MG352 Principles of Management

for U1B 2009

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MG 352 Principles of Management


U1B 2009 BLB


Steve Nelson


Adjunct Faculty


MA - Management (Webster U)
BS - Management Studies (U of Maryland)

Office Hours

0900 - 5:00 (Monday - Friday)

Daytime Phone

915.525 0945  (Please leave a message)


Semester Dates

May 30 - July 18, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

1:10 P.M. - 6:10 P.M.

Credit Hours



Kreitner, R (2009) Management, 11th edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, NY, ISBN 13: 978-0-547-14848-9

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Course Description:

Examines the functions, activities and principles of leadership in business and other institutions. Philosophy, history, current practice and issues in leading, planning, organizing, and controlling organizations such as communication, motivation and interpersonal relations. Lecture, discussion and cases are used. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Learning is centered on the student therefore all activities focus on course outcomes with the student is responsible for learning those outcomes.

The instructor is responsible for presenting the course learning objectives in an environment conducive to learning along with clarifying and /or elaborating on those outcomes.  Further, the instructor must guide the student to an understanding of concepts and the application of theories presented in the course.

Students will have the opportunity to articulate their knowledge of course outcomes by building a student portfolio, posting responses, participating in group discussions, and other forms of evaluation.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define “management” and explain the managerial significance of “effectiveness” and “efficiency”.
  2. List the basic functions of management.
  3. Describe the difference between leadership and management.
  4. Distinguish between mechanistic and organic organizations
  5. Describe four social responsibility strategies.
  6. Define the concept of synergy and how it relates to management of organizations.
  7. Evaluate and describe four characteristics common to all organizations.

Core Assessment:
The assessment device is a comprehensive case that is written in class during week 13 of sixteen week classes and during week 7 of eight week classes. The case poses problems faced by a fictional organization in which the solutions are presented by knowledge of the above objectives.
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. 

Class Assessment:

Case Studiy  (3)           10%
Oral Presentation        10%
Class Participation       10%
Mid-term Examination  20%
Final Examination         30%
Written Presentation   20%


A > 90 - 100
B > 80 -  90
C > 70 -  80
D > 60 -  70
F =  00 -  60

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:

All course work must be submitted on the date indicated in the syllabus, to include examinations.  The research paper must be submitted at the end of the last class meeting.  Late submissions will result in the drop of a letter grade for each day submitted after the suspense date.  Suspense dates are those listed in the syllabus.  Any missed class meeting (lecture) will require the student to submit a one page summary of each chapter discussed during the absence to maintain their participation grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Academic dishonesty will result in immediate release from the class and a failing grade. Students are expected to attend all classes on time and be prepared to be an active participant in the class. Student participation will be reflected in the student's final grade. Attendance will be recorded at each class meeting.  It is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor of any expected absence(s), and to arrange with the instructor to make-up any missed assignments. Each absence will require a make-up assignment.  Unexcused absences will be forwarded to the Park University Administrative Office.  Please refer to the Park University Handbook for the attendance policy.  If an unanticipated absence should occur students are encouraged to contact the instructor at either of the telephone numbers listed on the first page of this syllabus.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week 1: May 30, 2009
- Administrative notes and course overview
-  Lecture & discussion of Chapters 1 & 2
(read prior to class)
- Case Study/Special Interest
Week 5: June 27
- Review Mid-term
- Lecture & discussion of Chapters 9 & 10
(read prior to class)
- Case Study/Special Interest
Week 2: June 6
- Lecture & discussion of Chapters 3 - 6
(Read prior to class)
- Case Study/Special Interest
Week 6: July 4
- Lecture & discussion of Chapters 11 - 14
(Read prior to class)
- Case Study/Special Interest
 Week 3: June 13
- Lecture & discussion of Chapters 7 & 8
(Read prior to class)
- Case Study/Special Interest
- Review for Mid-term
Week 7: July 11
- Lecture & discussion of Chapters 15 & 16
(Read prior to class)
- Case Study/Special Interest
- Review for final
 Week 4: June 20
- Mid-term
- Case Study/Special Interest
- Activity
Week 8: July 18
- Final
- Presentations
Course Summary and Critiques

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

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