MG420 Labor Relations

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S2J 2013 PV


Deaton, Nevin


Senior Adjunct Faculty


M.A. in Human Resource Development
B.S in Business Administration
A.A. in Computer Science

Office Location

Park University - Parkville Main Campus

Office Hours

By appointment or 15 minutes before or after class.

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Semester Dates

S2J 2013-03/18/13-05/10/13

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM


MG352 and HR 353

Credit Hours



Text Title: Labor Relations : Striking a Balance
Author:  BUDD
Edition/Copyright: 3rd Edition 2010
Publisher:  McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
ISBN: 0073530336
Type: Hardback

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Course Description:
MG420 Labor Relations: Consideration of the development, legal environment, and current problems of the industrial relations system. Emphasis is placed upon the historical evolution of both the union movement and the legislative system that shapes its activities. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: MG 352 and HR 353.

Educational Philosophy:
This teacher's educational philosophy is one of open interaction based on current events, lectures, discussions,videos, debates, exams, presentations and organizational experiental exercises on Labor Relation topics.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain various perspectives of collective bargaining theories.
  2. Discuss the historical and future trends toward labor and management conflict resolution.
  3. Evaluate how labor relations theories can be applied to workplace practices including the students own work environment.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the three objectives of Labor Relations..
  2. Debate union vs. nonunion issues.
  3. List four issues that are potential components of a collective bargaining agreement.
  4. Discuss the importance of labor laws and it's history.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Class Participation (conference thread postings):  20% of your final grade.

Weekly quizzes (4 total): 20% of your final grade -- each has a 15-minute time limit to complete.

Midterm Exam 20%

Research Assignment (due not later than midnight CST on the last day of week 6):  20% of your final grade.

Final Exam (to be completed in week 8): 20% of your final grade. 

Note: The comprehensive final exam is not a take home test.  It will be proctored as a closed book, closed notes exam. 


Your Final Grade is based on a 100 point system.  You can earn up to 20 points (20 percent of the final grade) for Class Participation,

200 points total for the 4 Weekly Quizzes (20 percent of the final grade), 20 points for the MG420 Midterm Exam 20 points for the Research Presentation (20 percent of the final grade), and 20 points for the Final Exam (20 percent of your final grade). Your final grade is computed as a final numeric grade (e.g. 100 points) and then converted to a Final Letter Grade as follows:

100-90points will result in a final letter grade of an "A".
89-80 points will result in a final letter grade of a "B".
79 -70 points will result in a final letter grade of a "C".
69 -60 points will result in a final letter grade of a "D".
Less than an accumulated 60 points will result in a final letter grade of an "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 work is not acceptable.  Any credit received is at the discretion of the instructor.  Work received after the due date may receive half credit at the discretion of the instructor.  Work received more than one week late will not receive any credit at all. 
  • Classroom Rules of Conduct:
    This is a 400-level (senior-level) class.  Students are expected to be prepared for class each week, and to treat the instructor and the other class members with respect and with courtesy. Phones set to silent mode, five minutes for phone converstion outside the hall, more than five minutes, points will be deducted. Also, no TEXTING during class!

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    WEEK 2-CHAPTERS 11&12
    WEEK 5- CHAPTERS 5&6
    WEEK 6- CHAPTERS 7&8
    WEEK 7- CHAPTERS 9&10

    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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

    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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

    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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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