MG420 Labor Relations

for F1SS 2011

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MG 420 Labor Relations


F1SS 2011 RAH


Thomas, Frederick


Adjunct Faculty


MA in Human Resource Management
BA in Human Resource Administration

Office Location

The classroom will be used as an office before and after class meetings

Office Hours

By appointment or immediately after each class meeting


Class Days


Class Time

4:55 - 9:55 PM


MG352 and HR 353

Credit Hours



Text Title: Labor Relations: Striking a Balance
Author:  BUDD
Edition/Copyright: 3rd Edition 2010
Publisher:  McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
ISBN: 0073530336
Type: Hardback

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Course Description:
MG420 Labor Relations: 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: MG 352 and HR 353.

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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. Explain the evolutionary process that brought us to modern day Labor Relations as we know it
  2. 2. Define the Collective Bargaining Process
  3. 3. Explain the role of Government in Labor Relations
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Online Quizzes - Students have the option of taking any two out of four online quizzes posted during the term.  Each quiz is based on the student's understanding and application of materials from reading and class discussions.

Online Activities - Students will participate in six online activities (one each week during weeks two through seven). Details will be posted in the online classroom.

Research Paper - Papers are based on movies that present situations concerning labor and management conflict resolutions.  Students will apply concepts learned throughout the course. Detailed instructions will be given in class.

Presentation - Each student is required to present his/her paper in an oral format to the class using a media of his/her choice to enhance the presentation.  Detailed instructions will be given in class.

Final Exam - The final exam is closed book/closed notes and will be taken during the last class meeting.




% of

Online Quizzes (2@10%each)



Online Activities



Research Paper






Final Exam






Final grades are based on a 500 point system. A student can earn up to 100 points (20% of the final grade) for two online quizzes, 75 points for participation in online activities (15% of the final grade), 125 points for the research paper (25% of the final grade), 50 points for the presentation (10% of the final grade), and 150 points for the final exam (30% of the final grade). Final grades are computed by total number of points out of 500 possible:

Points Accumulated










 299 and below


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:

Late assignments will only be accepted if the student has contacted the instructor prior to the due date of an assignment with a valid reason he/she cannot meet the deadline.  All approvals for extensions are at the instructor’s discretion.  Any assignments turned in late without prior approval from the instructor will have ten points deducted for each day it is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

THIS IS A HYBRID COURSE: This format provides some of the best features of face-to-face and online courses, such as: direct interaction with your instructor and classmates in a classroom environment, use of technology in the online component to enhance your learning experience, flexibility and convenience, and reduced commuting time and expense.

There will not be any more (or less) work to complete a course in a hybrid format. It will simply provide students and the instructor with a degree of flexibility not available in the standard face-to-face course. The course sessions will include five face-to-face meetings (on Wednesday of weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, and 8--see course schedule above for specific dates—from 4:55pm to 9:55pm) and the time spent working online make this hybrid course 60% face-to-face and 40% online. The face-to-face sessions are mandatory meetings. Each online activity is organized on a weekly basis with predetermined due dates and are not self-paced; however, since the online participation is asynchronous, students will enjoy the advantage of choosing the times they wish to participate outside of the face-to-face sessions during the week.

This is a 400-level (senior-level) class. All students are expected to come to class prepared to engage in meaningful discussion of assigned reading and build upon this knowledge through respectful dialogue.  Side-bar discussions are distracting and will not be tolerated: students must yield the floor to the speaker and conduct themselves professionally at all times. Other than in the face-to-face meetings, all discussion should take place in the online classroom (not via e-mail or chat room) so all students can benefit from course discussions outside of the face-to-face meetings. On the other hand, discussions begun in the online classroom will be continued in the face-to-face meetings in order to enhance the hybrid experience.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:






Meeting Dates


15-21 Aug

Introduction to the online classroom

Syllabus Q and A

Paper topics assigned

Ch 1 and 2

17 Aug


22-28 Aug

Online Activity 1

Quiz 1

The U.S. New Deal
Industrial Relations System:
Ch 3 and 4


29 Aug-4 Sep

Online Activity 2

The U.S. New Deal
Industrial Relations System:
Ch 5, 6, and 7

31 Aug


5-11 Sep

Online Activity 3

Quiz 2

The U.S. New Deal
Industrial Relations System:
Ch 8 and 9


12-18 Sep

Online Activity 4

Issues for the 21st Century:
Ch 10 and 11

14 Sep


19-25 Sep

Online Activity 5

Papers Due (submit online in drop box)

Ch 12 and 13


26 Sep-2 Oct

Online Activity 6

Begin Student Presentations

28 Sep


3-9 Oct

Finish Student Presentations

Final Exam

5 Oct

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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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