MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for F2QQ 2005

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COURSE TITLE:  Senior Seminar in Management                                                                                                                                     


TERM:  Fall II Term 2005




FACULT CONTACT INFO:  (Home) 779-9459 (Work) 626-1222 (Cell) 589-6841

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TERM DATES:  October 24, 2005 to December 18, 2005


CLASS SESSION (DAYS):  Tuesday & Thursday (Bldg: 1279 Room 4)


CLASS SESSION (TIME):  1930hrs to 2215hrs



The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.



Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative education opportunities for learners within the global society.



COURSE DISCRIPTION:  A capstone course in the management major that builds on the knowledge, skills, and abilities the students have achieved in their core courses.  Lecture, discussion and certain cases used.


Educational Philosophy:  The instructor’s educational philosophy is on of interaction based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings.  The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as discussion learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.


FACULTY’S EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY:  Students will develop a firm understanding and knowledge of Senior Seminar in Management, which can then be used on-the-job.  Students are the single most important people in the classroom.



  • To integrate the material learned in the business core classes.
  • To define the term “strategy.”
  • Explain what is meant by the term “competitive advantage.”
  • Define the term “strategic management.”
  • List four phases of strategic management.
  • List four basic elements of strategic management.
  • Identify the five forces that shape competition as described by Porter.
  • List three directional strategies
  • List the five stages of international development.



COURSE TEXTBOOK (S): Crafting and Executing Strategy; the Quest for Competitive Advantage: Concepts and Cases, by Strickland, Thompson, and Gamble, 14 edition, published by Irwin.



ACADEMIC HONESTY:  “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given a failing grade or expelled from Park University”.


PLAGIARISM:  Plagiarism-the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work-sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructor.


ATTENDANCE POLICY:  All classes should be attended to assure that the student understands the course concepts fully.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons are excusable.  Prior arrangements with the instructor are required from the student.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment.  Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Four unexcused absences will result in an academic withdrawal from the course and a grade of “F”.


LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:  I will NOT accept any late homework.  No credit will be given for any work received late.


COURSE ASSESSMENT:  The course uses lectures, discussion, individual work, cooperative work, and hands on work.  Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text.  Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students are responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technical problems.  There will be one final exam, two papers, and one final presentation. 


CLASS ROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:  Students are required to conduct themselves in a proper manner and should be respectful of the instructor and of fellow students.  Common courtesies from all attendees are expected.




Disability Guidelines: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and  to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. 



COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:  The meeting and exam schedule is as follows:


Week              Chapter                       Notes/Assignment/Cases

1 Tues              1                                  Work Group Breakdown, Orientation to Class Work

   Thurs                                     Case 27 (Introduction to Case Studies)

2 Tues              2                                 

   Thurs 3                                  Case 1

3 Tues              4                                  Case 26

   Thurs 5                                             

4 Tues              6                                  Case 31

   Thurs 7                                  Case 30 (First Written Case Analysis Due)

5 Tues              8 & 9                           Case 32

   Thurs                                     “Thanks Giving Holiday” (No Class)                            

6 Tues              10                                Case 35

   Thurs 11                               

7 Tues              12                                Case 8

   Thurs 13                                Final Exam (Take Home)

8 Tues                                                  Lessons Learned (Second Written Case Analysis)

   Thurs                                     Presentations



GRADING PLAN:  The final course grade will be determined using the following percentages:


Final Exam:  25%

First Written Case Analysis: 25%

Second Written Case Analysis: 25%

Presentation:  25%


GRADING SCALE:  The following grading scale will be used:


A         90% or higher

B          80% to 89%

C         70% to 79%

D         60% to 69%

F          Below 60%