MG101 Introduction to Management

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MG 101 Introduction to Management


F2Z 2010 ML


Small, Steven, W.


Adjunct Instructor


Master of Public Administration
Master of Science, Health Care Management
Bachelor of Science, Marketing Management

Office Hours

Flexible (with appointment)


Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Credit Hours


Robbins, Stephen & Decenzo, David, Fundamentals of Management, Essential Concepts and Applications, 7th Edition, 2007.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2010.  ISBN: 978-0-13-610982-2.

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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:
My educational philosophy is one of student interactiveness based on lectures, readings, research, dialogue, examinations, internet, and writings.  I will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

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. Describe what a manager does
  2. Discuss the dynamics of group decision making
  3. Identify and describe the steps in the control process
  4. Understand the historical contributions of management theorists
  5. Explain the importance of organizational culture
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:
The student's final course grade will be based on a 1000 POINT SCALE.  Point distribution is as follows:

Assigned Homework / Class Participation (40% - 5% each week)

Students are expected to actively participate in classroom activities.  This includes completion of the relevant readings prior to class, substantive discussion board posts, assigned chapter review questions, interactive discussion, and review of case studies (if applicable).

Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis and will consist of short assignments which may include chapter review questions, article reviews, etc.  The assignments will encourage the student to view contemporary management issues in a proactive manner as well as prepare the student for successful completion of the mid-term and final examination, respectively.

Mid-Term Examination (25%)

The Mid-Term exam is a closed-book assessment that will cover the first four weeks of class.

Final Examination (35%)

The Comprehensive Final Exam is a closed-book comprehensive assessment that will cover all material learned during the course of this class.

Grading will be based on student classroom participation, homework, mid-term, and final examination.  Students who do not actively participate on a regular basis should not expect to perform as well as those who do.  The method of evaluating the total points earned and grades awarded will be based on the following scale:

900 - 1000 =    A

800 - 899 =      B

700 - 799 =      C

600 - 699 =      D

0 - 599 =          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:
As a general practice, I will not accept assignments submitted after the designated due date.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "zero."  Students who have issues requiring them to turn in their assignments after the due date (i.e. valid military work demands, etc.) will need to consult with the instructor to arrange a time to submit the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the learning environment will be immediately dismissed from the classroom.  Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and disrespect to fellow students or staff.  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 from Park University.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Students are expected to be prepared prior to attending the respective class session.  This includes ensuring that the appropriate readings are accomplished ahead of the class date.

Week #1
(18-24 October)

Weekly Discussion Board Activities
Week #2 (25-31 October)

Reading Assignment: Chapters 1, 2, 3
Weekly Discussion Board Activities

Week #3 (1-7 November)

Reading Assignment: Chapters 4, 5, 6
Weekly Discussion Board Activities

Week #4 (8-14 November)

Reading Assignment: Chapter 7

Weekly Discussion Board Activities

Mid-Term (Covering chapters 1-7)

Week #5 (15-21 November)

Reading Assignment: Chapters 8 & 9

Weekly Discussion Board Activities

Week #6 (22-28 November)

Reading Assignments: Chapters 10 & 11

Weekly Discussion Board Activities

Week #7 (29 November – 5 December)

Reading Assignments: Chapters 12, 13, 14

Weekly Discussion Board Activities

Week #8 (6-12 December)

Weekly Discussion Board Activities
Final Exam (Comprehensive)

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: .


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