MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for F1W 2011

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


F1W 2011 TIH


Flowers, Linda A.


Senior Adjunct


MBA/International Business California State University, Dominguez Hills
BS/Business Administration Oklahoma State University

Office Location

Tinker AFB

Office Hours

Before and After Class and by Appointment

Daytime Phone

405-381-3577 Home

Other Phone

405-833-2948 Cell


Semester Dates

August 15 - October 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

4:30 - 10:20 PM (weeks 1 & 8), 4:30 - 7:20 (weeks 2-6) Blended Format


MG 352 and EN 306B or equivalent.

Credit Hours



Title: Leaders and the Leadership Process
Edition: 6th Edition
Date: 2010
Author(s): Pierce, Jon, Newstrom, John
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.

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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:

My philosophy as an instructor is to challenge my students to learn as much as they can and to enjoy that learning process. The atmosphere of my classroom is one of mutual respect rather than one of authority.   I teach students, not subjects.  In order for my students to learn effectively, communication with them is an utmost priority.  Through communication, I will be able to “listen” to what they are saying and to discern their level of understanding.  I must have strong written communication skills; engage them in a safe and open environment; and build a sense of community among them.  And I will learn right along with them. 

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. Identify several characteristics that serve to define leaders and the leadership process
  2. Distinguish between direct and indirect effects of leader behavior
  3. State and define each of the six patterns of leadership behavior
  4. Explain the process through which individuals with a certain set of traits might emerge in leadership roles.
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:

Points per Week
Total Points In Course
Weekly Class Discussion
Mid-Term Exam
Research Paper
Homework Assignments




Final Exam













Less than 600


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:
If work is late due to an excused absence, no deduction is made; otherwise, a 20% deduction will be made each class until the work is submitted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Treat fellow classmates with respect.
Disagree professionally.
Be on time.
Be in class every session unless excused prior to the absence.
If you are going to miss a class, notify me in advance of the class.  In case of an emergency, notify me as soon as possible.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - August 18
Text: Chapters 1 and 2
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 1
Discuss Research Paper
Discussion on eCompanion 

Week 2 - August 25
Text: Chapters 3 and 4
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 2
Discussion on eCompanion
Homework Assignment

Week 3 - September 1
No Class - Class time will be made up by adding 30 minutes to each class time
Text: Chapters 5 and 6
Review PowerPoint
Discussion on eCompanion 

Week 4 - September 8 
Text: Chapters 7 and 8
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 4
Discussion on eCompanion
Mid-Term Exam

Week 5 - September 15
Text: Chapters 9 and 10
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 5
Discussion on eCompanion
Homework Assignment

Week 6 - September 22
Text: Chapters 11 and 12
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 6
Discussion on eCompanion
Homework Assignment

Week 7 - September 29
Text: Chapters 13, 14, and 15
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 7
Homework Assignment
Research Paper Due

Week 8 - October 6 
Final Exam
Discussion on eCompanion

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

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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