MG420 Labor Relations

for S2Y 2009

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S2Y 2009 MN


Drewry, Donald G.


MBA Masters of Business Administration in Management

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Semester Dates

March 16, 2009 to May 10, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

5:00PM - 9:30PM



Credit Hours


Textbook: Labor Relations: Striking a Balance by John W. Budd. ISBN # 978-0-07-340489-9

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Additional Resources:

Internet Learning McGraw Hill has Internet resources that accompany this textbook. Details on how to use this Internet are included in the book. I will also go over the procedures with the class.
We will use the e-companion website for this course to take the weekly quizes and submit weekly writing assignments.
How to use the e-companion site will aslo be reviewed in class.

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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:

My educational philosophy is based on the concept of integrating several learning approaches in order for the student to develop a full understanding of the subject matter. These approaches include lecture, tests, class discussion, homework assignments, writing and presentation of papers and readings from the textbook as well as outside sources. My goal  is for each learning methodology to compliment the others in a disputatious approach that enhances the learning process via critical analysis. I feel that critical analysis is a high priority academic skill needed for the student's success. Therefore I strive to develop and enhance this skill in my students.

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:

 Class Participation – 160 points
The student is expected to be familiar with the material presented during each class. In order to accomplish this goal the student is expected to have read the assigned material prior to class. While this class relies heavily on lecture, there will be class discussions concerning the material. The student is expected to participate in the form of providing relevant information and viewpoints with regard to the topic being discussed. Be prepared to offer and defend your viewpoints.

Tests – 400 points
There will be 2 tests Midterm - 100 points and Final - 3000 points, The tests will be a combination of true/false, multiple-choice and discussion.

Writing Assignment - 40 points
At the end of each chapter there are essay questions. The student will be assigned one or more of the questions per week. The student is expected to write a concise response {2-4 paragraphs} explaining each question. The response will be sent to the instructor via the E-Companion. This procedure will be explained in class. Varied viewpoints are encouraged as this stimulates effective discussion. Be prepared to defend your position.

Quizes – 140 points
There will be weekly quizzes taken in the e-college companion.  

Individual Paper - 140 - points
The student will research and write a 6 pape paper on an approved labor relations topic. Information on the format and due dates will be covered in class.


Weekly Writing Assignments-{8}-160
Participation-------------------- 160
Quizzes------------{7}--------- 140
Individual Paper-----------------140
Mid Term-----------------------100
Final---------------------------- 300


Grade Points A   1000-900 B 899-800 C 799-700 D 699-600 F Below 600 GRADING POLICY Assignment of grades: A=>90%; B=89-80%; C=79-70%; D=69-60%; F=<60%, where the following definitions apply to subjective grading: A: Developing into a subject matter expert. Stands out among other students. Has unusually sharp insight into material, asks and answers thoughtful and relevant questions. Writing is well organized with few grammatical errors; aggressively integrates ideas previously learned in other classes and disciplines. B: Grasps subject matter at a level characterized as very good. Strong presence in the classroom. Participates in discussions. Questions and answers are on topic and to the point. Writing is very good with some grammatical errors. Accomplishes more than the minimum requirements including research conducted outside of the classroom and discussion thread. C: Satisfactory performance, satisfactory level of knowledge. Work is described as average relative to the level of the course. Displays little initiative. Questions and answers wander off topic. Writing is acceptable, although with many errors. Generally understands all basic concepts. Performs and submits work at the last minute. In class participation is spotty and cites only the textbook as a source. D: Quality and quantity of work is below average and barely acceptable.' Absent from many discussions. An observer rather than a participant. F: Unsatisfactory and unacceptable work. Misses deadlines with sloppy work products.

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:
Work is due on the date listed. Points will be taken off from work that is submitted late. No work will be accepted that is over one week old unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor to allow for late submission.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Chapter  Quiz  W A Mid Term Final  Paper  Participation
1 1 20 20       20
2 2,3 20 20       20
3 4,5 20 20       20
4 6,7 20 20 100     20
5 8, 9 20 20     Draft 60 20
6 10,11 20 20       20
7 12,13 20 20       20
8 14   20     Paper 80 20
Total   140 160 100 300 140 160

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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