MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for S1T 2011

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


S1T 2011 DLA


Mata, Ramona L.


Sr. Adjunct Professor


M.A. Management
B.S. Human Resource Management
A.A.S. Instructor Technology

Office Location

San Antonio, Texas

Office Hours


Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

January 10 - March 6, 2011

Class Days


Class Time



MG 352 and EN 306B or equivalent.

Credit Hours



MG401 textbook image

Leaders and the Leadership Process, 5th edition: Pierce and Newstrom, McGraw-Hill. 2008,

ISBN: #0-07-353028-X

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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, expeicially their influence on administrators choice among possible ends and means; attributes and personal qualitiies that enhance effectivenss of responsible individuals as they work with others in organizations; and the determinants of organization and executive action. 3:0:3 Presquisite: 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:

Leadership and the Growth of People: This course, like your entire education, is all about you and your own personal growth. The growth of people—you and me, the students of leadership—represents the essence of this course. It is my hope that accompanying your development of an understanding of organizational leadership, you will come to discover that a significant part of your role as a leader should be directed toward the growth and development of people—your organization’s human resources.

My role: It will be my role to guide your reading, to provide you with an occasion to think and explore the concept of leadership. 

Your role: Be curious; be inquisitive; take your education seriously; open yourself up to new information and ideas; think about what it is that you are hearing and reading.
Our lives are filled with continuous contact with people who are in positions of leadership. We are continually experiencing the consequences of the acts of leadership; some of these may be rewarding and constructive; some may be frustrating, controlling, destructive, and dysfunctional. Regardless of the end of the continuum that they represent, they provide us with an opportunity to learn, observe, experience, think about, analyze, and learn from all of these leadership transactions.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the difference between leadership and followership.
  2. Identify some of the "substitutes" for leadership.
  3. Prepare Case Analyses.
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:

The three most important grading criteria for your work will be breadth, depth, and application/synthesis of course concepts. For purposes of this course, the following definitions will apply to each of these terms:

Breadth (B): Refers to the "number" of chapter and lecture concepts that you apply to the homework questions, case discussions, and report.

Depth (D): Refers to the degree you provide "detailed" analyses to the homework questions, case discussions, and report.
Application/Synthesis (A): Refers to the chapter and lecture concepts and higher order thinking you "apply" to your homework questions, case discussions, and report. You can accomplish this by referencing page numbers, concepts, etc. and utilizing higher order thinking.

Each time you submit work, I will respond (In the comment section) to the work you submit with either a B, D, A, or combination thereof. For example, if you need additional Depth and Application as they relate to your work, I will provide the following comment:

Areas for additional focus: D1/A2.  Note:  A number (1, 2, or 3) by the letter indicates the degree to which additional focus is needed.  For example, D1, indicates a small amount of additional depth is needed, a D2  indicates a moderate amount is needed, while a D3 indicates a substantial amount is needed.  In terms of relating the above to point deductions, the following can be used as a guideline (Actual point deductions may vary somewhat)
 IMPORTANT!! Your grade for each case posting will be determined not only by the "B-D-A" of your postings, but also by your positive responses to the postings of your team members. Please respond to at least one posting of another student for each case analysis. Failure to do so will result in a loss of five points for each case you post in the Discussion Area.


Item                                Points                         %
Position paper (1)           150                      15
Research Paper (1)          150                      15
Participation                     40                      04
Homework (8)                 160                      16
Cases (5)                       200                      20
Final (1)                         300                      30
Total                             1,000 points               100%
90% to 100% of total points = A
80% to  89%  of total points = B
70% to  79%  of total points = C
60% to  69%  of total points = D
Below   60%                        = F

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  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 Associate Dean.

The grade for students who pass the proctored final will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course.  The proctored final exam must address only material which the student has been taught in class.

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:
Submission of late work will result in a 5 point penalty for each late assignment.  If you have an emergency or know ahead of time that you will have difficulty submitting your work on time, please contact me prior to the due date to discuss the matter.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please remember to actively participate in discussion areas.  Posting late in the week makes it difficult for everyone to engage in conversation and reap the benefits of discussing course concepts.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Text: Read Chapters 1 and 2
Reading Number Assignments: 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9
Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessments on pages xxvi and 31
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 1

Homework Assignment 1

Week 2
Text: Read Chapters 3 and 4
Reading Number Assignments: 10, 11, 12, and 13
Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessments on pages 73 and 98
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 2
Homework Assignment 2

Week 3
Text: Read Chapters 5 and 6
Reading Number Assignments: 14, 15, 16, and 17
Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessments on pages 130 and 147
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 3
Position Paper
Homework Assignment

Week 4
Text: Read Chapters 7 and 8
Reading Number Assignments: 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24
Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessments on pages 170 and 201
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 4
Homework Assignment

Week 5
Text: Read Chapters 9 and 10
Reading Number Assignments: 25,  26, 27, 28, and 29
Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessment on page 233
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 5
Homework Assignment\

Week 6
Text: Read Chapters 11 and 12
Reading Number Assignments: 30,  31, 33, and 34
Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessments on pages 284 and 316
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 6
Homework Assignment

Week 7
Text: Read Chapters 13 and 14
Reading Number Assignments: 35,  38, and 41
Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessment on page 392
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 7
Homework Assignment
Research Paper

Week 8
Text: Read Chapter 15
Reading Number Assignment: 44
Self Assessments:  Complete the self assessment on page 430
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 8
Homework Assignment
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 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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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:

This course will require your commitment and dedication.  The work encompasses all that you have learned throughout your undergraduate degree program and ensures that you have the ability to apply the skills that you have acquired.  There are numerous assignments that will be required.  Budget your time wisely and be sure to let me know if you run into extenuating circumstances.


Looking forward to a great term!


Ramona L. Mata


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