MG352 Principles of Management

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MG 352 Principles of Management


F2AA 2008 LC


Isaac, Nidia


Adjunct Instructor


BS Speech Communication/Organizational Mgmt (UT Austin)
MBA University of Phoenix (Aviano AB,Italy)

Office Location

Phone and e-mail

Office Hours

Whenever needed

Daytime Phone

210 447-7468

Other Phone

210 887-1903


Semester Dates

20 October 08 – 14 December 08

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



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

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Course Description:

Principles of Management examines the functions, activities and principles of leadership in business and other institutions. Philosophy, history, current practice and issues in leading, planning, organizing, and controlling organizations such as communication, motivation and interpersonal relations. Lecture, discussion and cases are used. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

As an instructor, I view myself as a guide, leading the students to develop unique points of view, and the ability to critically analyze material. To be a successful learner, students must possess a comprehensive mix of interest and aptitude in the subject.  

The classroom will be quite active, with students participating in a mix of large group discussions, small group activities, lecture, and solitary reflection.  Even in formal assessment activities, I incorporate many modalities, including quizzes, presentations, and research papers involving both library and interview research. The student’s goal in is to improve their critical thinking skills and learn more about themselves as individuals.

Teaching is both a privilege and a responsibility. As the students’ guide, I believe it is important to understand their motivations for taking the class and their preferred method of learning. My role is to help students to find questions, not just answers, and to learn new ways of discovering knowledge.

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.

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:

Students will read all materials prior to coming to class and be prepared to participate in class discussions and answer questions.  Measurement of knowledge and application of materials taught will be through class participation, team activites, group discussions, quizzes, current events, core assessment and a comprehensive final exam.
Group Presentation with A.P.A. Written Paper:  17% (17 points)
(Presentation: 7 points/A.P.A Written Paper:  10 points)
In-class group Case Studies: 5% (5 points)
Attendance/Participation:  8% (8 points)

Quizzes:    20% (20 points)

Core Assessment: 20% (20 points)

Final Exam: 30% (30 points)


Total:  100 points

90-100 points =A
80-89  points =B

70-79 points =C

60-69  points =D

Below 60 points =F

The comprehensive final is not a take-home exam. 



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:
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:  The instructor will not accept assignments late.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will be penalized one letter grade.
MAKE-UP EXAMINATIONS:  There will be one examination and it will be taken with your class. Any individual missing an exam must have an acceptable excuse in order for a make-up exam. No exam will be taken early. Failure to take a make-up exam will result in a zero for that particular examination.  Make-Up exams are permitted only for excused absences.  Excused absences will be supported by documentation, i.e. TDY Order, Doctors note...

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Turn off all cell phones.  Make arrangements to arrive on time so class can start on time.  Additionally, students are expected to attend all classes, to include those that are rescheduled (if necessary).  The student must conscientiously prepare for class by reading the text prior to class.  Taking notes on the reading would be to the student's benefit.  The student must be prepared to answer questions and solve problems in class.  The student must also satisfactorily complete all examinations and homework in the class. The instructor will be notified in advance by phone(followed-up with an e-mail) or by e-mail if you are unable to attend class.  One More then three (3) unexcused absences are deemed excessive and will result in Involuntary Withdrawl and a failing grade. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Sess.#     Chapter & Homework

Week 1(Monday) = Review Syllabus, discuss chapters 1 & 2,   
       (Wednesday) = Review Chapter 3,4 and Assign Groups for Presentations
Week 2(Monday)= Discuss Chapters 5, and Discuss Skeleton Outline
       (Wednesday)= Discuss Chapters 6, 7, Case Study 1 and Video (Skeleton Outline Due)

Week 3(Monday) = Discuss Chapters 8, 9,
       (Wednesday)=  Discuss Chapter 10,  11, Case Study #2 and Quiz 1

Week 4 (Monday)=  Discuss Chapters 12, 13,
        (Wednesday)=  Discuss Chapter 14, Video, Case Study # 3, Group Progress Report and Rough Draft Due

Week 5 (Monday)=Discuss Chapters 15, 16
        (Wednesday)=Discuss Chapter 17, 18 Case Study # 4, Video

Week 6 (Monday) = Discuss chapters 18, 19, 
         (Wednesday)= Discuss Chapter 20, Case Study #5

Week 7 (Monday)= Core Assessment,  Written Papers Due,  (Group Peer Reviews Due)
         (Wednesday)=Group Presentations

Week 8 = (Monday)= Group Presentations, Review
            (Wednesday)= Final

The instructor reserves the right to submit changes in the course assignments, and dates.

The comprehensive final is not a take-home test. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes examination

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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