MG101 Introduction to Management

for F2T 2011

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MG 101 Introduction to Management


F2T 2011 DLA


Fant, Stephen


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. Management
B.S. Business Administration
A.S. Business Administration

Office Location


Office Hours

6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. CST

Daytime Phone

(573) 201-8586


Semester Dates

17 October - 11 December 2011

Class Days


Class Time

24 hours a day access



Credit Hours



Required Text:

Fundamentals of Management: Essential Concepts and Application, 7th Edition Author: Robbins, DeCenzo and Coulter ISBN: 978-0-13-610982-2

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Course Description:
MG101 Introduction to Management: Basic functions of management with emphasis on the behavioral problems management face in adopting and implementing policy. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:


The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, 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. List and describe the functions of management.
  2. Explain how the emphasis on respective functions of management will change at the various levels of the organization.
  3. Describe the managerial activities and functions of a supervisor, a mid-level manager, and an executive.
  4. Describe two organization environments that would require extremely different styles of management.
  5. Explain how centralization and decentralization affect managerial decision making.
  6. Define the terms “span of control” and “scope of authority”.
  7. Define the terms “effectiveness” and “efficiency.”
  8. Compare and contrast “leadership” and “management.”

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 MG101. 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 calculators, computers, or materials other than a writing instrument 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:


For this course, the core assessment is a Comprehensive Final Examination to be administered in all sections of MG101. This exam is worth at least 20 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 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 calculators or materials other than a writing instrument 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.

A midterm exam, a final exam, quizzes, participation in class, a management skills assignment and a paper.



Course Grading Scale and General Evaluative Criteria: To achieve the maximum number of points the assignment is organized in a logical manner with appropriate punctuation and spelling; is submitted on time; provides a good, concise business like analysis; proposes solutions that logically flow from the analysis; and integrates relevant course content material when appropriate.


The midterm examination = 220 points or 22% of course grade.

  • Each question is correct or incorrect based on the course content.

Final Examination

The final examination = 300 points or 30% of the course grade.

  • Each question is correct or incorrect based on the course content.

Discussion Questions

The discussion questions = 280 points or 28% of the course grade.

  • Responses are graded on a point system. A passing grade will answer the question in a brief and grammatically correct manner.
  • The comments on responses = 70 points or 7% of the course grade.
  • Each comment will agree, disagree or bring out additional points in a constructive manner with rationale.


The response to a skills situation (located at the end of each chapter) or research paper = 10 points or 10% of the course grade.

  • A skill response will answer each question based on the text and slide presentation content.
  • A paper will define the topic, explain a way to implement it and provide references.
  • A response must be complete, flow logically, organized and grammatically correct.


The quizzes = 30 points or 3% of the course grade.

  • Each question is correct or incorrect.

Final Grade

The course total = 1000 points.

  • An "A" requires 90-100% (900 points or higher)
  • A "B" requires 80-89% (800 to 890 points)
  • A "C" requires 70-79% (700 to 790 points)
  • A "D" requires 60-69% (600 to 690 points)
  • A "F" will be given for 59% (590 or fewer points)

Course Points

Item / Assignment Points
Discussion 280 points
Comments 70 points
Quizzes 30 points
Midterm 220 points
Case application, Paper or five questions 100 points
Final 300 points
Total 1000 points


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 Caused by An Emergency: Late work because of an emergency will only be accepted by approval of the Instructor and will be based on bona fide emergency situations. A 10% late penalty deduction may be taken from the earned score.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Courtesy and respect to others will be followed at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See "Homework" 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
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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: .


Hi everyone and Welcome to MG420! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to this class and provide you with a little more information about me.

I was born in Laurel, Mississippi in 1966. At the age of 1 my family moved from Mississippi to a place called Fredonia, New York (near Buffalo). We lived there for about 7 years……(really really cold years) and then moved to Hampton, Virginia. We stayed there for a long time. Hampton is located right near the Ocean, Mountains and many historic sites. It was a great place to grow up!

I graduated from Kecoughtan High School in 1984 (Hampton, VA). I then attended Chowan University (Murfreesboro, NC) and obtained an Associates degree in Business there in 1986. After that it was on to Christopher Newport University (Newport News, VA) where I graduated in 1988 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration.

In 1989 I began an intern/trainee position with the Department of Defense as an Occupational Safety and Health Specialist. This position involved OSHA implementation for the Army. This first “real job” for me was at Fort Monroe, Virginia. In 1990 I received a promotion and moved to El Paso, Texas. Yes El Paso, Texas. I knew nothing about the place except for the famous song. At that same time I married a terrific girl by the name of Katherine Sheetz who I had been dating in Hampton and together we headed out west to begin our adventure and move 2,000 miles from our families. My actual job was at Fort Bliss (which is right in El Paso) in the Safety Office. I was still an Occupational Safety and Health Specialist and spent much of my time in training. While living in El Paso, I worked on my Masters degree at Webster University and finished it in 1993.

In 1994 I received another promotion and moved to Fort Rucker, Alabama. We were at Fort Rucker for a little over a year when I received another promotion in 1995 and became the Director of Safety & Health for the 99th Regional Support Command (RSC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There my assignment was to start a safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene and radiation protection office from “scratch” (the 99th RSC was a brand new organization). It had over 20,000 employees and covered a 5 state region. The greatest thing that happened to us in Pittsburgh though was the birth of our first child- McKenna Jayne Fant in 1998.

Later on in 1998, believe it or not, I received another promotion and became the Director of Safety and Health for Fort Bliss. That’s right, the same office I had been a trainee in between 1990-1994. I managed all safety & health issues for this installation, which has 1.1 million acres (larger than a U.S. state), is the home of air defense weapon systems for the Army, and has 60,000 personnel on it at any given time. On a personal note, we had our second beautiful daughter- Olivia Faith Fant in the year 2000. Our two daughters are great!!

In January, 2002, I was fortunate enough to receive another promotion. I became the Director of Safety & Health for the 7th Army Training Center in Graphenwoehr, Germany. It was a very exciting job. Our office's primary duty was safety for the Army’s Major Training Areas throughout Germany. We also ensured the adequacy (from safety & health perspective) of the training areas that the U.S. forces use in many countries throughout Europe- to include Hungary, France, Norway, Poland, the Czech republic, Greece, Italy, etc. It was a fantastic job!

In May, 2005, we moved back to the United States where I became the Safety Director for Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. It was an interesting place. I’ll leave it at that. J

In November of 2008, I accepted a position with the U.S. Army Installation Management Command- Pacific Region, as their Safety Director. Our Region covered Hawaii, Alaska, and Japan. It provided some great travel opportunities! Wow, did we enjoy living there.

In July 2010, we moved to San Antonio to work for the Headquarters of the same organization (U.S. Army Installation Management Command). In January of 2011 I was promoted to the Safety Director of the Organization- and I actually do not have to move this time! Awesome! My wife and daughters are “country girls”, so they are enjoying Texas.

As far as teaching for Park University, I started facilitating courses for them on the Fort Bliss Campus in 1999. My online teaching for the school began in 2001. I hope to teach here for a long time to come!

That’s my life in a quick nutshell. Now I look forward to getting to know each of you better over the next 8 weeks!



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