MG420 Labor Relations

for F1T 2011

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MG 420 Labor Relations


F1T 2011 DLA


Mueller, William Richardson


Senior Instructor


Masters of Business Administration
BS Management
AS Safety, AS  Management

Office Location


Office Hours

3:00-11:00 PM EST  Monday thru Friday

Daytime Phone

(910) 545-2700


Semester Dates

15 Aug Thru 09 Oct 2011

Class Days


Class Time



MG352, MK351 and HR 353

Credit Hours



ISBN: 0073530336

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Course Description:
Consideration of the development, legal environment, and current problems of the industrial relations system. Emphasis is placed upon the historical evolution of both the union movement and the legislative system that shapes its activities. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: MG352, MK351 and HR 353

Educational Philosophy:
As for my Educational Philosophy:  I strongly believe in collaborative learning.  My philosophy of teaching is one of students interacting and understanding lectures, readings, quizzes, discussions, examinations, web sites and videos.  I also encourage each student to strive to reach his/her highest potential by applying what they have learned and discussing issues with fellow students and the instructor openly.  I believe that constant feedback is a necessity which I will continue to administer throughout the term to ensure course continuity!

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain various perspectives of collective bargaining theories.
  2. Discuss the historical and future trends toward labor and management conflict resolution.
  3. Evaluate how labor relations theories can be applied to workplace practices including the students own work environment.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. Define the term “collective bargaining.”
  2. 2. Bargaining agreement.
  3. 3. Describe the process of establishing a bargaining unit.
  4. 4. List three examples of unfair labor practices
  5. 5. Describe the role and function of an arbitrator.
  6. 6. Outline the process of administering a collective bargaining agreement.
  7. 7. Describe the process of decertification of a labor bargaining unit.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Class Participation (CP) which includes timely (to be completed not later than midnight CST on Sunday of each week) and appropriate conference thread postings account for 20% of your overall final grade for the course. Conference thread postings normally include a reply each week to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the Discussion Questions thread in the Discussion area.  You will also be required to post at least one Peer Review (PR) to each of two classmate's DQ posting each week (that’s two PR’s per week). You will have the opportunity to accrue 3 points for each timely and appropriate DQ posting you offer each week, and up to 2 points for each timely and appropriate PR posting you offer each week. By the end of the course you can accumulate up to 56 class participation points. Those 56 points make up 20% of your final grade.
You will be required to take a Weekly Quiz (WQ) online each week (to be completed not later than midnight CST on Sunday of each week) in weeks 1 – 7. There are 7 weekly quizzes. Each quiz has a 15-minute maximum time limit to complete; each contains 5 multiple choice and 5 true/false questions; and each is worth 10 points for a total of a possible 70 points. Those 70 points make up 25% of your final grade. You will also be directed, and have the option to take a Practice Quiz each week in order to assist you as a self-check in preparation for the weekly quiz. Practice quizzes receive no credit and participation in the practice quiz is purely voluntary. Weekly quizzes are graded automatically by the ECollege platform and the results/grade of your quiz is made immediately available to you at the competition of the quiz. Your weekly quiz grade will also be posted for your review each week in the Grade book.

A Research Assignment (RA) is located as a menu item under Course Home and is due in Week 6. The RA is worth 25% of your final grade. Note: You may complete and upload your completed RA offering to the Course Home – Research Assignment basket at any time, but in order to receive any credit whatsoever, your RA offering must be uploaded not later than midnight CST on Sunday of week 6. Your grade for your RA will be provided to you by the instructor in the course grade book.

You must take a proctored, cumulative Final Exam sometime between Monday and Friday of week 8. The final exam is closed-book, closed-notes and will account for 30% of your final grade. Your final exam grade will be posted in the course grade book. Failure to take the final exam will result in a automatic "F" as the student's final grade.


Class Participation (conference thread postings):  20% of your final grade.

Weekly quizzes (7 total): 25% of your final grade -- each has a 15-minute time limit to complete.

Research Assignment (due not later than 10PM MST on the last day of week 6):  25% of your final grade.

Final Exam (to be completed in week 8): 30% of your final grade. 




The comprehensive final is not a take-home test. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.

Proctored final examination - An examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Web Site.


A = 90- 100%
B = 80-89.9%
C = 70-79.9%
D = 60-69.9%
F = Less than 60% 


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:
For the most part, I do not believe in absolutes (there are always exceptions), but generally speaking, I do not accept assignments, conference thread postings, quizzes, etc., after the publicized due date. 

For example, if I do not see a posting or I do not hear from you, then I assume that you have made the decision to dismiss your opportunity to receive credit.

NOTE: Do not post anything in the conference area past the aforementioned deadlines. If you have not made your posting in time to meet the deadline, then your opportunity to receive credit for that posting is lost and gone forever. There is no way to make up those points. It is like taking a 'traditional class' on (for example) a Monday and Wednesday night where the class meets from 7:30PM 'till 10PM. If you show up to class at 11:30PM (regardless of the reason) you still missed that class. We can't say that you were present, when, in fact you were not. My advice? Never wait 'till Sunday night to attempt to make your conference thread posting :-)

There will be times when one or more of you will have to deal with scheduled and unscheduled absences (vacation, leave, babies, TDY, TAD, etc.). Please do not keep me guessing. If you are going to be absent, and you know in advance, prepare early and let me know about it by private Email. If you have an emergency - deal with the emergency! Then, when all is well, let me know about it and we'll work together to get you caught up. You should know that if I do not hear from a student for two weeks, I am obligated (I have no choice) to report the absence to main campus who then has to consider academic withdrawal from the course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This is a 400-level (senior-level) class.  Students are expected to be prepared for class each week, and to treat the instructor and the other class members with respect and courtesy.
Students must ensure that their Park "Google Apps" account is up to date and functioning properly. 
General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.
Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.

Online Instructor Response Policy: Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.

Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course. What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online and netiquette

Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?). If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See "Activities" located under each weekly unit page.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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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