MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

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SYLLABUS Senior Seminar in Management

Park University

Little Rock AFB



COURSE TITLE: Senior Seminar in Management




FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: 301 N. Center, Lonoke, Arkansas

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: Prior to or after class. Anytime via office/home phone

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: (501) 676-2807 or (501) 941-1649 (home)


DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: May 16, 2005 – July 10, 2005


CLASS SESSION TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

PREREQUISITE(S): MG 352 and EN 306B or equivalent. It is strongly recommended that all major courses be completed prior to enrolling in this course.



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.


Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Consideration of management problems and or policies. Topics include the role of values and assumptions in administrative situations, especially their influence on an administrator’s choice among possible ends and means; the skills, attitudes and personal qualities that enhance effectiveness of responsible individuals as they work with others in organizations; and the determinants of the effectiveness of organization and executive action.


Critical Literacy- The student with critic literacy will be able to gather, evaluate, and communicate information effectively; meet the basic computing demands of contemporary life; know standards of excellence; recognize varieties of problem-solving strategies; and be able to contribute to desirable changes or help preserve and transmit fundamental knowledge for the good of society.

Achieved by- Researching and preparing the required term paper and participating in lively classroom discussions and case studies.

Civic Literacy- The student with civic literacy will be able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and problems on the national and international

scene, and then develop ways that would contribute to the solution of such problems through effective citizenship participation.

Achieved by- Instructor guided discussions of required textbook chapters and organized case study discussions and debates.

Values Literacy- The student with values literacy is sensitive to value questions, appreciatively and critically aware of differing value systems, in possessions of tools for analyzing value questions, and engaged in the process of putting these things together into a constant set of personal values and testing them for life.

Achieved by- Instructor guided discussions of required textbook chapters and organized case study discussions and debates.

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, group discussions, case studies, examinations, and term paper. The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as investigative learning to encourage the lively exploration of this capstone class in management.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: On completion of this course, the student should be able to:

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.

COURSE TEXTBOOK: Thompson, Arthur A. and Strickland, A.J.III, Strategic Management, Thirteenth Edition.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a deduction of one letter grade. Homework will be due the class following the class the chapters are covered. Specific homework problems will be assigned one week prior to the work being due

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Assessment instruments will consist of two examinations, term paper, and class participation. In order to facilitate class discussion, you are responsible for completing the reading assignments and homework prior to class meetings.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text, prior to each class. Classroom discussions are a very important part of the educational process and every student will be expected to participate. Classes will be conducted using lectures, group discussions, and case studies. I encourage you to participate in class and provide your opinions and insight. I am available to assist you before and after class, evenings, and on most weekends. Please contact me at the above number, or email me any time you need help. You are expected to attend all classes at the scheduled times. In the event of 3 unexcused absences during a semester, you may be administratively dropped from the class.

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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.

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS: We will discuss this during our first class meeting.


Sess.# Date Chapter Homework

1 5/21 Chapter 1/2 Review Syllabus

2 5/28 Chapter 3/4/5 TBDPaper Topic & Outline Due

3 6/4 Chapter 6/7 TBD Test Review

4 6/11 Mid-Term Exam covering Chapters 1-7

5 6/18 Chapter 8/9 TBD

6 6/25 Chapter 10/11 TBD

7 6/8 Chapter 12/13 TBD Test Review

8 7/2 Final Exam covering Chapters 8-13


GRADING SCALEA - 90% and aboveB - 80% to 89%C - 70% to 79%D - 60% to 69%F - Below 60% WEIGHTINGMid-Term (1): 30%Final (1): 30%Classroom: 10%Term Paper: 30%