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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management
Van Doren, Michael A.


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.
CourseMG 401 Senior Seminar in Management MO
SemesterF1EE2005
FacultyVan Doren, Michael A.
TitleProfessor of Management/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesBA Mathematics
MS Operations Management
DM Systems Management
Office LocationMoody AFB
Other Phone245-9917
E-Mailp342277@pirate.park.edu
drmajmav@bellsouth.net
Semester Dates1 Aug 05 - 25 Sep 05
Class Days------S
Class Time8:00 - 1:30 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Strategic Management Concepts and Cases, Thompson and Strickland, 13th Edition, McGraw-Hill Irwin 2003.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Pen and paper, calculator, folder and one blank floppy disk with your name on it.  You must also have the use of a computer.


Course Description:
Consideration of managerial problems and/or policies. Topics include: the role of values and assumptions in administrative situations, especially their influence on administrators choices among possible ends and means; the skills, attributes and personal qualities that enhance effectiveness of responsible individuals as they work with others in organizations; and the determinants of organization and executive action. Pre-requisites: MG 352 and EN 306B or equivalent. It is strongly recommended that all major core courses be completed prior to enrolling in this course. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Through written and in-class exercises, readings and discussions, students will be provided with many opportunities for learning about strategic management.  Students will be given opportunities for internalizing and applying these skills.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course you will better understand how to apply Management techniques and core Management knowledge to everyday activities.  As future leaders in the public or private sector you will also learn to understand the dynamics of Management in your business environment and the absolute necessity of a business plan in formulating any business venture.  The articles will also help you understand Management trends, successes and failures in order for you to learn from them.  The student will also learn to understand and appreciate CHANGE and flexibility from the Management's perspective.

Course Assessment:
Six Business Journals, Mid-term Exam, Presentation, and Final Paper

Grading:
Business Journals 30%
Midtem 30%
Final Paper 30%
Presentation 10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All requirements are due according to this syllabus.  Late submissions will lose 10 percentage points for each additional class meeting unless PRIOR arrangements are made with the instructor.  It is the student's responsibility to initiate such arrangements.  Extenuating circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Constructive dialogue is encouraged.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Reading/Topic Schedules:
Week 1 - Chapters 1 and 2
Week 2 - Chapter 3, Journal Entry 1 due
Week 3 - Chapter 4, Journal Entry 2 due
Week 4 - Mid-term Exam
Week 5 - Chapter 5, Journal Entry 4 due
Week 6 - Chapter 6, Journal Entry 5 due
Week 7 - Chapter 7, Journal Entry 6 due
Week 8 - Journal Presentations

6 Business Journals - To be a business leader you must understand business.  The journals will help you understand how business works and how businesses focus their strategies based on customer needs.  Cut out articles pertaining to strategic management and do the following:

Summarize the article for 40 percent.  The summary is basically a synopsis of the article in your own words.  Please ensure you adequately summarize the articles.  The articles can be newspapers, magazines, and from popular web sites, e.g., cnn.com, msnbc.com, foxnews.com etc, not xfiles.com, etc..  Articles must be related to course chapters.

Comment/Conclusion of Article: for 60 percent:  
You will comment on what makes the article relevant.  Appropriate comments will place the relevance of the subject to the material covered the previous week; for example, an article on hybrid cars might explain that hybrid cars are the future of automobile use in America.  This may be an opportunity or threat to a company performing SWOT analysis described in Chapter 4.  You may disagree with the articles premise, if so, state your case based on EVIDENCE you have acquired.  Your comments/conclusions must be clear, concise and OBJECTIVE.  The font will be 12-pitch, times new roman; each journal entry will be 2-3 pages double-spaced.  Staple the article to your journals and place them in a folder or binder.  A total of six journals will be collected starting at week 2 and every Saturday accoding to the above schedule.  Late journals will drop 1 letter grade for each day late.  Grammar/Spell check your work, I need to understand your writing.  Remember, as a business leader, everything you write is a reflection of your professionalism and worth to a company or organization.

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
 
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