MBA 520 Entrepreneurial Project Mgmt
F1P 2012 DL
Hancock, William D.
Westminster College - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and PhilosophyUniversity of Missouri - Kansas City - MBA with emphasis in Entrepreneurship
Winter Haven, FL
08/20/2012 - 10/14/2012
Project Management: The Managerial Process wMSProject2007 CD and Student CD, 5th Edition
Erik W. Larson and Clifford F. Gray
Hardcover with 2 CDROM
©2011, ISBN-13 978-0-07-742692-7
Richard D. Irwin, Inc.
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Educational Philosophy: My educational philosophy mirrors expectations of employees in business. That is, foster interaction, illicit opinions, and let the students draw upon their experiences to help round out the course material that can be found in the book. The coursework will be much more valuable to each of the participants if we all compare and contrast the subject matter with our own experiences, and the conversations and discussion threads that develop will be where much of the value of this class will be derived. In that way, I am not a "teacher" - more a "facilitator" for discussion and collaboration in the course.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Weekly Discussion Questions (including Class Participation), a Final Test (including a case study), and a Group Project Term Paper will graded as a part of developing a final grade for the semester. Below is a detail of the points available on each component.
Weekly Readings - Each week chapters from the text and a short instructor lecture will be assigned as required reading. The Lecture also contains links to additional handouts that are to be read that week
For a Student to Earn Full Points for Discussion Questions (DQs), S/He Should:
Answer all four (4) Discussion Questions posted by the instructor, (a) fully (length) with (b) clarity and (c) includes application or example, (d) cites and references any source(s) used. Each question will be graded on its own merits and it should meet all the requirements (full, clear, applied and sourced). The 4 initial posts have a value of 30 points each week.
Initial post made by Thursday
Initial post made after Thursday
Sources cited/APA format
Sources mentioned with APA attempted
Sources are not mentioned/ no APA
Posts demonstrate critical thinking, application examples, and contribute substance to discussion dialogue
Posts demonstrate some critical thinking, some application, and contribute generally to discussion dialogue
Posts do not demonstrate critical thinking, have no application example, and contribute very little to discussion dialogue
Meets minimum length of 2 full paragraphs each
Two or more initial posts meet minimum length of 2 full paragraphs each
Less than two meet minimum length of 2 full paragraphs each
14 points or less
Participation follows from the Weekly Homework Discussion Questions and it will involve students' answering or elaborating on other students' answers of the discussion questions using a "thread" in the conference area called Conference Participation. There each student will select initial posts made by other students and provide an answer that either adds information or promotes further class discussion based on that initial post in the thread. More than one reply is permitted for any already answered DQ.
For a Student to Earn Full Points for Weekly Participation, S/He Should:
Provide a 'substantial' response to another student's answer or response. A 'substantial' response is a response/question that (a) is 4-6 lines in length; (b) if it is a question, it needs to be an open-ended question (requires further elaboration and not a yes or no or short type of answer); and (c) it promotes further class discussion.
Just responding to another student's answer or response saying that 'I liked your answer', or "I agree with you' type of responses/answers do not earn any points because they neither engage critical thinking, nor do they promote further class discussion.
A response can also be an opinion as long as the author can justify it using the economic concepts covered during the course. It can also be another question that extends the existing answered question. The response component of the weekly grade is valued at 10 points per week, and will be included in your weekly grade for discussion questions.
Assignment and replies completed by end of week Sunday
Assignment and replies not completed by end of week Sunday
Research paper. You will be broken into teams of 2 or three students each to work on the research paper. It needs to be 10 pages in body length (not counting the title, abstract and references pages), double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12 font. The paper is 32% of your final grade. Please make sure the paper has a title page, an abstract page and a references page with formatting in APA format. The paper needs to be delivered to the dropbox by the Thursday of the last week of the course (week 8). You need to select a topic and get instructor approval by midnight Sunday of the second week. The instructor will provide a list of projects from which a paper topic can be selected. It is not a requirement that you select a topic from this list, but the list provides topics that have been successfully developed by teams of students in previous classes.
Prior paper topic approval is required by the instructor to assure that you have selected a topic where there will be enough information sources available for you to write and expand on your topic, therefore please email the instructor a request for approval of the topic of your choice by the end of the second week of the course.
For a Team to Earn Full Points for the Research Paper, The Team Should:
Develop a topic that has been approved by the instructor in a manner that demonstrates understanding of the topic as it relates to Project Management and Entrepreneurship. The final document should meet the minimum length of 10 double spaced pages of body in Times New Roman 12 (not to exceed 15) with title, abstract and reference pages. The paper is in APA format. The writing and content should be indicative of the ability to write, analyze and communicate concepts at the Master’s level. Project paper is submitted on time, Thursday in week 8 via the course Dropbox. An email will be forwarded by the instructor during week one that describes the expectations associated with the team project in detail.
Contains descriptive overview of topic
Contains some descriptive overview of topic
Contains little or an in accurate descriptive overview of topic
Subtopics are addressed logically with well developed content
Subtopics are addressed somewhat logically with fair development of content
Subtopics are not addressed logically; content lacks good development
Content totals 10 or more double spaced pages (not over 15) in Times New Roman 12
Content totals 8-9 double spaced pages (or over 15) in Times New Roman 12
Content totals less than 8 double spaced pages (or over 15) in Times New Roman 12
Content is well written, with APA formatted
cites and references.
Content is contains some writing errors (spelling, grammar, syntax) and/or has some APA formatting errors
Content has multiple writing errors (spelling, grammar, syntax) and/or multiple APA formatting errors
Assignment submitted on time by Thursday night week 8 via the Dropbox
Assignment submitted on time by Thursday night week 8 via the Dropbox
Assignment submitted late; after Thursday night week 8 and/or not in via the Dropbox
320 - 280 points
280 - 250 points
249 or less points
Non-proctored final exam that is accomplished during week 8. The exam is a short answer application exam where you will demonstrate your knowledge of Project Management in an Entrepreneurial Environment by applying concepts. The exam is submitted via the dropbox and is due by Sunday at the end of week 8. There will be 10 questions worth 30 points each, and a case study analysis question that is worth 160 points.
For a Student to Earn Full Points for the Final Exam, S/He Should:
Develop answers to each of the short essay/application questions in a manner that demonstrates understanding of the course content and core learning outcomes. The writing and content should be indicative of the ability to write, analyze and communicate concepts at the Master’s level. The final exam will be submitted on time Sunday in week 8 via the course DropBox
Contains well developed short essay answers applying multiple course concepts to application related situations.
Contains fairly well developed short essay answers applying some course concepts to application related situations.
Contains poorly developed short essay answers applying a few course concepts to application related situations.
Questions are addressed logically with well developed content
Questions are addressed somewhat logically with fair development of content
Questions are not addressed logically; content lacks good development
Assignment submitted on time by Sunday night week 8 via the Dropbox
Assignment submitted on time by Sunday night week 8 via the Dropbox
Assignment submitted late; after Sunday night week 8 and/or not in via the Dropbox
30 - 24 points per question
23- 17 points per question
16 or less points per question
Course Grading Scale
90% to 100% of total points= A (900-1000)
80% to 89% of total points = B (800-899)
70% to 79% of total points = C (700-799)
60% to 69% of total points = D (600-699)
below 60% = F (599 or less)
Final grades will be based proportionately on (a) tests, (b) activities, and (c) business plans or research papers. Final grades may be affected directly by discussion thread participation.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work - Late work loses 10% for each day late and has no value after a week. Please send late DQ’s to the instructor via email. Participation cannot be made up as the comments will not be read by your peers. Late research papers and finals are not accepted.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please remember to be constructive and positive in your posts, and treat your classmates with the respect that would be appropriate in the professional world.
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