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MG 495 Business Policy
Parsons, John Frances


Mission Statement: 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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

MG 495 Business Policy

Semester

S2SS 2006 RA

Faculty

Parsons, John Frances

Title

Instructor

Office Location

Bldg 208/Room 31, Randolph AFB, TX  78150

Office Hours

Monday through Saturday:  9:00am -7:00pm

Daytime Phone

210-381-6858

Other Phone

210-483-2702

E-Mail

John.Parsons@Park.Edu

Web Page

http://John.Parsons@Captain.Park.Edu

Semester Dates

March 13 - May 8, 2006

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:40 - 10:20 PM

Prerequisites

EN306B

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Collis Montgomery. Corporate Strategy.  Second Edition.  McGraw-Hill Irwin. New York, NY 2005.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


Course Description:
A series of business cases and materials dealing with a variety of problems confronting general management selected to illustrate the major areas of managerial concern: environmental opportunities and constraints, formulation of business policy, organization for business activity and marshalling of resources for achieving objectives of the firm. Pre-requisites: EN 306B and completion of business/management core or permission of instructor. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Provide quality education through interactive lectures, discussions and dialog; research and introduce supplemental data to enhance students knowledge of current management issues and business scenarios; and teach students to conceptualize and synthesize material as it relates contemporary organizations and their personal research project.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the term “strategic management”.
  2. List four phases of strategic management
  3. List four basic elements of strategic management.
  4. Define the term “strategy”.
  5. Identify the five forces that shape competition as described by Porter.
  6. Explain what is meant by the term "competitive advantage".
  7. List three directional strategies.
  8. List the five stages of international development.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students will be assessed on their class participation (including attendance), performance on examinations,  homework, and a critical analysis paper and presentation.

Grading:
Mid-Term -- 30%
Final -- 30%
Critical Analysis Paper -- 15%
Oral Presentation -- 10%
Homework/Participation -- 15%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.
MAKE-UP EXAMINATIONS:  With instructor's approval prior to exam date or in the case of a verifiable personal emergency (within 24 hours of exam).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1) Attend class and be prompt.  
2)Excused absences will be granted on the instructor's discretion
3)Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  
4) Be prepared for class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1:  March 14 & 16:  Review Syllabus/Review Chapter 1
Week 2:  March 21 & 23:  Chapter 2
Week 3:  March 28 & 30:  Chapters 3 & 4
Week 4:  April 04 & 06:  Chapter 5
Week 5:  April 11 & 13:  Mid-Term Exam/Chapter 6
Week 6:  April 18 & 20:  Chapter 7
Week 7:  April 25 & 27:  Chapter 8 & 9
Week 8:  May 02 & 04  :  Final Test/Hand in Critical  
                        Analysis Papers (4-6 pages)/
                       Presentation

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 learners 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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

Last Day to Withdraw:  April 16, 2006


Add/Drop Dates:  March 13 - March 20, 2006 

Copyright:

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