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MG 495 Business Policy
Topi, Steve


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

MG 495 Business Policy

Semester

U1J 2010 DN

Faculty

Topi, Steve E.

Title

Adjunct Professor;  Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

AA-Maple Woods Community College
BBA- Management; Park University
MBA-Management; Rockhurst University

Office Location

Home; Retired.

Office Hours

Retired

Daytime Phone

816-833-2993

Other Phone

816-214-0844

E-Mail

stopi@park.edu

stopi1@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

June 7 to 8-1, 2010

Class Days

Tues

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

:  EN306B and completion of business/management core or permission of the instructor

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Strategic Management; Concepts & Cases
Author: David, Fred
Edition: 12TH 09
ISBN-10: 0-13-601570-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-601570-3
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.

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Course Description:
MG495 Business Policy: A series of business cases and materials dealing with a variety of problems confronting general management selected to illustrate the major areas of managerial concern: environmental opportunities and constraints, formulation of business policy, organization for business activity and marshalling of resources for achieving of the firm. 3:0:3 Prerequisites: EC141, EC142, EC315, EN306B, FI360, MG260, MG352, and MK351 or permission of instructor
 
Business Policy (MG-495) is a capstone course for graduating business-administration students.  This exciting, challenging course focuses on the manner in which firms and top managers formulate, implement and evaluate strategies and business policy.  Strategic-Management and business-policy concepts and techniques are studied in-depth.  Students will utilize the knowledge acquired from prior classes, along with new strategic-management and business-policy techniques learned in this course, to plan the future direction of various organizations.  The major responsibility of students in this course is to learn to make objective strategic/policy decisions and to justify these decisions through oral and written communication skills.

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of academic and practical balance, introducing the student to new concepts and engaging them into practical perspective. The course will be a balance between lecture, class discussion and exploration into current concepts of management and leadership, with numerous examples of policy issues.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the term “strategic management”.
  2. List four phases of strategic management
  3. List four basic elements of strategic management.
  4. Define the term “strategy”.
  5. Identify the five forces that shape competition as described by Porter.
  6. Explain what is meant by the term "competitive advantage".
  7. List three directional strategies.
  8. List the five stages of international development.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Define Business Policy
  2. How does policy differ from strategy?
  3. What part does policy play in implementing strategy?
  4. Who determines company policy and how is it implemented?
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 MG495.  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 calculators, computers, or materials other than a writing instrument 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. 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

The class assessment will be comprised of Case analyses, responses to discussion questions, classroom participation and two examinations. The midterm examination is an open book examination. The comprehensive final is NOT a take-home test and is a closed book and closed notes examination.  
We will identify learning objectives met through written exams; a mid-term exam, core learning-outcomes test, an individual case-study (report) and a Final-Project. Groups will be assigned for the Final-Project.
 

* The core-outcomes test will be assigned during the 7th class;  no take-home, notes, cell-phones or open-book.

 

Grading:

Mid-Term Exam:         20% - 200 points
Individual case-study: 20% - 200 points
Core Test:                30% - 300 points
Participation:              5% -   50 points
Final Group Project:         25%  -   250 points

900-  1000  =  A
800-   890   =  B
700-   790   =  C
600-   690   =  D
Under 600   =  F



Information on the proctored Final examination - The comprehensive final is not a take-home test and is a closed book and closed notes exam. Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade for the course. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the second week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for an acceptable proctor, by Friday of the 6th week of the term. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University Website.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. An examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your Instructor where Park University sites are not available.

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  If calculators are allowed, they will not be multi-functional 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

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 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Basically, late work is NOT accepted.  However, there may be cases where deviation may be allowed. The major point is that late work should be the exception and not the rule and will only be accepted on a case by case basis with instructor approval. Therefore, the following applies to ALL late work, unless prior arrangements have been made with and approved by the instructor: All late work will be downgraded at the discretion of the instructor, up to 20 points for every day or part of a day it is late. Late work may not be accepted if it is more than 5 days late. No late work for weeks 1 through 4 will be accepted after the end of week 4. No late work will be accepted after the end of week 8. Unless all required work is submitted, the student could receive a failing grade for the course. N.B.: Since this is a "CASE STUDY" Course, failure to complete all the case studies, (COULD) or the proctored final examination, (WILL) result in failure of the course!!

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Conduct of this course will include; Lecture and group-discussion, case-studies and analysis, written-exams, and (group) oral/written presentations, backed up with PPT presentations.  The case-study method has proven to be effective and introspective in developing efficient use of knowledge and analytical tools gained and enhanced during the course.


Students are expected to attend all classes and participate in class-discussions, oral presentations and group projects.  Attendance/class-participation will be considered, based on performance-quality related to class participation, practical exercises and group activity.  There will be two written exams; mid-term and core-test. They will be based on the reading-assignments and case-studies covered in class and the text.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Activities,

Assignments,

Tests,

Meeting - 1,

Chapter 1; Review & discussion.

Read Chap.1 & Supps
Brief on 1-C

Review brief

Meeting - 2,

Chapter 2 & 3; Review & discuss.

Read Chaps 1, 2 & Supps. Brief on 2-A

Review brief

Meeting - 3,

Chapter 4; Review & discussion.

Read Chap. 4
Review for Mid-Term

Review for Mid-Term

Meeting - 4,

Chapter 5; Review & discussion.

Read Chap. 5
Study for Mid-Term

Mid-Term Test; Chaps. 1 thru 4

Meeting - 5,

Chapter 6; Review & discussion.

Read Chap. 6
Group work for Final

Meeting - 6,

Chapter 7; Review &
discussion.

Read Chap. 7
Review Core Test

Individual case-study due

Meeting - 7,

Chapter 8; Review & discussion.

Read Chap. 8
Study for Core Test

Core Test;
Chaps. 1-8

Meeting - 8,

Chapter 9; Review & discussion.

Read Chap. 9
Group Presentations

Group Presentations;
Final Project

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Academic honesty is the prerequisite for academic study. Academic dishonesty is inimical to the spirit of a learning community. Hence, Park University AND this instructor will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, and other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty will be given a failing grade for that assignment, may be given a failing grade for the course, or expelled from Park University.

Plagiarism:
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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Plagiarism, the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's original work, sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. This does not make it less serious. However, students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their course faculty member. If you quote or paraphrase someone else's work you must give the source credit through a footnote. This applies to your case analyses, your responses to the discussion questions, and to your peer responses to those discussion questions. Ignorance is no excuse. Do not simply download the contents of a web page or an article from the web into your assignments. Do not misrepresent someone else's work as your own. Such actions constitute academic dishonesty. When you quote a source, be sure to provide the proper citation following the APA Manual recommendations. Failure to heed this warning will result in a grade of 0 for that assignment, possibly a grade of F for the course, and notification of the appropriate academic dean for further disciplinary actions. Again, if you are uncertain about proper documentation of sources, please e-mail your instructor.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Absences for legitimate reasons may be excused by the instructor, who must be notified beforehand.  Missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  All work missed because of unexcused absences must also be made up during the term.  Two unexcused absences will be reported to the administration, and the student will be subject to a grade of ‘WP' or possibly an ‘F';  a total of three missed classes (out of 8) will also be subject to the same conditions.

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
Explain what is meant by the term                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Provides Porter's definition of the term, a thorough explanation of how a firm has a superior position to that of competitors, and at least one actual example Provides Porter's definition and an explanation of competitive advantage which supports the superior position of the firm to that of competitors Provides only a definition of the term “competitive advantage” No answer or insignificant explanation 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
Identify the five forces that shape competition as described by Porter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Identification and description of Porter's forces and an explanation of how each force impacts the competitive environment. Identify all five of  the forces as described by Porter. Identification of less than five of the forces. No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
List three directional strategies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
List of the three different directional strategies,  a description of each, and an explanation of the effect of use on the organization's plans. List  three directional strategies that may be used in planning by an organization. List less than three different directional strategies. No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Define the term “strategy”.  Define the term “strategic management”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Provide a complete definition of the term(s) and an explanation of how each term is used in the analysis of business plans. Provide a complete definition of the term(s). Provide a partial definition of the term(s). No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
List the five stages of international development.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Provide a list of the five stages and explain how the stages may or may not be evolutionary. Provide a list of the five stages in order of development. Provide a list of less than five stages and/or not in the order of development. No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
*List four phases of strategic management. *List four basic elements of strategic management.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
*Provide a list of the four phases along with an explanation or description of the activities that occur during the respective phase.



*Provide a list of the four elements along with an explanation or description of  how the element is important to the overall management plan. 
*Provide a list of the of the four phases in order of  phasing.



*Provide a list of the four elements.







 
*Provide a list of less than four  phases and/or not in the order of  phasing.



*Provide a list of less than four  elements. 
*No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data



*No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
List four phases of strategic management.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Provides a thorough, detailed list, description and explanation of the company's phase of strategic management, the elements being used, the competitive advantage, and a prediction of the long range effect on the organization. Using the lists and an actual company case report, identify the phase of strategic management, the elements being used, the strategic direction, and the competitive advantage. Provides incomplete list(s), and partial  or incomplete identification of the phase of strategic management, the elements being used, the strategic direction, and the competitive advantage. No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
List the five stages of international development.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Submits a complete list, identifies the stage of development in an actual (or provided) business, and predicts the long range outcome or effect on the business. Provides a complete list and using the list, identifies the stage of international development in an actual (or provided) business. Provides an incomplete list and/or unable to use the list, to identify the stage of international development in an actual (or provided) business. No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data 

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