PUAD 381 FAll 2006 Syllabus v3

PUAD 381 FAll 2006 Syllabus v3 - PPA 381: Politics of the...

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PPA 381: Politics of the Budgetary Process Fall 2007, T/Th 3:30-4:45 Office Hours: M & W 2-4; Th 9-11; or by appointment Instructor: Gary R. Kirk Phone: 568-3768 Office: 212 Maury Hall e-mail: kirkgr@jmu.edu Course Objectives : From the course catalog: An examination of the political planning and strategies of Congress and federal agencies in the budgetary process; politics of budgetary reform; state and local budgetary politics; and intergovernmental impacts on budgeting. To these ends, students will be required to successfully complete the following objectives: 1) Develop a budget document for a hypothetical municipal government, including revenue projection, planning, expenditure estimation, analysis of alternatives, development of performance measures, and budget monitoring. 2) Write analytic professional memoranda applying budget theory to practical budget problems. 3) Participate in discussions related to current topics in public budgeting. Required Texts : Rubin, I. 2006. The Politics of Public Budgeting: Getting and Spending, Borrowing and Balancing (5th Ed.). New York: Chatham House Publishers/Seven Bridges Press. (R) Smith, R.W. & Lynch, T.D. 2004. Public budgeting in America. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. (S) Spreadsheets : Some of your assignments will require the use of Microsoft Excel or a similar spreadsheet application. Please see me if you have Excel-related questions. I will not spend class time going over Excel skills, but I would be happy to help students with specific questions. Enrollment : Students are responsible for registering for classes and for verifying their class schedules on e-campus. The deadline for adding a fall semester class without instructor and academic unit head signatures is Tuesday, September 4, 2007. Between Wednesday, September 5, 2007 and Thursday, September 13, 2007, instructor and academic unit head signatures are required to add a class. No student will be allowed to register for a fall semester classes after Thursday, September 13, 2007. No exceptions
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