MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for U1AA 2010

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


U1AA 2010 LC


Ajas, Hiroshi


Adjunct Senior Instructor


Master of Arts in Business Management
Master in Social Work; licensed MSW in Texas
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

Office Location

Lackland AFB, TX

Office Hours

Anytime via e-mail or work number

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

7 June 2010- 1 August 2010

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:10 PM


MG 352, MG365 and EN306B

Credit Hours


Pierce, Jon L., and Newstrom, John W., Leaders & The Leadership Process, 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2008.

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Course Description:
MG401 Senior Seminar in Management: 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. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: 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:
The instructor's educational and teaching philosophy is one of partnership with students to accomplish a mutually agreed goal of learning. To accomplish this goal, the instructor serves as an active "agent" to orchestrate ways to facilitate open and free communications; coordinate students' effort to meet course objectives; and to provide a healthy, learning environment to give each student the freedom to learn and grow. Prior to each class, the instructor will provide a detailed course outline of major areas of interests for each chapter, followed with a copy of power point lecture slides. During class, students will be asked to summarize major concepts, ideas or issues brought out in lectures as well as well as participating in team working groups to complete class exercises and assignments. In short, the instructor will integrate power point slides, class exercises, examinations and research paper to meet course objectives.

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:

1. 29 June 2010- Chapters Examination #1
2. 13 July 2010- Chapters Examination #2
3. 29 July 2010- Comprehensive Final Exam.
4. Research paper on Leadership: Each student will prepare a research paper on a topic relevant to leadership, approved by the instructor. The research paper will include a development of a research question  and through literature review, provide supporting evidence to address the specific research question. A detailed outline for the research paper will be discussed on the first day of class.
5. Attendance and Working Group Assignments: A percentage of each student's overall grade will be based on attendance and active participation in all class discussions and team work exercises. Excused and unexcused absences and failure to complete required tasks will result in  the deduction of points per class..


1. Chapters Examination #1- 50 points (17%)
2. Chapters Examination #2 -50 points (17%)
3. Comprehensive Final Examination- 100 points (33%)
4. Research Paper on Leadership- 75 points (25%)
5. Attendance and Working Group Assignments- 25 points (8%)
6. Total- 300 points (100%)
300-270= A
269-240= B
239-210= C
209-180= D
170 and below= F

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:
The instructor will not accept late assignments unless for documented, excused reasons. Unexcused reasons for late submission of assignments will receive a grade of "zero." There will be NO makeup sessions or tests for unexcused absences. The student must make every effort to contact the instructor as soon as possible to make up missed assignments/tests.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation and appropriate classroom behavior is expected and attendance taken for each class. Class missed for legitimate reasons such as TDY, personal and medical emergencies are excusable but the student will need to coordinate with the instructor (e.g., e-mail or phone) as soon as possible to make up missed assignments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1. 8 Jun- Introduction to course on leadership; review of course objectives and examinations; discussion of research paper; Prologue:  Reading 1; Chapter 1-Introduction to Leadership; Experiential Exercise: Exploring Leadership Beliefs, p. 484.
2. 10 Jun- Chapter 2-The Leader-Follow: Fairness, Trust and Ethical; Exercise: Self-assessments pp. 31-32.
3. 15 Jun- Chapter 3- Leaders and the Role of Personal Traits; Exercise: Self-assessments pp. 71-73. Experiential Exercise: Choosing a Leader p. 487.
4. 17 Jun- Chapter 4- Leadership and the Role of Gender; Exercise: Self-assessment p. 98
5. 22 Jun- Chapter 5- Leader Emergence: a Dynamic Process; Experiential Exercise: Characteristics of a Superior Leader; Exercise: Self-assessment p. 130
6. 24 Jun- Chapter 6- Leadership as an Influence Process; Exercise: Self-assessment pp. 147-149.
7. 29 Jun- Chapter Examination #1; Chapter 7- Leadership and Leader Behavior
8.- 1 Jul- Chapter 8- Leadership and Situational Differences; Exercise: Self-assessment pp. 201-202.
9. 6 Jul- Chapter 9- Leadership in the Cross-Cultural Context; Exercise: Self-assessment p. 233.
10. 8 Jul- Chapter 10- Followers and the Leadership Process; Experiential Exercise: Leader-Subordinate Friendship pp. 490-49.
11. 13 Jul- Chapter 11- Participative Leadership; Exercise: Self-assessment p. 284.
12. 15 Jul- Chapters Examination #2; Chapter 12- Substitutes for Leadership; Exercise: Self-assessment pp. 315-316.
13. 20 Jul- Chapter 13- Charismatic Leadership; Experiential Exercise: Generating Leadership Lesson, p 501.
14. 22 Jul -Chapter 14- Transformational Leadership; Exercise: Self-assessment p. 392.
15. 27 Jul- Chapter 15- The Dark Side of Leadership; Exercise: Self-assessment p. 430. Review for comprehensive Examination.
16. 29 Jul- Comprehensive 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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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