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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management
Moulton, Rodney


Course Number: MG 401
Course Title: Senior Seminar Mgt
Instructor: R. F. Moulton
Phone: 822-1161
Fax: 822-1199
e-mail: RodMoult@aol.com
Park Mail Box: 564-5803 ext: 638
Term Dates: 03 Jan-27 Feb, 2005
Meeting Time: M/W 7:40–10:10 PM
Site: Fort Bliss, TX













SYLLABUS









PARK UNIVERSITY




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SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Students are advised to obtain the text
listed in Part VI of the syllabus, and to read pages C-2 to C-16, A Guide to Case Analysis, prior to the first class.



I. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course considers managerial problems, policies and decisions at the strategic level. Topics include: the role of values and assumptions in administrative situations, especially their influence on the administrator’s choices; the skills, attributes and personal qualities that enhance effectiveness of responsible individuals as they interact with others in organizations; and the determinants of organizational and executive action.

II. GOALS OF THE COURSE

The primary goal will be to develop an understanding of the procedures for managing a business organization, and to identify factors and issues that enhance the success of a business. Also, to acquire and understanding of the implications of “Strategic Management” and business processes as they apply to the growth and success of an organization, and its opportunities for gaining competitive advantage in domestic and foreign markets.

III. LEARNING OBJECTIVES

A. To develop your capacity to think strategically about a company and its present business position, including long-term direction, resources and competitive capabilities.
B. To enhance your knowledge of strategic analysis of various industries and competitive situations, especially as they relate to the challenges of a global market environment.
C. To provide you with an insight into crafting business strategy, while evaluating and choosing business alternatives based on “what-if” analysis.
D. To acquaint you with the managerial tasks associated with choosing, implementing and executing company strategy.
E. To integrate the knowledge acquired in previous core curriculum courses and how they relate to each other in the day-to-day operation of a business enterprise.
F. To make you aware of ethical principles as they relate to decisions involving human resources, company values and social responsibilities.


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IV. COURSE ARRANGEMENTS

A. Instructor/student conference on each chapter of the text.
B. Open class discussions in a seminar environment.
C. Quizzes (3).
D. Individual written case analyses. (3)
E. Group case analysis oral presentations. (1)
F. Group Strategic Management Project Report (written)
G. Class participation.

V. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Written case assignments will be prepared on an individual basis. The nature of the written assignment will be given out in class 1-2 weeks prior to the due date. Written case analyses will be two full pages, double-spaced. Suggestions for preparing written case assignments are described in Part 2 Section C of the text. Group oral presentations will be 15-20 minutes each depending on the size of the group. All group members are expected to make roughly equal contributions to the presentations. Preparing oral case presentations is also covered in Part 2 Section C of the text. The Group Written Strategic Management Report will be 15-20 pages, depending on group size. Requirements for the group written report will be handed out early in the semester. Class participation will be a subjective evaluation made by the instructor, to include attendance in class. Quizzes will be of the multiple choice and short answer type.

VI. TEXTBOOK LIST

Thompsen and Strickland, Strategic Management: Concepts and Cases, 13th Edition, 2003.

VII. SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCE MATERIALS LIST

Text books from previous core curriculum courses. Students are encouraged to access current outside source materials related to Strategic Management (periodicals, etc.) to add to class discussions.








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VIII. CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

DATE TOPIC

03 January 2005 Introduction and discussion of syllabus.
Conference on Chapter 1.

05 Jan Conference on Chapter 2.
Introduction to Case Studies.
Case Assignments (Case 5-written).

10 Jan Conference on Chapter 3.
SM Group Project assignments and guidance.
Assignment to workgroups.

12 Jan Conference on Chapter 4.
Group oral case assignments (Case 8/9).

17 Jan Quiz 1 (Chapters 1-4).
Work Group activities.

19 Jan Conference on Chapters 5 and 6.
Written Case 5 due. Case 10 assignments.
Group SM Project Company Names.

24 Jan Conference on Chapter 7.
Group oral case presentations (Case 8).


26 Jan Conference on Chapter 8.
Group oral case presentations (Case 9).
Group Strategic Management project functions.

31 Jan Quiz 2. (Chapters 5-8).
Work Group activities.

02 February Conference on Chapters 9 and 10.
Work Group activities.

07 Feb Conference on Chapter 11.
Written Case 10 due. Case 28 assignments.
Group oral Mission & Vision statements.

09 Feb Conference on Chapter 12.
Work Group activities.



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14 Feb Conference on Chapter 13.
Group oral Objectives.

16 Feb Group oral progress reports on SM Project.
Work Group activities.

21 Feb Quiz 3. (Chapters 9-13)
Work Group activities.

23 Feb Group Strategic Management Project Report
Turn-In. Written Case 28 due.

IX. CLASS POLICIES

Regular attendance at all class sessions is expected. Legitimate
Absences: TDY, military assignment, illness, family emergency, etc. are excusable, however makeup work will be required per the
instructor’s direction. Students must notify the instructor the
same day of class for an excused absence. Three unexcused absences are grounds for a grade of “F” or an Involuntary Withdrawal. Cheating or plagiarism will not be tolerated. The first offense normally leads to an immediate failure grade for the course. A second offense is cause for dismissal from the College. Written and Oral assignments turned in/given late will accrue a penalty, at the instructor’s discretion. Generally a
letter grade for each session late.

X. GRADING POLICY

Three quizzes are scheduled for this course. Quizzes will cover only material taught since the preceding quiz. They will be of the multiple-choice and short answer type. Group oral reports will be graded on individual presentations. Group written Strategic Management Reports will be graded on individual inputs. Criteria for grading written and oral reports will be given out the first week of class.

If a quiz or oral report is missed through an unauthorized absence, it will not be retaken. For a predetermined authorized absence, arrangements must be made ahead of time to take the makeup through the instructor or Park Administrative Offices.

The final grade for the course will be determined as follows:
QUIZZES (3) 30.0% GRADE: 90%-100% A
INDIVIDUAL CASE STUDIES(3) 30.0% 80%- 89% B
GROUP CASE PRESENTATIONS (1) 20.0% 70%- 79% C
GROUP STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT 20.0% 60%- 69% D
WRITTEN PROJECT REPORT 0%- 59% F
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