MG401 Senior Seminar in Management

for F2B 2012

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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management


F2B 2012 BL


Powe, Reginal E.


Senior Adjunct Instructor


MA - Management
MA - Human Resources Development

Office Location

Faculty Lounge, Ft Bliss, TX

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

(915) 355-1932


Semester Dates

22 October 2012 - 16 December 2012

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM


MG352, MG365 and ENG 306 or equivalent

Credit Hours


Leaders and the Leadership Process: Readings, Self-Assessments, and Applications by Jon Pierce and John Newstrom, 6th  McGraw-Hill  ISBN: 13:  978-0-07-751184-5

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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:
I expect as adult learners, for you to fully participate and engage in the class discussions, activities, and assignments.  It is your responsibility to read the theory and foundation of the subject in the textbook, and come to class prepared to discuss the weekly chapters.  Participation in discussions is required.   My responsibility is to bring my experience in real-world application of the topic to the classroom, to introduce principles and practices as they apply to the subject, to engage each student in classroom discussion, and to introduce you to the concepts of critical thinking. 

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. Analyze how ethical considerations affect the development of the organization
  2. Assess the impact of specific managment methods on organizational performance
  3. Identify and explore current issues affecting business strategy
  4. Critically analyze and develop conclusions about social, economic, and political issues and policies and their effect on 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:


The final grade will be determined using the following categoreies:
1st Exam                   15%      150 points
2nd Exam                  15%      150 points
3rd Exam                   20%      200 points
Case Study                20%      200 points 
Homework                10%      100 points
Quizzes                      10%      100 points
Participation               10%      100 points
Total                                       1000 points


Grading Scale
A               1000 - 900 points
B               899 - 800 points
C               799-700 points
D               699-600 points
F               Below 600 points

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 submission will result in a 20% grade penalty.  During the eighth week, you will make a oral presentations of the Case Study paper.  If something comes up you may make it during a different week but will be coordinated with the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
23 October - Course Introduction
25 October - Chapters 1 & 2
Week 2
30 October - Chapters 3 & 4
1 November - Chapter 5 & Review for Exam 1
Week 3
6 November - Exam 1
8 November - Chapters 6 & 7
Week 4
13 November - Chapters 8 & 9
15 November - Chapter 10 & Review for Exam 2
Week 5
20 November - Exam 2
22 November - THANKSGIVING
Week 6
27 November - Chapters 11 & 12
29 November - Chapters 13 & 14
Week 7
4 December - Chapters 15 & 16
6 December - Review for Exam 3 & Presentations
Week 8
11 December - Exam 3
13 December - Presentations, class summary and closure  

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:
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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