Course Catalog : Subject Area




Public Service Courses Offered @ TNCC

Course Description and Pre-requisites
PBS 100 Introduction to Public Administration
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Focuses on principles underlying public administration in federal, state, and local government. Examines the role of government, administrative and policy processes, organizational structure, basic problems of management administrative responsibility, and the future of public administration. Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 105 Personnel Management in Public Sector
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Studies modern public service, including personnel in government, personnel management, benefits and wages, staffing, and growth and development. Also examines issues of public personnel management, motivation, productivity, labor management relations, equal opportunity through affirmative action, and professionalism. Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 115 Urban and Environmental Problems
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Focuses on the development of economic and social determinants and their method of solution. Examines relations problems emanating from citizen demands for social welfare and public services. Gives consideration to community land use, development, zoning and master planning, both in practice and theory. Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 116 Public Budgeting and Finance
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Reviews history of different approaches to public budgeting and examines the budgeting process in government. Examines the development of public planning at all levels of government with an emphasis on budgetary process. Gives consideration to revenue sources, administration, and structure. Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 120 Introduction to Community and Social Services
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Examines the basic principles, scope, and functions of community and social service work, including practices and current trends. Examines institutions to determine why they change or fail to change. Introduces students to careers in community and social service work at federal, state, and municipal levels. Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 135 Labor/Management Relations in Public Sector
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Studies the changing concepts in public labor/management relations. Examines recent developments in public employee relations and case histories of situations that led to strikes or impasses. Reviews pertinent federal, state, and local laws and court decisions. Examines the art of labor negotiations and handling of public employee grievances. Compares labor relations in the private and public sectors. Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 136 Grantsmanship
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Examines development, sources, and purposes of grants in intergovernmental cash flow. Focuses on application procedures, applications management and financial reporting, and development of management systems in accordance with grant pacing factors. Students develop written grant proposals, including objectives, plan of implementation, budget, and evaluation. Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 200 Ethics in the Public Sector
(3 credits) Examines ethical issues related to government service. Reviews ethical principles, standards, codes of conduct and their application, and a number of substantive issues of ethical responsibilities relevant to public sector employees. Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 230 Public Information Technology and E-Governance
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Examines public information technology policy issues, including privacy, access, security, and regulation, management topics including business plans, strategic planning, project management and program evaluation. Relates organizational theory and organizational behavior to the study of public information systems. Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 240 Constitutional Law
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Surveys state and federal constitutional provisions pertinent to the relations between state and federal governments. Examines separation of powers, delegation of powers, interstate relations, commerce powers, civil rights, and liberties. Gives consideration to the establishment and interpretation of federal, state, and local regulations which implement public policy. Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 255 Management of the Modern City
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Teaches basic concepts of city administration. Covers relationships among city, state, and federal jurisdictions, as well as cooperative efforts among city departments. Uses case study methods to emphasize the environment and organization of the city, the city administration, and intergovernmental relationships affecting the city. Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 265 Interviewing
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Analyzes the principles and techniques of interviewing in various organizational settings. Examines reliability and validity of information gained through information interviewing, employment and selection interviewing, performance appraisal and disciplinary interviewing, as well as counseling interviewing. Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 266 Group Leadership
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Focuses on the dynamics of individual behavior and group processes in the work place. Examines the role of group members decision making, use of power, creativity and controversy, problem solving, and group goals, Lecture 3 hours per week.
PBS 290 Coord Intern in Public Administration
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Supervised observation and participation at selected sites. The work is coordinated by the college. Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit.
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