PUB 160: Public Administration

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2021
Credits: 3
Total Contact Hours: 54
Lecture Hours : 54
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 108
Transferable to CSU: No
Transferable to UC: No
Grading Method: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Catalog Course Description

A basic course covering the overview of local government functions from the perspective of a public works agency; the constraints of operation; techniques of administration in planning, organizing, financing, and personnel; the traditional model of a public works organization and new advances in technology. 54 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the role a public works program plays in the governmental structure of municipalities
  • Define the principles of administrative management in the areas of public works operations
  • Prepare a capital improvement program and annual works program
  • Explain and identify those steps necessary for preparing a budget for public works program
  • Describe current urban renewal programs and the role of public works administrator
  • Distinguish the roles of municipal departments and operations within public works
  • Understand the various Federal and State regulations influencing a Public Works Organization
  • Understand and identify the key players of a Public Works Agency

Major Course Content

  1. Foundations of local government 
    1. Municipal organizations
  2. Local government department review 
    1. City manager 
    2. City clerk 
    3. City attorney 
    4. Planning, housing, economic development 
    5. Parks and recreation 
    6. Library
    7. Emergency management 
    8. Police 
    9. Fire 
    10. Human resources, personnel, risk management 
    11. Finance
  3. Service delivery alternatives
  4. Introduction to public works 
    1. Legal aspects of public works 
    2. Information systems 
    3. Public works organizations
  5. Public works and urban planning
  6. Emergency management
  7. Code enforcement
  8. Right-of-way management
  9. Engineering
  10. Fleet management
  11. Facilities
  12. Parks/landscaping/street trees
  13. Transportation
  14. Underground utilities 
    1. Water 
    2. Sewer
    3. Storm drains
  15. Budgeting 
    1. Revenue
    2. Expenses 
    3. Capital improvement programs (CIP) 
    4. Revenue constraints and restrictions
  16. Facility master plans
  17. CIP development
  18. CIP financing

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Supplemental articles and periodical stories related to current events in Public Works administration.

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Short responses to trends and current events in public works. Written qualitative analysis of public works case studies.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Develop a capital improvement plan, develop a budget, weekly homework.

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture