MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for S1U 2012

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


S1U 2012 LU


Anderson, Russell C.




Masters in Busness Administration
Masters in Education
Bachelors of Science in Business Adminstration w/ spec in Health

Office Location

Park office Luke AFB

Office Hours

By Appt

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

16 Jan 2012 -11 Mar 2012

Class Days


Class Time

4:50 - 10:10 PM



Credit Hours



The Practice of  Leadeship

Publisher Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (November 28, 2006) 

Author: Jay A. Conger and Ronald E Riggio  

ISBN 0787983055

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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:

Educational Philosophy:


Leadership and the Growth of People: This course, like your entire education, is all about you and your own personal growth. The growth of people—you and me, the students of leadership—represents the essence of this course. It is my hope that accompanying your development of an understanding of organizational leadership, you will come to discover that a significant part of your role as a leader should be directed toward the growth and development of people—your organization’s human resources.




My role: It will be my role to guide your reading, to provide you with an occasion to think and explore the concept of leadership.


Your role: Be curious; be inquisitive; take your education seriously; open yourself up to new information and ideas; think about what it is that you are hearing and reading.


Our lives are filled with continuous contact with people who are in positions of leadership. We are continually experiencing the consequences of the acts of leadership; some of these may be rewarding and constructive; some may be frustrating, controlling, destructive, and dysfunctional. Regardless of the end of the continuum that they represent, they provide us with an opportunity to learn, observe, experience, think about, analyze, and learn from all of these leadership transactions

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. Discuss the types of proactive influence tactics and how are they used?
  2. Define ethical leadership.
  3. Explian how team leaders do to facilitate team effectiveness? Name three and explian
  4. Contrast Incremental and Transitional change.
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:

Class Assessment:


The understanding of the chapter readings will be assessed by completing a chapter quiz each class period. Each quiz is 50 points.   Quizzes will be True/False and Multiple Choice. Students will display their understanding of course material and how it relates to real life leadership situations by presenting a personal situation or current event leadership challenge to the class.  One presentation will be completed by each student. The class will comment on and discuss possible alternative solutions.  The presentation will be graded on how well the student develops their ideas and supports their conclusions.  The presentation is 150 points. Completing the homework is based on "completed or not be completed".  The Core Learning objectives Term Paper is to reinforce the Core Learning Objectives that will be covered in class.  The student will provide answer/definition to both the Core Learning Objectives & Instructor Learning Objectives. The student will also relate the course content to a leadership situation they experienced or observed.  The final exam is comprehensive and will be similar in format to the quizzes.  It is 200 points. 


Item                                           Points                       Total              

6 Quizzes                         50 each               300              

Participation (8 weeks)     16.25 each         130         

1 Presentation                   150                     150                

7 Homework                     10 each               70                

Term Paper                       150                     150              

Final Exam                        200                     200             

Total                                                          1000           



900 to 1000 points  = A

800 to  890 points  = B

700 to  790 points  = C

600 to  690 points  = D

Below   600 points  = F

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 submissions of course material will be deducted 10% per day. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Be professional at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1


Text: Read Chapters 1 and 2


Homework:  complete question on pg 62


Quiz Chap 1 and 2


Lecture & class discussion



Week 2


Text: Read Chapters 3 and 4


Homework: Relate an article to a concept in the the assigned chapter. Write 400 word paper explaining how the text concept is applied in article.


Quiz Ch 3, 4


Lecture & class discussion



Week 3


Text: Read Chapters 5 and 6


Homework: Relate an article to a concept in the the assigned chapter. Write 400 word paper explaining how the text concept is applied in article.

Quiz Ch 5, 6


Lecture & class discussion



Week 4


Core Learning Objectives Term Paper Due


Text: Read Chapters 7 and 8


Homework: Relate an article to a concept in the the assigned chapter. Write 400 word paper explaining how the text concept is applied in article.

Quiz 7, 8


Lecture & class discussion



Week 5


Text: Read Chapters 9 and 10


Homework: Relate an article to a concept in the the assigned chapter. Write 400 word paper explaining how the text concept is applied in article.

Quiz Ch 9, 10


Lecture & class discussion




Week 6


Text: Read Chapters 11 and 12


Homework: Relate an article to a concept in the the assigned chapter. Write 400 word paper explaining how the text concept is applied in article.

Quiz 11, 12


Lecture & class discussion



Week 7




Review for Final


Text: Read Chapters 13 and 14


Homework: Relate an article to a concept in the the assigned chapter. Write 400 word paper explaining how the text concept is applied in article.


Lecture & Class discussion



Week 8


Comprehensive 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 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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