MG420 Labor Relations

for S1VV 2007

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S1VV 2007 VN


Smith, Mark T.


Senior Professor of Business Administration


B. S., University of West Alabama; Livingston, AL
MBA,  Mississippi State University; Starkville, MS
PH.D   Texas A&M University; College Station, TX

Office Location

Vandenberg AFB

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 8-5 PM Friday 8-4:30

Daytime Phone

805 406-6116

Other Phone

805 929-1383


Semester Dates

15 January 2007 - 11 March 2007

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:00 PM



Credit Hours




Budd, John W.; Labor Relations Striking a Balance, 1st edition, McGraw Hill Publishers, 2005.

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Course Description:
Consideration of the development, legal environment, and current problems of the industrial relations system. Emphasis is placed upon the historical evolution of both the union movement and the legislative system that shapes its activities. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor philosophy is that learning needs to be relevant and can be applied to real world situations. Also learning requires student involvement and the instructor will do that through class discussion, and class projects.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain various perspectives of collective bargaining theories.
  2. Discuss the historical and future trends toward labor and management conflict resolution.
  3. Evaluate how labor relations theories can be applied to workplace practices including the students own work environment.

Core Assessment:

No later than week 14 of a 16 week class or week 7 of an 8 week class the student is to have prepared and submitted supported answers to 8 comprehensive questions in the research assignment.

Class Assessment:

Midterm Exam  25%
Final Exam  25%
Class Project 25%
Homework  20%
Class Participation 5%


Midterm Exam 250 Points
Final Exam  250 Points
Class Project   250 Points
Homework  200 Points
Class Participation 50 Points

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:
The instructor will only accept late as a result of EXCUSED absences as determined by the instructor. Otherwise assignments not submitted on time will result in a grade of an F.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are to have completed assignments, projects, and read assignments before coming to class

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:







Meeting 1  


Group Formation
Chapter 1,


Discussion of Course Outline and Description of Course Project  




Meeting 2  


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Individual Research topic ,


Discussion Chapters 1 and 2
Individual topic due



Meeting 3  


Chapter 3  


Discussion of Chapter 3 and Group Discussion  


Meeting 4  


Chapter 4  


Discussion of Chapter 4 and Group Discussion  


Meeting 5  


Chapter 5  


Discussion of Chapter 5 and Group Discussion  


Meeting 6  


Chapter 6  


Discussion of Chapter 6 and Group Discussion  


Meeting 7  


Chapter 7  


Discussion of Chapter 7 and Group Discussion  


Meeting 8  


Midterm Exam  


Chapters 1-7  


Meeting 9  


Chapter 8
Individual Presentations,


Discussion of Chapter 8 and Group Discussion  


Meeting 10  


Chapter 9  


Discussion of Chapter 9 and Group Discussion  


Meeting 11  


Chapter 10  


Discussion of Chapter 10 and Group Discussion  


Meeting 12  


Chapter 11  


Discussion of Chapter 11 and Group Discussion  


Meeting 13  


Chapter 12  


Discussion of Chapter 12 and Group Discussion  


Meeting 14  


Chapters 13 and 14  




Meeting 15  


Project Labor Negotiation  


Project Presentation and Review for Final Exam  


Meeting 16  


Final Exam  


Chapters 8-14  


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:
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