MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for F1AA 2007

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


F1AA 2007 LC


Rucker, Laurence K.


Senior Instructor of Management Studies/Adjunct Faculty


MA Management
BA Management

Office Hours

Unlimited via e-mail

Daytime Phone


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Semester Dates

20 Aug - 14 Oct 2007

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



Jon L. Pierce/John W. Newstrom. Leaders & the Leadership Process. 4th edition.  McGraw-Hill Irwin. 


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Course Description:
Consideration of managerial problems and/or policies. Topics include: the role of values and assumptions in administrative situations, especially their influence on administrators choice among possible ends and means; the skills. Attributes and personal qualities that enhance effectiveness of responsible individuals as they work with others in organizations; and the determinants of organization and executive action. 3:0:3Prerequisite: MG352, MG 365 and EN 306B or equivalent. It is strongly recommended that all major core coursed be completed prior to enrolling in this course.

Educational Philosophy:
Students will comprehensively learn and develop an appreciation of the challenging, wide-ranging and exciting mamagement processes and the environment in which they are used.  They will also determine how strategic planning is used as an effective management tool in decision making.  Students will be able to utilize policies, legislation, and institutional processes to apply sound management and leadership practices.  They will complete course requirements through student facilitated chapter discussions, oral and  written presentations of cases, a research/term paper, a contempoary abstract, and successful completion of mid-term and final examinations.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the term “Leader.”
  2. Define the term “Leadership Process.”
  3. Identify and discuss several traits that differentiate leaders from non-leaders.
  4. Describe and discuss the relationship between gender and leadership effectiveness.
  5. Describe five sources of leadership power(s).
  6. Discuss the Path Goal approach to leadership, especially as it applies to situational leadership and leader effectiveness.
  7. Describe at least three differences in cross-cultural leadership.
  8. Discuss the how and why negative outcomes are produced by some leaders.
  9. Describe the leadership process in work teams.

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 MG 401. 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 computers, or materials other than a writing instrument and a calculator without text functions and communication 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.

The Comprehensive Final Examination for courses must be passed with a grade of at least 60% in order to pass the course regardless of the student’s overall average in the course.

Class Assessment:
The course will consist of interactive lectures, a variety of media presentations, group discussions/presentations, case studies and student oral presentations of assigned readings.  Oral case studies will be graded on content and delivery.  Students must read assigned material prior to class meetings and be prepared to discuss topics.  Students must complete a research/term paper of at least 8 but no more than 12 pages double-spaced, in APA format.  A mid-term and a final exam will be given.


100-90 = A
89-80   = B
79-70   = C
69-60   = D
Below 60 = F
Final Exam                     30%       (100 points)
Mid-Term Exam            30%        (100 points)
Research paper              20%          (75 points)
Case presentation           10%          (37.5 points)
Abstract/participation      10%          (37.5 points)
Total                             100%       350 points maximum

The final exam for all School of Business and Management 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 final exam must address only material which the student has been taught in class.

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 30% 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 Associate Dean.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All students must make every effort to submit assignments on the required date.  However, if students are unable to turn-in an assignment on-time, they must make arrangements in advance with the instructor and the instructor will determine if the reason is justified.   Assignments turned-in late will be downgraded one letter grade for every calendar day they are late.  Justifiable assignment date adjustments include students on military TDY, however, written proof of the TDY must be submitted to the instructor in advance.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students must abide by the rules of Lackland AFB Education Service Center and Park University in order to effect a safe and condusive learning environment.  Cell phones are allowed in class, however, discreettly monitor calls by setting your phone on vibrate.  Students may leave and return to class quietly and oderly as needed while maintaining acceptable classroom courtesy.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Chapters 1 & 2 Week 1
Chapters 3 & 4 Week 2
Chapters 5 & 6 Week 3
Chapter 7 Week 4 Mid-Term Exam week (Wednesday)
Chapters 8 & 9 Week 5
Chapters 10 & 11 Week 6
Chapters 11 & 12 Week 7 Research paper due (Wednesday)
Chapter 13 Week 8 Final Exam week (Wednesday)

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.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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