MG520 Entrepreneurial Project Mgmt

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MG 520 Entrepreneurial Project Mgmt


S2P 2009 MB


Hancock, William D.


Adjunct Faculty


BS, Westrminster College - Business Administration and Philosophy
MBA - University of Missouri, Kansas City - Emphasis in Entrepreneurship

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Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

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Project Management:  The Managerial Process  (4th Edition)
Clifford Gray, Erik Larson

ISBN:  0073348171 / 9780073348179

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Course Description:
MG520 Entrepreneurial Project Mgmt: This course represents an overview of the business macro environment that is at the core of the philosophy of continuous improvements. Particular attention is directed to explaining how the application this philosophy has stimulated the transformation of many work environments at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Throughout the course, process and project management materials and innovations are demonstrated and then used in field projects to integrate theory with practice.

Educational Philosophy:

In my opinion learning is most effective when the information is presented in multiple formats, stimulates active participation from students, and is reinforced by applying the information to the “real world”. I require students to read the applicable chapters for each week and prepare written responses to end-of-chapter questions when applicable. Then during class we use those responses to generate class discussions and apply the concepts to cases, projects, and current events. 

I believe the instructor’s role is to facilitate learning and spark interest in finding the answers to questions, not to spoon-feed the information and see how well the student can parrot it back on an exam. If a question is brought up during class that does not have a quick answer, I sometimes will ask the students to research the question as homework or extra credit. This allows students to find the answer and equips them with skills such as problem-solving and analysis. 

I encourage and value feedback from my students, and incorporate their suggestions as appropriate.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain how to outline and build a specific project plan, step-by-step
  2. Identify skills to make accurate estimates and better manage the expectations of customers as well as management
  3. Identify skills to set a realistic schedule and budget projections
  4. Explain the key concepts and techniques used in entrepreneurial project management
  5. Demonstrate the core theoretical ideas and principles in entrepreneurial project management
  6. Demonstrate how empowerments can be used to achieve results and positive project outcomes

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

For a Student to Earn Full Points for Weekly Participation, S/He Should:

Participate in class discussions by contributing thoughts and ideas, asking and responding to questions, etc.  

         Weekly Discussion                                          80 pts
         Participation                                                   70 pts

         Mid-term Exam                                              100 pts 

         Term Paper or Project                                   100 pts

         Final Exam                                                    100 pts                                                                         

                                        Total Points Possible      450 pts 


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 20% 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 assignments are not accepted without prior excused absence and approval by instructor.  Participation points cannot be made up unless arrangements are made prior to an excused absence and no more than one time per course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

In this course, I encourage you to act as an exceptional employee might – be polite, have a can-do attitude, ask thoughtful clarifying questions, and collaborate with your peers to find solutions. 
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Academic Honesty:
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Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 29

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