Public Administration

Assignments and Grading: PA330DLS1A2018 Public Administration


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Assignments and Grading
Points and Grading
Point Distribuƭon

Assignments Units Unit Points Total Points Percent of Course
One Introduction Discussion 1 20.5 20.5 4.1%
Eight Weekly Discussions 1-8 24 192 38.4%
Three Video Learning Activities 2,4,6 62.5 187.5 37.5%
Final Essay 8 100 100 20%
TOTAL 500 100%

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percent Point Totals
A 90-100% 450-500
B 80-89% 400-449
C 70-79% 350-399
D 60-69% 300-349
F Below 60% Below 300

Course discussions are graded on demonstrated preparation for the discussion, including linage of the
current discussion with previous course materials, clearly-communicated concepts derived from nonassigned reading materials (with suitable citation/reference), presentation of substantive comments that
are constructive in nature, and fabrication of logical and well-crafted positions. Further, written work is
graded on demonstrated insight, completion of expectation of the assignment, coherence of organization,
grammar and spelling, and proper citations.
Letter grades in this course have the following meanings:
An ‘A’ signifies work that clearly exceeds expectations exemplified by the student who prepares for
class discussions and consistently indicates having thought about the material. Written work falling

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into this category will demonstrate clarity of purpose, organization, and communication. It will also
demonstrate clear interpretation of course material with proper citations.
A ‘B’ signifies work that meets expectations, meaning that all aspects of the assignment are
completed, but it lacks some aspects of ‘A’ work, particularly inconsistent preparation for class
discussions or written work that demonstrates less significant insight in the material, frequent
grammatical errors, or failure to follow citation requirements.
A ‘C’ denotes written work that minimally meets the intent of the assignment and is poorly
constructed, supported, or inconsistent arguments, or works with multiple spelling and grammatical
errors, or multiple failures to follow citation requirements.
A ‘D’ falls short of the intent of the assignment in multiple areas and signifies a student who regularly
misses class discussions, is otherwise unprepared on multiple occasions, or whose written work fails
to meet the minimum expectations of undergraduate students.
A ‘F’ indicates failure to meet minimum requirements, demonstration of consistently poor work, or
demonstrated inability to improve performance, cheating, or plagiarism.
Late Assignment Policy
Non-penalized (excused) extensions/make-up work will only be given based upon documented approved
extenuating circumstances. Unexcused late submissions will result in an assignment grade of zero (0%).
Assignments
Discussions
Weekly, students relate specific sources to module material. Students are required to make one main
post (three to four paragraphs) that addresses the specific discussion by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and two
peer review posts (responses to his or her classmates’ posts that are two to three paragraphs each) by
11:59 p.m. Sunday. All posts must utilize and cite material from the week’s course information/readings,
including complete internal citations and a reference list. Each post is worth 8 points.
What are substantive postings? Substantive postings include:
Responding to discussion questions as well as discourse between students related to subject matter
within the course. This includes posting responses to others’ answers within a Discussion Area. A
response may express agreement with or challenge to the point of view expressed, supported by
references (citations) to the text or lecture.
Contributing to the discussion based upon course content, theory, or personal experiences, not
simply personal opinions.
Due Date: Each Unit


Discussion Rubric

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Criteria Content Structure Length Citations Grammar
and Spelling
Points Grade
Exceeds
Expectations
Thoroughly
addresses
required
elements of
the
assignment
Written
clearly and
logically
Appropriate
length (3 to
4
paragraphs
Main and 2
to 3
paragraphs
Peer)
Correct
Turabian
citations and
reference list
entries
Largely error-free
writing
21.60-
24
A
Meets
Expectations
Addresses
required
elements of
the
assignment;
some
entries may
not be well
developed
The logic of
the writing
has minor
errors.
Appropriate
length (3 to
4
paragraphs
Main and 2
to 3
paragraphs
Peer)
A few
incorrect or
missing
Turabian
citations
and/or
reference list
entries
A few difficulties with
sentence structure,
grammar/punctuation,
or clarity of meaning
19.2-
21.59
B
Does Not
Meet
Expectations
Addresses
required
elements of
the
assignment
in a
fragmentary,
inadequate
manner
Logic or
organization
is difficult to
follow
Length is
too short or
too long
Multiple
incorrect or
missing
Turabian
citations
and/or
reference list
entries
Multiple difficulties
with sentence
structure,
grammar/punctuation,
or clarity of meaning
0-19.3 C or
below

Video Learning Acƭviƭes


In these activities, in 750 to 1250 words, students address question(s) based primarily on the following
Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) videos:
American Experience: Alexander Hamilton
Ken Burn’s Thomas Jefferson
American Experience: Woodrow Wilson
Activities:
Week 1:
American Experience: Alexander Hamilton (Due Unit 2- Sunday @ 11:59 p.m)
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Week 3: Ken Burn’s Thomas Jefferson (Due Unit 4- Sunday @ 11:59 p.m.)
Week 5:
American Experience: Woodrow Wilson (Due Unit 6- Sunday @ 11:59 p.m.)
Due Date: Units 2, 4, 6 Sunday by 11:59 p.m.
Video Learning Acƭviƭes Rubric

Criteria Content Structure Length Citations Title
Page
Grammar
and Spelling
Points
Exceeds
Expectations
Uses
clearly
identified
and
described
course
material
concepts
Discussion
clearly,
logically,
and
thoroughly
addresses
the
question
Appropriate
length
Correct
Turabian
citations
and
reference
list
entries
Title
Page in
correct
Turabian
format
Clear, nearly error
free writing
56.25-
62.5
Meets
Expectations
Some
course
material
concepts
are not
fully
described
Discussion
addresses
the
question;
may not
be fully
developed
and/or
entirely
clear
Appropriate
length
A few
incorrect
or
missing
Turabian
citations
and/or
reference
list
entries
Title
Page in
Turabian
has a
few
errors.
A few difficulties with
sentence structure,
grammar/punctuation,
and/or clarity of
meaning
50-
55.675
Does Not
Meet
Expectations
Few
course
material
concepts
are used,
and/or
they are
not
clearly
identified
Discussion
is unclear,
poorly
organized,
and/or
does not
directly
address
the
question
Length is
too short or
too long
Multiple
incorrect
or
missing
Turabian
citations
and/or
reference
list
entries
Title
Page in
Turabian
has
multiple
errors or
is
missing.
Multiple difficulties
with sentence
structure,
grammar/punctuation,
and/or clarity of
meaning
0-
49.375

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or
described

Final Essay


Based primarily upon Donald F. Kettl’s The Transformation of Governance: Public Administration for
Twenty-First Century America
, compare and contrast the governmental perspectives of Alexander
Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Woodrow Wilson, including their differences and
similarities. The essay should be 6-8 pages in length, not counting the title and reference pages.
Please note, in this essay, students are only allowed to use class sources, i.e., thisnation.com,
Transformation of Governance, Introducing Public Administration, Thisnation.com, videos, lectures and
the additional handouts/links. Other sources will result in grade reductions.
Due Date: Unit 8- Sunday by 11:59 p.m.


Final Essay Rubric
Final Essay Grading Rubric

Criteria Content Structure Length Citations Title
Page
Grammar
and Spelling
Points
Exceeds
Expectations
Uses
clearly
identified
and
described
course
material
concepts
Discussion
clearly,
logically,
and
thoroughly
addresses
the
question
Appropriate
length
Correct
Turabian
citations
and
reference
list
entries
Title
Page in
correct
Turabian
format
Clear, nearly error
free writing
90-
100
Meets
Expectations
Some
course
material
concepts
are not
fully
described
Discussion
addresses
the
question;
may not
be fully
developed
and/or
Appropriate
length
A few
incorrect
or
missing
Turabian
citations
and/or
reference
Title
Page in
Turabian
has a
few
errors.
A few difficulties with
sentence structure,
grammar/punctuation,
and/or clarity of
meaning
80-89

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entirely
clear
list
entries
Does Not
Meet
Expectations
Few
course
material
concepts
are used,
and/or
they are
not
clearly
identified
or
described
Discussion
is unclear,
poorly
organized,
and/or
does not
directly
address
the
question
Length is
too short or
too long
Multiple
incorrect
or
missing
Turabian
citations
and/or
reference
list
entries
Title
Page in
Turabian
has
multiple
errors or
is
missing.
Multiple difficulties
with sentence
structure,
grammar/punctuation,
and/or clarity of
meaning
0-79

File and Writing Format


If possible, submissions should be .doc or .docx files. If you do not have Microsoft Word and are
incapable of submitting in this format, in your word processor, please save the file as an .rtf (rich text
format) and submit.
Assignments should be double spaced in New Times Roman 12 with 1 inch margins. When using (citing)
sources outside of materials provided in this class, please make sure they are quality and reliable
sources (Wikipedia is not acceptable). Students should follow Turabian writing guidelines and always
provide a title page and reference page.
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