MG101 Introduction to Management

for S1T 2008

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MG 101 Introduction to Management


S1T 2008 DL


Carro, Dan J.


Assistant Professor of Management/Adjunct Faculty


BSBA Business Administration Ohio State University
MSBA Business Administration Boston University

Office Location

Raleigh, NC

Office Hours

Online anytime and by appointment on telephone

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

S1T 2008 January 14, 2008   -   March 9, 2008

Class Days




Credit Hours



Required Text: Fundamentals of Management: Essential Concepts and Application, 6th Edition Author: Robbins and DeCenzo ISBN: 0-13-600710-4

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Course Description:
Basic functions of management with emphasis on the behavioral problems management face in adopting and implementing policy. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Interactiveness is paramount.  The student must read the lectures, assigned material, and take quizzes/examinations as well as participate in discussions.  Ideas will be exchanged and counter perspectives will be considered.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  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. Compare and contrast “leadership” and “management.”

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 MG101. This exam is worth at least 30 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 comprehensive 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 calculators, computers, or materials other than a writing instrument 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.

Class Assessment:

The class assessment will be based on a midterm exam, a final exam, quizzes, participation in class, and a management paper.



Course Grading Scale and 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.

Assessment Points Percent of Course Grade
Midterm  Exam  22 22%
Final Exam 30 30%
Discussion Questions 28 28%
Comments on Postings 7 7%
Quiz 3 3%
Management Paper or Questions 10 10%
On the midterm examination each question is correct or incorrect based on the course content. 
On the final examination each question is correct or incorrect based on the course content.
The discussion questions are graded according to the rubric. A passing grade will answer the question in a grammatically correct manner.  
The comments on the postings will agree, disagree or bring out additional points in a constructive manner with rationale.  The comments will be graded according to the rubric.
The management paper will define the topic, explain a way to implement it and provide references. The paper must be complete, organized, and grammatically correct. 
On the quiz each question is correct or incorrect. 
The course total is valued at 100 points.  An A requires 90- 100% (90 points or higher); a B requires 80-89% (80 to 89 points); a C requires 70-79%(70 to 79 points); a D requires 60-69% (60 to 69 points)and an F will be given for 59% (59 or fewer points).
Discussion Grade Matrix
Points Criteria Rating
1.1 - 2

Answered all questions and subquestions correctly and completely. Well organized. Spelling and grammar are error free.


.6 - 1

Answered questions and subquestions correctly. Some responses were not complete or some spelling and grammar errors were present.

Below average


Incomplete responses or multiple spelling and grammar errors. May not all be made in time for others to read and respond.Are rudimentary and superficial; there is no evidence of insight or analysis.Contribute no new ideas, connections, or applications.May be completely off topic

Well below average, needs improvement
 Comment Grade Matrix

Points    Criteria                                                                                             

.6 - 1

Comments are meaningful and provide supporting rationale. Could include information on incomplete or incorrect points in the original student response.  Comments must be made on at least one other student posting by Sunday night of the weekly unit.


.1 - .5

Comments are not supported or too brief, i.e., that was well done, I agree, etc. or late. 

Below average


One word comments, i.e. agree, disagree, good, etc. on no comment posting.


Question Response Grade Matrix  





Answered all questions and subquestions correctly and completely by the due date. Spelling and grammar are error free. Response is well organized and flows logically. Displays complete understanding and analysis. Positions are well supported and integrate material from the text and online course content.



Answered some questions and subquestions correctly by the due date. Some errors in spelling and grammar. Positions not well supported.

Below average


Answered less than 30 % of the questions or subquestions correctly by the due date. Some errors in spelling and grammar. Positions not well supported.

Well below average, needs improvement.

Total Quality Management (TQM), Business Process Reegineering ( BPR), Lean Six Sigma (LSS), etc. Paper Grade Matrix

Points    Criteria                                                                                                                                    Rating


Defined the topic completely and thoroughly. Displays complete understanding and analysis. Stated how to implement the topic completely. Well organized and flowed logically. Spelling and grammar are error free. Positions are well supported and integrate material from the text and online course content. Cites at least two references.



Described the topic and how to implement it. Organized with some spelling or grammar errors. Cites at least one reference.

Below average


Defined the topic or how to implement it. Numerous spelling and grammar errors. Late paper. No references cited.

Well below average, needs improvement.



The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 20% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. 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 Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Courtesy and respect to others will be followed at all times.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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Last Updated:1/4/2008 11:16:03 AM