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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management
Pierce, Gwendolyn J.


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

F2J 2006 DN

Faculty

Pierce, Gwendolyn J.

Title

Adjunct Sr. Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

M.S.M. Master of Science of Management, Baker University
B.S. Management/Human Resources, Park College
KCPDC Certification

Office Location

Downtown

Other Phone

Pager 913-917-9716

E-Mail

Gwendolyn. Pierce@park.edu

Semester Dates

October 23, 2006 - December 17, 2006

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Crafting and Executing Strategy "The Quest for Competitive Advantage" Concepts and Cases by:

Arthur A. Thompson Jr.

A.J. Strickland III

John E. Gamble

McGraw-Hill Irwin Publishing Company - 15th Edition

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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. PREREQUISITES: 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:
Educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on the interactive.  Lectures, readings, quizzes, work group, class discussion, examinations, writing, and the use of the internet and significiant components of this learning process.  Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned.

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:

Tests and  Case Studies

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Homework - Two Articles - Written

Group Work for Presentation

Core Assessment - Part of Mid-Term Exam

Presentation

Core Assessment - Part of Final Exam

The mid-term exam and the final exam are not take home tests.  The mid-term exam and the final exam will be closed book and a closed notes exams.

 

Grading:

The grading will go as follows:

Homework - Two Articles from Kansas City Star, Wallstreet, Internet 25 pts each - 50pts (20%)

Group Work for Presentation on 7th Week - Individual grade             50 pt           - 50pts (20%)

Core Assessment (20 pts)- Part of Mid-Term Exam (30 pts)                50 pt           - 50pts (20%)

Presentation on 7th Week - Individual grade                                      50pt            - 50pts (20%)

Core Assessment (20 pts) - Part of Final Exam (30 pts )                      50pt           -  50pts (20%)

100%-90%=A, 89%-80%=B, 79%-70%=C, 69%-60%=D, 59%-less=F                                                                                       

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.Attend class and be prompt.  Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period.  
2.Due to abuses by students in past semesters, there will be no excused absences except in the case of extreme emergency.  You are either present or absent.  For emergencies, contact the instructor or the administrator as soon as possible at the campus on where you are taking the class.

3.Be prepared for class.  This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them.   This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and lecture.  You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work.  Also, assigned reading will always be reviewed in class.

4.Examinations:  There will be mid-term examination and a final examination.  The examinations will consist of core assessment and multiple choice answers.  The testable materials resides in the text.  There will be a presentation of the group work with the case study paper and powerpoint.  
5.NO makeup exams will be given unless the student produces a written excuse signed by a doctor (with the doctor's registration number) in the case of illness, or a tow bill from a tow company in the case of car problems.  A written excuse form the campus nurse is acceptable.  The same requirement applies to illness of children.
6.Written Assignment (presentation)  The presentation will be written using proper spelling, grammar, and source citation.  MLA is a requirement.
7.Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crashes.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out copies for backup purposes.
8.Paper Requirement – A paper is required from the group presentation.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 Introductions
Introduction to course and requirements
Have read Chapters 1 and 2  
Choose Groups for Case  -  Work Group/Presentation 
Review Chapters 1&2,  Discuss Learning Outcomes 1&2,  Discuss Written Articles

Week 2:  Review Chapters 3 - 4, Discuss Learning Outcomes 3&4, Break-up into Work Groups, Video 
               

Week 3:  Review Chapter 5, Break-up into Work Groups, Follow-up on Written Articles, Video, Mid-Term next week over Chapters 1 - 5. 

Week 4: Core Assessment within Mid-Term (4 short essay questions/statements and 30 multiple choice questions.   Review Chapters 6 & 7,  Discuss Learning Outcomes 5 & 6, Break-up into Work Groups, Video, Discussion about companies and their management style

Week 5:  Review Chapters 8 & 9,  Discuss Learning Outcomes 7 & 8 Break-up into Work Groups, Video

Week 6:  Review Chapter 10, Last meeting with the Work Groups, Discussion on local companies, Video

Week 7:  Presentation Time - Bring in dinner  Review for Core Assessment within the Final Exam.  Same format as the Mid-Term  - This final exam will be over Chapters 6-10

Week 8:  Final Exam - Done with MG 401

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.

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,3  Explain what is meant by the term                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Provides Porter's definition of the term, a thorough explanation of how a firm has a superior position to that of competitors, and at least one actual example Provides Porter's definition and an explanation of competitive advantage which supports the superior position of the firm to that of competitors Provides only a definition of the term “competitive advantage” No answer or insignificant explanation 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2, 3  Identify the five forces that shape competition as described by Porter.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Identification and description of Porter's forces and an explanation of how each force impacts the competitive environment. Identify all five of  the forces as described by Porter. Identification of less than five of the forces. No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
4  List three directional strategies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
List of the three different directional strategies,  a description of each, and an explanation of the effect of use on the organization's plans. List  three directional strategies that may be used in planning by an organization. List less than three different directional strategies. No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
3, 4  Define the term                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Provide a complete definition of the term(s) and an explanation of how each term is used in the analysis of business plans. Provide a complete definition of the term(s).and no explanation. Provide a partial definition of the term(s). No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
5  List the five stages of international development                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Provide a list of the five stages and explain how the stages may or may not be evolutionary. Provide a list of the four stages in order of development. Provide a list of less than four stages and/or not in the order of development. No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data









No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data




 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
5, 6, 7 List four phases of strategic management. List four basic elements of strategic management.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Provide a list of the four phases along with an explanation or description of the activities that occur during the respective phase.







Provide a list of the four elements along with an explanation or description of  how the element is important to the overall management plan. 
Provide a list of the of the fthree phases in order of  phasing.







Provide a list of three elements along with an explanation or description of  how the element is important to the overall management plan. 
Provide a list of less than three phases and/or not in the order of  phasing.







Provide a list of less than three elements.




 
No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data









No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data




 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
7, 8, 9, 10 List four phases of strategic management.  Discuss strategy in relation to ethics and social responsibility.  Discuss a business's resources and capabilities in developing a business strategies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Provides a thorough, detailed list, description and explanation of the company's phase of strategic management, the elements being used, the competitive advantage, and a prediction of the long range effect on the organization.



Provides a thorough, detailed list, description and explanation of the. strategy in relation to ethics and social responsibility.



Provides a thorough, detailed description and explanation of the. business's resources and capabilities in developing a business strategies.



Provides a thorough, detailed description and explanation of internal operations which lead to better strategy execution.














 
Using the lists and an actual company case report, identify the phase of strategic management, the elements being used, the strategic direction, and the competitive advantage.

Provides a partial list of four stages and using the list, identifies the stage of international development in an actual (or provided) business.

Articulate a thorough, detailed description and explanation of the. business's resources and capabilities in developing a business strategies.

Provides a partial description and explanation of internal operations which lead to better strategy execution. 
Provides incomplete list(s), and partial  or incomplete identification of the phase of strategic management, the elements being used, the strategic direction, and the competitive advantage.  





Provides an incomplete list and/or unable to use the list, to identify the stage of international development in an actual (or provided) business.





Provides an incomplete description and/or unable to use explanation of the. business's resources and capabilities in developing a business strategies.





Provides an incomplete description and explanation of internal operations which lead to better strategy execution.


 
No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data.




No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data.




No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data. 

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