MG520 Entrepreneurial Project Mgmt

for U1P 2007

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MG 520 Entrepreneurial Project Management


U1P 2007 DL


Roehrich, Henry C.


B.S. Business Administration (Marketing), B.S. Communication Arts (Radio/TV Broadcasting)
MSA General Administration
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Office Location

Bismarck, North Dakota

Office Hours

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM CST  Monday - Thursday

Daytime Phone

(701) 775-3696


Semester Dates

6/4/07 - 7/29/07

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Required Text: Project Management: The Managerial Process

Edition: 3rd

Author(s): Clifford F. Gray and Erik W. Larson                                                      

Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin

ISBN: 0-07-297863-5

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Course Description:
This course represents an overview of the business macro environment that is at the core of the philosophy of continuous improvements. Particular attention is directed to explaining how the application of this philosophy has stimulated the transformation of many work environments at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Throughout the course, process and project management materials and innovations are demonstrated and then used in field projects to integrate theory with practice. 3 cr.

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator will engage each learner in order to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Topics of Discussion:
  2. Communication Style Identification;
  3. CAPSTONE® Introduction, Team Formation and Registration
  4. Teamwork Basics;
  5. Business Basics and Strategies;
  6. Strategic Planning Overview;
  7. Determine CAPSTONE® Management Roles;
  8. Debrief CAPSTONE® Practice Round 1;
  9. CAPSTONE® Situational Analysis;
  10. Introduce CAPSTONE® HR Module;
  11. Run and Debrief CAPSTONE® Practice Round 2.
  12. Debrief CAPSTONE® Round 1;
  13. Milestones in Business History;
  14. Vision and Mission Statements;
  15. Business Strategies;
  16. What's it all about? and Exit Strategies;
  17. Business Change;
  18. View and discuss: “Who Moved My Cheese?”
  19. Debrief CAPSTONE® Round 3;
  20. Best/Worse Case Scenario;

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The class assessment will include weekly reading assignments, individual project, case studies, homework, midterm test, and a proctored final exam.

For a Student to Earn Full Points for Weekly Participation, S/He Should:

Participate in a minimum of three (3) answers or responses from other students and provide a 'substantial' response to another student's answer or response. A 'substantial' response is a response/question that (a) is 3-4 lines in length; (b) if it is a question, it needs to be an open-ended question (requires further elaboration and not a yes or no or short type of answer); and (c) it promotes further class discussion.

Just responding to another student's answer or response saying that 'I liked your answer', or "I agree with you' type of responses/answers do not earn any points because they neither engage critical thinking, nor do they promote further class discussion.

A response can also be an opinion as long as the author can justify it using the economic concepts covered during the course. It can also be another question that extends the existing answered question.

Rating Code: 

4 = meets or exceeds all requirements of a 'substantial response' as specified above

3 = meets only 2 of the 3 requirements of a substantial response

2 = meets only 1 of the 3 requirements of a substantial response

1 = posts fewer than 3 responses

0 = no postings at all for the week



Course Evaluation and Grading Policies

Each student is responsible for completing:  

  • Weekly reading assignments
  • Weekly written homework -discussion questions- (DQs) based on the assigned readings
  • Weekly conference participation (replies to DQs already answered by other students)
  • Proctored comprehensive final exam

Evaluation Methods: the evaluation methods will be based on the flowing two components:

         Weekly Homework Discussion Questions       128 pts (24% of final grade)

         Conference Participation Replies                     96 pts (19% of final grade)

         Mid-term Exam                                               100 pts (19% of final grade)

         Term Paper                                                     100 pts (19% of final grade)

         Final Exam                                                      100 pts (19% of final grade)

                                        Total Points Possible       524 pts 

Weekly Homework Discussion Questions:  The first component requires that each student post two to three paragraphs response to all discussion questions posted for the week from the discussion questions posted in each week's conference "discussion questions" thread. This response earns from zero (0) points to four (4) points and will be evaluated using the guidelines for homework questions listed below. There will be four (4) Discussion Questions (DQs) per week based on the assigned reading (32 questions total for the term), with each question worth four (4) points (128 points total for the term).

Discussion Questions Rubric/Scoring Guide

Discussion Questions will be evaluated on a weekly basis as follows:

  • No response - zero (0) points
  • A response that lacks essential information and indicates minimal effort - one (1) point
  • A response that includes most essential information but lacks cohesiveness - two (2) points
  • A response that includes all essential information, is thoughtful and cohesive - three (3) points.
  • A response that includes all essential information, is thoughtful, cohesive and promotes further class discussion (engages critical thinking ability) - four (4) points.

Conference Participation: this component requires that each student select another student's response to a discussion question and "reply" to that response. Each reply can earn up to four (4) points while the absence of a reply earns zero (0) points. Conference participation will also be evaluated on a weekly basis. It is imperative that you strive to earn full points each week, despite the fact that the Conference Participation points are 'flexible' (if a student loses point one week s/he can make them up the following week by increasing their conference participation until 96 points are reached).

 Homework Point Summary

  • Weekly Homework Discussion Questions:      128 points (24% of final grade)
  • Conference Participation Replies            :       96 points (19% of final grade)

NOTE: should a student miss or does not earn full class participation points for the week, s/he can still make up for that loss by increasing their participation in the following week. The 96 total points are 'flexible' meaning that they are spread over 8 weeks, indicating that more than 12 points can be earned in any week during the course duration until the student reaches the limit of 96 total points possible.  

Example –

A = 90- 100% (or 201 points or higher)
B = 80-89% (or 179 to 199 points)
C = 70-79% (or 156 to 176 points)
D = 60-69% (or 134 to 154 points)
F =  < 60% ( or133 or fewer 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.

The Proctored final exam for online courses must be passed with a grade of 60% or higher in order to pass the course regardless of the overall average.  The grade for students who pass the proctored final will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course.  The proctored final exam must address only material which the student has been taught in class.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Please make sure that you post answers to all four DQs for each week by Friday night of that week the very latest ! ! ! Of course, you should have posted your responses earlier than Friday night, thus enable yourselves to participate in the class discussion via the 'Conference Participation' threads.

  • I would strongly suggest you log on at least every other day and spend one to two hours at a time (at a minimum) posting and respnding to your classmates answers and/or responses. Should you wait to post and respond on Friday, you will have missed great opportunities to enhance your learning as well as participate in the class discussion. 
  • If the assignmed homework has not been posted by Friday night (Central Time) each week in the Conference Participation threads, the student will be losing  1 point per Discussion Question for Each Day the Homework is late.

Delayed Homework Assignments

Late Homework assignments that are delayed will fail to earn full points as mentioned above. An asychronous environment provides ample time and opportunity to respond to the discussion questions posted each week for the duration of the course. However the following wil be the only exceptions:

(1) Hospital stay of at least 1 week without access to a computer

(2) Student's employer sending student to temporary location ofr at least 1 week without access to a computer.

(3) Death or serious illness in the family

(4) Personal injury that prevents using a computer

(5) If military personnel, deployment to a location without a computer

(6) Any combination of the above that will also require travel and not access to a computer.

Contact me as soon as possible if one of these situations applies to you and be prepared to fax documentation to me.

ALSO: This policy does not exempt students from park University attendance and participation requirements. All students must participate in classroom activities several times a week, or they may be ropped for non-attendance ! ! !

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Ground Rules for On-line Participation

  1. Students should use E-Mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. The Class Discussion thread is for public discussion.
  2. Students are expected to complete four hours per week of conferencing or other appropriate on-line activities, including sending/receiving E-mail and navigating and conducting research over the World Wide Web.
  3. All students will participate in conference discussions. Conventions of "on-line etiquette," which include courtesy to all users, will be observed.
  4. Students may get assistance with computer-related problems through the instructor.
  5. Students must submit all work in a Word file attached to their e-mail message. They should routinely check to assure their computer and the files are virus free.
  6. Assigned papers may be submitted via the postal service or fax only if arrangements are made with the instructor beforehand.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Each week the student will be involved in four types of activities.

The first activity will be the Reading Assignment. Since this is a survey course, students may find it helpful to read the "chapter summary" at the end of each chapter before reading the chapter itself. This can help provide some focus when students begin to read the chapter for specific content.

The second activity falls under the category of Weekly Homework Discussion Questions. DQs will be posted by the instructor each week that will require the students to provide an elaborate answer (minimum of 2 full paragraphs) which will engage the students' critical thinking ability. The students will need to post their answers separately for each of the discussion questions to the original question thread. Keep in mind the guidelines of thorough and concise writing when replying and posting your responses and replies. For simplicity and to avoid confusion, please make sure when you post your answer to each of the DQs in the 'Conference Participation' thread, POST ONE ANSWER AT AT TIME, thus providing the opportunity to everyone to respond to your answer. 

The third activity is the Class Discussion or Conference Participation and follows from the Weekly Homework Disussion Questions and it will involve students' answering or elaboarating on other students' answers of the discussion questions using a "thread" in the conference area called Conference Participation. There each student will select previously answered questions by other students and provide an anwer that either adds information or promotes further class discussion based on that question in the thread. More than one reply is permitted for any already answered DQ. Again, keep in mind the guidelines of thorough and concise writing when replying and posting your responses and replies.

The fourth activity is your term paper. You need to select a topic of your interest to write your term paper. It needs to be 10 pages in length, double-spaced, using 12 font. The paper is 25% of your final grade. Please make sure the paper has a cover page, a contents page and a reference page with the bibliography citing all your sources. The paper needs to be delivered to the dropbox by the Sunday of the last week of the course (week 8). You need to select a topic and get instructor approval by midnight Sunday of the second week.

Prior paper topic approval is required by the instructor to assure that you have selected a topic that there is enough information sources available for you to write and expand on your topic, therefore please email the instructor a request for approval of the topic of your choice by the end of the second week of the course.

Keep in mind that 'Participation' means (1) reading the assigned readings and checking out suggested websites before beginning your assignments and engage in online discussions and class participation, (2) applying readings and suggested website information to the virtual discussions and conference participation postings, and (3) forming supportive and inquiring relationships with other students in the class through postings to one another, sharing points of view and providing encouragement and contructive critique without being judgemental.  

Additional conference threads will include an "Introduction" thread at the beginning of week one, and an informational thread relating to the proctored comprehensive final exam at the beginning of week eight


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 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27

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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Last Updated:5/30/2007 5:07:40 PM