MG352 Principles of Management

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MG 352 Principles of Management


F2V 2008 GO


Estes, Kari M.


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/ Marketing
Master of Arts in Organizational Management
Working on PhD in Business Administration/ Industrial & Organizational Psychology

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Semester Dates

Oct 20- Dec 14, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:20 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 realations. 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 firm 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 cumulates 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:

Attendance:  Class attendance will receive full credit; absence receives no credit. (40 pts)

Participation:  During the term, each individual student will receive a qualitatively based score, which is determined by the value of the participation to the class discussions, whichwill be posted weekly to the discussion thread on the class web site. (90 pts)

Examinations:  Examinations are to be taken in-class, and are closed-book and closed-notes tests. 

            Mid-term exam. (150 pts)

­Quizzes: Two quizzes will be given, posted on the class web site (100 points)

Core Assessment/final exam: Criteria will be posted with the case on the class web site.  (300 pts)

Research paper 170 points

Group presentation: Assessment will be influenced by preparedness, speaking flow, thought transition, content, and communication ability (voice control, animation, training aids, etc.)   (150 pts)



The final grade will be determined using the following categories:
Attendance                                              4%
Class participation                                  9%
Mid-term examination                           15%

Quiz 1                                                     5%
Quiz 2                                                     5%
Core assessment/final exam               30%
Research paper                                   17%
Research presentation                          15%
Total                                                    100%

Grading impacts:
Did your response indicate that you followed directions?
Did your response reflect 300-level work?  (spelling, grammar, appropriateness, clear expression, depth of material) Did your class responses indicate that you prepared for the class?  (read text and any other outside readings/research)?

Grade scale:
A          901 – 1000 pts
B          801 - 909 pts
C         701 - 809 pts
D         601 - 709 pts
F          Below 601 pts or four unexcused absences



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:
Research papers must be submitted into the dropbox in the eCompanion. The individual research paper is due at or before 5pm on Wednesday of the 8th week; as presentation of the papers will begin onMonday of the 8th week, late submission will not be allowed.
Late assignment(s) will not be accepted without prior approval from the instructor. 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 6.   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 to the instructor.  The fax is required before any consideration is given for additional time to complete assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Policy #1:  Submission of Work:

Papers can be submitted in class or by dropbox in the eCompanion which must be submitted before the class period the assignment is due.
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  RTF file formats. If an assignment is emailed to me please name the file as last name, first initial_MG352-assignment# (Estes,K_MG352-1).
If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.

Policy #2: Ground Rules

No food or drinks in the classroom except for water.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1:   Introduction to the course and critical thinking

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 1 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss syllabus and assignment schedule; demonstrate eCollege; establish class groups.

Week 2:  Foundations of management
Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 2 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss management basics, entrepreneurship, communications; review research paper requirements.

Week 3:   Contemporary issues and planning

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 3 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss international business, management responsibilities, and planning skills with respect to systems theory and the scientific approach to problem solving and planning; case study work as teams; work on research paper.

Week 4:   Organizing and staffing

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 4 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss work structure and analysis, organizational structure, team management, and personnel development; case study work as teams; work on research paper.

Week 5:   Mid-term exam and directing

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 5 on the class web site

Class activities:  Mid-term examination; discuss leadership concepts, motivation, techniques of stress and change management; case study work as teams; work on research paper.

Week 6:   Controlling

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 6 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss controlling concepts, use of motivation theory in the controlling process, operations control processes, and quality; case study work as teams; work on research paper.

Week 7: Testing your knowledge

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 7 on the class web site 

Class activities:  Review notes on core objectives and case analysis; complete core assessment and final exam; work on research paper.

Week 8:  Demonstrating your knowledge of the concepts

Class activities:  Submit research paper and presentations.
* Specific dates for each of the weekly activities will be posted in the course schedule on the eCompanion web site.
* The instructor reserves the right to revise, alter, or change this schedule for unforseen or extenuating circumstances.

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

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