MG440 Complex Organizations

for F1T 2006

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MG 440 Complex Organizations


F1T 2006 DLA


Szathmary, Michael L.


Adjunct Faculty/Instructor


MCM (Contract Management) American Graduate University
MA (Management) Webster University
BA (Liberal Arts) Eastern Illinois University

Office Location

DeLand, Florida

Office Hours


Daytime Phone

386.738.7880 (Home Office)

Other Phone

386.690.4216 (Cell)


Semester Dates

August 21 – October 15, 2006

Class Days

On Line (Distance Learning)

Class Time

On Line (Distance Learning)

Credit Hours


Organization Theory: A Strategic Approach, 6E, Hodge, Anthony & Gates

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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. PREREQUISITES: MG 352 and MG 365.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Education should be collaborative endeavor between students and the instructor. The use of case studies to model and synthesize complex organizations is a valuable tool for student learning. Students are empowered to learn through their active participation in course activities. The instructor facilitates the learning process through lectures, homework assignments, case study projects and interaction with students in the class discussion boards.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the issues surrounding organizations and how best to deal with those issues and concerns.
  2. Explain the impact of Societal Pressures on Organizations.
  3. Develop a term paper project on a complex organization.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
1.  Homework Questions (210 Points 21%) 2.  Weekly Discussion (160 Points/16%) 3.  Peer Discussion (80 Points/8%) 4.  Term Writing Projects/Informational Case Studies    (300 Points/30%) 5.  Proctored Final Exam (250 Points/25%) Please note that the comprehensive final is not a take-home test. In addition, the comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam. Finally, the student must pass the final exam with a score of 60% or better to pass the course. See Handout 1 - Information & Expectations for Class Assessments

The following Grading Scale will be used to assign letter grades: 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 = Below 60% (599 Points or less)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Since timeliness is a critical aspect of management, the instructor may assess a late penalty on assignments turned in after the due date that are not mitigated by extenuating circumstances. This is an on-line class and many students are enrolled for the flexibility of balancing work, home and educational commitments.  There should be adequate time in a working adult or student's schedule to meet course requirements. Late work is not condoned unless a prior arrangement has been made between the student and the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner with the instructor and other student peers.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See Handout 2 - Schedule of Weekly Assignments

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

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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

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Handout 1 - Information & Expectations for Class Assessments

Handout 2 - Schedule of Weekly Assignments


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