College of Business, Accountancy & Public Administration


Echague, Isabela


PA 121 (Introduction to Public Administration)

2nd Semester, School Year 2021-2022


Subject Professor

Vision of the University

A leading research university in the ASEAN Region.

Mission of the University

The Isabela State University is committed to develop globally competitive human, technological resources and services through quality instruction, innovative research, responsive community and engagement and viable resource management programs for inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Goals of the College

The College aims to equip its students with the necessary conceptual, human and technical knowledge, skills and competence in the different field of specialization in preparation for their complex function as professionals and responsible citizens in the world of work.

Program Objective (BPA)

Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) aims to develop public servants who have the required knowledge, values and skills to serve as professionals in government and civil society.



I. Course Description

  • Understanding of the language and basic concepts of public administration and its development as a field of study.

II. Course Objectives

  • After completing this course, it is expected that students will:
  1. Understand the nature, basic concepts and theories of public administration as an academic discipline and as a profession.
  2. Be able to explain how public administration, as a field of study and as a profession, evolved in the Philippines.
  3. Be able to identify and discuss the various functional areas of public administration as these are reflected in the BAPA curriculum.
  4. Appreciate how public administration, as an academic discipline and a profession, contributes to the achievement of the country’s national development efforts and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
  5. Be able to utilize basic concepts of public administration to analyze national and local issues as citizens and as future officials of national and local government or non-government institutions.

III. Methodology

  • The learning process for this course will rely on lecture discussions, group discussion on specific topics, and a field trip or study tour to a government agency may be arranged. Students are strongly encouraged to keep abreast with current events and local and national issues which will enable them to better understand how concepts discussed in class may be used to analyze day to day developments in government.


IV. Course Requirements.

  1. Three long examinations: Preliminary, Mid-term and Final Examination
  2. Quizzes/Assignment/Attendance to Webinars
  3. Reaction Paper
  4. Attendance and Participation in class and group discussions


V. Topic Outline

Chapter I. The Nature, Meaning and Development of Public Administration as a Discipline and as a Profession

  • What is Public Administration, What is Governance?
  • Development of PA as a Field of Study


Chapter II. Public Administration and Development

  • Sustainable Human Development
  • Sustainable Development Goals


Chapter III. Functional Areas of Public Administration


Chapter IV. Ethics and Accountability in Public Service

  • Ethics in the Public Service
  • Accountability in the Public Service: Role of Citizens and Administrators



  • Bautista, Victoria, Alfiler, Ma. Concepcion, Reyes, Danilo and Tapales, Proserpina (eds.).
  • Public Administration in the Philippines: A Reader 2nd Edition. (NCPAG, UP: Quezon City: 2003)
  • Brillantes, A. B. Innovations and Excellence: Understanding Local Governments. Center for Local and Regional Governance, National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines. 2003.
  • Nigro, Felix A and Lloyd Nigro G. Modern Public Administration, New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, Inc. 1989
  • Philippines, Republic of 1987 The 1987 Constitution
  • PPP Center. A PPP Manual for LGUs: Understanding PPP Concepts and Framework. 2012.
  • Pimentel, Aquilino Q. Jr. Federalizing the Philippines: A Primer. 2008.
  • Reyes, Danilo R. et al. “Introduction to Public Administration in the Philippines: A
  • Reader. Volumes 1 & 2. 2015.
  • UNDP Human Development Report.
  • Governance for Sustainable Human Development.

Note: Other reading materials may be assigned from time to time.