MG101 Introduction to Management

for S2T 2012

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MG 101 Introduction to Management


S2T 2012 DLA


Preston, Ana M.




BA - Cleveland State University
MBA - University of Phoenix

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Semester Dates

03/19/2012 - 05/13/2012

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Required Text: Fundamentals of Management: Essential Concepts and Application, 7th Edition Author:  Robbins, Stephen P./Coulter, Mary/DeCenzo, David A. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-610982-2, Copyright 2011 

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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:

Participation and interactions with classmates is paramount in the online environment.  To ensure academic success, the student is expected to read the lectures, assigned material, and take quizzes/examinations as well as participate in discussions.  Ideas will be exchanged and alternate perspectives shall always be given consideration.

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:

The class assessment will be based on a midterm exam, a final exam, quizzes, participation in class, homework and a week 7 project.


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 businesslike analysis; proposes solutions that logically flow from the analysis; and integrates relevant course content material when appropriate.

Assessment Points Percent of Course Grade
Midterm  Exam  220 22%
Final Exam 300 30%
Discussion Questions 280 28%
Comments on Postings 70 7%
Quizzes 30 3%
Week 7 Project 100 10%
On the midterm examination each question is correct or incorrect based on the course content. 
On the final examination each question is correct or incorrect based on the course content.
The discussion questions are graded according to the rubric. A passing grade will answer the question in a grammatically correct manner.  
The peer comments on the postings will agree, disagree or bring out additional points in a constructive manner with rationale.  The comments will be graded according to the rubric.
The management paper will define the topic, explain a way to implement it and provide references. The paper must be complete, organized, and grammatically correct. 
On the quiz each question is correct or incorrect. 
The course total is valued at 1000 points.  An A requires 90- 100% (900 points or higher); a B requires 80-89% (800 to 899 points); a C requires 70-79%(700 to 799 points); a D requires 60-69% (600 to 699 points)and an F will be given for 59% (599 or fewer points).

Evaluation of assignments will be according to the following rubrics.

Discussion Grade Matrix




Answered all questions and subquestions correctly and completely. There are at least three sentences for each answer. Well organized. Spelling and grammar are error free.



Answered questions and subquestions correctly. Some responses were not complete or some spelling and grammar errors were present.  Only two or one sentence responses.

Average and below average


Incomplete responses or multiple spelling and grammar errors.

Well below average, needs improvement

Comment Grade Matrix



Comments are meaningful and provide supporting rationale. Could include information on incomplete or incorrect points in the original student response. Comments must be made on at least one other student posting by Sunday night of the weekly unit.



Comments are not supported or too brief, i.e., that was well done, I agree, etc. or late.

Average and below average


One word comments, i.e. agree, disagree, good, etc. on no comment posting.


Week 7 Questions



Answered all questions and subquestions correctly and completely by the due date. Spelling and grammar are error free. Response is well organized and flows logically. There are at least three sentences for each answer. Displays complete understanding and analysis. Positions are well supported and integrate material from the text and online course content.



Answered some questions and subquestions correctly by the due date. Some errors in spelling and grammar. Positions not well supported.

Average and below average


Answered less than 30 % of the questions or subquestions correctly by the due date. Some errors in spelling and grammar. Positions not well supported.

Well below average, needs improvement.

Total Quality Management (TQM), Business Process Reegineering ( BPR), Lean Six Sigma (LSS), etc. Paper Grade Matrix



Defined the topic completely and thoroughly. Displays complete understanding and analysis. Stated how to implement the topic completely. Well organized and flowed logically. Spelling and grammar are error free. Positions are well supported and integrate material from the text and online course content. Cites at least two references.



Described the topic and how to implement it. Organized with some spelling or grammar errors. Cites at least one reference.

Average and below average


Defined the topic or how to implement it. Numerous spelling and grammar errors. Late paper. No references cited.

Well below average, needs improvement.

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 assignment(s) will not be accepted without prior approval from the instructor. Weekly eCollege discussion and quizzes will not be accepted late. Other assignments will not be accepted more than one week late. Late assignments will be reduced at least one letter grade. No late assignments will be accepted after week 6.   Student departing on TAD, TDY, or other excused absences, approved by the instructor, should complete assignments prior to departure.

In the case of bereavement or serious illness of an immediate family member, students should fax a doctor's statement with phone number to the instructor.  The fax is required before any consideration is given for additional time to complete assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Online Course Policies:

Policy #1:  Submission of Work:

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MST and Sunday at 11:59 PM MST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.

Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.

Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation

General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.
Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.

Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online and netiquette
Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor.

Policy #3: What to do if you experience technical problems or have questions about the Online classroom.  

If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, click on the  button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance.
If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - Post Introduction; Chapters 1 and 2
Week 2 - Chapters 3 and 4
Week 3 - Chapters 5 and 6; Complete Quiz
Week 4 - Chapter 7; Complete Midterm Exam
Week 5 - Chapters 8, 9 and 10
Week 6 - Chapters 11, 12 and 13
Week 7 - Chapter 14; Complete and Submit Project to DropBox; Complete Quiz
Week 8 - Review Study Guide; Course Wrap and Discussion; Proctored 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.
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: .


Last Updated:2/27/2012 4:26:32 PM