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MG 440 Complex Organizations
Cote, Nathan P.


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CourseMG 440 Complex Organizations
SemesterS1B2005
FacultyCote, Nathan P.
TitleInstructor
Degrees/CertificatesMS
MHR
MPA
Office LocationClassroom
Office HoursFridays, by appointment
Daytime Phone505-373-0902
E-Mailnathan.cote@pirate.park.edu
ncote@zianet.com
Semester DatesJanuary  3, 2005 to February 26, 2005
Class Days-----F-
Class Time5:00 - 10:00 PM
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

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

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
TO be provided in class.

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.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor believes in students taking responsibility for their learning through active participation. Instructor facilitates learning process through lectures, readings, group exercises, dialogues, homework assignments, research projects, and exploration into critical thinking.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Identify the impact of behavorial sciences and understand theoretical perspectives of complex organizations.
2. Explain organization theory as a foundation for studying management, various degrees of formulation, and the impact of hierarchy of authority.
3. Explain classical and modern management theories.
4. Articulate those issues relative to the context of real organizations and real events in today's global environment.
5. Explain the strategic design of organizations and nonstructural means for controlling managing organizations.
6. Actively discuss the impact that Hawthorne and related studies has had on today's organizations.
7. Define organizational culture, the formation of organizational culture and changing organizational culture in the complex organizatin.
8. Discuss orally and in writing organizatinoal decision-making, different decision making processes, and the impact of technology of those processes.

Course Assessment:
There will be two quizzes, one final examination, a term project, and two homework assignments.

Grading:
Participation and Attendance: 10 pts (1.25 pts per class)
Final Examination: 25 pts
Homework assignments: (2) 20 pts
Quizzes (2): 20 pts
Project & Presentation: 25 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:
There will be a full grade deduction for late submission unless prior approval is granted by the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will respect the comments made by other students in the classroom. Students must attemp to attend class in order to actively participate in dialogue and exercises key to reaching course learning objectives. Use of computers, recorders, and notebooks all may be used to capture the material being presented. Students are expected to arrive on time to each session and to remain the full class in order to avoid disruption. Partial attendance may be counted as an absence. Results of outside reading or research is invited and students will be provided ample time to present these results.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 Meeting - 1
Jan 7 Review Chapter 1 &
Course requirements Chapter 1
Meeting - 2
Jan 14 Discuss Chapters 2/3.
Class exercise
Lecture Chapters 2/3
Meeting - 3
Jan 21 Discuss Chapters 4/5/6.
Class exercise
Lecture Chapters 4/5/6 Quiz #1
Meeting - 4
Jan 28 Discuss Chapters 7/8.
Class exercise
Lecture Chapters 7/8 Homework #1
Meeting - 5
Feb 4 Discuss Chapters 9/10.
Class exercise
Lecture Chapters 9/10 Quiz #2
Meeting - 6
Feb 11 Discuss Chapters 11/12.
Class exercise
Lecture Chapters 11/12 Homework #2
Meeting - 7
Feb 18 Student presentations.
Review for final exam Complete project Projects due
Meeting - 8
Feb 25 Final Examination Final examination

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


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.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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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