MG420 Labor Relations

for F1T 2012

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MG 420 Labor Relations


F1T 2012 DL


Incalcaterra, Frank P.


Online Faculty Trainer/Evaluator Park Distance Learning


B.S. Human Resources Management
M.Ed. Adult and Higher Education

Office Location

Peoria, Arizona

Office Hours

Daily 10AM - 6PM Mountain Standard Time

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 20 – October 14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time



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:
I believe that students will learn only when they are ready to learn, and that student learning will only happen when students see some value in the course materials presented as applicable to their own lives, interests, and/or careers.  It is my role to facilitate that learning by fostering critical thinking and by serving as a role model and as a resource for my students.

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. Define the term “collective bargaining” and list and describe four issues that are mandatory components of a collective bargaining agreement.
  2. List and discuss three U.S. laws that support collective bargaining, and three examples of employer unfair labor practices.
  3. Describe the process of establishing and decertifying of collective bargaining unit.
  4. Outline the process of administering a collective bargaining agreement to include the role and function of an arbitrator.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Class Participation: (conference thread postings):  30% of your final grade. You will be able to control how much credit you earn for Class Participation (CP) which includes timely and appropriate conference thread postings. In order to receive any credit whatsoever your conference thread postings must be posted not later than midnight (CST) on Sunday of each class week. You can earn up to 40 points each week for weeks 1-7; and up to 20 points for your week 8 conference thread posting. Conference thread postings normally include a reply each week (worth up to 15 points) to any one of the discussion questions (DQ) posed by the instructor in the Discussion Questions thread in the Conference area. You will also have the opportunity (should you choose to take it) to increase your grade for your response to my discussion question by 4 points by including a text reference in support of your offering; another 4 points for including and discussing an appropriate web-based reference in support of your offering, and an additional 2 points if your offering is free from spelling and/or grammatical errors.   If you decide to do all of these things you can earn up to 25 points for your response to any one of my discussion questions. In addition to the above opportunities, you can further increase your class participation grade each week by offering a Value Added Posting (VAP) to a classmate’s DQ response or VAP. A Value Adding Posting (VAP) is a posting you would make in response to a classmate’s DQ response or VAP posting similar to what you would say to that person in a face-to-face classroom. 

Weekly quizzes: You will be required to take 4 online quizzes during the term and combined are worth 200 points or 20% of your final grade. You may take each quiz only one time. Each quiz has either a 15-minute or a 30-minute time limit to complete and must be completed by midnight (CST) on Sunday of the week the quiz is assigned. The first quiz in week 2 and the week 7 quiz each have a 30-minute time limit.   The week 3 and week 5 quizzes each have a 15-minute time limit. Each quiz is graded automatically by the eCollege platform and the results/grade of your quiz is made immediately available to you at the competition of the quiz. 

Practice Quizzes: Are optional and are offered for no credit, but rather as a self-check/study guide. You may take each quiz as many times as you like. There are no time limits associated with the practice quizzes. A practice quiz is offered for each week in weeks 2, 3, 5, and 7. Each practice quiz is graded automatically by the eCollege platform and the results/grade of your quiz is made immediately available to you at the competition of the quiz.

Midterm Exam:   The midterm exam must be taken online in Week 4 and is worth 100 points or 10% of your final grade. The midterm will cover information contained in Chapters 1-5, and Chapter 9 and will consist of 50 multiple choice and true/false questions. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam and it must be completed by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week the quiz is assigned. The midterm exam is graded automatically by the eCollege platform and the results/grade of your exam is made immediately available to you at the competition of the exam.

Practice Midterm: The practice midterm is optional, and covers information contained in Chapters 1-5, and Chapter 9. The practice midterm is offered for no credit, but rather as a self-check/study guide. You may take the practice midterm as many times as you like. There are no time limits associated with the practice midterm. The practice midterm is graded automatically by the eCollege platform and the results/grade of your practice midterm is made immediately available to you at the competition of the practice midterm.

Research Assignment: (due not later than midnight CST on the last day of week 6):  20% of your final grade. Your research assignment will ask four rather in-depth essay questions. Three of these questions will be worth 40 points and one will be worth 80 points for a total of 200 possible points. At least 75% of the verbiage in your offering for each question must be in your own words. Up to 25% can be the words of others taken from either the text or from the articles you used in support of your offering. You will be required to submit your paper using the Modern Language Association (MLA) formatting style.

Comprehensive 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 1000-point system.  You can earn up to 300 points (30 percent of the final grade) for Class Participation, 200 points for the Weekly Quizzes (20 percent of the final grade), 100 points (10 percent of the final grade) for the Midterm exam, 200 points (20 percent of the final grade) for the Research Assignment, and 200 points (20 percent of the final grade) for the Final Exam. Your final grade is computed as a final numeric grade (e.g. 900 points or 90%) and then converted to a Final Letter Grade as follows:

900 – 1,000 points will result in a final letter grade of an "A".
800 - 899.9 points will result in a final letter grade of a "B".
700 - 799.9 points will result in a final letter grade of a "C".
600 - 699.9 points will result in a final letter grade of a "D".
Less than an accumulated 600 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:

A class week is defined as Monday through Sunday of each week. For example, the first week of class for this semester starts Monday, August 20, 2012 and ends on Sunday, August 26, 2012. All assignments will be due not later than midnight (CST) of the week assigned.

For the most part, I do not believe in absolutes (there can sometimes be an exception to the rule), but generally speaking, I do not accept assignments, conference thread postings, quizzes, etc., after the publicized due date and time. 

For example, if I do not see a posting or I do not hear from you my midnight (CST) on Sunday of a particular class week, then I assume that you have made the decision to dismiss your opportunity to receive credit for that week.

NOTE: Do not post anything in the conference area past the aforementioned deadlines. If you have not made your posting in time to meet the deadline, then your opportunity to receive credit for that posting is lost and gone forever. There is no way to make up those points. It is like taking a 'traditional class' on (for example) a Monday and Wednesday night where the class meets from 7:30PM 'till 10PM. If you show up to class at 11:30PM (regardless of the reason) you still missed that class. We can't say that you were present, when, in fact you were not. My advice? Never wait 'till Sunday night to attempt to make your conference thread postings or assignment uploads.

There will be times when one or more of you will have to deal with scheduled and unscheduled absences (vacation, leave, babies, TDY, TAD, etc.). Please do not keep me guessing. If you are going to be absent, and you know in advance, prepare early and let me know about it by private Email. If you have an emergency - deal with the emergency! Then, when all is well, let me know about it and we'll work together to get you caught up. You should know that if I do not hear from a student for two weeks, I am obligated (I have no choice) to report the absence to main campus who then has to consider academic withdrawal from the course.

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See "Activities" located under each weekly unit page

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 95-96

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 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.
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 course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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