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Spring 2014 - 63690 - PA391 - Public Financial Management

Instructor(s): Granof, Michael H.
Unique Number: 63690
Day & Time: M 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.122
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Final Exam Information:May 7, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm SRH 3.122
Course Overview

This course provides a basic understanding of the financial activities of governments at all levels in the United States. It is usually taken during the first year. The course acquaints students with the purposes, characteristics, processes, and operations of financial management systems and develops their capabilities to analyze financial operations, coordinate such operations with relevant public policies and programs, and effectively manage the financial resources of public entities. Topics in the course include: the economic, political, and administrative environment of financial management systems and operations; budgeting theory and practice--including program and performance budgets; accounting and internal control; financial reporting; auditing--financial and performance; debt management; treasury and cash management; and revenue/tax administration.

Section Description

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of public financial management at all levels of government. Its objective is to develop student capabilities in the analysis of financial operations and the management of public sector financial resources  The course will cover the principles of finance, economics, accounting and fiscal administration.  A major part of the course will be devoted to understanding the basic financial reports of governments ñ their budgets and their annual reports.  Other topics include taxes and other revenues, bonds and other forms of debt,  investments, capital budgeting, performance evaluation and auditing.  

The course format will primarily be lectures, but extensive student interaction is expected. It will require homework assignments prior to each class meeting and a semester project.  There will be a mid-semester exam and final.

Inasmuch as a substantial portion of the course focuses on financial statements, students will be at a decided advantage of they come to the course with understanding of fundamental concepts of accounting.  To this end, if students do not have a background in accounting (e.g. have never had an accounting course) they are strongly advised to take a computer-based course in the subject.  To assess whether they need the course, the instructor has arranged an on-line assessment test.  Details about both the course and the test will be available from either the graduate advisor or the instructor.