MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for F2B 2008

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


F2B 2008 BL


Messer, James E.


Adjunct Faculty


MBA - Global Management
BSBA - Business Administration (Finance)
Graduate LSU Executive Development Program

Office Location

Ft. Bliss, TX

Daytime Phone

915-309-6415 (Cell)

Other Phone

915-760-6108 (Home)

E-Mail (To be used as a backup)

Semester Dates

10/13/08 through 12/07/08

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM


MG 352 and EN 306B or equivalent.

Credit Hours



MG401 textbook image

Leaders and the Leadership Process, 5th edition: Pierce and Newstrom, McGraw-Hill. 2008,

ISBN: #0-07-353028-X

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Course Description:
MG401 Senior Seminar in Management: 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. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: 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:

Leadership and the Growth of People: This course, like your entire education, is all about you and your own personal growth. The growth of people—you and me, the students of leadership—represents the essence of this course. It is my hope that accompanying your development of an understanding of organizational leadership, you will come to discover that a significant part of your role as a leader should be directed toward the growth and development of people—your organization’s human resources.

My role: It will be my role to guide your reading, to provide you with an occasion to think and explore the concept of leadership. 

Your role: Be curious; be inquisitive; take your education seriously; open yourself up to new information and ideas; think about what it is that you are hearing and reading.
Our lives are filled with continuous contact with people who are in positions of leadership. We are continually experiencing the consequences of the acts of leadership; some of these may be rewarding and constructive; some may be frustrating, controlling, destructive, and dysfunctional. Regardless of the end of the continuum that they represent, they provide us with an opportunity to learn, observe, experience, think about, analyze, and learn from all of these leadership transactions.

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.

Class Assessment:




Weighted Grading Matrix

Your semester grade is computed using the following four components:

  1. Mid Term Exam – Weight = 30%
    1. The Midterm is 15 questions at 6.7 points per question
  2. Final Exam – Weight = 30%
    1. The Final Exam is 15 questions at 6.7 points per question
  3. Semester Group Project – Weight = 20%
    1. The Semester Group project is worth 100 points
  4. Semester Group Presentation – Weight = 10%
    1. Presentation is worth 100 Points
  5. Class Participation – Weight = 10%
    1. Class participation grade computed against a maximum of 100 Points. Come to class to achieve points; miss with unexcused absences and points are deducted.

Example Grade Achievement:                                  

Mid Term Score of 80 * .30 = 24 Points

Final Exam Score of 100* .30 = 30 Points

Semester Group Project Grade of 80 * .20 = 16 Points

                Semester Presentation Score of 100 *.10 = 10 Points

Class Participation Grade of 100 *.10 = 10 Points

Example Semester Grade Points Total = 90 for a Letter Grade = A


90% to 100% of total points = A
80% to  89%  of total points = B
70% to  79%  of total points = C
60% to  69%  of total points = D
Below   60%                        = F

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 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.

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:
Submission of late work will result in a 5 point penalty for each late assignment

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Class and Activity Schedule

MG401 Fall 2 2008





Supplemental Lecture


Read Chapter 1 and 2

Review Syllabus, Semester Group Project, Select Groups

Chapter 1 & 2



Read Chapter 3,4 & 5

Break Into Groups

Chapter 3,4 & 5



Read Chapter 6,7 & 8

Break into Groups

Chapter 6, 7 & 8



Read Chapter 9 &10

Mid Term Exam

Chapter 9 & 10



Read Chapter 11 and 12

Break into Groups

Chapter 11 and 12



Read Chapter 13 and 14

Break into Groups

Chapter 13 and 14



Read Chapter 15 and 16

Semester Group Presentation 20 MIN MAX

Chapter 15and 16



Prepare for Final Exam

Final Exam



Paper Topic:

The impact of leadership style on intrinsic and extrinsic employee motivation.

Paper Format:

¨       APA Style

¨       Arial 12pt font

¨       Double spaced

¨       Cover Page

¨       Running Head

¨       Table of Contents

¨       Reference Page


Paper Content:

¨       5 Cited references outside of the text book


¨       APA in text citations that correlate to the reference page.

Paper Length:

¨       12-16 pages of data (original research NOT cut and pasted from the Internet)

¨       Cover, table of contents and reference pages DO NOT COUNT for page count requirement.



¨       Assuming a balanced Team contribution, all group members receive the same group grade. EVERY group member must make a contribution to the paper. All group members must participate in the final presentation (No exceptions).

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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