MG352 Principles of Management

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MG 352 Principles of Management


F2Z 2008 ML


Thompson, William


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Business Administration Human Resources Management (MBA/HRM)
Bachelor of Science Business Marketing (BSB/MKT)

Office Location

Malmstrom AFB

Office Hours

Contact Daytime Phone 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Daytime Phone

(406) 727-1221


Semester Dates

Monday, October 13, 2008 to Sunday, December 14, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM



Credit Hours



Management: Skills and Application, McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2007, 12th    Edition, Boston, Authors: Leslie Rue and Lloyd Byars.  ISBN-13: 978-0-07-353014-7 or ISBN-10: 0-07-353014-X

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Course Description:
MG352 Principles of Management (MLL): Examines the functions, activities and principles of leadership in business and other institutions. Philosophy, history, current practice and issues in leasing, planning, organizing, and controlling organizations such as communication, motivation and interpersonal relations. Lecture, discussion and cases are used. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Welcome to Principles of Management (MG 352).  As outlined by Rue and Byars, in Management: Skills and Applications, management is part of every business person's life. Management concepts apply equally to public, private, not-for-profit, religious organizations, large corporations, or small entrepreneurial firms. The principles of management are usually performed by the three levels or types of managers—senior management, middle management, and supervisory management. By studying the principles, knowledge about management can be categorized and examined.

Management skills (conceptual, human relations, and technical) are closely related. Leaders in the modern business environment come from a variety of backgrounds. The rich diversity present in modern management adds differing viewpoints and intellectual skills that enable an organization to compete in the international and domestic environment. (Rue and Byars)

Together, we will learn the key principles used in managing an organization: decision-making, ethical responsibilities, planning, operations, organizing, teams, staffing, development, motivation, leadership, conflict, controlling, rewarding and managing change. We will use readings, videos, lectures, case studies, self checks, and discussions as knowledge building tools. This junior level course culminates with summative assessments that include a research paper and proctored final examination.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define “management” and explain the managerial significance of “effectiveness” and “efficiency”.
  2. List the basic functions of management.
  3. Describe the difference between leadership and management.
  4. Distinguish between mechanistic and organic organizations
  5. Describe four social responsibility strategies.
  6. Define the concept of synergy and how it relates to management of organizations.
  7. Evaluate and describe four characteristics common to all organizations.

Core Assessment:
The assessment device is a comprehensive case that is written in class during week 13 of sixteen week classes and during week 7 of eight week classes. The case poses problems faced by a fictional organization in which the solutions are presented by knowledge of the above objectives.
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. 

Class Assessment:

1. Discussion: = 21% total broken down as follows:

Discussion - (one's well researched and referenced response), is provided during weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. A well researched and referenced response must include references to web sites, newspapers or other sources used in the formulation of the response. Note that all discussions questions will be presented by the instructor during class on Wednesdays (starting week 1). Students will have adequate preparation time - a full seven days - to formulate a strategy in providing a well researched and referenced discussion by the following Wednesday. Ensure all questions presented are answered. Percentage points assigned are as follows: 2% for 7 weeks for a total of 14%.

Discussion, (one's peer reviews) are provided during weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. It is completed by commenting on other classmates' responses. A minimum of two peer reviews are required by Wednesday each week with the exception of weeks' 1 and 2. Peer responses should be something substantially more than "nice work".   Percentage points assigned as follows: 1% for 7 weeks for a total of 7%.

2. Groupwork, during week 5, will represent 3% total points for the entire project. Initial input should be submitted during class on Monday. Final collaborative effort will be submitted by the end of class on Wednesday.

3. Quiz = 2% per week for 8 weeks for a total of 16 %

4. Mid-Term Examination = 10% (Completed during week four) Students may only take this exam once.

5. Research Paper = 20% (Submitted during week seven - use template provided)

6. Final Examination (Student Distribution Tri-Modal  - Case Study/Analysis) = 30% (week nine) The proctored final exam must be COMPLETED in order to pass this course.   The comprehensive final is not a take-home test; although, read aheads or reviews may be provided.  The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.


Discussion 210 points (21%) Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
Groupwork 30 points (3%) Week 5
Quiz 160 points (16%) Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Mid-Term Exam 100 points (10%) Week 4
Research Paper 200 points (20%) Week 7
Final Exam 300 points (30%) Week 9
Total Points 1000 points (100%) Weeks' 1-9

The final examination is a comprehensive exam and must be taken to pass the course.  The final grade will be based on the overall average of all assignments  (discussions, quizzes, groupwork, mid-term, research paper, and final exam) taken during the course.  The  final exam will not be a take-home test and is a closed resources exam (no textbook or notes allowed).  The proctored final exam includes only material taught to the student in class.

When calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth.  Personal laptops or computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Associate Dean.

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:
Late assignment(s) will not be accepted without prior approval from the instructor. Weekly discussion and quizzes will not be accepted late. Other assignments will not be accepted more than one week late. Late assignments will be reduced at least one letter grade. No late assignments will be accepted after week 8.   Student departing on TAD, TDY, or other excused absences, approved by the instructor, should complete assignments prior to departure.

In the case of bereavement or serious illness of an immediate family member, students should fax a doctor's statement with phone number, instructor name and course number to the Malmstrom Campus Center Office at (406) 452-5817 .  The fax is required before any consideration is given for additional time to complete assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Food is no longer allowed in the classrooms. All beverages must have a lid of some kind. Eating will be allowed in the break area and lobby only. With limited janitorial services due to budget constraints, the staff cannot continue to spend hours cleaning students’ spills, crumbs, etc.
Students are expected to be respectful of one another and to avoid unnecessary interruptions and distractions that will detract from the learning environment.  This starts with being on time to class, being prepared to learn, respecting the break schedule and being present until class is dismissed.  Students are encouraged to take part in discussions and to ask questions.  While it is acceptable to disagree on opposing viewpoints, it is never acceptable to raise your voice or to act out towards another student in a manner that is discriminating, insulting or embarassing.  Classroom interaction should enhance the collaboration and synergy of the group and contribute towards the learning objectives of the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Read Text Chapters 1, 2, and 3
Read and Interact with the Lecture
Participate in the Classroom Discussion  
Conduct the Self-Check
Complete the Quiz


Read Chapters 4, 5, and 6
Read and Interact with the Lecture
Participate in the Classroom Discussion  
Conduct the Self-Check
Complete the Quiz


Read Chapters 7 and 8
Read and Interact with the Lecture
Participate in the Classroom Discussion  
Conduct the Self-Check
Complete the Quiz


Read Chapters 9, 10 and 11
Read and Interact with the Lecture
Participate in the Classroom Discussion  
Conduct the Self-Check
Complete the Quiz
Complete the mid-term examination


Read Chapters 12, 13, and 14
Read and Interact with the Lecture
Complete Collaborative Group Work Participation
Conduct the Self-Check
Complete the Quiz


Read Chapters 15, 16, and 17
Read and Interact with the Lecture
Participate in the Classroom Discussion  
Conduct the Self-Check
Complete the Quiz


Read Chapters 18 and 19
Read and Interact with the Lecture
Participate in the Classroom Discussion  
Conduct the Self-Check
Complete Research
Complete the Quiz


Read Chapter 20
Review all chapters, lectures, and self-checks
Read and Interact with the Lecture
Participate in the Classroom Discussion  
Conduct the Self-Check
Complete the Quiz
Take Proctored final examination (Case Study/Analysis)

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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: .


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