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Public Administration Leadership & Community Engagement

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/06/2020

Course Description

Leadership is a key factor in any institution, especially in the public sector. As such, this course examines and develops public leadership skills for the 21st century by embracing community interaction and engagement. Students will be exposed to theoretical leadership concepts in real world situations, as well as, Biblical principles of leadership while being able to examine their own personal style of leadership.



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This course will compliment the Public Administration program by providing students with leadership concepts and tools that are derived from a public administration perspective and a Biblically Christian worldview. Upon completion of the class, the student will have an understanding of core leadership concepts and be able to apply them to the private and non-profit sectors.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Analyze key theoretical perspectives and leadership concepts;
    2. Discover how leadership styles can influence outcomes and results;
    3. Formulate a personal philosophy of leadership;
    4. Demonstrate how public leadership and community engagement are mutually beneficial;
    5. Discuss major Public Administration theories that influence how citizens are engaged, and
    6. Produce a final project that incorporates a Biblical worldview and theoretical concepts of inclusive leadership.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Noble, P. (2016). The Most Excellent Way to Lead: Discover the Heart of Great

Leadership. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Thomas, J.C. (2015). Citizen, Customer, Partner: Engaging the Public in Public Management, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Routledge. 

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. APA formatting information:

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words.

Leadership Reflection Papers (3)

The student will write 3 reflection papers that are a minimum of 2 pages in current APA format. The paper must include at least 1-2 references in addition to the course textbooks, presentations, and the Bible.

PowerPoint Presentation

The student will prepare a PowerPoint presentation with charts and main points as if they were presenting at a leadership conference. The topic of the presentation is Servant Leadership.

Meeting Proposal

The student will begin to prepare for Module #5 by selecting the government or nonprofit entity that will be observed. The assignment requires a specific venue and meeting information for the Public Leader Reflection Paper to be submitted.

Student Leadership Portfolio

The student will develop a portfolio showcasing their academic achievements and experiences in current APA formatting where required. The portfolio will include the student’s resume, assignments, and references.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (3 at 100 pts ea)


Reflection Papers (3 at 100 pts ea)


Powerpoint Presentation


Meeting Proposal


Student Leadership Portfolio





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


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Textbooks: Noble, P. (2016). The Most Excellent Way to Lead: Discover the Heart of Great Leadership.

Thomas (2015). Citizen, Customer, Partner: Engaging the Public in Public Management.


Reading & Study




Noble: Introduction and ch.1

Thomas, chs. 1-2

2 articles and 2 videos

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Leadership Reflection Paper





Noble: chs.2-3

Thomas: 3-4

2 articles and 1 video

1 presentation

DB Forum #1

Meeting Proposal




Noble: chs.7-8

Thomas:chs. 5-6

4 articles and 1 video

1 presentation

DB Forum #2



Noble: chs.4-6

Thomas: chs. 7-9

2 articles and 1 video

1 presentation

Servant Leadership Powerpoint Presentation



Noble: chs.9-11

Thomas: ch. 10

1 article and 3 videos

1 presentation

Public Leader Reflection Paper



Noble: chs.12-13

2 online activities

1 presentation

Leadership Style Reflection Paper



Noble: chs.14-15

3 articles and 1 video

1 presentation

DB Forum #3



Noble: Ch. 16, A Final Word

1 presentation

Student Leadership Portfolio




DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.