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MG 420 Labor Relations
Fant, Stephen


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.

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Course

MG 420 Labor Relations

Semester

U1T 2007 DLA

Faculty

Fant, Stephen

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Associates in Business Administration
Bachelors in Business Administration
Masters in Management

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 1600-2000

Daytime Phone

573-364-6077

Other Phone

573-596-1275

E-Mail

Stephen.Fant@park.edu

stephen.fant@us.army.mil

Semester Dates

4 June 2007 - 29 July 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Text: Labor Relations: Striking a Balance, 2nd Edition, John W. Budd, University of Minnesota---Minneapolis Hardcover; ©2008

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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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 facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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:
Quizzes, presentations, projects, papers and an examination.

Grading:
Your Final Grade is based on a 100 point/percentage point system.   25 % or 25 of 100 points for Class Participation, 25 % or 25 of 100 points for Weekly Quizzes, 25 % or 25 of 100 points for the Research Assignment, and 25 % or 25 of 100 points for the Final exam.

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:
Late assignments will be deducted at a rate of 10% per day late.  So if you would have received a 100 on an assignment- but it was turned in 2 days late...you will receive an 80 on the assignment. Final exams will not be accepted after the last day of the semester (unless an incomplete is coordinated).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Online Course Policies: Policy #1:  Submission of Work: A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MST and Sunday at 11:59 PM MST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date. Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts. When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats. Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class. Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members. Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours. Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html. Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor.   Policy #3: What to do if you experience technical problems or have questions about the Online classroom.   If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, click on the  button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance.   If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately. Policy #4: 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 American 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 the criteria for special assistance and Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Each part is 25% -- CP, Weekly Quizzes, Research Assignment, and Final exam. Here's an excerpt from my "grading and feedback" content item: Grading Methodology Your Final Grade is based on a 100 point/percentage point system. This is 25 % or 25 of 100 points for fClass Participation, 25 % or 25 of 100 points for Weekly Quizzes, 25 % or 25 of 100 points for the Research Assignment, and 25 % or 25 of 100 points for the Final exam. Your final grade is computed as a final numeric grade (e.g. 90%) and then converted to a Final Letter Grade as follows: 90-100 points will result in a final letter grade of an "A". 80-89 points will result in a final letter grade of a "B". 70-79 points will result in a final letter grade of a "C". 60-69 points will result in a final letter grade of a "D". Less than an accumulated 59 points will result in a final letter grade of an "F". Your Final Grade is is made up of an accumulation of the following: Class Participation (CP) which includes timely (to be completed not later than midnight MST on Sunday of each week) and appropriate conference thread postings account for 25% of your overall final grade for the course. Conference thread postings normally include a reply each week to at least one discussion question posed by the instructor in the Discussion Questions thread in the Discussion area. You will also be required to post your own Lessons Learned (LL) each week in the Lessons Learned thread in the Discussion area. Lastly, you will be required to post at least one Peer Review (PR) to a classmate's DQ or LL posting each week. You will have the opportunity to accrue up to 3 points for each timely and appropriate DQ posting you offer each week, up to 2 points for each timely and appropriate LL posting you offer each week, and up to 2 points for each timely and appropriate PR posting you offer each week. There is no DQ posting required for week 8, but there is a cumulative LL posting worth up to 3 points for that week. A PR posting is required in either week 7 or in week 8 - your choice. By the end of the course you can accumulate up to 50 class participation points. Those 50 points make up 25% of your final grade. Your weekly class participation grade will also be posted for your review each week in the Grade book. Note: The grade book feature in the ECollege platform is not able to convert the [up to] 50 class participation points you'll see in the grade book at the end of the term, so you have to do the conversion yourself. To calculate Class Participation grade: Take the raw score (as displayed in the grade book) and multiply that raw score by 25, then divide by 50. The result will be your final class participation grade. For example: If at the end of the class your raw score (as displayed in the grade book) is 47 and you multiply that 47 by 25 then divide by 50, the result will be 23.5 for your final class participation grade. Conference thread posting rubric: Discussion Question (3 points possible) 1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "discussion question response" and included the instructor's original question restated in the student response)? 2. Was the student response indicative of an "informed" response (e.g. it was clear that the student had prepared for the class through completion of assigned text and other readings, a review of the instructor's weekly lecture, and possibly some outside research performed by the student)? 3. Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)? Peer Review: (2 points possible) 1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "Peer Review" to clearly indicate to all that the posting was a peer review and not a DQ or LL posting)? 2. Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness, and value-added)? Lessons Learned: (2 points possible) 1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "Lessons Learned")? 2. Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)? No posting means no credit! For the most part, I do not believe in absolutes (there are always exceptions), but generally speaking, if I do not see a posting or I do not hear from you before the posting is due, then I assume that you have made the decision to dismiss your opportunity to receive credit. NOTE: Do not post anything in the conference area past the aforementioned deadlines. If you have not made your posting in time to meet the deadline, then your opportunity to receive credit for that posting is lost and gone forever. There is no way to make up those points. It is like taking a 'traditional class' on (for example) a Monday and Wednesday night where the class meets from 7:30PM 'till 10PM. If you show up to class at 11:30PM (regardless of the reason) you still missed that class. We can't say that you were present, when, in fact you were not. My advice? Never wait 'till Sunday night to attempt to make your conference thread posting There will be times when one or more of you will have to deal with scheduled and unscheduled absences (vacation, leave, babies, TDY, TAD, etc.). Please do not keep me guessing. If you are going to be absent, and you know in advance, prepare early and let me know about it by private Email. If you have an emergency - deal with the emergency! Then, when all is well, let me know about it and we'll work together to get you caught up. You should know that if I do not hear from a student for two weeks, I am obligated (I have no choice) to report the absence to main campus who then has to consider academic withdrawal from the course. You will be required to take a Weekly Quiz (WQ) online each week (to be completed not later than midnight MST on Sunday of each week) in weeks 1 - 7. There are 7 weekly quizzes. Each WQ is worth 10 points for a total of a possible 70 points. Those 70 points make up 25% of your final grade. You will also be directed, and have the option to take a Practice Quiz each week in order to assist you as a self-check in preparation for the weekly quiz. Practice quizzes receive no credit and participation in the practice quiz is purely voluntary. Weekly quizzes are graded automatically by the ECollege platform and the results/grade of your quiz is made immediately available to you at the competition of the quiz. Your weekly quiz grade will also be posted for your review each week in the Grade book. Note: As mentioned in the class participation paragraphs above, The grade book feature in the ECollege platform is not able to convert the [up to] 70 points you'll see in the grade book for weekly quizzes at the end of the term, so again, you have to do the conversion yourself. To calculate Weekly Quiz grade: Take the raw score (as displayed in the grade book) and multiply that raw score by 25, then divide by 70. The result will be your final weekly quiz grade. For example: If at the end of the class your raw score for weekly quizzes (as displayed in the grade book) is 56 and you multiply that 56 by 25 then divide by 70, the result will be 20 for your final weekly quiz grade. A Research Assignment (RA) will be posted in the course Doc Sharing area at the beginning of the course and is due in Week 6. The RA is worth 25% of your final grade. You may complete and upload your completed RA offering to the Week 7 - Research Assignment basket provided by the instructor in the course drop box at any time, but in order to receive any credit whatsoever, your RA offering must be uploaded to the drop box not later than midnight MST on Sunday of week 6. Your grade for your RA will be provided to you by the instructor in a reply to your drop box offering and also in the course grade book. You will take a proctored, cumulative Final Exam sometime between Monday and Friday of week 8. The comprehensive final is not a take-home test. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam. The final exam will account for 25% of your final grade. Your final exam grade will be posted in the course grade book. Failure to take the final exam will result in a failing grade. For all online courses, the student must pass the final exam with 60% or better to pass 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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Last Updated:5/25/2007 2:45:19 PM