MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management
F1T 2006 DL
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Educational Philosophy: The basic goals of this course are to: (1) drive home what the role and tasks of the strategy manager are, (2) introduce you to what strategy means, (3) lead you through the in and outs of formulating and implementing a strategic plan, (4) teach you to use the tools and techniques of situation analysis, and (5) give you practice in exercising good business decisions and making sound decisions. A major purpose of the course is to sharpen your ability to think strategically and weigh things from the perspective of what is best for the enterprise as a whole. The concepts needed to accomplish these goals are reinforced and expanded in the readings in our text, Crafting and Executing Strategy by Thompson, Strickland, and Gamble 14th edition. These goals and purpose can only be achieved through a joint "on-line" effort. I will work to stimulate your interest and learning. However, you will be expected to display initiative and a program of self study as well. As a result, another objective of the course is to provide you with an environment that will reward your own intellectual effort. We hope this course will be one of the best courses you have had -- that it will be instrumental in making you: (1) competitively superior, (2) successful in your career; and (3) much wiser to the secrets of management.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Tests and Case Studies
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
The three most important grading criteria for your work will be breadth, depth, and application/synthesis of course concepts. For purposes of this course, the following definitions will apply to each of these terms: Breadth (B): Refers to the "number" of chapter and lecture concepts that you apply to the homework questions, case discussions, and report. Depth (D): Refers to the degree you provide "detailed" analyses to the homework questions, case discussions, and report. Application/Synthesis (A): Refers to the chapter and lecture concepts and higher order thinking you "apply" to your homework questions, case discussions, and report. You can accomplish this by referencing page numbers, concepts such as Porter's Five Force model, etc. and utilizing higher order thinking. Each time you submit work, I will respond (In the comment section) to the work you submit with either a B, D, A, or combination thereof. For example, if you need additional Depth and Application as they relate to your work, I will provide the following comment: Areas for additional focus: D1/A2. Note: A number (1, 2, or 3) by the letter indicates the degree to which additional focus is needed. For example, D1, indicates a small amount of additional depth is needed, a D2 indicates a moderate amount is needed, while a D3 indicates a substantial amount is needed. In terms of relating the above to point deductions, the following can be used as a guideline (Actual point deductions may vary somewhat) Homework Point Deductions B1 or D1 or A1 = 1 point deduction B2 or D2 or A2 = 2 point deduction B3 or D3 or A3 = 3 point deduction B1/A1, etc. = 2 point deduction B1/A2, etc. = 3 point deduction B1/A3, etc. = 4 point deduction B2/A2, etc. = 4 point deduction B2/A3, etc. = 5 point deduction B3/A3, etc. = 6 point deduction B1/A1/D1, etc. = 3 point deduction B1/A2/D1, etc. = 4 point deduction B1/A2/D2, etc. = 5 point deduction B1/A3/D3, etc. = 7 point deduction B2/A2/D2, etc. = 6 point deduction Etc. Case Point Deductions B1 or D1 or A1 = 2 point deduction B2 or D2 or A2 = 4 point deduction B3 or D3 or A3 = 6 point deduction B1/A1, etc. = 4 point deduction B1/A2, etc. = 6 point deduction B1/A3, etc. = 8 point deduction B2/A2, etc. = 8 point deduction B2/A3, etc. = 10 point deduction B3/A3, etc. = 12 point deduction B1/A1/D1, etc. = 6 point deduction B1/A2/D1, etc. = 8 point deduction B1/A2/D2, etc. = 10 point deduction B1/A3/D3, etc. = 14 point deduction B2/A2/D2, etc. = 12 point deduction Etc. I will submit "summary" grades via email to you after the first two weeks, after the next three weeks, and then after the final three weeks. You are more than welcome to contact me any time you wish to discuss your grades-to-date. Also, your participation grade will be determined by your positive responses to the case postings of others and your timeliness in terms of submitting your work, etc. Note: Five point penalty for late work IMPORTANT!! Your grade for each case posting will be determined not only by the "B-D-A" of your postings, but also by your positive responses to the postings of your team members. Please respond to at least one posting of another student for each case analysis. Failure to do so will result in a loss of five points for each case you post in the Discussion Area.
I will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your average grade throughout the term. Course grades will be based on a weighted composite of performance evaluations in the areas contained in the following table: Assignment % of Grade Due Date Homework (1-3 Questions/Chapter/week) 16% (8 @ 20 points) See course schedule Report (See Course Requirements) 10% (1 @ 100 points) Week 7 Case Conferencing 25% (5 @ 50 points) See course schedule Exam 1 (To be Emailed) 15% (1 @ 150 points) Week 4 Final exam (To be Proctored) 30% (1 @ 300 points) Week 8 Class Participation 4% (Throughout the term -- 40 points) Continually Course Grading Scale : See below. A = 90- 100% (900 -- 1000 points) B = 80-89% (800 -- 899 points) C = 70-79% (700 -- 799 points) D = 60-69% (600 -- 699 points) F = < 60% (< 600 points) Submission of Late Work: Late work will receive a 5 point penalty. Proctored final examination - A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. Other Information on proctored exams: It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 5th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.
An important note about the final: The comprehensive final is not a take-home test. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam. For all online courses, the student must pass the final exam with 60% or better to pass the course.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Submission of Late Work: Late work will receive a 5 point penalty.
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