MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for S2R 2007

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


S2R 2007 SC


Morris, Elaine J.

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Semester Dates

MAR 12 - MAY 6, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM


MG 352, EN 306B

Credit Hours


Leaders and the Leadership Process, Fourth Edition. Pierce, Jon L. and Newstrom, John W.  McGraw-Hill Irwin Publishing Company. 2006.

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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

Educational Philosophy:
This course will meet for the equivalent of 8 weeks, in order to cover course material, case discussions, and assigned reading material.  The format will primarily be lecture, participative discussion of material and issues occuring in the business environment, a written comprehensive paper, and examinations to test progress, understanding, and retention.  Thiss course allows the student to participate in dialogues, explore internet and web site materials, research additional and updated materials in order to enhance the learning experience.

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:
 A.  Final Course Grade:  Intended to reward individual effort.  Evaluation will be on a number of elements designed to provide ample opportunity to influence the final grade.  The course grade awarded is dependent on achievement of 60% or higher on the Final Examination.  See Core Assessment above.
B.  Written Assignments:  Evaluated on content, continuity, originality of thought, and both analytical and communication skills.  More than 5 spelling or grammatical errors on more than one page will cause a 10% grade reduction (even if some pages are error-free), so be sure to use spell-check, grammar-check, and your ENG 101 or ENG 306 texts, invaluable resources.  Written assignments include your typed case discussion papers, written synopsis of readings, and a 10-page formal comprehensive case paper.  All work is due NO LATER than agreed upon dates, with ALL written work turned in by Week 7.  Evaluation will include requirements outlined in this section, any added Rubrics, handouts provided in class meetings (if any), and information provided the first night of class.
C.  Cases/Readings/Discussions: Evalueated on preparation, content, continuity of thought, analytical skills, and how your material reflectst the fundamental concepts of this and other course materials.  Readings,cases, and discussions must include material included in the text and other researched material.  Oral presentations of readings or assigned material must be with little dependency on note cards, as you are expected to be fully familiar with the prepared material.
D.  Examinations: The Mid-Term and Final Examinations are both closed book and closed note exams.  All reviews will be given in-class ONLY, at the session previous to the scheduled exam, or as agreed on the first night of class.  If the student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to obtain notes from a fellow classmate.

Grade Distribution:  To be awarded based on course work as assigned and completed, the student must ear the following total points to accomplish the associated grade:
A -- 930 - 1000 points
B -- 800 - 920 points
C -- 700 - 790 points
D -- 600 - 690 points
F -- 590 points or less

Points will be awarded in the following manner:
Mid-Term Exam -- 250 points or 25% of total points available
Comprehensive Final Exam -- 300 points or  30% of total points available
Project Paper --  250  points or 25% of total points available
Readings/Cases/Discussions -- 200 points or 20% of total points available.
Please note that the Mid-Term and Final Examinations are closed book and closed notes exams.
You must achieve 60% or higher on the Final Examination in order to pass the course.

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:
Late work will result in a 10-point reduction of the grade earned for the project.  Failure to be prepared for Readings/Cases/Discussions will result in zero points (or an F) for that portion of the effort.  Participation by all members of the class will be mandatory and will be fully discussed the first night of class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be on time, having completed all reading and written assignements prior to class sessions covering assigned material or due dates.  (ALL Readings MUST be completed prior to lectures.)  Any missed work is the responsibility of the student, who will arrange (prior to the missed class session) with another student to share notes or other class materials, including any handouts (as these are only available on the nights presented).

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
WEEK 1: Introduction. Chapters 1 and 2. Assigned Readings.
WEEK 2: Chapters 3, 4 and 5. Assigned Readings.
WEEK 3: Chapters 6 and 7. Assigned Readings. Mid-Term Review.
WEEK 4: Chapter 8. Assigned Readings. Mid-Term Examination.
WEEK 5: Chapters 9 and 10. Assigned Readings.
WEEK 6: Chapters 11, 12 and 13. Assigned Readings.
WEEK 7: Chapters 14 and 15. Assigned Readings. Final Review. Project Papers are due.
WEEK 8: Chapter 16. Assigned Readings. 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 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: .


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