MG271 Principles of Supervision

for S1B 2006

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SYLLABUS                                  Course Number: MG 271

                                                              Course Title: Principles of Supervision

                                                                          Instructor: Clifford J. Ferby  M.A.

                                                                          Term Dates: 2 JAN – 26 FEB 2006


                                                                          Cell: 915-240-5151

                                                                          Meeting Times: T/TH 5:00-7:30pm

                                                                          Resident Center: FT. Bliss


  1. Course Description: A study of leadership and supervisory skills for potential supervisors, newly appointed supervisors or experienced supervisors. Topics include: methods of training employees, communicating, problem solving, discipline, employee rating, improving personal leadership, interpreting organizational policies, and obtaining the maximum results through the efforts of others.


     2.   Goals of the Course: Develop a comprehensive insight into the concepts of

            principles of supervision and the role of the supervisor. Discussions of

            managerial functions as applied to leadership, counseling, motivation and

            human skills are examined.


  1.  Learning Objectives:

The student will explain the role, characteristics, and skills of a supervisor and the principles of planning, leading, controlling, staffing, and organizing at the supervisory level. The student will identify and discuss the human skills necessary for supervision, explain motivational techniques, and understand management/behavioral theories and prevailing effective supervisory practices. The student will be knowledgeable of the workplace situations that arise and be able to practice supervisory skills.


4.   Course Arrangements: Lecture, discussion of text material, research  

      paper, and supervisory video reviews.


  1. Course Requirements: Students must complete reading assignments and be prepared to discuss material in class. Exams will be administered in weeks 4 and 8. Each student will complete a research paper on designated subject area.


      6.  Required Textbook: Supervision, Concepts & Practices of Management,

          9th Edition (ISBN 0-324-17881-6) Authors: Edward C. Leonard, Raymond L.



  1. Supplemental Resources:  None required, however, students are encouraged to

      read current professional periodicals and newspapers and be aware of current  

      events pertaining to the principles of supervision.










  1. Class meeting and examination schedule:


Assignments:  Week 1      Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2

                       Week 2      Chapters 3 & 4 / Chapters 5 & 6

                       Week 3      Chapters 7 & 8 / Chapters 9 & 10 (Review)

                       Week 4      Mid-Term Exam / Chapters 11 & 12

                       Week 5      Chapters 13 & 14 / Chapters 15

                       Week 6      Video Review / Chapter 16

                       Week 7      Video Review, Research Paper Due / Chapter 17,

                                         Final Review

                       Week 8       Final Exam / Video Review


Examinations:  There will be two examinations. Exam dates are:


                                  January 24, 2006          MID-TERM EXAM    Chapters 1-10

                                  February 21, 2006         FINAL EXAM           Chapters 11-17

  1. Class Policies:


a.      Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time. Attendance will be checked each class meeting. Absences for legitimate reasons (illness, duty, etc.) are excusable, however the student must report the absence to the Instructor and is responsible for any missed assignments. Four excused absences will result in a reduced grade. Four unexcused absences will result in a failing grade for the course.  If the student dismisses him/herself from the class without notifying the instructor, the student will receive an unexcused absence for that class period.

    1. Students are expected to be prepared for all classes and participate in

                       class discussions. All assignments will be turned in on schedule.

    1. Academic honesty is expected at all times. Classroom conduct prejudicial

                       to a positive learning environment will not be tolerated and could result

                       in dis-enrollment.

  1.   Grading Policy:

a.      You are responsible for understanding how your work will be graded in this course. Exams are utilized to assess your retainment of new knowledge and ability to articulate that knowledge through written evaluations. The final course grade will be determined according to the following:

Mid-Term Exam…………………………………………………..40%

Final Exam…………………………………………………………40%

Research Paper…………… ……………………………………..20%


    1. Course letter grade will be assigned as follows:


90 – 100     = A

80 – 89       = B

70 – 79       = C

60 – 69       = D

59 & Below = F


    1. Make up exams (alternate version) will be assigned by the Instructor for any student that misses the initial Mid-Term or Final Exam.

      Students are highly encouraged to be present the night of exams.