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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management
Bernier, Cheryl L.


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 401 Senior Seminar in Management

Semester

S2T 2008 DLC

Faculty

Bernier, Cheryl L.

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

M.B.A., University of Massachusetts
B.S., University of the State of New York
Master Online Teacher Certificate, University of Illinois

Office Location

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Office Hours

Email any time.  Call during reasonable hours (I am on Mountain Time).

Daytime Phone

(505) 797-0757

E-Mail

Cheryl.Bernier@park.edu

clbernier@comcast.net

Semester Dates

March 17 - May 11, 2008

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

MG 352 and EN 306B or equivalent. It is strongly recommended that all major core courses be completed prior to enrolling in this course.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Leaders and the Leadership Process:  Readings, Self-Assessments and Applications; 5th edition; 2008; by Jon Pierce and John W. Newstrom; McGraw-Hill Publishing. 
 

 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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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. PREREQUISITES: 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:

Our course goals and purpose can only be achieved through a joint "on-line" effort. I will work to stimulate your interest and learning. However, you will be expected to display initiative and a program of self study as well. As a result, a primary objective of the course is to provide you with an environment that will reward your own intellectual effort. I hope this course will be one of the best courses you have had -- that it will be instrumental in making you: (1) competitively superior, (2) successful in your career; and (3) much wiser to the secrets of management.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the term “Leader.”
  2. Define the term “Leadership Process.”
  3. Identify and discuss several traits that differentiate leaders from non-leaders.
  4. Describe and discuss the relationship between gender and leadership effectiveness.
  5. Describe five sources of leadership power(s).
  6. Discuss the Path Goal approach to leadership, especially as it applies to situational leadership and leader effectiveness.
  7. Describe at least three differences in cross-cultural leadership.
  8. Discuss the how and why negative outcomes are produced by some leaders.
  9. Describe the leadership process in work teams.


Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the course's Core Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. 

For this course, the core assessment is a Comprehensive Final Examination to be administered in all sections of MG 401. This exam is worth at least 30 percent of the student's final grade and will test students' mastery of the Core Learning Outcomes (as listed on this syllabus) through definitions, essay, and/or multiple choice questions. 

This core assessment is a CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTES comprehensive examination that must be administered and proctored in the classroom and may not be given as a take-home examination. Students should not have access to the exam or its questions before it is administered. The duration of the exam can be no longer than two hours. 

No computers, or materials other than a writing instrument and a calculator without text functions and communication may be used for the exam; this applies to all students, regardless of whether the exam is for on-line or face-to-face students. Completion of the exam is strictly individual; students may not work in groups to complete the exam.

Class Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The three most important grading criteria for your work will be breadth, depth, and application/synthesis of course concepts. For purposes of this course, the following definitions will apply to each of these terms:
  • Breadth (B): Refers to the "number" of chapter and lecture concepts that you apply to the homework questions, case discussions, and report.
  • Depth (D): Refers to the degree you provide "detailed" analyses to the homework questions, case discussions, and report.
  • Application/Synthesis (A): Refers to the chapter and lecture concepts and higher order thinking you "apply" to your homework questions, case discussions, and report. You can accomplish this by referencing page numbers, concepts such as Porter's Five Force model, etc. and utilizing higher order thinking.

Each time you submit work, I will respond (In the comment section) to the work you submit with either a B, D, A, or combination thereof. For example, if you need additional Depth and Application as they relate to your work, I will provide the following comment:

Areas for additional focus: D1/A2.  Note:  A number (1, 2, or 3) by the letter indicates the degree to which additional focus is needed.  For example, D1, indicates a small amount of additional depth is needed, a D2  indicates a moderate amount is needed, while a D3 indicates a substantial amount is needed.  In terms of relating the above to point deductions, the following can be used as a guideline (Actual point deductions may vary somewhat)

Homework Point Deductions

  • B1 or D1 or A1  =  1 point deduction
  • B2 or D2 or A2  =  2 point deduction
  • B3 or D3 or A3  =  3 point deduction
  • B1/A1, etc. = 2 point deduction
  • B1/A2, etc. = 3 point deduction
  • B1/A3, etc. = 4 point deduction
  • B2/A2, etc. = 4 point deduction
  • B2/A3, etc. = 5 point deduction
  • B3/A3, etc. = 6 point deduction
  • B1/A1/D1, etc. = 3 point deduction
  • B1/A2/D1, etc. = 4 point deduction
  • B1/A2/D2, etc. = 5 point deduction
  • B1/A3/D3, etc. = 7 point deduction
  • B2/A2/D2, etc. = 6 point deduction
  • Etc.

Case Point Deductions

  • B1 or D1 or A1  =  2 point deduction
  • B2 or D2 or A2  =  4 point deduction
  • B3 or D3 or A3  =  6 point deduction
  • B1/A1, etc. = 4 point deduction
  • B1/A2, etc. = 6 point deduction
  • B1/A3, etc. = 8 point deduction
  • B2/A2, etc. = 8 point deduction
  • B2/A3, etc. = 10 point deduction
  • B3/A3, etc. = 12 point deduction
  • B1/A1/D1, etc. = 6 point deduction
  • B1/A2/D1, etc. = 8 point deduction
  • B1/A2/D2, etc. = 10 point deduction
  • B1/A3/D3, etc. = 14 point deduction
  • B2/A2/D2, etc. = 12 point deduction
  • Etc.

I will submit "summary" grades via email to you after the first two weeks, after the next three weeks, and then after the final three weeks. You are more than welcome to contact me any time you wish to discuss your grades-to-date. Also, your participation grade will be determined by your positive responses to the case postings of others and your timeliness in terms of submitting your work, etc. Note: Five point penalty for late work

IMPORTANT!! Your grade for each case posting will be determined not only by the "B-D-A" of your postings, but also by your positive responses to the postings of your team members. Please respond to at least one posting of another student for each case analysis. Failure to do so will result in a loss of five points for each case you post in the Discussion Area.


I will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your average grade throughout the term. Course grades will be based on a weighted composite of performance evaluations in the areas contained in the following table:

 

Grading:

Item                                Points                          %
Position Paper                150                              15
Research Paper (1)        150                              15
Participation                       40                             04
Homework (8)                  160                             16
Cases (5)                         200                              20
Final (1)                            300                              30
Total                             1,000 points               100%

Grading:

Course Grading Scale :  See below.

A =  90- 100%  (900 -- 1000 points)
B =  80-89%  (800 -- 899 points)
C =   70-79%  (700 -- 799 points)
D =  60-69%  (600 -- 699 points)
F =  < 60%  (< 600 points)

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Submission of Late Work: Late work will receive a 5 point penalty.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Online Course Policies:

Policy #1:  Submission of Work:

  • A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MST and Sunday at 11:59 PM MST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.
  • Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
  • When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc), RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.

Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation

  • General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.
  • Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
  • Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
  • Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.
  • Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor. 

Policy #3: What to do if you experience technical problems or have questions about the Online classroom.  

  • If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, click on the Help Button button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance. 
  • If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.

Policy #4: 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. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.

Additional information concerning the criteria for special assistance and Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 (March 17-23)

Readings:

  • Text: Read Chapters 1 and 2
  • Reading Number Assignments: 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9
  • Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessments on pages xxvi and 31
  • Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 1

Online Discussion Assignment: Post your responses to the questions in the Discussion Area titled "Case 1 -- Sam Perkins" and to the "Self Assessment Commentary (Under the pull-down menu)." You may provide any other comments you wish. Also, please post your email address, along with a brief work and/or educational background to the Introduction Area thread titled, "Introductions".

 

Homework: After reading the chapters and assigned readings, reviewing the Lecture Notes and the PowerPoint Overview, and completing the assigned self assessments, please answer the homework questions in the Homework Area and submit them to the the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 1: Homework.

Week 2 (March 24-30)

Readings

  • Text: Read Chapters 3 and 4
  • Reading Number Assignments: 10, 11, 12, and 13
  • Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessments on pages 73 and 98
  • Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 2

Online Discussion Assignment: Post your responses to the questions in the Discussion Area titled "Case 2 -- Exploring Leadership Beliefs" and to the "Self Assessment Commentary" (Under the pull-down menu). You may provide any other comments you wish.

 

Homework: After reading the chapters and assigned readings, reviewing the Lecture Notes and the PowerPoint Overview, and completing the assigned self assessments, please answer the homework questions in the Homework Area and submit them to the the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 2: Homework.

Week 3 (March 31 - April 6)

Readings
 

         Text: Read Chapters 5 and 6
  • Reading Number Assignments: 14, 15, 16, and 17
  • Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessments on pages 130 and 147
  • Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 3

Online Discussion Assignment: Post your responses to the questions in the Discussion Area titled "Self Assessment Commentary" (Under the pull-down menu). You may provide any other comments you wish.

 

Homework: After reading the chapters and assigned readings, reviewing the Lecture Notes and the PowerPoint Overview, and completing the assigned self assessments, please answer the homework questions in the Homework Area and submit them to the the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 3: Homework.

Week 4 (April 7-13)
 
Readings:
  • Text: Read Chapters 7 and 8
  • Reading Number Assignments: 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24
  • Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessments on pages 170 and 201
  • Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 4

Online Discussion Assignment: Post your responses to the questions in the Discussion Area titled "Self Assessment Commentary" (Under the pull-down menu). You may provide any other comments you wish.

 

Homework: After reading the chapters and assigned readings, reviewing the Lecture Notes and the PowerPoint Overview, and completing the assigned self assessments, please answer the homework questions in the Homework Area and submit them to the the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 4: Homework.

Week 5 (April 14-20)
 

Readings

  • Text: Read Chapters 9 and 10
  • Reading Number Assignments: 25,  26, 27, 28, and 29
  • Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessment on page 233
  • Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 5

Online Discussion Assignment: Post your responses to the questions in the Discussion Area titled "Case 3 -- A Different Style of Leadership" and to the "Self Assessment Commentary (Under the pull-down menu)." You may provide any other comments you wish.

 

Homework: After reading the chapters and assigned readings, reviewing the Lecture Notes and the PowerPoint Overview, and completing the assigned self assessments, please answer the homework questions in the Homework Area and submit them to the the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 5: Homework.

Week 6 (April 21-27)
 
Readings
  • Text: Read Chapters 11 and 12
  • Reading Number Assignments: 30,  31, 33, and 34
  • Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessments on pages 284 and 316
  • Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 6

 

Online Discussion Assignment: Post your responses to the questions in the Discussion Area titled "Case 4 -- Donny is my Leader" and to the "Self Assessment Commentary (Under the pull-down menu)." You may provide any other comments you wish.

 

Homework: After reading the chapters and assigned readings, reviewing the Lecture Notes and the PowerPoint Overview, and completing the assigned self assessments, please answer the homework questions in the Homework Area and submit them to the the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 6: Homework.

 

 

Week 7 (April 28 - May 4)
 
Readings
  • Text: Read Chapters 13 and 14
  • Reading Number Assignments: 35,  38, and 41
  • Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessment on page 392
  • Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 7

 

Online Discussion Assignment: Post your responses to the questions in the Discussion Area  to the "Self Assessment Commentary" (Under the pull-down menu). You may provide any other comments you wish.

 

Homework: After reading the chapters and assigned readings, reviewing the Lecture Notes and the PowerPoint Overview, and completing the assigned self assessments, please answer the homework questions in the Homework Area and submit them to the the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 7: Homework.

Week 8 (May 5-11) 
 

Readings

  • Text: Read Chapter 15
  • Reading Number Assignment: 44
  • Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessment on page 430
  • Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 8

Online Discussion Assignment: Post your responses to the questions in the Discussion Area  to the "Self Assessment Commentary" (Under the pull-down menu). You may provide any other comments you wish.

 

Homework: After reading the chapters and assigned readings, reviewing the Lecture Notes and the PowerPoint Overview, and completing the assigned self assessments, please answer the homework questions in the Homework Area and submit them to the the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 8: Homework.

 
Please note that the FINAL EXAM is due no later than Friday, May 9.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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. 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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