MG420 Labor Relations

for U1T 2007

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MG 420 Labor Relations


U1T 2007 DLD


Reams, Christopher Darcy


Adjunct Professor


Bachelors Management
Masters Human Resource Management

Office Location

Phoenix Arizona

Office Hours

On Line Course

Daytime Phone

623-935-6270 (Email Preferred)


Semester Dates

June 4, 2007 - July 29, 2007

Class Days

Online Course

Class Time

Online Course



Credit Hours



Labor Relations: Striking a Balance, John W. Budd, McGraw-Hill Irwin, University of Minnesota, 553 pages; 2005, ISBN 0072842210

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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 based on student and instructor interactiveness. The course will be desinged around lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, web sites, and writings. Learners will have to actively engage and dialogue to enhance the course.

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:

Your grades throughout the course will be assessed based on the follwoing:

  • 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 3 points for each timely and appropriate DQ posting you offer each week, 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. 
  • Your weekly quiz will be a multiple test, open book/open notes test on information presented throughout the week. 
  • A Research Assignment (RA) will consist of an essay type exam. You will have to answer 8 course subject related questions. You must upload your fully completed Research Assignment to the Course Home Research Assignment basket in the drop box area as a single file attachment (no multiple files will be accepted) as either a Word document, or if you are using another word-processing program such as WordPerfect, then I will be able to accept any file saved in Rich Text Format (.rtf), Hyper Text Markup Language (.html or .htm), or as a Text (.txt) document. No other file formats will be accepted for credit. Questions MUST be numbered and restated in their entirety at the top of each page and each question should have its own page(s) devoted to it. The assignment must be completed following the APA (American Psychological Association) Documentation Style; however, you must use parenthetical citations. You must reference your work for all questions, both internal to the document and in the reference section. The assignment can not be based on your opinion alone.  
  •  The final exam is closed-book, closed-notes and will account for 25% of your final grade. The exam will cover material from throughout the course.


Your Final Grade is based on a 100 point/percentage point system (25 percentage points each for Class Participation, Weekly Quizzes, The Research Assignment, and 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".
80-89.9 points will result in a final letter grade of a "B".
70-79.9 points will result in a final letter grade of a "C".
60-69.9 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 made up of an accumulation of the following:

  • Class Participation (CP) which includes timely (to be completed not later than midnight MST on Thursday of each week) and appropriate conference thread postings account for 25% of your overall final grade.
  • 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.
  • A Research Assignment (RA) is located as a menu item under Course Home and is due in Week 6. The RA is worth 25% of your final grade.
  • You will take a proctored, cumulative Final Exam sometime between Monday and Friday of week 8. The final exam is closed-book, closed-notes and will account for 25% of your final grade.

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:

All late assignments will be subject to a 10 point deduction each week late. NO late assignments will be accepted after week 7 of the course. No student will be able to pass the course without taking a proctored final exam and completing the Research Assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are responsible for reading the course policies which include a discussion of the classroom rules of conduct. The link can be found in the course. However, each student must respectfully and professinally conduct themselves in the online environment and througout their discusions with Park staff, instructors, and classmates. If you have questions about any of these policies after you reveiw them online, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weekly disuussions in the online conferece area
Weekly Lessons Learned input in the conference area
Proctored Final Exam (Week 8) July 23 - July 29, 2007
Weekly Quizzes
Research Assignmet due at the end of Week 6, July 15

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 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: .


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Last Updated:5/28/2007 12:31:08 PM