MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for F1DD 2012

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


F1DD 2012 DC


House, Walter W.


Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty


Graduate Certficate, Information Resource Management - Central Michigan University
MS Administration - Central Michigan University
BS Business Admin - Franklin University

Office Location

DSCC (Building 20) Columbus, OH 43218

Office Hours

M-F 11 AM to 1 PM

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

20 August thru 13 Oct 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 PM - 10:45 PM


MG 352, MG 365, EN 306B

Credit Hours


Leaders and the Leadership Process: Readings, Self-Assessments & Applications, by Pierce and Newstrom (6th ed.) Park University, Custom Version, McGraw-Hill Irwin. ISBN 978-0-07-751184-5

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Course Description:
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. 3:0:3Prerequisite: 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:
Instruction in the classroom will be interactive based on lectures, readings, writings, examinations and student participation.  The student learner will be engaged in disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.   

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. Explain basic systems theory, scientific method of problem solving, and how to apply them to leadership and managerial situations.
  2. Explain the organization as a system that interacts with its environment and the individual as a system in the organizational environment.
  3. Assess the impact of situational leadership methods on organizational performance.
  4. Define and discuss ethical leadership in 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 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:
Learning will be assessed through participation, examinations, papers and presentations.  Assigned readings must be completed before each class to facilitate discussions.  Written case analyses and individual presentations will be required for the final grade for the course.  Examinations will be closed book.



Mid-term     - 200 points
Final            - 200 points
Paper          - 200 points
Presentation - 200 points
Quiz/Case    - 120 points
Participation - 80 points
           Total - 1,000 points

Grading Scale:
A  90% and above (900 to 1,000 points)
B  80% to 89% (800 to 899 points)
C  70% to 79% (700 to 799 points) 
D  60% to 69% (600 to 699 points)
F  below 60% (599 points or less)

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:
Assignments not submitted on the date required will receive a deduction of one letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cell phones and pagers are to be turned off before the class begins.
Please ask permission if you need to leave the class before it ends.
Personal conversations should not continue after the class meeting begins.  Respect your classmates and the instructor.
Students are expected to attend regularly and participate in class meetings.
Students may use pen or pencil when taking exams.
Term papers must be double spaced.
Computers, projectors, and calculators may be used when working computations during exercises and examinations or when making presentations.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1:  Lecture and Power Point 
Text:  Read Chapter 1, readings 1, 3, 4, and self assessment
Class Activities:  Discuss the syllabus and assignment schedule; discuss systems theory and scientific method; discuss chapter 1 and readings.  Overview of research paper due week 8.
Week 2:  Lecture and Power Point
Text:  Read Chapters 2 and 3, readings 6,7, and self assessment 
Class Activities:  Quiz; discuss chapters and case readings
Week 3:  Lecture and Power Point 
Text: Read Chapters 4 and 5, readings 10,11, and self assessment
Class Activities:  Quiz; discuss chapters and case readings
Week 4:  Lecture and Power Point
Text:  Read chapters 6, 7, and 8, readings 14, 16, 20, and self assessment
Class Activities:  Quiz; discuss chapters and case readings, review chapters 1 thru 8
Mid-term exam (chapters 1 thru 8)
Week 5:  Lecture and Power Point
Text:  Read chapters 9, 10, and 11, readings 25, 26, and self assessment
Class Activities: Quiz; discuss chapters and case readings
Week 6:  Lecture and Power Point
Text:  Read chapters 12, 13, and 14 readings 28, 31, and 34, self assessment
Class Activities:  Quiz; discuss chapters and case readings
Week 7:  Lecture and Power Point
Text:  Read chapter 15 and 16 readings 37 and 39, self assessment
Class Activities:  Quiz; discuss chapters and case readings, oral presentations
Week 8:  
Class Activities:  Submit research reports.  Take Final Exam (chapters 1 thru 16)

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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
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