles are focused on management of direct patient care. Financial management specifically reimbursement for patient services, personal risk management, information management, personnel management, compliance and ethics related to patient care will be discussed. Discussion of professional development is intertwined throughout the course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first three semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of the instructor. LEC
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The first course of two three-credit hour management classes designed to review the American health care system as a whole, and to examine the specific areas that rehabilitation health care managers must understand in order to succeed in an increasingly competitive and financially driven system. Some of these areas include the system of health care delivery, legal issues, human resource principles, accounting, reimbursement, payors, Medicare/Medicaid, regulations, outcomes information management, etc. This course will apply all of the above items to real world examples in numerous health care settings so the student understands the complexities of many settings which physical therapy personnel may work. Each unit will build on the last so that at the end of the second management course the student will be capable of proposing, building, opening, and successfully running rehabilitation services in a multitude of settings. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The second course of two three-credit hour management classes designed to review the American health care system as a whole and to examine the specific areas that rehabilitation health care managers must understand in order to succeed in an increasingly competitive and financially driven system. Some of these areas include the system of health care delivery, legal issues, human resource principles accounting, reimbursement, payors, Medicare/Medicaid, regulations, outcomes information management, etc. This course focuses on reimbursement, legal and regulation issues and will apply presented principles to real world examples in numerous health care settings so the student understands the complexities of many settings in which physical therapy personnel may work. Each unit will build on the last so that at the end of the second management course the student will have the tools to propose, build, open and successfully run rehabilitation services in a multitude of settings. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This web-based course will involve study of current clinical decision-making frameworks, service delivery models, and treatment approaches for children age birth through 21 with or at risk for developmental delay and/or disability. Course activities will include review of current scientific literature and online discussion of individual patient case scenarios. Prerequisite: For the DPT program: successful completion of PTRS 833 or consent of instructor. For the post-professional DPT program: admission into the program or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course is comprised of a four week clinical internship at an assigned facility. Students will be exposed to a clinical setting and continuing opportunities for application of didactic course work. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communication and interpersonal skills (701), the application of general physical therapy evaluation and treatment skills (711, 712, 745, 746, 750, 855, 785), preliminary documentation (702), differential diagnosis of general medical conditions (880). evidence based physical therapy practice (750, 860, 861), assessing patients with neuromuscular conditions (850, 851, 852), cardiopulmonary conditions (826), and musculoskeletal conditions (846) as well as the basic physical therapy skills or procedures in the clinical setting (703, 704, 705). Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 6 semesters of the DPT curriculum (including Clinical Education I, II, III & IV), or permission of instructor. CLN
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Incorporates concepts from PTRS 710 (Advanced Human Anatomy), PTRS 703 (Physical Therapy Tests and Measures), PTRS 711 (Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics), and PTRS 745 (Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I). Terminology, examination, evaluation, development of a treatment plan, treatment techniques and basic differential diagnosis skills for the spine are taught through lecture, demonstration and student participation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 3 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Incorporates concepts from Advanced Human Anatomy, Physical Therapy Tests and Measures. Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics, Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I, and Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II. Terminology, examination, evaluation, development of a treatment plan and treatment techniques and advanced differential diagnosis skills for the Tempormandibular Joint (TMJ) complex and complex peripheral and/or spinal disorders are taught through lecture, demonstration and student participation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 4 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. LEC
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This course will introduce the principles of neuroscience and describe their application as relevant to physical therapists. The course will begin with the terminology of the nervous system, then cover the major functions of the peripheral, autonomic and central nervous systems. The manner with which these systems interact to produce appropriate responses to external demands will be discussed. The behavioral consequences of damage to each systems will be integrated throughout. Particular emphasis will be placed on the sensorimotor role in perception and the control of movement. Lecture and Lab. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 3 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or consent of the instructor. LEC
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Will combine the physiological, neurological and psychological factors that contribute to the control of voluntary movement and the learning of motor skills. Changes over the life span, as well as changes secondary to pathology will be covered, with emphasis on the effects of brain damage. The development of the control of movement, neuroplasticity, and the effects of practice will be discussed. The course will focus on the relationship of our scientific knowledge in motor control and motor learning to the practice of physical therapy. Prerequisite: For the DPT program: Successful completion of the first 4 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or permission of instructor. For the post-professional DPT program: Admission into the program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Will integrate neurophysiology and neuroanatomy into the clinical presentation of adults with neurologic pathology. Students will learn the etiology, epidemiology signs, and symptoms of selected neurological conditions. The medical management of patients with central and peripheral nervous system disorders will be presented in relationship to the practice of physical therapy. The course will introduce examination and treatment of impairments for persons with neuromuscular pathologies. Students will be presented with simple case studies and progress to more complex patient problems. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 5 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or permission of the instructor. LEC
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This course will explore functional mobility deficits in patients with neurologic pathology. Building upon previous course work, students will acquire the skills to hypothesize about the relationship of pathology, impairments, and involvement of other systems to functional deficits for adults with neurologic pathology. Contemporary motor control and motor learning theories and research evidence will be emphasized in the development of appropriate intervention programs. Psychosocial factors will also be considered in the discussion of complex patient cases. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 6 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of the instructor. LEC
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Pharmacological background for the clinical treatment of patients referred to physical therapy. Fundamentals of the actions of drugs including mechanisms of therapeutic and adverse effects. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 3 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course will provide students with the applied knowledge to medically screen patients for symptoms and signs that require the expertise of other health care professionals. Patient cases currently treated by the practicing physical therapist will be used to compare diagnostic tests and values. The course will focus on comorbidities and their implications in diagnosis and treatment. The course will be delivered through the web. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or approval of the instructor. LEC
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Supervised and directed experiences in conducting evidence-based research activities. The research activities involved in this course are broadly defined with emphasis on the enhancement of evidence-based physical therapy practice. The student will be supervised by a member of the faculty. This is a two-semester course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 5 semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of instructor. RSH
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Supervised and directed experiences in conducting evidence-based research activities. The research activities involved in this course are broadly defined with emphasis on the presentation and communication of an evidence-based research project. The student will be supervised by a member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 6 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or consent of instructor. RSH
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Individually negotiated learning experiences appropriate to the interests and background of the student. Prerequisite: Admission to the DPT program, post-professional DPT program, or permission of instructor. IND
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Designed to familiarize the entry-level therapist with contemporary issues in health care which impact the delivery of physical therapy, business development and entrepreneurial skills, and organizational and human resource skills. Changes in the US health care system will be discussed, including managed care concepts, essential elements and principles of management in health care organizations, and an overview of human resources, marketing, fiscal and operational management. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 6 semesters of the DPT curriculum, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Designed to familiarize the entry-level therapist with contemporary issues in health care which impact the practice of physical therapy in the health care system. Changes in the US health care system will be discussed, including managed care, legal and ethical concepts, plus essential elements and principles of management in health care organizations, and an overview of human resources and operational management. Students will be exposed to business development and entrepreneurial skills needed to expand or start up a physical therapy practice. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first six semesters of the DPT curriculum or permission of the instructor. LEC
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Designed to provide students with the knowledge and clinical tools to medically screen patients for the presence of symptoms and signs that require the expertise of other health care professionals. It will focus on diagnoses that are not covered by common PT practice including diseases of the endocrine system, the immune system, GI system, and neoplasias. Prerequisite: Admission into the post-professional DPT program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Review of integrative human pathophysiology with an emphasis upon homeostatic mechanisms and etiologies of disease. The interrelationships of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular and tissue level (pathology), organ and systemic level (impairment) and to the total human body (functional limitations) will be applied in each of the body systems. Discussions and applied materials will be tailored to the physical therapist with an emphasis on clinical tools to medically screen patients for the presence of symptoms and signs that require the expertise of other health care professionals. Prerequisite: Successful completion of semester 1 of the DPT curriculum, or permission of instructor. LEC
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Sixteen weeks of clinical internship. During the clinical internship the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the DPT curriculum (including Clinical Education I, II, III, IV, & V), or permission of instructor. CLN
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Sixteen weeks of clinical internship. During the clinical internship the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the DPT curriculum (including Clinical Education I, II, III, IV, & V), or permission of instructor. CLN
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Sixteen weeks of clinical internship. During the clinical internship the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the DPT curriculum (including Clinical Education I, II, III, IV, & V), or permission of instructor. CLN
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Nine weeks of clinical internship. During the clinical internship the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the DPT curriculum (including Clinical Education I, II, III, IV, & V), or permission of instructor. CLN
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Nine weeks of clinical internship. During the clinical internship the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the DPT curriculum (including Clinical Education I, II, III, IV, & V), or permission of instructor. CLN
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Introduction to administration, public policy and policy makings is the study of government workers, the organizations in which they work, how they are financed, and how government engages citizens to help form and maintain community. In various ways, the class sessions explore the three important issues of public administration: discretion, authority, and accountability. (Same as POLS 330.) Prerequisite: POLS 110. LEC
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Introduction to administration, public policy, and policy making, for honors students is the study of government workers, the organizations in which they work, how they are financed, and how government engages citizens to help form and maintain community. In various ways, the class sessions explore the three important issues of public administration: discretion, authority, and accountability. (Same as POLS 331.) Prerequisite: POLS 110. LEC
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Focuses on building the quantitative analysis skills of students in public administration. Students learn basic and intermediate statistics, and methods of data analysis and interpretation. Students gain exposure to the uses of data in public organizational settings. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331; and Math 101 or equivalent placement. LEC
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Focuses on some of America's most vexing public policy challenges and emphasizes the political context of difficult choices. Course examines models of decision-making and the process of policy analysis. Students learn how to apply the tools of policy analysis to make policy judgments. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331. LEC
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Examines the problems posed by behaviors within and by bureaucracies. Provides students with a set of conceptual tools for understanding the organizational environment in which policy analysts ply their profession and the role of a manager within such organizations. Offers strategies for the policy professional seeking to navigate large bureaucracies. Readings and class discussions integrate theoretical analyses of organizations with detailed case studies. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331. LEC
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Addresses the moral challenges facing leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors. Examines the values and virtues important to sustained ethical leadership, as well as strategies to build strong institutional cultures and support ethical practices in institutions. Considers moral and political theory by focusing on contemporary cases and issues. Students learn how to identify moral issues in public life and public management. There is a special focus on the integration of moral concerns into public discussion in a manner that contributes to good policy and does not polarize issues. This course considers moral and political theory by focusing on contemporary cases and issues. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331. LEC
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An interdisciplinary study of American cities, focusing on the rapidly changing demographic, physical, political, social, and economic changes. Sunbelt cities, edge cities, the rustbelt cities, planned and unplanned suburban communities, as well as declining center cities and newly revitalized downtowns are considered. The role of immigration and migration in reshaping the urban environment, and the effects of globalization are also examined. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331. LEC
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This course is devoted to topics in public budgeting, finance and financial management. These activities play a central role in public management. The intent of this course is to understand the role these activities play in local, state, and federal governments and to see how policy and management are shaped and influenced by budgets, financial reports, and tax policy. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331. LEC
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Effective human resources management is one of the key goals of organizations in both the public and private sectors. This course focuses on human resources management in a public sector context with particular emphasis placed upon past, current, and future challenges in the field. The course covers topics such as the recruitment, selection, and compensation of public sector employees, as well as more contemporary issues such as diversity management and public sector personnel reform. Prerequisite: PUAD 330, or PUAD 331. LEC
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Examines the administration of justice and focuses on differential and discriminatory treatment in policing, criminal prosecutions, trials, sentencing, or imprisonment. Also considered are the basis and impact of racial profiling, harassment, arbitrary detention, and abusive treatment of members of racial and ethnic groups, immigrants, and/or other vulnerable groups by law enforcement, and disparate treatment by prosecutors and the courts. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331. LEC
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Analyzes diversity and leadership in public and private institutions along ethnic, racial, and gender lines and the challenges of the facilitation of open dialogue on diversity. Examines the political, historical, social, and economic reasons why Americans of different ethnic, racial, and gender groups hold divergent views about major public policy areas, as well as fundamental views about democratic participation. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331. LEC
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This course focuses on the economic, social, and legal foundations of the nonprofit sector. Nonprofits are examined in the context of a three-sector economy, with emphasis on the ways in which nonprofits relate to the public and private sectors. The course examines the diversity and scope of the nonprofit sector, with primary focus on the health, education and welfare functions performed by nonprofits and on various patterns of community action for attaining social welfare objectives. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331, and PUAD 332. LEC
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Concepts of community, social capital, and civil capacity building, and their relations to effective community functioning, democratic politics, and administrative expertise. LEC
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Concepts of leadership in community, political, and administrative settings. These settings include government and all non-business organizations (e.g. certain for-profit organizations). LEC
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An exploration of management in the context of public organizations. Management is explored at the individual, group and organizational level including conflict resolution, problem-solving, planning and legal aspects of organizations. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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A continuation of PUAD 660. The context for leading public organizations is explored through knowledge management, collaboration, innovation, process improvement and leadership succession. Prerequisite: PUAD 660, and permission of instructor. LEC
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Designed to provide public administration students an applied learning experience in either a public or nonprofit organization. Open to majors in Public Administration only. Prerequisite: One of the following: PUAD 330, 331, PUAD 332, PUAD 333, and consent of instructor required. FLD
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Designed for advanced public administration students. Students learn research skills by working one-on-one with a faculty member to assist in his/her program of research. Open to majors in Public Administration only. Students are required to complete a final project or presentation, through advising and consultation with the designated faculty member. Prerequisite: One of the following: PUAD 330, 331, PUAD 332, PUAD 333 and consent of instructor required. LEC
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For advanced undergraduate students who wish to study a specific topic of interest that is not covered in the curriculum. Each student must complete a proposal outlining his or her topic request and submit to the Undergraduate adviser. Intended for students majoring in Public Administration. Prerequisite: One of the following: PUAD 330, 331, PUAD 332, PUAD 333, and consent of instructor. IND
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Study of selected topics in public administration. Course may be repeated for credit if content varies. Course may be offered in lecture or online format. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331. LEC
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An exploration of the ways in which public policy is made in the United States, focusing on the role of the administrator at each stage of the policy process: formulation, implementation, and evaluation. Various theories of policy-making with application to specific areas of public policy will be examined. LEC
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An exploration of policy development, implementation, and evaluation in the local government context. Various theories of the policy process and their application to municipal government are examined. (Same as POLS 825.) LEC
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An examination of political and administrative aspects of state government focusing on legislative and executive branches of government. LEC
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A seminar designed to explore the development of public health policy in the United States. Particular attention will be given to (1) the development of public institutions and policy goals; (2) current policy problems such as expenditure-cost controls, prospective reimbursement, utilization review, access, and public and private investment planning; and (3) administrative problems in the current health care system. (Same as HP&M 837.) LEC
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This course focuses on the economic, social, and legal foundations of the nonprofit sector. Nonprofits are examined in the context of a three-sector economy, with emphasis on the ways in which nonprofits compensate for market failures and government failures. The course examines government-nonprofit relations in the modern welfare and offers an in-depth examination of the health, education, and welfare functions as performed by nonprofits. This course also provides exposure to selected topics in nonprofit management such as grant writing, board relations, advocacy, fundraising and volunteer management. LEC
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A survey of ethical issues faced by public administrators. Special attention will be given to ethical problems arising within hierarchical organizations and to the ethical implications of particular public policies. LEC
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Exposes students to day-to-day operational facets of public management through workshops, speakers, exercises. LEC
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An introductory theory course designed to develop an understanding about organizations, their environments, and the political subsystems in which they exist. LEC
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An examination of individual and group behavior within organizations, focusing on motivation, leadership, conflict and conflict resolution, group dynamics and communication. LEC
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Explores the way public sector organizations procure, allocate, and develop labor and how the employee-employer relationship is established and maintained. Also emphasizes the relationship between civil service personnel systems and larger political systems. LEC
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This course examines the theories of taxation and non-tax revenues. Basic microeconomic theory is introduced. LEC
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Introduces quantitative approaches to examine public management and public policy decisions. Concepts of research design, probability, and inferential statistics are covered. LEC
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Examines the theory, processes, and administration of public budgeting. Emphasizes how political and economic factors shape budgetary processes and outcomes; how budget formats, systems, and management tools affect resource allocation and organization performance; and technical and analytical tools needed to successfully navigate budget processes. LEC
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Focuses on organizational arrangements for the provision of basic urban services and the character of service delivery politics. Methods for evaluating the efficiency and responsiveness of alternative organizational arrangements are treated. LEC
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Study of selected topics in public administration. LEC
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Survey of the development of ideas about public administration among public officials and research investigators. Emphasis on basic concepts, research reports, and theoretical treatises on the nature of public administration. LEC
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Provides students with an overview of the social context of public administration with an emphasis on political issues, political history, and ethics. LEC
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Course investigates major concepts that make up the legal environment of public administration. The accepted uses and procedures of the field, relationships among courts, agencies, the legislature, and basic legal research are examined. LEC
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This course provides a grounding in the constitutional premises of public administration including executive, legislative, and judicial powers, and federalism, and those issues associated with the development of economic institutions and processes such as taxation, employment regulation, and commerce controls. LEC
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This course studies the theories behind selected topics in public budgeting and compares the theories with the actual practice of budgeting in the State of Kansas and its communities. LEC
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Explores knowledge of organization theory and behavior to understand and explore organizational dynamics in the public sector. Topics include change, innovation, and organizational culture. LEC
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This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to obtain a comprehensive overview of the culture, history, economy, and geography of Kansas along with the review of state and local government infrastructure. The review of governments will include the financing of governments in Kansas. LEC
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This course is designed to acquaint students with the workings of the policy process at the level of state government. Its focus will give students an understanding of the political process to enable them to function more effectively in state policy development and implementation. Prerequisite: PUAD 824, PUAD 825, PUAD 826 or PUAD 827. LEC
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This course offers the student an opportunity to enhance skills developed in PUAD 826 in an experiential learning environment that simulates actual management practice. Complex cases will be rank ordered and resolved on a work schedule developed by each work group. Groups will work simultaneously on two or more cases at all times. Prerequisite: PUAD 826. LEC
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This course provides an overview of the role of law, litigation, and courts in the public policy process, with an emphasis on bureaucratic institutions. The course covers the main theories and empirical research on the policy effects of litigation and intervention, with a particular focus on civil rights in the areas of employment, policing, welfare, prisons, and environmental policy. (Same as POLS 849.) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course focuses on the fiscal and administrative relationships among the three levels of government - federal, state, and local - in the United States. A number of topics will be examined, including a history of intergovernmental relations, the political, constitutional, and legal foundations of the intergovernmental system, and intergovernmental fiscal policy. The impact of the intergovernmental system will be assessed from the perspective of specific areas and intergovernmental programs. LEC
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A survey of land-use, infra-structure, and technology issues in municipalities. LEC
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This seminar examines the application of theories in public administration, public management, and public policy in international and comparative contexts. Particular attention is given to how governments and publics are connected by way of intergovernmental strategies, governance, and differing political and administrative arrangements. LEC
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This course will examine the fundamental research techniques associated with analyzing alternative solutions to policy problems, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of public programs. Such techniques include cost-benefit, risk-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, and quasi-experimental and experimental designs. LEC
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This course will examine theories of innovation and organizational change as applied to public organizations. Particular emphasis will be placed on the concepts of innovation in bureaucratic organizations, on the process of successful change in organizations, and on leadership and employees' roles. LEC
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Financial management focuses on the use of financial information for decision making and evaluation. This course will rely on fundamental accounting concepts as they relate to the basic financial statements of government and not-for-profit organizations. Time will also be spent on financial management practices (e.g. cash management, debt management, etc.) and financial condition analysis. Material presented in this course expands on the foundational material covered in PUAD 837. Prerequisite: PUAD 837 or permission from the instructor. LEC
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An introduction to the concepts of information policy and management of technology within governmental organizations. The course covers the effects of technology on government and society as well as information policy (privacy, security and access) and their importance to democracy. The course also includes a leadership perspective on planning, funding, and implementation of technology systems in governmental organizations as well as the role of Chief Information Officer. LEC
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Designed to meet the needs of advanced students whose study in public administration cannot be met with current course work. RSH
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Open only to precareer students with internships, this intensive seminar is designed around issues interns confront in their working relationships. Emphasis is placed on the transition of the student from an academic environment to a professional work relationship. Class sessions deal with issues like employee socialization, power and trust, and administrative change. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. FLD
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Continuation of PUAD 894. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. FLD
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A major independent research project in lieu of a thesis for the MPA degree. Prerequisite: Completion of all other course requirements for the degree. THE
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This course focuses on the democratic context of public administration. Topics could include how democracy shapes the practice of public administration; the functioning of public administration in a constitutional democracy; issues relating to control and discretion of public administrators; citizenship and representative bureaucracy; theories of bureaucratic values such as equity, justice and efficiency, ethics and accountability; theories of institutions. SEM
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