MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for S2R 2012

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


S2R 2012 SC


Powell, George A.


Masters Business Management
Human Resource Management
BS Business Administration

Office Location

Base Education Center Scott AFB IL

Office Hours

By appointment only. call or e-mail

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

19 Mar - 13 May 2012

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM


MG 352

Credit Hours



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Leaders and the Leadership Process, 6th edition: Pierce and Newstrom, McGraw-Hill. 2008,
    ISBN: 978-0-07-751184-5

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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. It is strongly recommended that the major core course be completed prior to enrolling in this course.

Educational Philosophy:

My educational philosophy is one of inter-activeness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. I will engage each of you in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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. 1. Explain basic systems theory, scientific method of problem solving, and how to apply them to leadership and managerial situations.
  2. 2. Explain the organization as a system that interacts with its environment and the individual as a system in the organizational environment.
  3. 3. Assess the impact of situational leadership methods on organizational performance.
  4. 4. Define and discuss ethical leadership in 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 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:

Learning will be assessed through participation, examinations, papers and presentations.  Assigned readings must be completed before each class to facilitate discussions.  Written case analyses and individual presentations will be required for the final grade for the course.  Examinations will be closed book.


Item                                Points                          %

Quizzes (8) 12.5Pts ea       -100 points               10%

Mid-term   Exam              - 200 points               20%

Final   Exam                    - 300 points               30%

Term Paper                     - 200 points               20%

Oral Presentation             - 100 points                10%

Attendance & Participation - 100 points              10%

           Total                   - 1,000 points             100%

90% to 100% of total points = A
80% to  89%  of total points = B
70% to  79%  of total points = C
60% to  69%  of total points = D
Below   60%                        = 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:
Submission of late work will result in a 5 point penalty for each late assignment

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cell phones and pagers are to be turned off before the class begins.

Please ask permission if you need to leave the class before it ends.

Personal conversations should not continue after the class meeting begins.  Respect your classmates and the instructor.

Students are expected to attend regularly and participate in class meetings.

Students may use pen or pencil when taking exams.

Term papers must be double spaced.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

DATES      COURSE TOPICS                                                 ASSIGNMENT

Week 1       Intro, Relationship, Traits, Quiz  # 1                         Chaps 1, 2, 3

Week 2      Gender, Emergence, Influence, Behaviors, Quiz # 2   Chaps 4, 5, 6, 7

Week 3     Situational, Cross-Cultural, Followers, Quiz # 3          Chaps 8, 9, 10

Week 4     Quiz # 4, followed by Mid-term exam  (Ch 1 thru 10)  Apply                     

Week 5     Participative, Substitutes, Charismatic, Quiz # 5           Chaps 11, 12, 13

Week 6     Transformational, Negative, Positive, Quiz # 6            Chaps 14, 15, 16

Week 7     Oral Presentations & Review Quiz # 7                        Chapter 1-16

Week 8     Quiz #8 followed by Final Exam  (Ch 1 thru Ch16)    Comprehensive

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: .


Instructor Bio: Welcome students of  MG 401, Senior Seminar in Management.  My name is George Powell and I will be your instructor during the next 8 weeks of your course. My teaching experience began in 1974 teaching both Graduate and Undergraduate courses face to face and on line. I teach Business Management and Human Resource courses as a Senior Adjunct Instructor and have been teaching exclusively for Park University since 1992.

I completed a thirty six year professional military career in the United States Air Force, which included four years in Senior Executive Leadership as Commanding Officer of two Major Communications Groups. I retired  Lt. Colonel in 1991. After retirement I began civilian employment as a government contracting manager of Innovative Technology Corporation, O’Fallon, Illinois. Later I committed to a three-year stint as General Manager of Durham School Services, a student transportation company. This activity required daily involvement with labor union and other leadership activities which provided considerable insight and practical application in the Leadership process. I will bring this  experience to our class.

Welcome aboard for a very interesting and informational course.

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