MG101 Introduction to Management

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MG 101 Introduction to Management


F2K 2010 LA


Thurgood, Gregory S.


Adjunct Faculty


MBA - Golden Gate University
Bachelor of Science - University of Utah

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Semester Dates

18 Oct - 12 Dec 2010

Class Days


Class Time

6:30 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours


Fundamentals of Management (Edition 7), Robbins, Decenzo & Coulter, Pearson, ISBN-10: 0-13-610982-9

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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:
Learning is centered on the student therefore all activities focus on course outcomes where the student is responsible for learning those outcomes.

The instructor is responsible for presenting the course learning objectives in an environment conducive to learning along with clarifying and /or elaborating on those outcomes.  Further, the instructor must guide the student to an understanding of concepts and the application of theories presented in the course.

Students will have the opportunity to articulate their knowledge of course outcomes by posting responses, participating in group discussions, in class presentations and other forms of evaluation.

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.”

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the decision-making process.
  2. Define the key elements in organizational design.
  3. Describe two motivation theories and how mangers can use these.
  4. Explain how different barriers to communication affect the manger.
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:

6 Quizzes (1 each week except for the first and last week)
1 (3-5 page) Paper

1 (5-10 min) Presentation of paper

Final Exam
Paper format will be as follows:

1. Title page will include: Assignment name, Student name, University name, and Date. Font will be 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced and centered on the page.

2. The paper will be 3-5 pages (not including the title page or reference page). Number pages starting with the first page (not title page). Use the footer option to center number pages.

3. Use APA format for assignments. This includes double spacing written assignments, proper citation of references, and a properly formatted reference page if used.

4.  I am looking for critical thinking ability, so be sure you support your theme. Site all references as appropriate. The paper should flow logically, support the topic and be grammatically correct.               

5. Bring the paper to class and deposit a copy in the on-line drop box.

6. The paper is to be turned in at the beginning of the class period.  If an emergency arises, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor.

7. The grading rubic will be handed out in class and will give additional detail on the grading criteria.

Presentation format will be as follows:
1.     The presentation will be about your paper and the flow of the presentation should match the outline of the paper. 
2.     The length of the presentation will be 5-10 minutes.
3.     The grading rubic will be handed out in class and will give additional detail on the grading criteria

Note: The instructor reserves the right to change or modify assignments to better meet the objectives of the class. Additional material may be introduced to help assist students with the learning process.

Point values for the course:

Quizzes = (6) x 40 points  = 240 points

Paper = 150 points

Presentation of paper = 150 points

Final Exam = 300 points

Participation (10 points per class) = 160 points
Grading Procedures: Grades for this course is based on a 1000 point scale. Letter grades are as follows:

A = 900 – 1000; B = 800 – 899; C = 700 – 799; D = 600 – 699; F = Below 600


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:
All course work must be submitted on the date indicated in the syllabus, to include examinations. Late submissions will result in a 10 percent late penalty per day. The instructor reserves the right not to accept late work after two days pass the suspense date.  Suspense dates are those listed in the syllabus or otherwise discussed within the classroom.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Academic dishonesty will result in immediate release from the class and a failing grade. Students are expected to attend all classes on time and be prepared to be an active participant in the class. Student participation will be reflected in the student's final grade. Attendance will be recorded at each class meeting.  It is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor of any expected absence(s), and to arrange with the instructor to make-up any missed assignments. Unexcused absences will be forwarded to the Park University Administrative Office.  Please refer to the Park University Handbook for the attendance policy.  If an unanticipated absence should occur, students are to contact the instructor at the telephone number listed on the first page of this syllabus.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Course Introduction & Chapter 1 - 2

Week 2: Chapters 3 - 4
Week 3: Chapters 5 - 6

Week 4: Chapters 7 - 8 (Paper due)

Week 5: Chapters 9 - 10

Week 6: Chapters 11 - 12 (Presentation due)

Week 7: Chapters 13 - 14

Week 8: Final Review, Final Exam & End of Course Discussion

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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:
I want to take this opportunity to welcome each one of you to MG101. The next eight weeks will be filled with lots of information. In order to get the most of this course, you will need to do three things: 1) Attend class regularly, 2) Come prepared to discuss your reading assignments, 3) Study for the quizzes and final exam. Ultimately, each of you are responsible for your own success. I hope you will find this course to be enjoyable, informative and educational. If you have questions about any of the information, readings or material, please contact me, preferably by e-mail. If you need to speak with me, please call my cell phone and leave a good number and time you can be reached. I look forward to meeting all of you.


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