MG420 Labor Relations

for S1M 2009

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MG420 Labor Relations


S1M 2009 CH


Sowder, Scott


Adjunct Faculty


MS Human Resources Management
MS Business Administration

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

447-2435 (H)  252-671-5632 (C)


Semester Dates

Jan 12 - Mar 08 2009

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:00



Credit Hours



Budd, John W.  (2008).  Labor Relations: striking a balance. (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.  ISBN 0-07-340489-6. 

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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 one of active participation between the facilitator and the students based on readings, lectures, discussions, and examinations.  The facilitator will encourage each student to express their ideas and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the subject matter.

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:


Class Assessment:

In addition to reading text materials prior to discussion in meetings and adequate attendance, requirements for successfully completing the course are as follows:

  • EXAMINATIONS:  Two (2) examinations will be given at appropriate course milestones as indicated in the course outline.
  • TERM PAPER:  An 8-10 page paper will be due by the end of the 6th week.  Details are below.
  • CLASS PARTICIPATION:  Participation in class discussions and the labor negotiation exercise is required.

EXAMS:  A mid-term examination will be given during the 4th week, and a final examination will be given during the 8th week. Examinations will consist of multiple choice, True/False, and essay questions. Make-up tests will be permitted only when prior arrangements are made and/or when the circumstances are explained to the instructor's satisfaction.  The comprehensive final is not a take home exam.  The comprehensive final is not an open book or open note.

TERM PAPER:  The term paper will be a minimun of 8 pages, but not to exceed 10 pages.  Papers will be double-spaced and must be in APA format with all references and sources properly documented.  The topic of the paper must be relavent to the course material, and must be approved by the instructor by the end of week 2.  All papers are due by the beginning of the 7th week, and may be submitted early.  No late submission of papers will be allowed.  Failure to submit papers on time will receive a grade of zero (0).

CLASS PARTICIPATION / NEGOTIATION SIMULATION:  All students are expected to participate in course discussions.  A labor negotiation simulation will be a integral part of the course.  Participation is mandatory.  Teams will be assigned to perform the roles as management and union representatives.  Sections of the collective bargaining agreement will be the focus of the simulation.  Details for the negotiation  simulation will be given out the first night of class.  The negotiation will begin the second week of class, and will continue to the final week.  Selected class dates will be reserved for the simulation.




Final numerical rating will be the calculated based on the following point totals for each activity:


MID-TERM EXAM                100 points

FINAL EXAM                       100 points

TERM PAPER                      50 points

CLASS PARTICIPATION      20 points (class discussions)

                                         30 points (negotiation excercise)
Each student will be graded on academic achievement and letter grades assigned based on the following scale:


A          279 – 300          93-100%

B          261 – 278          87-92%

C          240 – 260          80-86%

D          219 – 239          73-79%

F          218 or lower       72% or lower

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:
With the exception of the Term Paper, late submission of course material will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  However, the student must make every effort to inform the instructor so arrangements can be made for late submission of any assignment.  Late submission of material that has instructor approval will not recieve a penalty. Late submission of material that does not have instructor approval will be turned in no later than the next class session.  Non-approved late submissions recieved by the next class session will be reduced by one letter grade.  All others will not be accepted. Examinations may be made up provided the student has made arrangements with the instructor.  If no arrangements have been made, a grade of zero (0) will be assessed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Professional conduct is expected by all students at all times, as well as tolerance and acceptance of other ideas and beliefs. A credible level of effort appropriate to the course material is expected.  Although this will vary from student to student due to work or personal events, it is the responsiblity of the student to be adequately prepared for all class sessions.  Students are expected to communicate with the instructor regarding absences, perceived deficiencies in coursework performance, etc. Park University policies regarding academic honesty/plagiarism will be strictly enforced.  Any indication of cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, or other course assignments will not be tolerated.  Plagiarism is the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as their own work, and sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult the instructor. Absences:  The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  What determines an excused absence other than TAD or medical reason is up to the instructor's discretion.  THREE  unexcused absences will result in a grade of "F."  This is the official Park University policy.  Please note that for an absence to be an officially excused absence, (1) the instructor must agree and (2) the student must provide documentation.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week Chapter(s) Assignment/Exam
1 1-3
2 4-5 Teams begin negotiation work up / Topic for term paper approved
3 6-7 Negotiation simulation begins
4 8-9 Mid-term / Simulation continues
5 10-11 Simulation continues
6 12-14 Simulation continues
7 Term Papers due / Simulation continues
8 Negotiation simulation concludes / Final

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

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