PMAP 3005 Career Planning & Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Principles, methods, and practice in achieving career goals with emphasis on the exploration of career opportunities, identification of strengths, resume development, cover letter composition, interviewing, salary and benefits negotiations, networking, professional image, and the use of technology in achieving career goals.

PMAP 3011 Policy and Politics in the American City
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the study of policy and political issues in American cities. It draws upon a variety of the social sciences to answer questions such as how cities have changed over time, what kinds of people live in cities, why people and things are located where they are in cities, how people in cities earn a living, and how cities are governed. Often, Atlanta will serve as a case study for illustrating many of the issues that will be considered.
Cities Perspectives Course.

PMAP 3021 Citizenship, the Community, and the Public Sector
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Citizenship is a basic component of a democratic society. Students in this course learn the structure of the federal system as well as the responsibilities and obligations of an individual to government at all levels. Emphasis is placed on the variety of roles an individual can play in relationship to the public sector. The role of the individual as a part of the larger community is also considered. Students are expected to become active participants in public and community affairs.

PMAP 3031 Policy Leadership
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The course introduces students to leaders from a variety of backgrounds. These individuals have led organizations in the business, nonprofit, and public sectors. Each will share his or her perspective on leading an organization through policy changes. Opportunities for reflection on these presentations will permit students to compare the practice and theory of policy leadership. A special emphasis is placed on ethical issues in leadership.

PMAP 3111 Urban Political Economy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An examination of the intersection of the political and economic systems in the United States and how they impact urban areas. Of particular interest are urban development policies.
Cities Perspectives Course.

PMAP 3210 Introduction to Nonprofits
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The course provides an overview of the nonprofit sector in society with a consideration of the nonprofit sector’s relationship to government and business. Attention will be given to the social settings in which nonprofit organizations function, the role of the nonprofit sector in the economy, and the range of services these organizations produce. The intent of the course is to increase students’ awareness of the role and importance of the nonprofit sector and the potential of nonprofits as a place for employment. The class is required for all students in the Nonprofit Leadership concentration in the BS degree with a major in Public Policy.

PMAP 3211 Career Development in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on policies and methods used to align the career plans and aspirations of employees with the goals and critical skills needs of public and nonprofit agencies. Major career development system components are examined, including targeted selection, job enrichment, fast-tracking, core competency asessments, work-family programs, diversity initiatives, executive development, and succession planning. Career planning and development issues and problems that affect persons during different career and life stages are addressed.

PMAP 3213 Nonprofit Financial Resources
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 3210
Description

Nonprofit organizations support themselves through many different sources including charitable gifts and grants, government grants and contracts, earned income from fees, memberships and sponsorships, returns on investments, volunteer labor, and gifs-in-kind and other sources. This course is intended to introduce students to the practical considerations involved in developing and utilizing particular sources of income so that nonprofit organizations can effectively advance their particular missions, sustain the infrastructure of their organizations and remain financially healthy.

PMAP 3231 Nonprofit Leadership and Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will examine the theorical and practical differences associated with leading and managing nonprofit organizations in contrast to for-profit and government organizations. Theories and analytic frameworks about leadership and management will be examined along with the appropriate roles and responsibilities of leaders and managers of nonprofit charitable organizations. In addition, other topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, board governance, philanthropy, program evaluation, public-private partnerships, and accountability. The role of leaders and managers will be integrated in all discussion topics throughout the course.

PMAP 3311 Critical Policy Issues-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines a selected number of critical issues in public policy. The course provides a view of how the processes of public policy operate from agenda setting through formulation and legitimation to implementation and eventual evaluation with examples drawn from several areas of policy.

PMAP 3411 Contemporary Planning
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces the student to the principles, issues, and practice of urban planning. It reviews the history of planning, models of the planning process, and issues in contemporary urban planning practice in several substantive specialities, including transportation, land use, environmental, and economic development planning.
Cities Perspectives Course.

PMAP 3421 Urban Transportation Planning
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will cover automobile, public transit, airport, bicycle, pedestrian, and non-traditional transportation modes. Land use, sprawl, demand management, coordinated human services, and project prioritization are topics which will be covered.

PMAP 3801 Public Administration and Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Bureaucratic polities and behavior in the political process. The role of bureaucrats in policy making and implementation agency strategies, relations with other executive agencies and with the legislature, the president, the judiciary and clientele groups.

PMAP 3831 Governmental Budgeting
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as POLS 3770.)
A study of fiscal planning and management in the administrative process, budgetary theory, and the budget process.

PMAP 4041 Policy Data Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 1070 with a minimum grade of C
Description

This course focuses on quantitative research methods applicable to the study of public policy. Students will be introduced to the use of descriptive statistics as well as to the development and testing of empirical hypotheses using basic inferential statistical methods.

PMAP 4051 Evaluating Public Policy-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 1070 with a minimum C grade
Description

This course will survey research methods applicable to the evaluation of public policy. Course topics will cover fundamental techniques and practice of program evaluation for effectiveness in program administration. The course contrasts deductive and inductive approaches as well as the advantages of using evaluation as a mechanism for program improvement. The department has designated Evaluating Public Policy as a CTW (Critical Thinking through Writing) course.

PMAP 4061 Introduction to Policy Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ECON 2105 and ECON 2106 with a minimum C grade
Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the principles of policy analysis. The course will consider concepts such as market failure, public goods, and externalities, as well as other justifications for government involvement. The course will also consider the relationship between public goals and the design of policy and will survey the use of generic policy tools such as regulation, markets, and subsidies. These concepts will be presented using practical examples involving the public sector, and students will practice application through problem solving.

PMAP 4211 Human Resource Management Systems in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides an introduction to human resource management in public and nonprofit organizations. The course focuses on the myriad human capital issues and challenges facing today’s leaders, managers, and human resource professionals in these 2 sectors. Topics covered include but are not limited to the recruitment, selection, motivation, rewarding, training, and retention of staff, equal employment opportunity, diversity, and employee productivity and job satisfaction in public and nonprofit organizations. Effective policies and best practices in the effective management of the changing workforce in the United States will be emphasized. Students will have an opportunity to explore selected topics in public and nonprofit human resource management in depth.

PMAP 4301 Local Governance
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An introductory course for urban governance students and others interested in the management of local government. The course encompasses public administration, political science, management and other subjects.
Cities Perspectives Course.

PMAP 4401 Urban Demography and Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 3411
Description

A course using computer spreadsheets and assigned readings to analyze planning and economic development issues. Case problems may include population, employment, land use, environmental, and transportation examples.
Cities Perspectives Course.

PMAP 4411 Introduction to the Law for Public and Nonprofit Managers
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides a broad overview of the legal issues facing employees of public and non-profit entities. Special empahsis is placed on the legal rules and principles that guide public and nonprofit managers in administering their respective organizations. The course also considers how laws and regulations impact current working relationships between government and private concerns.

PMAP 4421 GIS Application to Planning and Policy Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is widely used for planning and policy analysis in government agencies, and in the private and non-profit sectors. This introductory course provides students with a good conceptual foundation in data types & sources, coordinate systems, map design, spatial analysis and GIS applications. Students also learn the basic functions of ArcGIS software to integrate data from a variety of sources, conduct basic spatial analysis and produce quality map products.
Cities Perspectives Course.

PMAP 4451 Economic Development Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 3411
Description

An overview of recent literature and examples of options available to communities as they plan and finance economic development activities.
Cities Perspectives Course.

PMAP 4901 Directed Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites consent or instructor
Description

This course provides the opportunity for students to focus attention on a specific area of interest. It may not be used to substitute for a course that is offered on a regular basis.

PMAP 4911 Selected Topics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

A seminar designed to explore in depth the most recent issues and/or research results in a particular area of urban affairs. May be repeated if topic varies.

PMAP 4941 Internship
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements Placement must be approved by the department's internship coordinator, with faculty supervision during employment
Description

The academic internship provides senior students with opportunities to broaden and extend their foundation knowledge from the classroom to the world of work. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

PMAP 4981 Practicum
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor and cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Description

It will typically entail a project encompassing one or more aspects of human resources. The course is grades S/U. This course may include a Signature Experience component.