MG101 Introduction to Management

for U1T 2008

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MG 101 Introduction to Management


U1T 2008 DLA


Dr. Ray Everett


Senior Professor


Doctor of Business Administration
Master of Arts / Master of Science / Master of Public Administration
Bachelor of Arts

Office Location

Tucson, AZ and Salem, OR (and online)

Office Hours

Online and by telephone appointment

Daytime Phone

Available by appointment


Semester Dates

June 2 to July 27, 2008

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours


Robbins, Stephen P. and David A. DeCenzo. Fundamentals of Management: Essential Concepts and Application. 6th ed. NJ: Pearson: Prentice Hall, 2008. ISBN:-13: 978-0-13-600710-4

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Course Description:
Basic functions of management with emphasis on the behavioral problems management face in adopting and implementing policy. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

This is an introductory level university course that expects and requires individual, self-motivated, critical thinking from adult students.  Your professor believes in giving detail attention to each student with constant feedback so that the student clearly understands and succeeds in the online process. This process mandates individual initiative and application to the study of the subject materials and the learning from mistakes made during the process.  To assist with progress, the professor believes in being closely attuned to each student's activities daily and is readily available via course postings, email, or telephone.

However, success demands an intellectual effort of initiative and self-discipline in studying the text and all assignments, and in participating in discussions. Students MUST exercise self-discipline and must have all work turned in on time just as they would be required to do if their where the marketing manager.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. List and describe the functions of management.
  2. Explain how the emphasis on respective functions of management will change at the various levels of the organization.
  3. Describe the managerial activities and functions of a supervisor, a mid-level manager, and an executive.
  4. Describe two organization environments that would require extremely different styles of management.
  5. Explain how centralization and decentralization affect managerial decision making.
  6. Define the terms “span of control” and “scope of authority”.
  7. Define the terms “effectiveness” and “efficiency.”
  8. Compare and contrast “leadership” and “management.”

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 MG101. 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 calculators, computers, or materials other than a writing instrument 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.


Each week (normally by Tuesday), your professor will provide grades for the assignments completed during the previous week.  To achieve the maximum number of points, the assignment is organized in a logical manner with appropriate punctuation and spelling; is submitted on time; provides a good, concise businesslike analysis; proposes solutions that logically flow from the analysis; and integrates relevant course content material when appropriate. Course grades will be based on a composite of performance evaluations in the areas contained in the following table




Grade %

Discussion Questions



Comments on Postings






Midterm Exam



Management Paper or Questions



Comprehensive Final Exam






Grading Scale

A =  90 -- 100 points         B =  800 -- 89 points           C =  70 -- 79 points
D =  60 -- 69 points           F =  < 60 points

Midterm. On the midterm examination each question is correct or incorrect based on the course content. 

Final. On the final examination each question is correct or incorrect based on the course content.

Discussion Questions. The discussion questions are graded according to the rubric. For a passing grade questions will be answered in a grammatically correct manner.

Comments. The comments on the postings will agree or disagree and bring out additional points in a constructive manner with rationale and critical thinking.  The comments will be graded according to the rubric.

Management Paper. The management paper will define the topic, explain a way to implement it, and provide references with in-body citations. The paper must be complete, organized, and grammatically correct.

Quiz. On the quiz each question is correct or incorrect.


Discussion Grade Matrix                                   




1.1 - 2

Answered all questions and subquestions correctly and completely. Well organized. Spelling and grammar are error free.


.6 - 1

Answered questions and subquestions correctly. Some responses were not complete or some spelling and grammar errors were present.

Below average


Incomplete responses or multiple spelling and grammar errors. May not all be made in time for others to read and respond. Are rudimentary and superficial; there is no evidence of insight or analysis. Contribute no new ideas, connections, or applications. May be completely off topic

Well below average, needs improvement

Comment Grade Matrix                                




.6 - 1

Comments are meaningful and provide supporting rationale. Could include information on incomplete or incorrect points in the original student posting. Comments must be made on at least one other student posting by Sunday night of the weekly unit.


.1 - .5

Comments are not supported or too brief, e.g., “well done,” “I agree,” etc.

Below average


One or two word comments, e.g., “I agree,” “I disagree,” “good job,” etc. or no comment posted, or late.


Question Response Grade Matrix                                   




8 - 10

Answered all questions and subquestions correctly and completely by the due date. Spelling and grammar are error free. Response is well organized and flows logically. Displays complete understanding and analysis. Positions are well supported and integrate material from the text and online course content.


4 - 7

Answered some questions and subquestions correctly by the due date. Some errors in spelling and grammar. Positions not well supported.

Below average

0 - 3

Answered less than 30 % of the questions or subquestions correctly by the due date. Some errors in spelling and grammar. Positions not well supported.

Well below average, needs improvement

Total Quality Mgmt (TQM),                          
 Business Process Reengineering (BPR),                          
Lean Six Sigma (LSS), etc.                          
Paper Grade Matrix




8 - 10

Defined the topic completely and thoroughly. Displays complete understanding and analysis. Stated how to implement the topic completely. Well organized and flowed logically. Spelling and grammar are error free. Positions are well supported and integrate material from the text and online course content. Cites at least two references.


4 - 7

Described the topic and how to implement it. Organized with some spelling or grammar errors. Cites at least one reference.

Below average

0 - 3

Defined the topic or how to implement it. Numerous spelling and grammar errors. Late paper. No references cited.

Well below average, needs improvement

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:
Each class week is defined as the period of time between Monday at 12:00 am and Sunday 11:59 pm (MST). All assignments scheduled during each class week should be completed and successfully submitted during that week so as to be received by the professor no later than Sunday midnight (MST), which is the normal due date. Do not post anything after that deadline as the opportunity to receive credit will have passed.
Work that is late will only be accepted as a result of (1.) an emergency that is beyond the control of the student and (2.) with advance approval and acknowledgment from the professor.  A request to complete late work must be submitted in advance and must be based on a clear bona fide emergency situation with verification.  Any event that is within the control of the student will not be approved, such as "my car broke down," or "I had to go to work unexpectedly," or "I was sick," or "my computer or internet connection went down," etc.  Further, late completions will not be approved if a student could have done the work earlier in the week but waited until the last day and then ran into an emergency, or Park online was too busy on Sunday night, or the Internet connection went down, or the computer stopped working, etc.  Therefore, early completions are highly encouraged. However, even with an emergency in which an extension was granted, there will still be a 10% late penalty deduction. There will be no score for late work without advanced approval from the professor.  Please do not wait until the last day for submission and chance an unforeseen circumstance. Running out of time has nothing to do with being busy, as everyone is busy. It almost always has to do with setting priorities and exercising self-discipline.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


  1. Self-discipline is extremely important and necessary in this online course. Students are expected to devote a minimum of five hours per week performing in the course, and a minimum of two hours per week must be online within the course threads. This is the same amount as would be spent in a physical classroom. (The professor has access to the time students spend in each area of the course and will check it regularly.)
  2. Courtesy and online netiquette MUST be used in all communications, private and/or public. Profanity, crude, ugly, or disrespectful language will result heavily loss of points and potential disciplinary actions.  (The professor reserves the right to delete or modify any posting that violates this instruction or any other Park University Student Code of Conduct.)
  3. The grading criteria includes the requirement that improvement and progress in assignments be made each week. There must be some improvement made in order to achieve the same grade points as previously achieved on a particular assignment.
  4. Emails sent to the professor must have the course number and the subject of the email in the "Subject" line of every email.  For example: "SUBJECT:  MG101 - question."  Do not just click “Reply” and send an email without this proper information even if that has been a long time habit.
  5. Students are required to read and follow the feedback from the professor for every assignment. Not following improvements offered in feedbacks will result in addition reduction of points.
  6. Announcements are posted regularly to keep students informed of changes and emphasis and must be read or reviewed everything the course is entered.
  7. Emails must be read daily either in Park PirateMail or by having them forwarded to your personal email account. Your professor will communicate via announcements, feedbacks, emails, and telephone calls.
  8. Every assignment must include references with citations to assigned lessons studied. The citations are to be within the body of the assignment and not at the end of paragraphs or the document.

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 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: .


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