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MG 495 Business Policy
Walizer, Ottis E.


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 495 Business Policy

Semester

U1T 2006 DLB

Faculty

Walizer, Ottis E.

Degrees/Certificates

MS Degree, Human Resource Management and Development
BS Degree, Business Management
AS Degree, Nuclear Devices Technology

Daytime Phone

701-858-3124

Other Phone

701-838-1664

E-Mail

ottis.walizer@pirate.park.edu

walizer@ndak.net

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
CORPORATE STRATEGY: A Resource-Based Approach, 2nd ed, 2005, by Collis and Montgomery, Irwin Publishing, ISBN: 0-07-231286-6.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
A series of business cases and materials dealing with a variety of problems  confronting general management selected to illustrate the major areas of  managerial concern: environmental opportunities and constraints,  formulation of business policy, organization for business activity and  marshalling of resources for achieving objectives of the firm. Prerequisites:  EN306B and completion of business/management core or permission of  instructor. 3:0:3

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:

Class Assessment:
Case studies, discussion questions, Midterm test, and proctored final.

Grading:
I will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your average grade throughout the term. NOTE: See Section Course Policies for information on late work and failure to complete assigned case studies. Course grades will be based on a weighted composite of performance evaluations in the areas contained in the following table:
Assignment Points Due Date
Weekly Discussion Questions 240 points See course schedule
Case Reports 300 points See course schedule
Mid-term Exam 200 points Week 4
Final Exam (Proctored) 150 points Week 8
Participation 110 points Throughout the course


Course Grading Scale – this subsection lists the grading scale and weighting for all of the graded work during this course.  The grading scale uses the scale below, and point totals for each letter grade are included.


A =   900- 1000 points  
B =  800-899 points
C =    700-799 points
D =  600-699 points
F =  < 600 points  

Submission of Late Work: Late work should be the exception and not the rule. Therefore, the following applies to ALL late work, unless prior arrangements have been made with and approved by the instructor: All late work will be downgraded at the discretion of the instructor, up to 20 points for every day or part of a day it is late. Late work may not be accepted if it is more than 5 days late. Unless all required work is submitted, the student could receive a failing grade for the course. N.B.: Since this is a "CASE STUDY" Course, failure to complete all the case studies (COULD) or the proctored final examination (WILL) result in failure of the course!!

Final examination - An examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your Instructor where Park University sites are not available.  It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who will be accepted and approved by the instructor.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University Website.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  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 me for approval.  Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade

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, NLT the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. NOTE: I would STRONGLY encourage to obtain your proctor as soon as possible in order to obtain the testing date and time you desire!!!!!
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"

Late Submission of Course Materials:
See Section Course Policies for information on late work and failure to complete assigned case studies.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: An Introduction to Corporate Strategy, and Past Approaches to Corporate Strategy
Readings:
• Text: Read Chapter 1 and Appendix A
On-Line Conference Assignment: Due NLT the end of Week One
• Answer the discussion question posted in the Conference under Week One Discussion Question.
• Please e-mail me with the information I requested in the Welcome, Read Me First Thread of the Conference.
• Also, post your introduction in the Introduction Thread.
Case Study: Due NLT the end of Week One – Note: All of the Cases are located in the Doc Sharing area of the Course!
Week 2: Resources and Rents; Business Strategy and Industry Analysis
Readings:
o Text: Read Chapter 2 and Appendix B
On-Line Conference Assignment: Due NLT the end of Week Two.
o Answer the discussion question posted in the Conference under Week Two Discussion Question.
Case Study: Due NLT the end of Week Two – Note: All of the Cases are located in the Doc Sharing area of the Course or you can click on the link below
Week 3: Scale and Scope within an Industry
Readings:
o Text: Read Chapter 3
On-Line Conference Assignment: Due NLT the end of Week Three.
o Answer the discussion question posted in the Conference under Week Three Discussion Question.
Case Study: Due NLT the end of Week Three – Note: All of the Cases are located in the Doc Sharing area of the Course or you can click on the link below!
o Case Three - MASCO Corporation MASCO
Week 4: Diversified Expansion
Readings:
o Text: Read Chapter 4
On-Line Conference Assignment: Due NLT the end of Week Four.
o Answer the discussion question posted in the Conference under Week Four Discussion Question.
Case Study: None for this week.
Mid-Term Exam :
o I will post your exam in a thread in the Conference/Classroom at the beginning of the week.
o You will need to place your responses in the "Your Midterm Exam" Drop Box by the end of the week.
Week 5: Organizational Limits to Firm Scope
Readings:
o Text: Read Chapter 5
On-Line Conference Assignment: Due NLT the end of Week Five.
o Answer the discussion question posted in the Conference under Week Five Discussion Question.
Case Study: Due NLT the end of Week Five – Note: All of the Cases are located in the Doc Sharing area of the Course!or you can click on the link below!
Week 6: Managing the Multi-Business Corporation
Readings:
o Text: Read Chapter 6
On-Line Conference Assignment: Due NLT the end of Week Six.
o Answer the discussion question posted in the Conference under Week Six Discussion Question.
o Have the proctor email the completed Proctor Form to the Instructor (Even though the proctor will return the completed proctor form, it is still your responsibility to ensure that the form is returned NLT the end of Week Six.)
Case Study: Due NLT the end of Week Six – Note: All of the Cases are located in the Doc Sharing area of the Courseor you can click on the link below!
Week 7: Creating Corporate Advantage
Readings:
o Text: Read Chapter 7
On-Line Conference Assignment: Due NLT the end of Week Seven.
o Answer the discussion question posted in the Conference under Week Seven Discussion Question.
Case Study: Due NLT the end of Week Seven – Note: All of the Cases are located in the Doc Sharing area of the Courseor you can click on the link below!
Week 8: Corporate Governance
Readings:
o Text: Read Chapter 8
On-Line Conference Assignment: Due NLT the end of Week Eight.
o Answer the discussion question posted in the Conference under Week Eight Discussion Question.
o Please complete the student survey this week. It can be found by clicking on Student Survey on the Park University homepage. It is very important that we hear from you concerning your suggestions for improving this course.
Case Study: None for this week.
Final Exam: Due NLT FRIDAY of Week Eight.
o You will need to schedule a time with your proctor to take your final exam, but NLT Friday of Week Eight.
o The proctor must return the completed exam to me NLT SATURDAY of Week Eight, as I have a time constraint on submitting final grades to the University.

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:
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.
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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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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