MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for F1LL 2007

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


F1LL 2007 LR


Graham, Charles E.,, Jr.


Senior Professor


B.S. Management

Office Location

Park University, Little Rock AFB Campus Center

Office Hours

Before and After Class Or By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(501) 676-2807 (Office)  (501) 941-1649 (Home)

Other Phone

(501) 605-3105 (Cell)


Semester Dates

August 13 - October 7, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 2:00 PM

Credit Hours


Pierce & Newstrom. Leaders and the Leadership Process: Readings, Self Assessment, and Applications. 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:
The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, group discussions, case studies, examinations, and term paper.  The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as investigative learning to encourage the lively exploration of this capstone class in management.

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:
 Assessment instruments will consist of two examinations, term paper, and class participation. In order to facilitate class discussion, you are responsible for completing the reading assignments and homework prior to class meetings. 

Comprehensive Core Assessment Final must be worth at least 30% of the final grade.

Each student must pass the Comprehensive Core Assessment Final with a 60% or better to pass the course regardless of previous course work.

The final is CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTE and is not a take home exam.




A - 90% and above

B - 80% to 89%

C - 70% to 79%

D - 60% to 69%

F - Below 60%


Mid-Term: 30% 30 Points

Final: 30%  30 Points

Classroom: 10% 10 Points

Term Paper: 30% 30 Points




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:

Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a deduction of one letter grade.  Homework will be due the class following the class the chapters are covered.  Specific homework problems will be assigned one week prior to the work being due.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text, prior to each class.  Classroom discussions are a very important part of the educational process and every student will be expected to participate.  Classes will be conducted using lectures, group discussions, and case studies.  I encourage you to participate in class and provide your opinions and insight.  I am available to assist you before and after class, evenings, and on most weekends.  Please contact me at the above number, or email me any time you need help.  You are expected to attend all classes at the scheduled times.  In the event of 3 unexcused absences during a semester, you may be administratively dropped from the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

We will discuss this during our first class meeting.










Chapter 1/2

Review Syllabus



Chapter 3/4/5



Paper Topic & Outline Due



Chapter 6/7/8

TBD                    Test Review




Exam covering Chapters 1-8



Chapter 9/10




Chapter 11/12/13




Chapter 14/15/16

TBD                     Test Review




Exam covering Chapters 9-16

































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: .

Additional Information:



            Critical Literacy- The student with critic literacy will be able to gather, evaluate, and communicate information effectively; meet the basic computing demands of contemporary life; know standards of excellence; recognize varieties of problem-solving strategies; and be able to contribute to desirable changes or help preserve and transmit fundamental knowledge for the good of society.


                        Achieved by- Researching and preparing the required term paper and participating in lively classroom discussions and case studies.


            Civic Literacy- The student with civic literacy will be able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and problems on the national and international

scene, and then develop ways that would contribute to the solution of such problems through effective citizenship participation.

                         Achieved by- Instructor guided discussions of required textbook chapters and organized case study discussions and debates.


Values Literacy- The student with values literacy is sensitive to value questions, appreciatively and critically aware of differing value systems, in possessions of tools for analyzing value questions, and engaged in the process of putting these things together into a constant set of personal values and testing them for life.


                        Achieved by- Instructor guided discussions of required textbook chapters and organized case study discussions and debates.


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