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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management
Hipsher, John


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.

Course

MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management

Semester

S2Z 2006 ML

Faculty

Hipsher, John

Title

Academic Director/Senior instructor

Degrees/Certificates

BA Ed. / University of Wyoming
MBA / University of North Dakota

Daytime Phone

406-727-5915

E-Mail

john.hipsher@park.edu

hootlee@imt.net

Semester Dates

Mar 20 -May 21, 2006

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Prerequisites

MG 352 and EN 306B or equivalent

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
"Crafting and Executing Strategy" 14th Edition. Thompson
Strickland & Gamble. McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2005.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
Consideration of managerial problems and/or policies. Topics include: the role of values and assumptions in administrative situations, especially their influence on administrators choices among possible ends and means; the skills, attributes and personal qualities that enhance effectiveness of responsible individuals as they work with others in organizations; and the determinants of organization and executive action. Pre-requisites: MG 352 and EN 306B or equivalent. It is strongly recommended that all major core courses be completed prior to enrolling in this course. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of student
involvement based on lectures, readings, examinations, internet, discusssions and case studies. The objectives of
the case are met by continuous student involvement and proaction.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the term “strategic management”.
  2. List four phases of strategic management.
  3. List four basic elements of strategic management.
  4. Define the term “strategy”.
  5. Identify the five forces that shape competition as described by Porter.
  6. Explain what is meant by the term "competitive advantage".
  7. List three directional strategies.
  8. List the five stages of international development.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Course objectives will be assessed by in-class discussions, case studies, exams and a research paper. Class lectures by instructor. A good deal of assessment will be by practicing the tasks of managerial analysis and
decision making via use of actual studies, analysis and discussion by the entire class.

Grading:
Each student's grade will be determined by the following:

    Case studies .........  50% or 300 pts
    Exams ................  35% or 210 pts
    Participation & Attend. 15% or  90 pts

                      Total 100 % or 600 pts

    90-100% = A
    80-89%  = B
    70-79%  = C
    60-69%  = D
  Below 60% = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will be downgraded 5 pts for each class the assignment is late. Students will complete all assigned homework. All homework will be completed and turned in by Wed.,May 17th. All assignments must be turned
in to receive a passing grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are required to be fully prepared before each class session. Since participation is a part of the grading process, each student must contribute to in-class
analysis and discussion of the cases. Each student is expected to be an active participant in class discussions and to offer meaningful analysis and convincing arguments
for the position you stake out. Merely coming to class and
listening to the discussion of assigned cases is not sufficient; attendance alone is not participation.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 -  Mar 20-22   Chapters 1&2 (Selected Case Study)
   
Week 2 - Mar 27- 29   Chapters 3 (Selected Case Study)

Week 3 - Apr 3-5     Chapters 4  (Selected Case Study)

Week 4 - Apr 10-12    Chapters 5&6 (Selected Case Study)

Week 5 - Apr 17-19    Chapters 7 and Midterm Exam

Week 6 - Apr 24-26    Chapters 8&9 (Selected Case Study)

Week 7 - May 1-3      Chapters 10&11 (Selected Case Study)

Week 8 - May 8-10     Chapters 12&13 (Selected Case Study)

Week 9 - May 15-17    Selected Case Study & 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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