MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for F2QQ 2009

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


F2QQ 2009 HI


Gillet, Guy A.


Adjunct Instructor


BS Business Management

Office Location

135 West 1700 South, Ogden, UT

Office Hours

0600hrs to 1400hrs

Daytime Phone

(801) 589-6841

Other Phone

(801) 510-1605



Semester Dates

October 19, 2009 to December 13, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:15 PM


MG352 and EN306B or equivalent

Credit Hours


Leaders and the Leadership Process: Readings, Self-Assessments, and Applications by Jon Pierce and John Newstrom, 5th  McGraw-Hill  ISBN: 0-07-348295-1

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Course Description:
Consideration of managerial problems and/or policies. Topics include: the role of values and assumptions in administrative situations, especially their influence on administrators choice among possible ends and means; the skills. Attributes and personal qualities that enhance effectiveness of responsible individuals as they work with others in organizations; and the determinants of organization and executive action. 3:0:3Prerequisite: MG352, MG 365 and EN 306B or equivalent. It is strongly recommended that all major core coursed be completed prior to enrolling in this course.

Educational Philosophy:
I expect as adult learners, for you to fully participate and engage in the weekly assignments, activities, and facilitated discussions.  It is your responsibility to read the theory and foundation of the subject in the textbook, and come to class prepared to discuss the weekly chapters.  I do not expect any student to memorize the subject matter.  I am interested in your understanding and being able to use the concepts presented.  Participation in discussions is required.  You are expected to surf online or read current articles (newspaper) that apply to the course and be prepared to discuss them.  My responsibility is to bring my experience in real-world application of the topic to the classroom, to introduce principles and practices as they apply to the subject, to engage each student in classroom discussion, and to introduce you to the concepts of "critical thinking."  Each student will be a member of a small group "team" for class discussions, presentations, and case analysis; I hope that each team member will ensure that all team members participate fully in the group endeavors.  These requirements will provide the students with reas-world experience in problem solving, decision-making, public speaking, and written communication; all of which are valuable elements of leadership and management in today's world.  Lastly by working together we will make a great educational team and to both learn and have fun.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the term “Leader.”
  2. Define the term “Leadership Process.”
  3. Identify and discuss several traits that differentiate leaders from non-leaders.
  4. Describe and discuss the relationship between gender and leadership effectiveness.
  5. Describe five sources of leadership power(s).
  6. Discuss the Path Goal approach to leadership, especially as it applies to situational leadership and leader effectiveness.
  7. Describe at least three differences in cross-cultural leadership.
  8. Discuss the how and why negative outcomes are produced by some leaders.
  9. Describe the leadership process in work teams.

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 MG 401. 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 computers, or materials other than a writing instrument and a calculator without text functions and communication 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.

Class Assessment:

Attendance:  Class attendance will receive up to 50 points
In-class Participation:  Students will receive points determined by the value of the participation to the class discussions up to 50 points
Homework:  Each week students will complete the self-assessment exercises in the assigned chapters and bring to class on Monday or submit by email prior to class (100 points).
Examinations:  There will be three examinations for up to 400 points.
Research report:  Students are required to submit a research report of not less than 8-10 pages (double spaced, 12 font) on a topic covered in one of the text's chapters.  The report must adhere to MLA format, with minimum of four references from printed material other than the course text and two references from the internet.  The content will be graded on logic, depth of analyses, and linkage to the text's chapter material.  The report will be submitted electronically, using MS Word, either as an attachment to an email to the instructor or by transfer to the instructor's computer.
Reports will be graded using the following rubric:
Spelling, punctuation, grammar                              20 points
Format                                                                 15 points
References                                                           15 points
Introduction                                                         20 points
Transitions, thought flow                                      20 points
Content                                                               40 points
Article Concept summaries                                  50 points
Conclusion                                                          20 points
Total                                                                  200 points
Oral and digital presentation:  An oral and assessment will be influenced by preparedness, speaking flow, thought transition, content, and communication ability 100 points.


The final grade will be determined using the following categoreies:
Attendance                              50 points
Class participation                    50 points
Homework (self assessment)   100 points
Core Assessment exam           300 points
Midterm exam                         100 points
Systems exam                          100 points
Individual research paper         200 points
research presentations              100 points
Total                                       1000 points
Grading Impacts:
Did you response indicate that you followed instructions?
Did your reflect 400-level work?
Did your class responses indicate that you prepared for class?
Grading Scale
A               901--1000points
B               801--900 pts
C               701--800 pts
D               601--700 pts
F               Below 601 pts or four unexcused absences

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:
Homework (self-assessments) are due at the start of class each Monday.  Late submission will result in a 20% grade penalty.
Reports may be submitted at any time before the due date, and must be submitted as a Microsoft Word Attachment to an email or directly transfered to the instructor's computer. 
During the eighth week, you will make a oral presentations of the research papers.  There is no opportunity for late make-up.  If something comes up you may make it during a different week but will be coordinated with the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1:  19-21 October 
Text:  Read Chapter 1, readings 1, 3, 4
Class Activities:  Discuss the syllabus and assignment schedule; discuss systems theory and scientific method; discuss chapter 1 and readings.
Week 2:  26-28 October
Text:  Read Chapters 2 and 3, readings 8,9,10
Class Activities:  Submit homework; discuss chapters and readings
Week 3:  2-4 November
Text: Read Chapters 4 and 5, readings 11,12,15
Class Activities:  Submit homework,  discuss chapters and readings
Week 4:  9-11 November
Text:  Read chapters 6, 7, and 8, readings 17, 18, 22, 24
Class Activities:  Submit homework, discuss chapters and readings
Week 5:  16-18 November
Text:  Read chapters 9, 10, and 11, readings 27, 28, 31, 34
Class Activities: Submit homework, discuss chapters and readings
Week 6:  23-25 November
Text:  Read chapters 12 and 13, readings 37, 39, 40
Class Activities:  Submit homework, discuss chapters and readings
Week 7:  30 November-2 December
Text:  Read chapter 15, readings 46, 47
Class Activities:  Submit homework, discuss chapters and readings, take core assessment exam.
Week 8:  7-9 December
Class Activities:  Submit homework, research reports, make oral/digital presentations. 

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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

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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