MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for S2QQ 2011

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


S2QQ 2011 HIH


O'Rourke, Vincent


Assistant Professor of Management


BS, Accounting
PhD, Business Administration (Management Policy/Information Systems)

Office Location

Bldg 383 Room 111

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00 or by appointment

Daytime Phone

(801) 773-4692

Other Phone

(801) 777-9992


Web Page

Semester Dates

14 March – 08 May 2011

Class Days


Class Time

11:30 - 12:45 PM


MG352 and EN306B or equivalent

Credit Hours


Pierce, J. L., & Newstrom, J. W. (2008). Leaders and the leadership process: Readings, self-assessments and applications, (5th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill Irwin. ISBN: 13 9780073530284

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Managerial Thinking Concepts Handbook (posted in Doc Sharing)

Supplemental readings posted in Doc Sharing
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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:
I expect, as adult learners, for you to fully participate and engage in the weekly assignments, activities, and facilitated discussions.  It is your responsibility to read the theory and foundation of the subject in the textbook, and come to class prepared to discuss the weekly chapters.  I do not expect any students to memorize the subject matter and regurgitate it back; I am more interested in you understanding and being able to use the concepts presented.  Participation in discussions is required. You are expected to surf online or read current articles (periodicals/newspapers) that apply to the course and be prepared to discuss them.  My responsibility is to bring my experience in real-world application of the topic to the classroom, to introduce principles and practices as they apply to the subject, to engage each student in classroom discussion, and to introduce you to the concepts of critical thinking. Each student will be a member of a small group ‘team' for class discussions, presentations, and case analysis; I hope that each team member will ensure that all team members participate fully in the group endeavors.  These requirements will provide the student with real-world experience in problem solving, decision-making, public speaking, and written communications; all of which are valuable elements of leadership and management in today's world.  Together, we will make a great educational team, working together to both learn and have fun.

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. Explain basic systems theory, the scientific method of problem solving, and how to apply them to leadership and managerial situations
  2. Explain the organization as a system that interacts with its environment and the individual as a system in the organizational environment.
  3. Explain the relationship of communication to the management process.
  4. Differentiate between leadership and management and explain when each is appropriate in an organization.
  5. Assess the impact of situational leadership methods on organizational performance.
  6. Describe ethical leadership.
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:


In-class: During weeks 1 - 6, each individual student will receive a qualitatively based score, which is determined by the value of the participation to the class discussions; 5 points per week. (30 pts)

On-line: During the term, each student will receive a score which is determined by a rubric for on-line discussions; 15 points per week [weeks1 - 6] or 20 points per week [weeks 7 and 8]. (130 points)

Quizzes:  Two quizzes will be given, posted on the class web site, and submitted through the dropbox. (40 points)

Student lesson: Each student will present a 10-15 minute class, using the smart board or other training aid, explaining one or more learning objectives. (25 pts)

Systems exam:  This will be an open book and notes test, submitted as a MicroSoft Word [.doc] document into the dropbox, covering the first week’s topics.  See rubric on the class web site ( (100 points)

Midterm exam:  The midterm exam will cover the concepts presented in Chapters 1 –8 of the text. It will be an open book and notes test, submitted as a MicroSoft Word [.doc] document into the dropbox during week 4. See rubric on the class web site ( (150 points)

Final exam:  The final exam will be comprehensive and will cover all of the core learning objectives. It will be a CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTES exam, as described above in the core assessment section. (300 points)

Research report: Students are required to submit a research report of not less than 8 pages (double spaced, 12 point Ariel or Times New Roman font) on a topic covered in one of the text’s chapters. The report must adhere to the School of Business standard of APA format, with a minimum of two references from printed material other than the course text and two references from the internet. You may include direct quotes, but you may not cite another paper cited by the author of the paper you are citing, unless you have read the cited article yourself. For each cited article, you must include an analysis of how the research article supports or refutes the subject matter as discussed in class and how it fits into the theme of your paper. The content will be graded on logic, depth of analysis, and linkage to the text’s chapter material. The report will be submitted electronically into the drop box.

     Reports will be graded using the following rubric:

            Spelling, punctuation, grammar          20 points

            Format                                                            10 points

            References                                         10 points

            Introduction                                         20 points

            Transitions, thought flow                     20 points

            Content                                               60 points

            Article concept summaries                 40 points

            Conclusion                                          20 points

            Total                                                  200 points

            Oral and digital presentation: An oral assessment will be influenced by preparedness, speaking flow, thought transition, content, and communication ability (voice control, animation, training aids, etc.)   (25 pts)

Grading: The final grade will be determined using the following categories:

Class participation                       3%      (30 points)
Discussion thread                      13%    (130 points)
Quizzes                                        4%      (40 points)
Student lesson                             2.5%   (25 points)
Research report                         20%    (200 points)
Report presentation                     2.5%   (25 points)
Systems exam                           10%    (100 points)
Midterm exam                            15%    (150 points)
Core assessment                      30%    (300 points)
    Total                                     100%  (1000 points)

The final grade will be determined using the following categories:

Class participation                       3%      (30 points)
Discussion thread                      13%    (130 points)
Quizzes                                        4%      (40 points)
Student lesson                             2.5%   (25 points)
Research report                         20%    (200 points)
Report presentation                     2.5%   (25 points)
Systems exam                           10%    (100 points)
Midterm exam                            15%    (150 points)
Core assessment                      30%    (300 points)
    Total                                     100%  (1000 points)

The final letter grade will be determined using the following rubric:
936 – 1000 points = A
851 –   935 points = B
701 –   850 points = C
601 –   700 points = D
    0 –   600 points = F (or 8 unexcused absences)

Grading impacts:
Did your response indicate that you followed directions?
Did your response reflect 400-level work?  (spelling, grammar, appropriateness, clear expression, depth of material)
Did your class responses indicate that you prepared for the class?  (read text and any other outside readings/research)

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:

Initial response to the weekly discussion thread must be submitted no later than midnight on Thursdays; meaningful response to other students’ initial responses must be submitted no later than midnight on Sundays. Late responses that are trivial will receive a grade of zero points; late responses that are non-trivial can receive some credit.

A response to the weekly ‘lessons learned’ thread is not required; however, a meaningful response received before midnight Sunday may earn extra credit. The amount of extra credit is determined by the value of the response to the class.

Late assignments are not accepted without prior approval of the instructor.  Even with approval, points may be deducted for late assignments.  5% loss each day and after one week, late assignments will no longer be accepted.  If students have a medical or work related absence, they may be asked to provide proper documentation if any assignments were late.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1:   Introduction to the course, critical thinking, and leadership

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 1 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss syllabus and assignment schedule; demonstrate eCompanion; discuss systems theory, scientific method, and basics of organizations and management; establish class groups.

Week 2:  The leader-follower relationship
and leader roles

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 2 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss reading assignments; submit systems exam.

Week 3:  Leadership process I

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 3 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss reading assignments; submit quiz 1.

Week 4:  Leadership process II

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 4 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss reading assignments; submit mid-term exm.

Week 5:  Participative and charismatic leadership

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 5 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss reading assignments; submit quiz 2.

Week 6:  Transformational and bad leadership

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 6 on the class web site

Class activities:  Discuss reading assignments; open discussion of research report.

Week 7:  Research reports

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 7 on the class web site

Class activities:  Submit and present research reports.

Week 8:  Testing your knowledge

Assignments:  Read and follow instructions for week 8 on the class web site

Class activities:  Complete final exam.

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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