MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for S2AA 2012

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


S2AA 2012 LC


Ajas, Hiroshi


Adjunct Senior Instructor


Master of Arts in Business Management
Master in Social Work; licensed MSW in Texas
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

Office Location

Park University, Building 5725, Suite 5, Lackland AFB, TX

Office Hours

Anytime via e-mail or work number or by appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

19 Mar 2012 - 13 May 2012

Class Days


Class Time



MG 352, MG 365, EN306B or its equivalent

Credit Hours



Leaders and the Leadership Process, 6th edition, (This is a McGraw-Hill "Custom version of Pierce and Newstrom text). ISBN 0077511840 or 978007751845.

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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:
The instructor's educational and teaching philosophy is one of partnership with students to accomplish a mutually agreed goal of learning. To accomplish this goal, the instructor serves as an active "agent" to orchestrate ways to facilitate open and free communications; coordinate students' effort to meet course objectives; and to provide a healthy, learning environment to give each student the freedom to learn and grow. Prior to each class, the instructor will provide a detailed course outline of major areas of interests for each chapter, followed with a copy of power point lecture slides. During class, students will be asked to summarize major concepts, ideas or issues brought out in lectures as well as participating in working groups to complete class exercises and assignments. In short, the instructor will integrate power point slides, class exercises, examinations and research paper to meet course objectives.

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 and discuss ways to improve leader-follower exchange relationship.
  2. Define and discuss ethical leadership in management.
  3. Explain the importance of leadership to managerial success.
  4. Explain the similarities and differences between charismatic and transformational leadership.
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:

1. 5 Apr 2012-Chapter Examination #1
2. 26 April 2011- Chapter Examination #2
3.  10 May 2011- Final Examination: All  examinations will include multiple choice, true and false and short answer response questions. The Final exam will be comprehensive examination covering all chapters.
4. Research Paper on Leadership: Each student will prepare a research paper on a topic relevant to leadership, approved by the instructor. The research  paper will include a development of a research question and through literature review, provide supporting evidence to address the specific research question. An oral presentation of the research paper will be given to the class after completion of the comprehensive final examination. A detailed outline for the research paper as well as the grading criteria for the paper will be discussed on the first day of class.
5. Attendance and working group assignments: A percentage of each student's overall grade will be based on attendance and active participation in all class discussions and team work exercises. Excused and unexcused absences and failure to complete required tasks will result in the deduction of points per class.


1. Chapter Examination #1: 100 points (20%)
2. Chapter Examination # 2:  100 points (20%)
3. Comprehensive Final Examination: 150 points (30%)
4. Research Paper on Leadership: 100 points (20%)
5.  Attendance and Working Group Assignments: 50 points (10%)
6. Total- 500 points (100%)
500- 450= A
449-400= B
399-350= C
349-300= D
299 and below= 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:
The instructor will not accept late assignments unless for documented, excused reasons. Unexcused reasons for late submission of assignments will receive a grade of "zero." There will be NO make up sessions or tests for unexcused absences. The student must make every effort to contact the instructor as soon as possible to arrange for make up assignments/tests.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation and appropriate classroom behavior is expected and attendance taken for each class. Class missed for legitimate reasons such as TDY, documented personal and medical emergencies are excusable. The student must coordinate with the instructor (e.g., e-mail or phone) as soon as possible to make arrangements for completion of missed assignments/tests.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1. 22 Mar- Introduction to course on leadership; review of course objectives and examinations; discussion of research paper.  Chapter 1, experiential exercise: Exploring Leadership Beliefs; Chapter 2, completion of self-assessment.
2. 29 Mar- Chapter 3, completion of self-assessments, group exercise; Chapter 4, group exercise  on gender and leadership, completion of self-assessment; and Chapter 5, review for Chapter # 1 exam.
3. 5 Apr- Chapter Exam #1; Chapter 6, self-assessment and Chapter 7..
4. 12 Apr- Chapter 8, group exercise, self-assessments; Chapter 9, group exercise, self-assessments.
5. 19 Apr- Chapter 10,experiential exercise: Leader-Subordinate Friendship; Chapter 11, self-assessment., review for Chapter #2 Examination..
6. 26 Apr- Chapter Exam #2;  Chapter 12, group exercise, self-assessment; Chapter 13, experiential exercise: Generating Leadership Lesson.
7. 3 May- Chapter 14, self-assessment; Chapter 15,  review for Final Examination; and prepare for oral presentation of your research paper on leadership.
8. 10 May- Comprehensive Final Examination. Student oral presentation of research paper on leadership to the class.

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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