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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management
Kubec, Joseph


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.
CourseMG 401 Senior Seminar in Management
SemesterS1J2005
FacultyKubec, Joseph
TitleSenior Instructor
Office LocationOff Campus
E-MailJoseph.kubec@park.edu
Semester DatesJanuary 10, 2005 - March 6, 2005
Class Days-M-----
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
PerquisitesMG 352 and EN306B or equivalent.  It is strongly recommended that all major core courses be completed prior to enrolling in this course.
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
COURSE TEXTBOOK AND MATERIALS:
Charles W. L. Hill and Gareth R. Jones.  Strategic Management: An Integrated Approach, sixth edition. ISBN 0-618-30953-5. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. NOTE: Be Certain that you select the textbook with BOTH text and cases.  

Current newspaper and business management periodicals, post 1998.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

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 choices 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. Pre-requisites: MG 352 and EN 306B or equivalent. It is strongly recommended that all major core courses be completed prior to enrolling in this course. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, Internet, videos, web sites and writings.  The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Define the term “strategic management”.

2. List four phases of strategic management.

3. List four basic elements of strategic management.

4. Define the term “strategy”.

5. Identify the five forces that shape competition as described by Porter.

6. Explain what is meant by the term "competitive advantage".

7. List three directional strategies.

8. List the five stages of international development.

Course Assessment:
The course includes small group discussions, case studies, current article reviews, seminars, lecture, exam, presentations, and papers. Assessment of learning will be based upon these activities. Students will learn Strategic Management concepts (Knowledge) and apply them during class exercises (Skills); together, these form the basis for long-term retention (Learning) and future application.

Grading:
GRADING PLAN:
Assignments/in class work 20%    2000 points
Participation/Discussion  10%    1000 points
Case Analysis          45%    4500 points
Final Examination  25%    2500 points
    TOTAL               100%   10000 points  

A = 90% and above
B = 80% to 89%
C = 70% to 79%
D = 60% to 69%
F = less than 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late in this Senior environment.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Student behavior that distracts from the learning environment at Park University will not be tolerated.   Students should recognize how their behavior affects the learning environment and adjust their behavior.  Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:
Week Topics/Assignments
1 Introduction, Chapters 1, 2 and Analyzing a Case, pp C2 – C14
2 Competitive Advantage.  Chapters 3 and 4. Case 1 Analysis
3 Functional and Business Level Strategy. Chapters 5 and 6.  Case 2 Analysis  
4 Competitive and Global Strategy Chapters 7 and 8.  Case 3 Analysis
5 Corporate Strategy and Corporate Development. Chapter 9 and 10. Case 4 Analysis
6 Organizational Structure and Control Systems.  Chapters 11 and 12. Case 5 Analysis  
7 Matching structure and strategic change. Chapters 13, 14. Case 6 Analysis
8 FINAL EXAMINATION. Course Summary

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 "WH".
  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


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.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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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