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MG 440 Complex Organizations
Curtis, Ronald J.


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 440 Complex Organizations BU
SemesterF2H2005
FacultyCurtis, Ronald J.
TitleSenior Professor
Degrees/CertificatesEd.D., M.A., B.S.
Office LocationBldg 596, Room 212, MCAS Beaufort, SC
Office HoursMon.-Thur. 10 A.M.-3 P.M.
Daytime Phone843-228-7052
Other Phone843-522-9123
E-Mailbeau@park.edu
Web Pagehttp://www.park.edu/beau
Semester Dates10/24-12/18/05
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Hall, Richard H., ORGANIZATIONS, STRUCTURES, PROCESSES and OUTCOMES, Prentice Hall, 8th Ed.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, SLOAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW, HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW, AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY

http://www.prenhall.com

Course Description:
A sociological approach to the study of organizations.  Focuses on theoretical perspectives, characteristics of organizations, the interrelationship of organizational variables, and other related topics.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The student will be involved in an active learning process consisting of classroom academics, research, writing, oral interaction with the professor and fellow students along with examinations, all aimed at learning through the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:

-Explain the issues surrounding organizations and how best to deal with those issues and concerns.
-Explain the impact of societal pressures on organizations.
-Write a term paper on a complex organization.

Course Assessment:
Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss questions relating to the assigned chapter.  These questions will be distributed to each student.  Students will participate in small group discussions along with class-wide discussions.  A term paper will be prepared (typewritten, double-spaced, with all sources documented) and presented to the class.  Two examinations will be given.  Discussions and the term paper presentation will form the basis of the class participation/presentation grade.

Grading:
Mid-term examination  30%
Final examination     30%
Term paper            30%
Class participation   10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submissions will receive appropriately lowered grades.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend all classes and to be on time.  Students are expected to participate in class and group discussions.  A make-up assignment is required for all classes missed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
DATE  CH.   TOPIC

25Oct  1    The outcomes of organizations.
27Oct  2    The nature and types of organizations.
01Nov  3    The forms and outcomes or org. structure.
03Nov  4    Multiple factor explanations of structure.
08Nov  5    Power and conflict in organizations.
10Nov  6    The organizational leadership dimension.
15Nov  1-6  MID-TERM EXAMINATION
17Nov  7    Organizational decision making.
22Nov  8    The dimensions of org. communication.
24Nov  -    Term paper preparation.
29Nov  9    The nature and process of org. change.
01Dec  10   Org. environments and relationships.
06Dec  11   Organizational effectiveness.
08Dec  12   Alternative organizational theories.
13Dec  -    STUDENT PRESENTATIONS.  TERM PAPERS DUE.
15Dec  7-12 FINAL EXAMINATION

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
Dishonesty will result in a failing grade for this course and may result in expulsion from the University.

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
Plagiarism will result in a failing grade for this course and may result in expulsion from the University.

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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