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MG 440 Complex Organizations
Cote, Nathan P.


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.
CourseMG 440 Complex Organizations BL
SemesterS1B2006
FacultyCote, Nathan P.
TitleSenior Instructor
Degrees/CertificatesMS Management
MPA Public Policy
MS Human Resource Management
Office LocationClassroom
Office HoursBefore and after class
Daytime Phone(505) 479-6892 (Office)
Other Phone(505) 373-0902 (Home)
E-Mailncote@park.edu
cote935@ERAU.edu
ncote@zianet.com
Semester DatesJanuary 2 - February 25, 2006
Class Days-----F-
Class Time5:00 - 10:00 PM
PrerequisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Hodge, B.J., Anthony, W.P., & Gales, L.M. Organization Theory, A Strategic Approach, 6th Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall, 2002, ISBN: 0130330647

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

http://www.analytictech.com/mb021/orgtheory.htm
http://faculty.babson.edu/krollag/org_site/encyclop/encyclo.html
http://www.managementhelp.org/org_thry/culture/culture.htm
http://www.managementhelp.org/org_thry/culture/culture.htm
http://http://www.csuchico.edu/mgmt/strategy/module9/index.htm

Course Description:
A sociological approach to the study of organizations.  Focuses on theoretical perspectives, characteristics of organizations, the interrelationship of organizational variables, and other related topics.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of facilitation and interactiveness in the classroom resulting from lectures, reading, group exercises, dialogues, student presentations, homework assignments, research projects, and exploration. The instructor will facilitate adult learning styles and disputatious learning to encourage critical thinking and exploration toward the attainment goal of higher-level knowledge and academic thought. The classroom will be used as an intricate tool by the instructor to assist the student in attaining his or her ultimate goals in higher education.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Identify the specific impact that the behavorial sciences have on organizations.

2. Articulate various theories as each applies to the success of organizations.

3. Explain classical and modern management/organizational theories and how each creates a foundation for studying and understanding complex organizations.

4. Demonstrate a knowledge of various issues relative to the context of real organizations and issues and events in today's global environment.

5. Explain strategic design concepts of organizations and both structural and nonstructural means for controlling and managing modern organizations.

6. Define organizational culture, how organizational culture is formed, and how organizational culture might be changed in a complex organization.

7. Discuss either orally or in writing organizational decision making, decision making theories, different decision making processes, and the impact of technology on those processes.

8. Explain the impact of diversity on today's organization.

9. Defend the concept of and the importance of external environmental scanning and analysis on the survivability of today's organization.

10. Write and present a project paper or other agreed upon presentation relative to the study of complex organizations.

Course Assessment:
Assessment of learning will be in relation to the course objectives listed above. Assessment tools will be in the form of quizzes, examination, class participation, written case assignments, and presentations.

Grading:
Participation/attendance: 200 points
Final examination: 300 points
Homework/case assignments (2: 200 points
Project: 200 points
Presentation: 100 points
Total Points: 1000

Points for a letter grade:
900-1000 = A
800 -899 = B
700 -799 = C
600 -699 = D
Below 600 =F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
One grade will be deducted from a late assignment within one week after its due date regardless of nonattendance. Two grades will be deducted for a late assignment after one week after its due date. A grade of "zero" will be assigned to the assignment after two weeks of its due date. Hard copy homework assignments are to be turned in to the instructor. Only in rare cases will the instructor accept an email copy of the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will respect each other in the classroom. Students must attend class in order to actively particpate in dialogue and exercises key to reaching course learning objectives. Use of computers, recorders, and notebooks all may be used to caputre the material being presented. Students are expected to arrive on time to each session to avoid disrupting class. Particpation points will be deducted for students who arrive late or leave class early. The instructor reserves the right to reduce the student's final grade because of absences, arriving late, or leaving early. Results of outside reading or research is invited and students will be provided ample time to present these results.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Jan 6: Chapter 1 and course overview. Read chapter 1 prior to class.
Jan 13: Chapters 2/3 Read chapters prior to class. First homework assignment will be distributed.
Jan 20: Chapters 4/5 Read chapters prior to class. First homework assignment is due.
Jan 27: Chapters 6/7 Read chapters prior to class. Second homework assignment will be distributed.
Feb 3: Chapters 8/9 Read chapters prior to class. Second homework assignment is due.
Feb 10: Chapters 10/11 Read chapter prior to class. Class exercise.
Feb 17: Chapter 12. Read chapter prior to class. Project presentations due.
Feb 24: Remaining presentations and final exam.

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 "WH".
  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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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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