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MG 271 Principles of Supervision
D'Ostroph, Steven M.


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 271 Principles of Supervision

Semester

F2T 2006 DL

Faculty

D'Ostroph, Steven M.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MS, QSM
BS, Criminal Justice

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

8 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday

Daytime Phone

706-662-6118

E-Mail

steven.dostroph@park.edu

smdostroph@mchsi.com

Semester Dates

10/15/06 to 12/16/06

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Required Text: Supervision: Concepts and Practices of Management 9th Edition, South-western College Publishing, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001 Author: Raymond L. Hilgert and Edwin C. Leonard, Jr. ISBN: 0-324-17881-6

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Course Description:
A study of leadership skills for persons in supervisory positions.  Topics  include: methods of training employees, employee rating, improving  personal leadership, interpreting organization policies, and obtaining the  maximum results through the efforts of others.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Welcome to MG271, Principles of Supervision, Online.  My instructional goals for this course are to provide the student with an understanding of the concepts, principles and theories that currently govern the field of  Management.  I will consider myself successful upon the successful demonstration of the transfer of conceptual knowledge to that of practical skills through the submission of the students Final Research project.  Additional support for this objective will come from discussions, Internet, writings, quizzes, and reflective thinking exercises.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the supervisory and managerial principles and functions and explain how to apply them to situational leadership.
  2. Explain the diversity in the processes and methods of critical thinking and problem-solving in supervision and recognition of standards of excellence.
  3. Discuss the history and variety of managerial principles for examining and using information, and their technological applications in contemporary supervision theory.
  4. Explain the importance of the scientific method of argument and modeling.


Core Assessment:

Students will write a case study during week 7 of an 8 week course and week 15 of a 16 week course.

Class Assessment:
Grading Assessment will consist of course Final Exam, weekly quizzes, weekly discussions, weekly lessons learned, and a Final research paper.

Grading:
Grading Scale – A =   90- 100% (or 396 points or higher) B =   80-89% (or 352 to 395 points) C =     70-79% (or 308 to 351 points) D =   60-69% (or 264 to 307 points) F =   < 60% (263 or fewer points)           Assignments - Specific weekly assignments are posted at the bottom of the syllabus. Assignment Points/% of Grade Due Date Class Participation-      Lessons Learned      Discussion Questions      Peer Review 39% Weeks 1-7 Homework Assignments 9% Week 1- 7 Internet Research Assignments 6%    Weekly Quizzes 18% Weeks 1-7 Research Paper 14% Weeks 1-7 Proctored Final Exam 23% Week 8 Total 100%                                  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Discussion Statements - 10 points per week, 70 points total.                                 Homework Case - 10 points each case; 40 points total.                                 WWW/URL Assignment - 5 points each; 20 points total.                                 Lessons Learned - 5 points per week;   40 points total.                                 Participation in weekly discussions - 5 points each week; 40 points total. (see rubric) Weekly Quizzes – 10 pts each week; 70 pts total. Research paper – 60 points Final Exam - 100 points                                 Total = 440 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
GRADING CRITERIA FOR WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS: Postings in each category (Homework Assignment, Discussion Question, Peer Reviews, Lessons Learned, WWW/URL Assignments, and Special Threads) are worth from 0 to 10 points each per week. The following is a point-by-point breakdown on what you have to do to earn the points. The criteria are the same for all categories of assignments. 0 = Do nothing, no posting made for the assignment.  Please note: two weeks without any contact from you may result in your being assigned a letter grade of "F" and being dropped from the course. 1 = Late posting, minimal comments, i.e. "I agree." 2 = Late posting, minimal comments, i.e. "I think this is an important topic that we should all be concerned with." Just a generic sentence that does not provide "meat and potatoes.  Or, Kris, I agree with what you said." 3 = Late posting, one or two sentences directed to the topic; very little of your own viewpoints. 4 = Late posting, one or two paragraphs relating to the topic with your own viewpoints. 5 = Late posting, three or more well written, well thought out paragraphs with two or more sentences in each paragraph.  Introduction of own viewpoints and new information beyond other persons' comments or quoted directly from the text.  Grammar and spell check conducted. ON-Time Postings: 6 = On-time posting, minimal comments, i.e. "I agree" or "Interesting comments on the topic." 7 = On-time posting, minimal comments, i.e. "I think this is an important topic that we should all be concerned with.”  Just a generic sentence that does not provide "meat and potatoes”. 8 = On-time posting, one short paragraph (2 or 3 sentences) directed to the topic; very little of your own viewpoints. 9 = On-time posting, one or two paragraphs relating to the topic with your own viewpoints.  Grammar and spell check conducted. 10 = On-time posting, three or more well written, well thought out paragraphs with two or more sentences in each paragraph.  Introduction of own viewpoints and new information beyond other persons' comments or quotes directly from the text.  Cited references and Website links included in the posting.  Grammar and spell check conducted. 11 = WOW!!! This grade is very rare during a term, but I have been known to give it. Postings that earn 11 points are awe inspiring, very well thought out, and often become my examples of "this is how a posting should be done." Submission of Late Work:  A late posting is any posting not made by Sunday at midnight.  I will accept late work for one week after the due date.  For example, all weekly postings MUST be made by midnight (Eastern Time) each Sunday. If a posting is made BEFORE midnight the following Sunday it will be considered "Late”, otherwise acceptable.  I will make exceptions to this rule on a case-by-case basis if I am notified of difficulties (i.e., work requirements, personal hardships, etc.) before hand.  I do not accept any work after the one week late period. REPLIES TO CLASSMATE POSTINGS:  Very important information.  Success in this class comes from discussions; therefore, I put great stock into the replies that you make to your fellow classmates.  Each student is required to make a minimum of two replies each week.  These replies must be in the Discussion Statements, and/or Lessons Learned threads.  Grammar and spelling errors will reduce your weekly points earned. Because students will rarely go back to previous weeks and look for replies, Peer Reviews MUST be made by the end of each week (Sunday evening) to be counted.  If you have not made them by then they will not count and you will loose the points for the week.  This will draw an "A" to a "C" very rapidly. As you should be able to tell from the above I take great stock in on-time postings (any posting made Sunday of that week is considered "on-time.”  I also believe grammar and spelling are important.  However, what I look for in your postings are well thought-out SCHOLARLY comments that share your viewpoints on the subject with your classmates.  Additionally, I like to see alternative points of view and thought provoking questions that challenge the premise of the posting.  Be sure to support your ideas with citations from research. The weekly assignments are worth 80% of the total grade; the final exam is worth 20%--for 100%.  It is very important to note that missed weekly postings can drag your grade down very fast.  If you foresee a difficulty in making your postings on time, please let me know so we can make arrangements.  Every student that has received a C, D, or F from me in past classes is because the student failed to make postings.  For every missed posting, the student lost 10 points.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification. Online Course Policies Course-Specific Policies: Examination.  In accordance with Park University online and tele-course requirements, a significant examination will be taken, IN PERSON, normally during the eighth (8th) week of instruction at one of the PARK University Campuses around the country or at an alternative location approved by the University where Park University Campuses are not available. Approval of the proctor is at the discretion of the instructor. CRITICAL!!! MUST READ!!! Proctor Information: It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor who will be accepted and approved by the instructor.  Candidates for proctor must be presented to the Instructor for approval no later than the beginning of the third week of class.  The University has changed the classifications of who is eligible to serve as a proctor.  Please review this information before selecting a proctor.  Additionally, each student must confirm with me either through PIRATE MAIL or the posted thread that I have received and accepted your proctor form. Park University site administrators or faculty are preferred, but K - 12 school officials or senior personnel at the place of employment are usually acceptable.  Approved proctors shall include pastors, chaplains, US Embassy officials, and military education officers, and university or college administrator or faculty member.  Excluded from approval, as proctors shall be family members, neighbors, friends, and immediate supervisors. For these PROCTORED EXAMINATIONS photo identification is required. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ground Rules for On-line Participation Students MUST use PIRATE MAIL for private messages, including personal notes to the instructor.  You may post general information and questions for all of the class, and instructor to see in the threaded discussion in my office.  The Class discussion threads are for posting weekly assignments. As with all computer programs, Pirate mail does go offline.  Therefore, If you do not get a response from me within two days to an e-mail then re send it to my home e-mail address: steven.dostroph@park.edu  or call me at (  )  between the hours or 0800 -2100.  (Note: I am on Eastern Time). Students are expected to complete at least 6 hours per week in discussion threads, or other appropriate online activities, including sending/receiving e-mail and navigating and conducting research over the World Wide Web. Students are expected to participate in discussions.  Failure to be significantly involved will reduce your points earned and subsequently your grade. TWO SUCCESSIVE WEEKS WITHOUT ANY CONTACT FROM YOU will result in you being dropped from this course with a grade of "F" (Park University Policy).  If you are having difficulties e-mail me in advance...We will work something out! Conventions of Online Etiquette: which includes courtesy to all users, must be observed at all times. It must be remembered that Principles of Supervision has some controversial topics and as a result will elicit responses from students that may differ considerably from your own. Remember that each student (and the instructor) is entitled to his or her viewpoint. Students may request advice with course-related problems through Ecollege Help Desk at helpdesk@parkonline.org .  If you have difficulties with your pirate mail, OPEN, or any other non-course related material, you may seek assistance through the Park University help desk at helpdesk@park.edu .  You may also find this link and Phone numbers in my virtual office.  However, it is the student's responsibility to maintain participation without regard to circumstances or conditions.  If you have technical trouble call me immediately for instruction on participation. All students will be required to participate in the following weekly online experiences: (A) Homework Assignment: Taken from the week's readings in the text or chapter lecture, a case study from the end of the chapter, and dropped into the homework dropbox basket.  Case studies are tools used to test your comprehension of the core learning outcomes of each chapter.  Every other week, you will provide an analysis of specific case studies. (B) Peer Review: Reply to the posting of at least two other learner.  These replies should offer an alternative point of view, provide critical analysis, or ask thought provoking comments that elicite further discussion.  The goals of the peer review process are to generate discussion to achieve a deeper understanding of a topic, and for students to practice their ability to make a critical assessment, support their arguments while maintaining a professional demeanor.   (C) Discussion Assignment: Discussion statements are taken from the readings in the text for each week; various questions will be posted in the Discussion Statement Thread in the Conference Area for the student's comments; each student will be asked to make an original posting to a Discussion Statement.  These postings should be a complete comprehensive analysis of the topic.  Comprehensive analysis is defined as a review of relevant literature, a synthesis of those ideas into something new.  The posting must be documents with proper citations. (D) Lessons Learned: Weekly throughout the course, I will ask for the Lessons Learned.  Write two or three well-developed paragraphs documenting issues or concerns you experienced or addressed during the period requested.  This is where you will demonstrate your ability to take the concepts and theories of this course and transfer that knowledge into your current work place.  Share with your peers how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge into real world application. (E) WWW/URL Research Assignments: Every other week you will provide this forum with an Internet research assignment.  Each student will perform an inquiry about the key topics from the weeks reading and locate a relevant web site that supports the core learning objectives for that particular week.  You will be asked to provide a link to that site (the link must work) and a comprehensive summary of that site. (F)  Self-Check:  You will take weekly self-checking quizes that will ensure that you have mastered the learning objectives for the week.  These self-checks may be taken as many times as required to ensure mastery.  The self checks do not count toward your final formative grade, but only prepare you for the weekly quiz. (G)  Quizes:  You will take weekly chapter quizes.  These quizes will count toward your final formative assessement.  Each quiz is worth 10pts.  You will have one hour to complete the quiz.  Ensure that you save your answers often. (H)  During this course, you will take part in the construction of a fully documented eight page research paper.  This paper will be developed in stages.  The first stage is the topic/thesis identification process.  This process is worth 5 points toward the final paper's score.  The second stage is the rough draft.  The rough draft will be turned in by the end of week 5.  This stage of the process is worth 25 points.  The final stage is the submission of the final work.  The final work is due by Wednesday of week eight.  This stage is worth 35 points.  (I) Final Exam, each student will complete a comprehensive final exam.  The final exam is not a take home test.  The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.  Finally, all students must pass the final exam with  60% or better to pass the course.  (J) Periodically, I will have a thread for Hot Topics.  I desire open-ended discussion in this area with you responding outside the norms of Principles of Supervision.  This thread will allow for deeper understanding and appreciation of fellow classmates' viewpoints.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Supervisory Management Overview Readings: Read Chapters 1 through 3. Class Activities: Introduction to online computer conference learning. Introduction and discussion of syllabus/assignment schedule. Course overview. Internet Research Assignment: post a message in the conference in which you include a World Wide Web (WWW) Uniform Resource Locator (URL)address to a site that is relevant to the week's reading and give a short analysis of that site. Your sites will be made available to the class. Weekly Discussion Statements. Respond to at least one statement from the chapters discussion threads and reply to at least two of your peer's postings. Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life. Self-Check: a summative assessment in the form of a self-checking quiz that may be taken as many times as required to ensure mastery of the learning objectives of this chapter. Weekly Quiz: After completing the self-checking quiz, take your weekly quiz. This quiz is linked to the learning objectives of this weeks readings. Research paper: Submit no later than Wednesday of week one you tentative research topic via email to the instructor for approval. The topic may be any subject area from the text that encompasses the lessons outlined in this syllabus. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Week 2: Supervisory Management Overview (Con't) Readings: Read Chapters 4 and 5. Weekly Discussion Statements. Respond to at least nee statement from the chapter threads and reply to at least two of your peer's postings. This week we will look at: Determinants of human behavior, motivational theories, contemporary thoughts on leadership and leadership theories, and power and delegation. Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life. Homework: Case study #1: Submit work in designated basket in the dropbox. Remember to briefly summarize the case and to answer each question. Self-Check: a summative assessment in the form of a self-checking quiz that may be taken as many times as required to ensure mastery of the learning objectives of this chapter. Weekly Quiz: After completing the self-checking quiz, take your weekly quiz. This quiz is linked to the learning objectives of this weeks readings. Research paper: submit your thesis statement for approval to the discussion thread no later than Friday of week two. Once approved, you continue with your review of the research for your paper. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Week 3: Planning Readings: Chapters 6 and 7. Weekly Discussion Statements. Respond to at least one statement from the chapter threads and reply to at least two of your peer's postings. This week we look at decision making, strategic planning, and planning periods, MBO, forecasting use of resources, and time management. Internet Research Assignment: post a message in the conference in which you include a World Wide Web (WWW) Uniform Resource Locator (URL)address to a site that is relevant to the week's reading and give a short analysis of that site. Your sites will be made available to the class. Self-Check: a summative assessment in the form of a self-checking quiz that may be taken as many times as required to ensure mastery of the learning objectives of this chapter. Weekly Quiz: After completing the self-checking quiz, take your weekly quiz. This quiz is linked to the learning objectives of this weeks readings. Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Week 4: Organizing Readings: Chapters 8 through 11. Weekly Discussion Statements . Respond to at least one statement from the chapter threads and reply to at least two of your peer's postings. We will discuss unity of command and authority relationships; span of control; line and staff relationships; the role of functional authority; matrix organizations; employee empowerment; delegation, decentralization and re centralization; informal organizations; types of meetings; committees; and labor unions. Self-Check: a summative assessment in the form of a self-checking quiz that may be taken as many times as required to ensure mastery of the learning objectives of this chapter. Weekly Quiz: After completing the self-checking quiz, take your weekly quiz. This quiz is linked to the learning objectives of this weeks readings. Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life. Homework: Case study #2: Submit work in designated basket in the dropbox. Remember to briefly summarize the case and to answer each question thoroughly. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Week 5: Performance Management and Supervisory Leadership Readings: Chapter 12 and 13. Weekly Discussion Statements. Respond to at least one statement from the chapter threads and reply to at least two of your peer's postings. In Week 5 we will look at recruiting, orienting and training, and performance appraisals. Complete the final examination proctor form and return it directly to your instructor. Obtain the form at: www.park.edu/dist/proctor1/htm Internet Research Assignment: post a message in the conference in which you include a World Wide Web (WWW) Uniform Resource Locator (URL)address to a site that is relevant to the week's reading and give a short analysis of that site. Your sites will be made available to the class. Self-Check: a summative assessment in the form of a self-checking quiz that may be taken as many times as required to ensure mastery of the learning objectives of this chapter. Weekly Quiz: After completing the self-checking quiz, take your weekly quiz. This quiz is linked to the learning objectives of this weeks readings. Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life. Research Paper: Submit rough draft no later than midnight of Sunday week ending for week 5. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Week 6: Leading Readings: Chapters 14 & 15. Weekly Discussion Statements. Respond to at least one statement from the chapter threads and reply to at least two of your peer's postings. We will look at directives in both clarity and distribution; work groups and teams; morale; and diversity. Self-Check: a summative assessment in the form of a self-checking quiz that may be taken as many times as required to ensure mastery of the learning objectives of this chapter. Weekly Quiz: After completing the self-checking quiz, take your weekly quiz. This quiz is linked to the learning objectives of this weeks readings. Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life. Homework: Case study #3: Submit work in designated basket in the dropbox. Remember to briefly summarize the case and to answer each question thoroughly. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Week 7: Controlling Readings: Read Chapters 16 and 17. Weekly Discussion Statements. Respond to at least one statement from the chapter threads and reply to at least two of your peer's postings. This week we will be looking at monitoring performance; time factor control mechanisms; steps in the control process; cost controls, and finish up with discipline. Review material for final exam in Week 8. Internet Research Assignment: post a message in the conference in which you include a World Wide Web (WWW) Uniform Resource Locator (URL)address to a site that is relevant to the week's reading and give a short analysis of that site. Your sites will be made available to the class. Self-Check: a summative assessment in the form of a self-checking quiz that may be taken as many times as required to ensure mastery of the learning objectives of this chapter. Weekly Quiz: After completing the self-checking quiz, take your weekly quiz. This quiz is linked to the learning objectives of this weeks readings. Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life. Homework: Case study #3: Submit work in designated basket in the dropbox. Remember to briefly summarize the case and to answer each question thoroughly. Research Paper. Submit your final paper no later than Sunday 12 Midnight to the designated basket in the dropbox. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Week 8: Course Completion; Final Lessons Learned; Final Examination Readings: Students are encouraged to browse web sites and references to enhance your knowledge of supervision. Class Activities: You will be taking your proctored final exam this week. Once you have scheduled the exam, post a message in my office that informs me of the date and time. Cumulative Lessons Learned: Make a final Lessons Learned entry discussing what you feel are the most valuable lessons that you learned throughout the course. Replies to other students' postings are not required, but I encourage you to read them, as they may be very insightful. Research Paper. Submit your final paper no later than Wednesday, 12 Midnight to the designated basket in the dropbox. Complete the final examination with your proctor. I must have the test in my hands by close of business on Friday of week eight. Unless you have circumstances that have been prearranged with me, I will not accept tests after that time. Complete and submit the online Student Opinion Survey for the Course. For comments or more information, please e-mail me at steven.dostroph@pirate.park.edu

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "W".
  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.
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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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