MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for S1B 2009

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


S1B 2009 BL


Torres, Jose


Adjunct Faculty


Bachelor of Science degree in Management
Master of Business Administration degree

Office Location

Fort Bliss

Daytime Phone

(915) 497-3649


Semester Dates

01/05/09 - 03/01/09

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM


MG352, MG 365 and EN 306B or equivalent

Credit Hours



LEADERS & THE LEADERSHIP PROCESS: Pierce, Jon L. and Newstrom, John W. McGraw- Hill Irwin; 5th Ed.

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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:

Students will be directed to in the cognitive process toward the development of the six cognitive skills of Bloom’s Taxonomy: remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create

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:

Class Assignment (5 sets):   50 points

Research Paper:                  20 points
Final Exam                          30 points

Total                                 100 points


A         90% to 100%

B         80% to <90%

C         70% to <80%

   D         60% to <70%

   F          <60%

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of the described assignments during the course, a Research Paper, and a Final Comprehensive Exam in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.


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:

No late submission is allowed (even for absences and lateness). In order to receive the maximum possible credit points, assignments and Final Research Paper must always be submitted on time via e-companion dropbox no later than described and established due dates. An additional printed copy must be brought to the class for discussion (or presentation) for those scheduled due dates. Documents must be typed and submitted using only Word and using the required formats requested by the instructor. PowerPoint (as an additional aid) can be used to support Final Research Paper presentation.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

DATE:                             ASSIGMENT / TEST

Week 1:           Introduction, Syllabus review, Class Admin, Lecture

Read and Study the following chapters

                                    Chapter 1: Introduction to Leadership

                                    Chapter 2: The Leader-Follower Relationship:

                                                   Fairness, Trust, and Ethical Behavior

            Week 2:           Class Admin, Lecture

Read and study the following chapters

Chapter 3: Leaders and the Role of Personal Traits

Chapter 4: Leaders and the Role of Gender   

Week 3:           Class Admin, Lecture

                                    Read and Study the following chapters

                                    Chapter 5: Leader Emergence: A Dynamic Process

                                    Chapter 6: Leadership as an Influence Process

                                    Review of Selection of Research Paper Topic.

Week 4:           Class Admin, Lecture

                                    Read and Study the following chapters

                                   Chapter 7: Leadership and Leader Behaviors

                                   Chapter 8: Leadership and Situational Differences

                                   Submission of Selected of Research Paper Topic for Approval.

Week 5:           Class Admin, Lecture

                                    Read and Study the following chapters

                                    Chapter 9: Leadership in the Cross-cultural Context.

                                    Chapter 10: Followers and the Leadership Process.                                   

Week 6:           Class Admin, Lecture

                                    Read and Study the following chapters

                                    Chapter 11: Participative Leadership

                                    Chapter 12: Substitutes for Leadership

                                    Research Paper Presentations

            Week 8:            Class Admin, Lecture

                                    Read and Study the following chapters

                                    Chapter 15: The Dark Side of the Leadership.

                                    Final Exam


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
Every assignment and Final Research Paper instruction page states (or it is implicit once it is assigned) that you are not to receive outside assistance from anyone other than your instructor. To further clarify; classmates, spouses, coworkers, tutors, clergy, librarians, friends, relatives, and pets are included as outside assistance. PLEASE DO NOT VIOLATE THIS RULE.
WARNING: When I repeatedly see identical answers on assignments or Final Research Paper, I will be suspicious and will investigate.
When discussion questions request your answer in your own words, do not copy words from the textbook as your own. State YOUR understanding of the concept, not the understanding of some other person. If you are allowed to quote the textbook or other sources, you must use proper quotation markings and declare the source including web URL address or book page number from which you copied the text. Not following these rules constitutes plagiarism, and will be not tolerated. (This means you will not earn points for the assignment, and if the plagiarism does not stop immediately you will FAIL the course. Additionally, a report of the incidence will be sent to your permanent academic report file).

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
Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences on time via the online attendance reporting system as established. In consequence, the students must always immediately notify the instructor using the Park University e-mail system in case of absence or lateness.

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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