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MG 420 Labor Relations
Stroud, James R.


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 420 Labor Relations

Semester

U1T 2009 DLB

Faculty

Stroud, James R.

Office Location

On Line

Office Hours

On Line

Other Phone

480-782-8293

E-Mail

james.stroud@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Labor Relations: Striking a Balance, 2ndEdition, John W. Budd, University of Minnesota---Minneapolis Hardcover; ©2006, ISBN  9780073404899

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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:

The sources for learning are twofold: the first is course materials provided by institution.

We are all learners throughout our entire lives.  This learning is from both formal education and “informal education”, or what some of us refer to as personal experience.  Since our personal experiences are by definition limited, there may come a time when we desire to enrich ourselves through formal education.  For some of us this may be knowledge for its own sake.  For many of us the desire to seek formal education is to prepare for future opportunities that would not otherwise be available.  

But there is more to formal education than completing assignments and “filling squares”.  There is what we can learn from each other.  Only in a classroom can many people with diverse backgrounds and experiences interact and learn together.  Before on line classrooms if you missed the class you missed the interaction.  Now you can participate even during the times when life is just plain busy, because you can pick your own timeframe for interaction.

This learning and interaction occurs while completing course objectives together.  I believe these objectives are introduced and measured best through lectures, readings, quizzes, internet, and writings.  Their completion enables all of us to learn things that would not be possible anywhere else.

Finally, I firmly believe that knowledge in the classroom must not only be acquired but also translated for personal application and for application in the work center.  Enrichment is made complete when learning is applied in our own personal experience.

As a life long learner I look forward to your unique experiences that will enrich us all.

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:

Participation, quizzes, research project and final examination

 

Grading:

Grading:
Grading Methodology

Your Final Grade is based on a 100 point/percentage point system.  Your final grade is computed as a final numeric grade (e.g. 90%) and then converted to a Final Letter Grade as follows:  An accumulated 90-100 points will result in a final letter grade of an "A".  An accumulated 80-89 points will result in a final letter grade of a "B". An accumulated 70-79 points will result in a final letter grade of a "C". An accumulated 60-69 points will result in a final letter grade of a "D". Less than an accumulated 59 points will result in a final letter grade of an "F".

Your Final Grade is is made up of an accumulation of the following:

Class Participation (CP) which includes timely (to be completed not later than midnight MST on Sunday of each week) and appropriate conference thread postings account for 25% of your overall final grade for the course.  Conference thread postings normally include a reply each week to at least one discussion question posed by the instructor in the Discussion Questions thread in the Discussion area.  You will also be required to post your own Lessons Learned (LL) each week in the Lessons Learned thread in the Discussion area.  Lastly, you will be required to post at least one Peer Review (PR) to a classmate's DQ or LL posting each week.  You will have the opportunity to accrue 3 points for each timely and appropriate DQ posting you offer each week, 2 points for each timely and appropriate DQ posting you offer each week, and up to 2 points for each timely and appropriate PR posting you offer each week.  There is no DQ posting required for week 8, but there is a cumulative LL posting worth up to 3 points for that week.  A PR posting is required in either week 7 or in week 8 – your choice.  By the end of the course you can accumulate up to 50 class participation points.  Those 50 points make up 25% of your final grade.  

Conference thread posting grading rubric:

Discussion Question (3 points possible)



1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "discussion question response" and included the instructor's original question restated in the student response)?

2. Was the student response indicative of an "informed" response (e.g. it was clear that the student had prepared for the class through completion of assigned text and other readings, a review of the instructor's weekly lecture, and possibly some outside research performed by the student)?

3. Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)?

Peer Review: (2 points possible)

1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "Peer Review" to clearly indicate to all that the posting was a peer review and not a DQ or LL posting)?

2. Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)?

Lessons Learned:  (2 points possible)

1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "Lessons Learned")?

2. Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)?

For the most part, I do not believe in absolutes (there are always exceptions), but generally speaking, if I do not see a posting or I do not hear from you, then I assume that you have made the decision to dismiss your opportunity to receive credit.

NOTE: Do not post anything in the conference area past the aforementioned deadlines. If you have not made your posting in time to meet the deadline, then your opportunity to receive credit for that posting is lost and gone forever. There is no way to make up those points. It is like taking a 'traditional class' on (for example) a Monday and Wednesday night where the class meets from 7:30PM 'till 10PM. If you show up to class at 11:30PM (regardless of the reason) you still missed that class. We can't say that you were present, when, in fact you were not. My advice? Never wait 'till Sunday night to attempt to make your conference thread posting :-)

There will be times when one or more of you will have to deal with scheduled and unscheduled absences (vacation, leave, babies, TDY, TAD, etc.). Please do not keep me guessing. If you are going to be absent, and you know in advance, prepare early and let me know about it by private Email. If you have an emergency - deal with the emergency! Then, when all is well, let me know about it and we'll work together to get you caught up. You should know that if I do not hear from a student for two weeks, I am obligated (I have no choice) to report the absence to main campus who then has to consider academic withdrawal from the course.

You will be required to take a Weekly Quiz (WQ) online each week (to be completed not later than midnight MST on Sunday of each week) in weeks 1 – 7.  There are 7 weekly quizzes. Each WQ is worth 10 points for a total of a possible 70 points.  Those 70 points make up 25% of your final grade.  You will also be directed, and have the option to take a Practice Quiz each week in order to assist you as a self-check in preparation for the weekly quiz.  Practice quizzes receive no credit and participation in the practice quiz is purely voluntary. Weekly quizzes are graded automatically by the ECollege platform and the results/grade of your quiz is made immediately available to you at the competition of the quiz.  Your weekly quiz grade will also be posted for your review each week in the Grade book.

A Research Assignment (RA) will be posted in the course Doc Sharing area at the beginning of the course and is due in Week 6. The RA is worth 20% of your final grade. You may complete and upload your completed RA offering to the Week 7 – Research Assignment basket provided by the instructor in the course drop box at any time, but in order to receive any credit whatsoever, your RA offering must be uploaded to the drop box not later than midnight MST on Sunday of week 6.  Your grade for your RA will be provided to you by the instructor in a reply to your drop box offering and also in the course grade book.

You will take a proctored, cumulative Final Exam sometime between Monday and Friday of week 8.  The final exam is closed-book, closed-notes and will account for 30% of your final grade.

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1:

Reading Assigment:

1. Read and Study Chapter 1 of the course text.

2. Read and Study Week 1 Lecture.

3. Post your Introduction to the "Introductions" content item by the end of week 1.

4. Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by the end of week 1.

5. Post your "Lessons Learned" (LL) in the appropriate thread (see drop-down menu) in the "Conference" area by the end of week 1.

6. Post a Peer Review (PR) to at least one classmate's week 1 DQ or LL posting in the "Conference" area by the end of week 1.

7. Complete "Week 1 Practice Quiz" (non-credit) by the end of week 1.

8. Complete "Week 1 Quiz" (for credit) by the end of week 1.

9. Review requirements for Research Assignment which is due at the end of week 6. Begin working on the assignment as soon as possible.

 

Week 2:

Reading Assigment:

1. Read and Study Chapters 2 and 3 of the course text.

2. Read and Study Week 2 Lecture.

3. Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by the end of week 2.

4. Post your "Lessons Learned" (LL) in the appropriate thread (see drop-down menu) in the "Conference" area by the end of week 2.

5. Post a Peer Review (PR) to at least one classmate's week 2 DQ or LL posting in the "Conference" area by the end of week 2.

6. Complete "Week 2 Practice Quiz" (non-credit) by the end of week 2.

7. Complete "Week 2 Quiz" (for credit) by the end of week 2.

8. Continue to work on Research Assignment which is due at the end of week 6.

 

Week 3

Reading Assigment:

1. Read and Study Chapters 4 and 5 of the course text.

2. Read and Study Week 3 Lecture.

3. Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by the end of week 3.

4. Post your "Lessons Learned" (LL) in the appropriate thread (see drop-down menu) in the "Conference" area by the end of week 3.

5. Post a Peer Review (PR) to at least one classmate's week 3 DQ or LL posting in the "Conference" area by the end of week 3.

6. Complete "Week 3 Practice Quiz" (non-credit) by the end of week 3.

7. Complete "Week 3 Quiz" (for credit) by the end of week 3.

8. Continue to work on Research Assignment which is due at the end of week 6.

 

Week 4:

Reading Assigment:

1. Read and Study Chapters 6 and 10 of the course text.

2. Read and Study Week 4 Lecture.

3. Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by the end of week 4.

4. Post your "Lessons Learned" (LL) in the appropriate thread (see drop-down menu) in the "Conference" area by the end of week 4.

5. Post a Peer Review (PR) to at least one classmate's week 4 DQ or LL posting in the "Conference" area by the end of week 4.

6. Complete "Week 4 Practice Quiz" (non-credit) by the end of week 4.

7. Complete "Week 4 Quiz" (for credit) by the end of week 4.

8. Continue to work on Research Assignment which is due at the end of week 6.

 

Week 5:

Reading Assigment:

1. Read and Study Chapter 7 and 8 of the course text.

2. Read and Study Week 5 Lecture.

3. Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by the end of week 5.

4. Post your "Lessons Learned" (LL) in the appropriate thread (see drop-down menu) in the "Conference" area by the end of week 5.

5. Post a Peer Review (PR) to at least one classmate's week 5 DQ or LL posting in the "Conference" area by the end of week 5.

6. Complete "Week 5 Practice Quiz" (non-credit) by the end of week 5.

7. Complete "Week 5 Quiz" (for credit) by the end of week 5.

8. Continue to work on Research Assignment which is due at the end of week 6.

 

Week 6:

Reading Assigment:

1. Read and Study Chapters 9 and 11 of the course text.

2. Read and Study Week 6 Lecture.

3. Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by the end of week 6.

4. Post your "Lessons Learned" (LL) in the appropriate thread (see drop-down menu) in the "Conference" area by the end of week 6.

5. Post a Peer Review (PR) to at least one classmate's week 6 DQ or LL posting in the "Conference" area by the end of week 6.

6. Complete "Week 6 Practice Quiz" (non-credit) by the end of week 6.

7. Complete "Week 6 Quiz" (for credit) by the end of week 6.

8. Post Research Assignment (in the manner in which requested) to the Week 6 - Research Assignment dropbox by the end of week 6.

 

Week 7:

Reading Assigment:

1. Read and Study Chapters 12 and 14 of the course text.

2. Read and Study Week 7 Lecture.

3. Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by the end of week 7.

4. Post a Peer Review (PR) to at least one classmate's week 7 DQ posting in the "Conference" area by the end of week 7. If you do not post a peer review this week, make sure you post a peer review to at least one classmate's week 8 LL posting in the "Conference" area by the end of week 8

6. Complete "Week 7 Practice Quiz" (non-credit) by the end of week 7.

7. Complete "Week 7 Quiz" (for credit) by the end of week 7.

8. Prepare for next week's cumulative Final Exam.

 

Week 8:

Reading Assigment:

1. Review Chapters 1-12 and Chapter 14 of the course text.

2. Review Weeks 1-7 Lectures.

3. Review all DQ, LL, and PR "Conference" area postings posted to date.

4. If you did not post a Peer Review last week, make sure you post a peer review to at least one classmate's week 8 LL posting in the "Conference" area by the end of week 8

5. Complete "Cumulative Final Exam" (for credit) administered by your proctor by close of business on Friday of week 8.

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:
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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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

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