MG420 Labor Relations

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S1Y 2010 MN


 Dr. Offiong, Francis A.


Assistant Professor


Ph.D.   Higher Education Leadership
MBA  - Business Administration
BS       Business Administration

Office Location

3176 Jackson Avenue  Memphis TN  38122

Office Hours

4: 00   -   5: 00 PM  or    TBA

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

901-547-2250   Home


Semester Dates

Jan.11, 2010   -    March 7, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 9:30 PM


MG352, MK351 and HR 353

Credit Hours



Text Title: Labor Relations : Striking a Balance
Author:  BUDD
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 08
Publisher:  McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Type: Hardback


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Additional Resources:

   Additional Resources
  1. Local Newspapers
  2.   Human Resource Journals / Labor Mangement Issues.
  3.   Internet Explorations and Business Weekly
  4.   Wall Street Journal 

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Course Description:
MG420 Labor Relations: 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 Prerequisite: MG 352 and HR 353.

Educational Philosophy:
Class lectures will be based on the course materials and textbook with additional. Reading will be assigned from relevant resource materials and / or additional Internet research information as needed for points or bonus points. There will be small groups discussion, textbook reading assignments and homework. Class will take TWO exams, all in class examinations

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.

  Instructor 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:

Class Assessment:
  Grade distribution will be: midterm examination - 40%; final examination- 40%; class attendance and participation and other assignments - 20%. 
   The final grade for this course will be based on 100% evaluation
 and determination 

Note: The comprehensive final exam is not a take home test.  It will be proctored as a closed book, closed notes exam. 



90    - 100…. A               Test # 1----------------       40 %

80    - 89 …. B                Test # 2 ----------------      40 %

70    - 79 …. C                Attendance/ participation ....... 5 %

60 -   69 …. D               H/W Assignments -----------15 %

Below 60      F                                                             

                                                                                   100 %

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:
 Late Submission of course Material:
It is important to note that individual student is solely responsible for making any possible arrangement with the instructor to catch up with any MISSED home work or assignments including  class tests within the term of enrollment 

Five or more points will be lost for ALL  Late SUBMISSIONS of materials      
Specifically: A) Be sure to arrive to class on time prepared to discuss the day’s assignment; B) Drinking and eating snacks are allowed in class; C) Class breaks will be detremined by generally agreed time by all.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This is a 400-level (senior-level) class.  Students are expected to be prepared for class each week, and to treat the instructor and the other class members with respect and with courtesy.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given a failing grade and suspended or expelled from the university
. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are subject to suspension or expulsion from the University”.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1.  Chapter ...1  Labor Relations: Objectives, Practices and Challenges; Review of key terms
                Chapter ...2  Articles/ Discuss Labor Issues at work place
 Week 2   Chapter ...3   H/W  Research Article for Union Contract     (10 points)
Week 3    Chapter ...4  Class Excercise  p.101 and key terms (contd)
Week.4    Chapter .. 5  Learning Objectives:   H/W - Case Analysis P.198  (20pts)
                Chapter .. 6   Class/ Group Ex.  P.  529 - 556)      (5 pts)
Week 5    Chapter .. 7   Mid  Term  Exam     -- Research labor lssues articles class discussion
                Chapter .. 8   Bargaining structures;  Research paper draft 
  Week 6  Chapter... 9   Class Ex.  P. 339     (10points)
 Week 7.   Chapter .. 10  H/W  Case Analysis  P. 375  (20 points)
                 Chapter .. 11  AFL - CIO  Perspectives  (Pp. 402 - 403) and (P. 414)
 Week 8.  Chapter .  12  Outline  Chapter .. 12            (20points)
                Chapter..  13  Group work    -   Labor issue articles   and (  pp. 558  - 562)  10 pts
                Chapter    14    Make up work  Final  Exam Review &  Research Paper due  (10 pts) Final Exam 

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

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