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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management
Burnish, John J.,, III


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

S2QQ 2006 HI

Faculty

Burnish, III, John J.

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

Masters Degree in Business Management and Management General

Office Location

Bldg 383 HAFB

Office Hours

Upon request

Daytime Phone

801-605-0328

Other Phone

Cell: 801-388-3869

E-Mail

III.Burnish@park.edu

Semester Dates

March 13 to May 7, 2006

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:30 - 10:15 PM

Prerequisites

MG 352 and EN 306B or equivalent

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Crafting and Executing Strategy-The Quest for Competitive Advantage, by Thompson, Strickland and Gamble,14 Edition, McGraw-Hill Irwin, NY, 2005. ISBN:0-07-296221-6

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:
My educational philosophy is based on an interactive relationship with the student.  The course will be taught using lectures, classroom discussions, student written and oral reports and home study.  My goal is to encourage exploration of ideas and issues relating to management skills and application.

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:
Students are required to read the text book assignments prior to each class and be prepared to discuss the material.  Each student is required to submit a 4-5 page (double spaced) Case Study Analysis and an Oral Presentation of their Case Study Analysis (10-15 min.). The Case Study Analysis, both writen and oral should be prepared as "reports to management" rather than a commentary of a student analysis to the instructor.  Additionally, two tests will be give, a mid-term and a final.  These tests will consist of true/false or multiple choice questions.  Students are responsible for obtaining any information that is missed during absences

Grading:
Grading:
1) Mid-Term 35%
2) Final 35%
3) Case Study Analysis 15%
4) Oral Presentation of your Case Study Analysis 10%
5) Class Participation 5%


Grade Scale:
100-90%=A
89-80%=B
79-70%=C
69-60%=D
59% or below=F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I will accept late assignments. However, assignments not submitted on the due date will be lowered one letter grade for each class period it is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will be required to turn off cell phones or any other communication devices during class so they will not interrupt the class.  No electronic devices to include cell phones, palm pilots or computers will be allowed "on" during test taking.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1:
March 14   Introduction
March 16   Chapter: 1

Week 2:
March 21   Chapter: 2
March 23   Chapter: 3

Week 3:
March 28   Chapter: 4
March 30   Chapter: 5

Week 4:
April 4    Chapter: 6
April 6    Chapter: 7  

Week 5:
April 11   Chapter 8
April 13   Mid-Term (Chapters 1-8)

Week 6:
April 18   Chapter: 9 and Papers Due
April 20   Chapter: 10

Week 7:
April 25   Chapter: 11 and Oral Presentations Start
April 27   Chapter: 12 Oral Presentations Continued

Week 8:
May 2      Chapter: 13 Oral Presentations Continued
May 4      Oral Presentations Finished and Final Exam  
          (Chapters 9-13)

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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