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MG 271 Principles of Supervision
Mead, Robert M.,, Jr.


Mission Statement: 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.

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

Course

MG 271 Principles of Supervision

Semester

S2T 2007 DLA

Faculty

Mead, Robert M.,, Jr.

Title

Senior Online Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MS - Strategic Intelligence
BS - Occupational Education (Business Admin/Communication Tech)

Office Location

San Angelo, TX

Office Hours

1800-2100

Daytime Phone

325-654-3901

Other Phone

325-651-6581

E-Mail

robert.mead@park.edu

txasylum@cox.net

Semester Dates

19 Mar - 13 May 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Supervision: Key link to Productivity, 9th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York,NY, 2007

Author: Leslie Rue and Lloyd Byars.

ISBN: 0073054399

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Course Description:
A study of leadership skills for persons in supervisory positions. Topics include: methods of training employees, employee rating, improving personal leadership, interpreting organization policies, and obtaining the maximum results through the efforts of others. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Welcome to Principles of Supervision (MG-271), on line!  My instructional goals for this course are to provide the student with an understanding of the principles of supervision with major emphasis on applying those principles in case studies analysis and "real world" situations. I will consider myself successful if the learner can demonstrate the transfer of conceptual knowledge to real world application.  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.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the supervisory and managerial principles and functions and explain how to apply them to situational leadership.
  2. Explain the diversity in the processes and methods of critical thinking and problem-solving in supervision and recognition of standards of excellence.
  3. Discuss the history and variety of managerial principles for examining and using information, and their technological applications in contemporary supervision theory.
  4. Explain the importance of the scientific method of argument and modeling.


Core Assessment:

Students will write a case study during week 7 of an 8 week course and week 15 of a 16 week course.

Class Assessment:

Overview:

Each week we will focus on different supervisory situations, issues, or challenges encountered in the workplace through our online discussions; these are reinforced and expanded in readings in our text, Supervision: Key link to Productivity, Leslie Rue & Lloyd Byars., 9th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York.

Weekly:

A. Weekly Readings

B. Discussion Assignment: Discussion statements are taken from the readings in the text for each week; various questions will be posted in the Discussion Statement Thread in the Conference Area for the student's comments; each student will be asked to make an original posting to a Discussion Statement.  These postings should be a complete comprehensive analysis of the topic.  Comprehensive analysis is defined as a review of relevant literature, a synthesis of those ideas into something new.  The posting must be documents with proper citations and be 350 – 400 words in length. Please review carefully the grading policy / expectations for a substantive posting in the Grading Policy Section of this syllabus.

C. Peer Review: Reply to the posting of at least two other learners.  These replies should offer an alternative point of view, provide critical analysis, or ask thought provoking comments that elicit further discussion.  The goals of the peer review process are to generate discussion to achieve a deeper understanding of a topic, and for students to practice their ability to make a critical assessment, support their arguments while maintaining a professional demeanor. 

D. Skill Builder: You will be directed to the appropriate pages within each chapter to complete one of the skill builder questions. I am looking for deep thought in these exercises. I want to see that you have grasped the concepts, theories, and principles from the text, and that you can make that critical bridge to application.

E.  Self-Check:  You will take weekly self-checking quizes that will ensure that you have mastered the learning objectives for the week.  These self-check exercises may be taken as many times as required to ensure mastery.  The self checks do not count toward your final formative grade, but only prepare you for the weekly quiz.

F.  Quizzes:  You will take weekly chapter quizzes.  These quizzes will count toward your final formative assessment.  Each quiz is worth 10pts.  You will have one hour to complete the quiz.  Ensure that you save your answers often.

G. Lessons Learned: Weekly throughout the course, I will ask for the Lessons Learned.  Write two or three well-developed paragraphs documenting issues or concerns you experienced or addressed during the period requested.  This is where you will demonstrate your ability to take the concepts and theories of this course and transfer that knowledge into your current work place.  Share with your peers how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge into real world application.

Course Projects:

A. Learning Team Research Paper: During this course, you will take part in a leaning team project that constructs of a fully documented eight page research paper.  This paper will be developed in stages.  The first stage is the topic/thesis identification process. The second stage is the rough draft.  The rough draft will be turned in by the end of week 4.  This stage of the process is worth 15 points.  The final stage is the submission of the final work.  The final work is due by Friday of week eight.  This stage is worth 35 points. 

Your work will be in the APA style of writing.  If you need assistance in writing in this style you may reference this website APA Style Your paper will have as a minimum of 7 sources (4 books, 2 scholastic articles (published), and one magazine or newspaper article.  Ensure that you proofread your work for grammar and punctuation before submitting.  You may choose any topic you find interesting within the confines of supervision.  You must submit your topic no later than Friday of week one via email for approval.  I prefer your work be in Microsoft Word, or a compatible program. Topics are limited to topics within the course text.

B. Learning Team Presentation: During this course, you will take part in a leaning team project that constructs of a PowerPoint Presentation of key points from the Learning Team Research Paper.  The rough draft will be turned in by the end of week 4.  This stage of the process is worth 10 points.  The final stage is the submission of the final presentation.  The final work is due by Friday of week eight.  This stage is worth 35 points. 

Course Examinations:

A. Mid-Term: During Week four of this course, you will take a 100 question Mid-Term Exam. This examination is open book and will cover chapters 1- 10. I will send you the exam by email, once you have completed the examination, you will enter the course room and transcribe your answers into the Mid Term Examination.

**Attention** you may not work in groups to take this exam…this is an individual effort. If you chose to ignore this statement, I guarantee you that I have set in place the necessary automation to determine group work. If caught doing group work…You will receive an automatic failing grade for the examination.

B. Final Examination: During week Eight of this Course, you will take a 50 question (multiple choice, fill-in the blank, and true/false) examination. This is a closed book examination. This examination will cover chapters 11 – 20 (excluding chapter 17).

Learning Teams:

I have decided to incorporate learning teams in this class. If feel in today’s business environment, the team based concept is a very powerful tool. However, we all must learn how to be productive team members, contributing equally to common goal. Therefore, I feel that this is an opportunity for many of you to get some experience in this area before you are faced with it in your work environment.

A. Learning Teams may consist of no more than 5 learners. You will join a learning team during the first week of this course. You all are expected to participate in the required activities and assignments. If any one learner chooses not to participate equally in the final deliverable, the team will inform me promptly, and that learner will not be given credit for the assignment.

Grading:

GRADING CRITERIA FOR WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS:
Postings in each category (Homework Assignment, Discussion Question, Peer Reviews, Lessons Learned, WWW/URL Assignments, and Special Threads) are worth from 0 to 10 points each per week.

The following is a point-by-point breakdown on what you have to do to earn the points. The criteria are the same for all categories of assignments.

0 = Do nothing, no posting made for the assignment.  Please note: two weeks without any contact from you may result in your being assigned a letter grade of "F" and being dropped from the course.

1 = Late posting, minimal comments, i.e. "I agree."

2 = Late posting, minimal comments, i.e. "I think this is an important topic that we should all be concerned with." Just a generic sentence that does not provide "meat and potatoes.  Or, Kris, I agree with what you said."

3 = Late posting, one or two sentences directed to the topic; very little of your own viewpoints.

4 = Late posting, one or two paragraphs relating to the topic with your own viewpoints.

5 = Late posting, three or more well written, well thought out paragraphs with two or more sentences in each paragraph.  Introduction of own viewpoints and new information beyond other persons' comments or quoted directly from the text.  Grammar and spell check conducted.

 ON-Time Postings:

6 = On-time posting, minimal comments, i.e. "I agree" or "Interesting comments on the topic."

7 = On-time posting, minimal comments, i.e. "I think this is an important topic that we should all be concerned with.”  Just a generic sentence that does not provide "meat and potatoes”.

8 = On-time posting, one short paragraph (2 or 3 sentences) directed to the topic; very little of your own viewpoints.

9 = On-time posting, one or two paragraphs relating to the topic with your own viewpoints.  Grammar and spell check conducted.

10 = On-time posting, three or more well written, well thought out paragraphs with two or more sentences in each paragraph.  Introduction of own viewpoints and new information beyond other persons' comments or quotes directly from the text.  Cited references and Website links included in the posting.  Grammar and spell check conducted.

11 = WOW!!! This grade is very rare during a term, but I have been known to give it. Postings that earn 11 points are awe inspiring, very well thought out, and often become my examples of "this is how a posting should be done."

Submission of Late Work:  A late posting is any posting not made by Sunday at midnight.  I will accept late work for one week after the due date.  For example, all weekly postings MUST be made by midnight (Eastern Time) each Sunday. If a posting is made BEFORE midnight the following Sunday it will be considered "Late”, otherwise acceptable.  I will make exceptions to this rule on a case-by-case basis if I am notified of difficulties (i.e., work requirements, personal hardships, etc.) before hand.  I do not accept any work after the one week late period.

REPLIES TO CLASSMATE POSTINGS:  Very important information.  Success in this class comes from discussions; therefore, I put great stock into the replies that you make to your fellow classmates.  Each student is required to make a minimum of two replies each week.  These replies must be in the Discussion Statements, and/or Lessons Learned threads.  Grammar and spelling errors will reduce your weekly points earned.

Because students will rarely go back to previous weeks and look for replies, Peer Reviews MUST be made by the end of each week (Sunday evening) to be counted.  If you have not made them by then they will not count and you will loose the points for the week.  This will draw an "A" to a "C" very rapidly.

As you should be able to tell from the above I take great stock in on-time postings (any posting made Sunday of that week is considered "on-time.”  I also believe grammar and spelling are important.  However, what I look for in your postings are well thought-out SCHOLARLY comments that share your viewpoints on the subject with your classmates.  Additionally, I like to see alternative points of view and thought provoking questions that challenge the premise of the posting.  Be sure to support your ideas with citations from research.

The weekly assignments are worth 80% of the total grade; the final exam is worth 20%--for 100%.  It is very important to note that missed weekly postings can drag your grade down very fast.  If you foresee a difficulty in making your postings on time, please let me know so we can make arrangements.  Every student that has received a C, D, or F from me in past classes is because the student failed to make postings.  For every missed posting, the student lost 10 points.

Proctored Final Exam

  •          A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) 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 Website. 
  •         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.     Students must ensure that the proctor 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.

Course Grading Scale

 Grading Scale

A =

 90- 100% (or 396 points or higher)

B =

 80-89% (or 352 to 395 points)

C = 

 70-79% (or 308 to 351 points)

D =

 60-69% (or 264 to 307 points)

F =

 < 60% (263 or fewer points)

          Assignments - Specific weekly assignments are posted at the bottom of the syllabus.

 

 

Assignment

Points/% of Grade

Due Date

Class Participation-

Discussion Questions

Peer Review

Team Presentation

5%

 5%

                                                 
 
                                            5%

Weeks 1-7

 Week 4/8
 
 
 
 

Skill Builder

10%

Week 1- 7

Lesson Learned

5%

Week 1-7

Weekly Quizzes

10%

Weeks 1-7

Team Research Paper

25%

Weeks 4/8

Mid-Term Examination
Final Examination
10%
25%
Week 4
Week 8

Total

100%

 



                               


Discussion Statements - 10 points per week, 60 points total.                                

Skill Builder - 10 points each case; 60 points total.                                

Lessons Learned - 5 points per week;   35 points total.                               

Weekly Quizzes – 10 pts each week; 60 pts total.

Team Presentations - 25 points total.                                

Team Research paper – 50 points

Mid-Term - 50 points (100 questions, .5 pts each)
 
Final - 100 points (50 questions, 2pts each)

                                Total = 440 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:
Submission of Late Work:  A late posting is any posting not made by Sunday at midnight.  I will accept late work for one week after the due date.  For example, all weekly postings MUST be made by midnight (Eastern Time) each Sunday. If a posting is made BEFORE midnight the following Sunday it will be considered "Late”, otherwise acceptable.  I will make exceptions to this rule on a case-by-case basis if I am notified of difficulties (i.e., work requirements, personal hardships, etc.) before hand.  I do not accept any work after the one week late period.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Foundations of Supervision  

 

  • Readings:
    • Read Chapters 1 through 3.
  • Class Activities: Introduction to online computer discussion learning. Introduction and discussion of syllabus/assignment schedule. Course overview.
    • Join a Learning Team: Click on one of the learning team rooms under the course homepage and join a learning team. Member will join by entering the team room and announcing their membership.
  • Weekly Discussion Statements: Respond to the posted discussion question within the discussion thread and reply to at least two of your peer's postings.
  • Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life.
  • Check - Up Exercise: Take the practice quiz before you take your actual weekly quiz.
  • Quiz: After completing your assignments, you will take a 10 question (T/F and Multiple Choice) Quiz. You will have one hour to complete this quiz.
  • Team Research Paper: Submit no later than Friday of week one your tentative research topic to the instructor via email. The topic may be any subject area from the text that encompasses the lessons outlined in this syllabus.
 

 


Week 2: Contemporary Issues  

 

  • Readings:
    • Read Chapters 4, 5, and 6.
  • Weekly Discussion Statements. Respond to at least one Question from the chapters Review questions and reply to at least two of your peer's postings.
  • Skill Builder: Respond to at least one of the skill building questions, submit final response to the appropriate drop box.
  • Self Check: After you finish your homework and discussion questions, take the check -check quiz to ensure that you have comprehended the weekly objectives. You may take this self check quiz as many times as needed to comprehend the weekly objectives.
  • Quiz: After completing your assignments, you will take a 10 question (T/F and Multiple Choice) Quiz. You will have one hour to complete this quiz.
  • Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life.
  • Research paper: submit your thesis statement in the appropriate team learning room NLT Saturday of Week two for approval.

Week 3: Planning and Organizing Skills  

 

? Readings:  

 

? Chapters 7, 8, 9, and 10.  

 

· Weekly Discussion Statements. Respond to at least one Question from the chapters Review questions and reply to at least two of your peer's postings.  

 

· Skill Builder: Respond to at least one of the skill building questions, submit final response to the appropriate drop box.  

 

· Self Check: After you finish your homework and discussion questions, take the check -check quiz to ensure that you have comprehended the weekly objectives. You may take this self check quiz as many times as needed to comprehend the weekly objectives.  

 

· Quiz: After completing your assignments, you will take a 10 question (T/F and Multiple Choice) Quiz. You will have one hour to complete this quiz.  

 

· Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life.  

 

· Research paper: submit your thesis statement in the appropriate team learning room NLT Saturday of Week two for approval.  

 


Week 4: Midterm Exam & Draft Research / Presentation Submission  

 

  • Readings:
    • None
  • Mid-Term Exam: Complete your Midterm Exam No Later Than Sunday Midnight. You will have two hours to complete the exam. This Mid-term will cover chapters 1-10. You may use you text and notes to complete this exam.
  • Draft Research / Presentation: Submit your draft research paper and 15 slide presentation to the appropriate drop box
  • Lesson Learned: This is a cumulative lessons learned...Summarize the key learning from chapter 1-10 and suggest how you will implement these lessons into your everyday situation.
 

 


Week 5: Staffing Skills  

 

  • Chapter 11, 12, and 13.
  • Weekly Discussion Statements. Respond to at least one Question from the chapters Review questions and reply to at least two of your peer's postings.
  • Skill Builder: Respond to at least one of the skill building questions, submit final response to the appropriate drop box.
  • Self Check: After you finish your homework and discussion questions, take the check -check quiz to ensure that you have comprehended the weekly objectives. You may take this self check quiz as many times as needed to comprehend the weekly objectives.
  • Quiz: After completing your assignments, you will take a 10 question (T/F and Multiple Choice) Quiz. You will have one hour to complete this quiz.
  • Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life.


Week 6: Leading  

 

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 14 & 15.
  • Weekly Discussion Statements. Respond to at least one statement from the chapter threads and reply to at least two of your peer's postings. We will look at directives in both clarity and distribution; work groups and teams; morale; and diversity.
  • Self-Check: a summative assessment in the form of a self-checking quiz that may be taken as many times as required to ensure mastery of the learning objectives of this chapter.
  • Weekly Quiz: After completing the self-checking quiz, take your weekly quiz. This quiz is linked to the learning objectives of this weeks reading.
  • Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life.
  • Homework: Case study #3: Submit work in designated basket in the drop box. Remember to briefly summarize the case and to answer each question thoroughly.

Week 7: Controlling Skills  

 

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 18, 19, and 20.
  • Weekly Discussion Statements. Respond to at least one Question from the chapters Review questions and reply to at least two of your peer's postings.
  • Skill Builder: Respond to at least one of the skill building questions; submit final response to the appropriate drop box.
  • Self Check: After you finish your homework and discussion questions, take the check -check quiz to ensure that you have comprehended the weekly objectives. You may take this self check quiz as many times as needed to comprehend the weekly objectives.
  • Quiz: After completing your assignments, you will take a 10 question (T/F and Multiple Choice) Quiz. You will have one hour to complete this quiz.
  • Lessons Learned: Post a two to three paragraph reflective thinking analysis of how you plan to transfer the conceptual knowledge learned during this week into your everyday life.


Week 8: Course Completion  

 

  • Readings: None
    • Students are encouraged to browse web sites and references to enhance your knowledge of supervision.
  • Class Activities: You will be taking your proctored final exam this week. Once you have scheduled the exam, post a message in my office that informs me of the date and time. You will also be submitting your Final Team Research Paper and PowerPoint presentation.
  • Cumulative Lessons Learned: Make a final Lessons Learned entry discussing what you feel are the most valuable lessons that you learned throughout the course. Replies to other students' postings are not required, but I encourage you to read them as they may be very insightful.
  • Research Paper/PowerPoint Presentation. Submit your final team research paper and PowerPoint presentation no later than Friday 12 pm Midnight to the designated basket in the drop box.
  • Complete the final examination with your proctor. I must have the test in my hands by close of business on Friday of week eight. Unless you have circumstances that have been prearranged with me, I will not accept tests after that time.
  • Complete and submit the online Student Opinion Survey for the Course.

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:
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.
ONLINE NOTE: 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. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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