MG101 Introduction to Management

for F1T 2004

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Park Vision/Mission Statement

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The mission of Park University, a 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.

Course Description

Basic functions of management with emphasis on the behavioral problems management faces in adopting and implementing policy.

Overview and Course Goals

This course focuses on the basic functions of management to meet the needs of today's global, diverse, and high technology workplace. It is designed to produce students who can demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for substantive, clear, and correct management skills. Because it is a basic management course, the focus will be on helping you develop basic, yet effective management skills for the workplace. In the course, you will analyze, discuss, and perform management tasks familiar to most institutions, such as planning, organizing, leading and controlling, and you will learn how to perform research for these management tasks using the extraordinary resources of the world wide web.

The course goal is for all students to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of management at various levels within the organization.
  • Understand the variations in environments, scope of managerial authority, and types of problems associated within levels of management.
  • Understand the actions needed to obtain results by establishing an environment for effective and efficient performance of individuals and groups.

Each week we review different management situations, issues, or problems encountered in the workplace through our on-line conferencing discussions covering Fundamentals of Management.

Core Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1.List and describe the functions of management.

2.Explain how the emphasis on respective functions of management will change at the various levels of the organization.

3.Describe the managerial activities and functions of a supervisor, a mid-level manager, and an executive.

4.Describe two organization environments that would require extremely different styles of management.

5.Explain how centralization and decentralization affect managerial decision-making.

6.Define the terms “span of control” and “scope of authority”.

7.Define the terms “effectiveness” and “efficiency.”

8.Explain the similarities and differences in “leadership” and “management.

Required Texts/Materials

Fundamentals of Management, 5th ed., by Robbins and DeCenzo

Software required for this course-Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint applications.

Course Policies

Course Specific Policies: You may email me anytime on your personal academic situation or any questions or comments concerning the course or course content. Late work will only be accepted for bona fide emergencies. Potential credit for late work is explained under the grading policy in this syllabus. Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

Grading Policy

Grading Criteria: My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you better understand management. You will be able to track your progress exactly throughout the course by reviewing the gradebook located at the top of each page. Grading is based on completing weekly reading assignments, completing weekly discussion questions and comments, completing one skill study assignment or a paper on Total Quality Management (TQM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) or Business Process Re Engineering (BPR) in week 7 and completing a mid-term and final examination in week 4 and week 8 respectively.

Grading Rubrics and Points:

  • General Evaluative Criteria: To achieve the maximum number of points the assignment is organized in a logical manner with appropriate punctuation and spelling; is submitted on time; provides a good, concise businesslike analysis; proposes solutions that logically flow from the analysis; and integrates relevant course content material when appropriate.
  • Midterm Examination = 22 points. Each question is correct or incorrect based on the course content.
  • Final Examination = 30 points. Each question is correct or incorrect based on the course content.
  • Discussion Questions = 28 points. Responses are graded on a pass/fail basis. A passing grade will answer the question in a brief and grammatically correct manner.
  • Comments on Responses = 7 points. Each comment will agree, disagree or bring out additional points in a constructive manner with rationale.
  • Response to a Skills Situation (located at the end of each chapter) or Research Paper = 10 points. A skill response will answer each question based on the text and slide presentation content. A paper will define the topic, explain a way to implement it and provide references. A response must be complete, flow logically, organized and grammatically correct.
  • Pop Quiz = 3 points. Each question is correct or incorrect. Course Total = 100 points.

Course Grading Scale:

  • 90- 100% (90 points or higher)
  • 80-89% (80 to 89 points)
  • 70-79%(70 to 79 points)
  • 60-69% (60 to 69 points)
  • 59% (59 or fewer points)

General Outline of Assignments:

  • Weeks 1-4, read chapters 1-7, answer assigned chapter questions, take the midterm exam.
  • Weeks 5-8, read chapters 8-14, answer assigned chapter questions, complete a paper or case study, take the final exam.

Submission of Late Work Caused by An Emergency: Late work because of an emergency will only be accepted by approval of the Instructor and will be based on bona fide emergency situations. A 10% late penalty deduction may be taken from the earned score.

Proctored final examination: An examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Web Site.

Other Information on proctored exams:

It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.

  • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
  • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
  • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

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.

Definitions: Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

  • Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed. Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
  • Plagiarism involves the use of quotation 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 assignments (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
  • Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
  • Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include: Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member. Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student. Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.

Procedure - In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge. Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park University. Park University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the 2005-2006 Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.


Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work. Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse from their instructor, will be administratively withdrawn and notified via email that you have been withdrawn and a grade of "WH" will be recorded.

An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. PLEASE NOTE: Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

For more details on attendance go to Park University Undergraduate Catalog or the Park University Graduate Catalog.

Student Resources

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.

Park University Online Bookstore - Select "Distance Learning - Graduate," or "Distance Learning Internet," and then click on the appropriate course code (ex. AC 201, PA 501) to see the list of required and optional texts for each course that you are enrolled in. 

Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Your Campus Center Administrator can provide advising to you, please contact them for assistance.  If you need contact information for your Campus Center, click here.

Online Tutoring Services - Park University has arranged for Online students to receive five hours of free access to Online tutoring and academic support through Smarthinking. If you would like Online tutoring, please contact me to receive their recommendation and information on how to access the Online tutoring.

Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.

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