MG101 Introduction to Management

for F1T 2009

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MG 101 Introduction to Management


F1T 2009 DLA


Szathmary, Michael L.


Adjunct Instructor


MCM (Contract Management) American Graduate University
MA (Management) Webster University
BA (Liberal Arts) Eastern Illinois University

Office Location

Suwanee, GA

Office Hours

7:00PM-10:30PM//(24-7) via email

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

1-877-560-9924 (Fax)


Semester Dates

August 17, 2009 – October 11, 2009

Class Days

Virtual Learning (Online)

Class Time

Virtual Learning (Online)

Credit Hours



Fundamentals of Management: Essential Concepts and Application, 6th Edition Author: Robbins and DeCenzo ISBN-13: 978-0-13-600710-4

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Course Description:
MG101 Introduction to Management: Basic functions of management with emphasis on the behavioral problems management face in adopting and implementing policy. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Education should be collaborative endeavor between students and the instructor. Students are empowered to learn through their active participation in course activities. The instructor facilitates the learning process through writing assignment feedback and interaction with students in the class discussion boards.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. List and describe the functions of management.
  2. Explain how the emphasis on respective functions of management will change at the various levels of the organization.
  3. Describe the managerial activities and functions of a supervisor, a mid-level manager, and an executive.
  4. Describe two organization environments that would require extremely different styles of management.
  5. Explain how centralization and decentralization affect managerial decision making.
  6. Define the terms “span of control” and “scope of authority”.
  7. Define the terms “effectiveness” and “efficiency.”
  8. Compare and contrast “leadership” and “management.”

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 MG101. 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.

Class Assessment:

For this course, the class assessment will be based on a midterm exam, a final exam, quizzes, participation in class, and a management paper.
Midterm:  The midterm examination = 220 points or 22% of course grade. Each question is correct or incorrect based on the course content. 

Final:  The final examination = 300 points or 30% of the course grade.  Each question is correct or incorrect based on the course content.

Discussion:  The discussion questions = 280 points or 28% of the course grade. Responses are graded for correctness and according to the rubric. A passing grade will answer the question in a brief and grammatically correct manner.  The comments on other student postings = 70 points or 7% of the course grade.  Each comment will agree, disagree or bring out additional points in a constructive manner with rationale.
Paper or Questions:  The paper or week 7 questions are valued at 100 points or 10% of the course grade. A paper will define the topic, explain a way to implement it and provide references. A question response must be complete, flow logically, organized and grammatically correct. 

Quizzes:  Weeks 3 & 7 are worth 30 points each or 3% of the course grade. Each question is correct or incorrect. 



280 points


70 points


30 points


220 points

Paper or five questions

100 points


300 points


1000 points

Total Eligible Course Points = 1000 

A = 90- 100% (900 points or higher)
B = 80-89% (800 to 899 points)
C = 70-79%(700 to 799 points)
D = 60-69% (600 to 699 points)
F will be given for 59% (599 or fewer points)
The course grade for students will be based on the overall points earned for homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.


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:
 Since timeliness is a critical aspect of management, the instructor may assess a late penalty on assignments turned in after the due date that are not mitigated by extenuating circumstances. This is an on-line class and many students are enrolled for the flexibility of balancing work, home and educational commitments.  Late work should be the exception and not the rule. Therefore, the following applies to ALL late work, unless prior arrangements have been made with, and approved by, the instructor: All late work may be downgraded at the discretion of the instructor. Late work may not be accepted if it is more than seven (7) days late. . Exceptions to this policy will be handled on a case-by-case basis (e.g., family emergencies, military TDY/TAD, etc., between student and the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students should conduct themselves as if they were in a traditional classroom.  This means being professional and courteous in your dealings with the instructor and your fellow classmates.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1, Introductions, Chapters 1 and 2

Week 2, Chapters 3 and 4

Week 3, Chapters 5 and 6, Quiz

Week 4, Chapter 7, Midterm Examination

Week 5, Chapters 8, 9 and 10

Week 6, Chapters 11, 12 and 13

Week 7, Chapter 14, Paper or Text Questions, Quiz

Week 8, Review Study Guide, Course Wrap and Discussion, Proctored Final Examination

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.
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 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: .

Additional Information:
Grading Rubric

Students are required to post responses to weekly assignments in the discussion thread. For full potential credit your posting must be made by midnight each Sunday Eastern Time Zone. Your response should be complete but does not need to be overly lengthy. Sometimes a response can be 3-4 sentences and at other times more.  A response to a question must have a minimum of 50 words. The responses will be graded on the evaluation criteria in the rubric and syllabus. If you are off the mark I will notify you.

Discussion Grade Matrix:















Answered all questions and subquestions correctly and completely. Well organized. Spelling and grammar are error free.









Answered questions and subquestions correctly. Some responses were not complete or some spelling and grammar errors were present.



Below average






Incomplete responses or multiple spelling and grammar errors.



Well below average, needs improvement


Comment (Peer Feedback) Grade Matrix















Comments are meaningful and provide supporting rationale. Could include information on incomplete or incorrect points in the original student response. Comments must be made on at least one other student posting by Sunday night of the weekly unit.









Comments are not supported or too brief, i.e., that was well done, I agree, etc. or late.



Below average






One word comments, i.e. agree, disagree, good, etc. on no comment posting.





Week 7 Questions Grade Matrix















Answered all questions and subquestions correctly and completely by the due date. Spelling and grammar are error free. Response is well organized and flows logically. Displays complete understanding and analysis. Positions are well supported and integrate material from the text and online course content.









Answered some questions and subquestions correctly by the due date. Some errors in spelling and grammar. Positions not well supported.



Below average






Answered less than 30 % of the questions or subquestions correctly by the due date. Some errors in spelling and grammar. Positions not well supported.



Well below average, needs improvement.


Week 7 Paper Grade Matrix















Defined the topic completely and thoroughly. Displays complete understanding and analysis. Stated how to implement the topic completely. Well organized and flowed logically. Spelling and grammar are error free. Positions are well supported and integrate material from the text and online course content. Cites at least two references.









Described the topic and how to implement it. Organized with some spelling or grammar errors. Cites at least one reference.



Below average






Defined the topic or how to implement it. Numerous spelling and grammar errors. Late paper. No references cited.



Well below average, needs improvement.



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