MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for U1L 2007

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


U1L 2007 WT


Harrison, Martin T.


Senior Adjunct Instructor


BA, St Michael's College, Winooski, VT
MBA, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Office Location

United Country-LeMay Realty, Knob Noster, Missouri

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

June 4, 2007 - July 27, 2007

Class Days

--Tues Thurs--

Class Time

4:55 - 7:35 PM


MG 352 and EN306B or equivalent

Credit Hours



LEADERS AND THE LEADERSHIP PROCESS: Readings, Self-Assessments and Applications, Fourth Edition, Jon Pierce and John Newstrom, McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2006 

Additional Resources:

WRITING THE RESEARCH PAPER:  A Handbook; 6th Edition, Winkler/McCuen, Wadsworth, 2003

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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

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the term “Leader.”
  2. Define the term “Leadership Process.”
  3. Identify and discuss several traits that differentiate leaders from non-leaders.
  4. Describe and discuss the relationship between gender and leadership effectiveness.
  5. Describe five sources of leadership power(s).
  6. Discuss the Path Goal approach to leadership, especially as it applies to situational leadership and leader effectiveness.
  7. Describe at least three differences in cross-cultural leadership.
  8. Discuss the how and why negative outcomes are produced by some leaders.
  9. Describe the leadership process in work teams.

Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the course's Core Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. 

For this course, the core assessment is a Comprehensive Final Examination to be administered in all sections of MG 401. This exam is worth at least 20 percent of the student's final grade and will test students' mastery of the Core Learning Outcomes (as listed on this syllabus) through definitions, essay, and/or multiple choice questions. 

This core assessment is a CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTES examination that must be administered and proctored in the classroom and may not be given as a take-home examination. Students should not have access to the exam or its questions before it is administered. The duration of the exam can be no longer than two hours. 

No computers, or materials other than a writing instrument and a calculator without text functions and communication may be used for the exam; this applies to all students, regardless of whether the exam is for on-line or face-to-face students. Completion of the exam is strictly individual; students may not work in groups to complete the exam.

The Comprehensive Final Examination for online courses must be passed with a grade of at least 60% in order to pass the course regardless of the student’s overall average in the course.

Class Assessment:

Class Assessment and Grading
2 Exams.............................200 pts
   (Including Core
   Assessment Exam
    for 100 pts) 
Term Paper........................150 pts
Term Paper Abstract............50 pts
Class Particpation...............100 pts
Total..................................500 pts 
A---450-500 pts
B---400-499 pts
C---350-399 pts
D---300-349 pts
F------< 300 pts


All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth.  Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Associate Dean.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Term Paper:  Late turn in of the required term paper will result in a 10% loss of credit for each class session the paper is late.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

June 5 Ch 1 Introduction to Leadership/Ch 2 The Leader-Follower Relationship
June 7 Ch 2 (continued)/Ch 3 Leaders and the Role of Personal Traits
June 12 Ch 3 (continued)Ch 4 Leadership and the Role of Gender
(Term Paper Topic Due)
June 14 Ch 4 (continued)/Ch 5 Leader Emergencee Role of Gender
June 19 Ch 5 (continued)/Ch 6 Leadership as an Influence Process
June 21 Ch 7 Leadership and Leader Behaviors/Ch 8 Leadership and Situational Differences
June 26 Ch 8 (Continued)/Exam Review
June 28 Exam
July 3 Ch 9 Leadership in the Cross-cultural Context/Ch 10 Followers and the Leadership Process
July 5 Ch 10 (continued)/Ch 11 Participative Leadership
July 10 Ch 11 (continued)/Ch 12 Leadership: Substitutes, Neutralizers and Enhancers
July 12 Ch 12 (continued)/Ch 13 Leadership and Work Teams
(Early Turn In Date for Term Paper)
July 17 Ch 14 Charismatic and Transformational Leadershiop/Ch 15 Dysfunctional Aspects of Leadership
July 19 Ch 15 (continued)/Ch 16 Does Leadership Really Make a Difference
July 23 Ch 16 (continued)/Review
(Term Paper Due Date)
July 23 Comprehensive Core Exam

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 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: .

Additional Information:

Term Paper: 

1.  Each student is required to write a short (10-12 pages) research based term paper.  Term Paper is due on Class Session 14.

2.  Students are required to write on one of the following topics and are required to provide a short written abstract no later than Class Session 3.  Suggested topics:  

   a.  The role of traits in the leadership process

   b.  The role of behavior in the leadership process

   c.  The role of situation in the leadership process

   d.  Compare and contrast transformational and charismatic leadership

   e.  Substitutes for leadership

   f.  Organizations, the 21st century economy and the new leadership paradigm

In addition, students may propose a topic of their choosing for instructor approval.

3.  The paper MUST conform to the APA style as outlined in WRITING THE RESEARCH PAPER.  In addition, detailed term paper guide lines/rules will be provided at the first class meeting.


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