MG352 Principles of Management

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MG 352 Principles of Management (Blended)


F1QQ 2008 HI


O'Rourke, Vincent


Assistant Professor of Management


BS, Accounting
PhD, Business Administration (Management Policy/Information Systems)

Office Location

Bldg 383, Room 111

Office Hours

Monday and Tuesday, 9:30 – 11:15 AM, or by appointment

Daytime Phone

(801) 773-4692


Web Page

Semester Dates

18 August – 12 October 2008

Class Days


Class Time

11:30 - 12:45 PM

Credit Hours


  Rue & Byers, Management, 12th edition, paperback, 2007, McGraw Hill/Irwin. ISBN: 007353014X

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Course Description:
MG352 Principles of Management (MLL): Examines the functions, activities and principles of leadership in business and other institutions. Philosophy, history, current practice and issues in leasing, planning organizing, and controlling organizations such as communication, motivation and interpersonal realations. Lecture, discussion and cases are used. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I expect, as adult learners, for you to fully participate and engage in the weekly assignments, activities, and facilitated discussions, including the discussion thread on the class web page.  It is your responsibility to read the theory and foundation of the subject in the textbook, and come to class prepared to discuss the weekly chapters.  I do not expect any students to memorize the subject matter and regurgitate it back; I am more interested in you understanding and being able to use the concepts presented. Participation in discussions is required, as well as other requirements posted on the class web page.  You are expected to surf online or read current articles (periodicals or newspapers) that apply to the course and be prepared to discuss them.  My responsibility is to bring my experience in real-world application of the topic to the classroom, to introduce principles and practices as they apply to the subject, to engage each student in discussion, and to introduce you to the concepts of critical thinking. Each student will be a member of a small group ‘team' for class discussions, presentations, and case analysis; I hope that each team member will ensure that all team members participate fully in the group endeavors.  These requirements will provide the student with real-world experience in problem solving, decision-making, public speaking, and written communications; all of which are valuable elements of leadership and management in today's world.  Together, we will make a great educational team, working together to both learn and have fun.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define “management” and explain the managerial significance of “effectiveness” and “efficiency”.
  2. List the basic functions of management.
  3. Describe the difference between leadership and management.
  4. Distinguish between mechanistic and organic organizations
  5. Describe four social responsibility strategies.
  6. Define the concept of synergy and how it relates to management of organizations.
  7. Evaluate and describe four characteristics common to all organizations.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain basic systems theory, the scientific method of problem solving, and how to apply them to leadership and managerial situations.
  2. Explain the organization as a system that interacts with its environment and the individual as a system in the organizational environment.
  3. Describe the management by objectives (MBO) process.
  4. Define the hierarchy of organizational ends and means.
  5. Discuss the strategic management process and how it relates to the management structure.
  6. Explain the relationship of communication to the management process.
  7. Apply the course learning to actually define and solve problems in an organization.
Core Assessment:
The assessment device is a comprehensive case that is written in class during week 13 of sixteen week classes and during week 7 of eight week classes. The case poses problems faced by a fictional organization in which the solutions are presented by knowledge of the above objectives.
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. 

Class Assessment:

Attendance:  Class attendance will receive full credit; absence receives no credit. (40 pts)

Participation:  During the term, each individual student will receive a qualitatively based score, which is determined by the value of the participation to the class discussions, including the weekly discussion thread on the class web site. (80 pts)

Examinations:  Examinations are to be taken in-class, and are closed-book and closed-notes tests which will be taken on Park University notebook computers. 

            Systems exam. (150 pts)

            Mid-term exam. (150 pts)

­Quizzes:  Two quizzes will be given, posted on the class web site (100 points)

Core Assessment/final exam: Criteria will be posted with the case on the class web site.  (300 pts)

Research paper: Papers will be graded using the following rubric:

            Spelling, punctuation, grammar           10 points

            Format                                                  10 points

            References                                          10 points

            Introduction                                          10 points

            Transitions, thought flow                      10 points

            Content                                                75 points

            Article concept summaries                  30 points

            Conclusion                                           10 points

            Total                                                    165 points


Oral presentation: Assessment will be influenced by preparedness, speaking flow, thought transition, content, and communication ability (voice control, animation, training aids, etc.)   (15 pts)


The final grade will be determined using the following categories:
Attendance                                              4%
Class participation                                  8%
Systems examination                           15%
Mid-term examination                           15%

Quiz 1                                                     5%
Quiz 2                                                     5%
Core assessment/final exam               30%
Research paper                                   16.5%
Research presentation                          1.5%
Total                                                    100%

Grading impacts:
Did your response indicate that you followed directions?
Did your response reflect 300-level work?  (spelling, grammar, appropriateness, clear expression, depth of material) Did your class responses indicate that you prepared for the class?  (read text and any other outside readings/research)?

Grade scale:
A          901 – 1000 pts
B          801 - 909 pts
C         701 - 809 pts
D         601 - 709 pts
F          Below 601 pts or four unexcused absences

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 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 Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Initial response to the weekly discussion thread must be submitted no later than midnight on Wednesdays; meaningful response to other students’ initial responses must be submitted no later than midnight on Fridays. Late responses that are trivial will receive a grade of zero points; late responses that are non-trivial will receive some credit.

A response to the weekly ‘lessons learned’ thread is not required; however, a meaningful response received before midnight Sunday may earn extra credit. The amount of extra credit is determined by the value of the response to the class.


As examinations are to be administered in class, there is no late submission.

Research papers must be submitted (as a Word [.doc] document) into the dropbox. The individual research paper is due at or before 11:30 AM on Wednesday of the 8th week; as presentation of individual papers will begin at that time, late submission will not be allowed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1:   Introduction to the course and critical thinking

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 1 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss syllabus and assignment schedule; demonstrate eCollege; discuss systems theory and scientific method; establish class groups.

Week 2:  Foundations of management
Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 2 on the class web site

Class activities:  Systems examination; discuss management basics, entrepreneurship, communications; review research paper requirements.

Week 3:   Contemporary issues and planning

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 3 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss international business, management responsibilities, and planning skills with respect to systems theory and the scientific approach to problem solving and planning; case study work as teams; work on research paper.

Week 4:   Organizing and staffing

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 4 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss work structure and analysis, organizational structure, team management, and personnel development; case study work as teams; work on research paper.

Week 5:   Mid-term exam and directing

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 5 on the class web site

Class activities:  Mid-term examination; discuss leadership concepts, motivation, techniques of stress and change management; case study work as teams; work on research paper.

Week 6:   Controlling

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 6 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss controlling concepts, use of motivation theory in the controlling process, operations control processes, and quality; case study work as teams; work on research paper.

Week 7: Testing your knowledge

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 7 on the class web site 

Class activities:  Review notes on core objectives and case analysis; complete core assessment and final exam; work on research paper.

Week 8:  
Demonstrating your knowledge of the concepts

Class activities:  Work on and submit research paper, and make presentations.
* Specific dates for each of the weekly activities will be posted in the course schedule on the eCompanion web site.
* The instructor reserves the right to revise, alter, or change this schedule for unforseen or extenuating circumstances.

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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.

Park University 2008-2009 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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