MG440 Complex Organizations

for U1Q 2006

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MG 440 Complex Organizations


U1Q 2006 FE


Sutphin, Lewis


Adjunct Faculty


MS Business mgt/Human Resources
BA Human Relations

Office Location

Colorado State University

Office Hours

7am - 4pm

Daytime Phone

(970) 491-0862

Other Phone

(970) 232-6491



Semester Dates

5/31/06 - 7/30/06

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours


Hodge, B.J., Anthony, W.P., & Gales, L.M. Organization Theory, A Strategic Approach, 6th Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall, 2002, ISBN: 0130330647

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

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: MG352  and MG365.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe that learning is best facilitated through practical experience. My classroom environment is tailored to the experience of the student. Through the use of case studies, current events, reading assignments and class interaction the course text is shown to be applicable in the workplace. The students will learn to evaluate theories and use them in there day-to-day work situations.

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:
Students are expected to read the assigned chapters prior to class. Additonally, students need to be prepared to discuss the chapter material as it relates to actual work situations. These situations may be through personal experience, newspaper/magazine articles, internet research, radio or television shows or any other appropriate source. The students need to be able to expalin how that information relates to the course material.
Final grades will be assigned based on attendance/participation, a written essay, and a 15-20 oral presentation

Participation/attendance: 100 points
Final examination: 100 points
Presentation: 100 points

Grading Scale:
90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
Below 60% =F

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Active participation is part of the grade, so spirited discussion are welcomed and encouraged. However, personal and professional courtesy must be extended to eveyone. Students are expected to allow others to speak up and not not dominate all conversations. When a student is speaking other students are expected to actively listen. Computer use, phone calls and other similar activities are restricted to break times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Course overview.
Week 2: Chapters 1/2/3  
Week 3: Chapters 4/5
Week 4: Chapters 6/7
Week 5: Chapters 8/9
Week 6: Chapters 10/11
Week 7: Chapter 12.
Week 8: Final Essay  
Week 9: Presentations

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 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:
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