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MG 420 Labor Relations
Stroud, James R.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

MG 420 Labor Relations

Semester

S1T 2013 DLE

Faculty

Stroud, James R.

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Business Management
M.S.A. Human Resource Administration

Office Location

On Line

Office Hours

On Line

Other Phone

480-782-8293

E-Mail

james.stroud@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Please order from MBS, you can get a much cheaper version in a deal created by the Course Developer.

When you go to order through MBS, you will see two versions available:

The first one is: Author/Title: BUDD LABOR RELATIONS:STRIKING A BALANCE
ISBN: 978-0-07-802943-1
Edition: 4TH 13
New Price: 237.50 Used Price: 178.00

This is the hard cover, colored copy -- note the price

The second one is: Author/Title: PARK UNIV. LABOR RELATIONS >CUSTOM<
ISBN:  978-1-1217-8058-3
New Price: 94.50 Used Price: 71.00

This is a custom, black and white, soft cover version.

The only differences are that the second is print on demand, and a whole lot cheaper.  I recommend this version.

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Course Description:
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

Educational Philosophy:

The sources for learning are twofold: the first is course materials provided by institution.

We are all learners throughout our entire lives.  This learning is from both formal education and “informal education”, or what some of us refer to as personal experience.  Since our personal experiences are by definition limited, there may come a time when we desire to enrich ourselves through formal education.  For some of us this may be knowledge for its own sake.  For many of us the desire to seek formal education is to prepare for future opportunities that would not otherwise be available.  

But there is more to formal education than completing assignments and “filling squares”.  There is what we can learn from each other.  Only in a classroom can many people with diverse backgrounds and experiences interact and learn together.  Before on line classrooms if you missed the class you missed the interaction.  Now you can participate even during the times when life is just plain busy, because you can pick your own timeframe for interaction.

This learning and interaction occurs while completing course objectives together.  I believe these objectives are introduced and measured best through lectures, readings, quizzes, internet, and writings.  Their completion enables all of us to learn things that would not be possible anywhere else.

Finally, I firmly believe that knowledge in the classroom must not only be acquired but also translated for personal application and for application in the work center.  Enrichment is made complete when learning is applied in our own personal experience.

As a life long learner I look forward to your unique experiences that will enrich us all.

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. Compare and contrast different third-party dispute resolution mechanisms.
  2. Discuss the ramifications surrounding the use of strike replacements.
  3. Explore the effectiveness of bargaining subprocesses and their purposes.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of employee representation through labor unions as a means of workplace governance.
  5. Discuss the relevance of current employee respentation through labor unions compared to current workplace rights.
Core Assessment:
 

 

Class Assessment:

Class participation through discussion threads, quizzes, mid term exam, research project and final examination

 

Grading:


Grading Tables:

  Overall Points
  Percentage Possible
Class Participation (Discussion Threads) 30% 300
Weekly Quizzes 20% 200
Midterm Exam 10% 100
Research Project 20% 200
Final Exam 20% 200
     
Totals: 100% 1000

Points   Letter
Earned Percentage Grade
900-1000 90% A
800-899 80% B
700-799 70% C
600-699 60% D
0-599 0-59% F


Explanation and Methodology:

Your Final Grade is based on a 1,000 point system.  You can earn up to 300 points for Class Participation, 200 points for the Weekly Quizzes, 100 points for the Midterm Exam, 200 points for the Research Assignment, and 200 points for the Final Exam. Your final grade is computed as a final numeric grade 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".


Your Final Grade is is made up of an accumulation of the following:

 

Your Final Grade is made up of an accumulation of the following:

Class Participation
  • You can 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.

    In order to receive full credit for a response to one of my discussion questions, your response must meet the following criteria.  Not meeting one or more components of these criterions will result than a less-than-full credit grade.

    ·         Did the student response utilize and reference relevant and applicable information from the readings and/or online research to support major points made in the student’s discussion question response? (5 possible points)

    ·         Was the student response indicative of an "informed" response? Was it clear that the student had prepared for the class through completion of assigned text and other readings, a review of the instructor's weekly lecture, and possibly some outside research performed by the student? (5 possible points)

    ·         Did the student response reflect 400-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, and appropriateness)? (5 possible points)

    Sample Discussion Question posting: (this one contains at least one text reference)

    Question:  Private sector U.S. union density has been declining for nearly 50 years, while public sector union density has leveled off after a steady increase. Why has this happened? 

    Student response: I believe this is happening for a number of reasons. As the text points out: "employment in traditionally unionized industries such as manufacturing has declined while employment in nonunion industries such as the service industry has increased" (Budd, p. 21). I think manufacturing has declined because of the big push towards outsourcing to foreign countries. Obviously as the outsourcing continues to grow because of the cheaper labor, less union jobs will be available to be filled, thus the decline. Our text author also goes on to say that a second possibility for declining union membership is because "the demand for union services has declined" (Budd, p. 21). This could be because employers are trying to improve their relationships with employees, in which case a union may not be needed as much as it once was. The last reason is viewed as the most controversial reason which is employer resistance or opposition. I have seen this firsthand. When I worked for the defense contractor right out of high school it was unionized. All the supervisors and management were not union members and many times made derogatory comments to us concerning our union membership. It was easy to see that they were on “the other team"."

    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.  In order to earn any credit whatsoever your VAP must meet the following criteria.  Not meeting one or more components of these criterions will result than a less-than-full credit grade:

    ·         Your VAP cannot be something as simple as “I agree” or “Good job” – that is NOT value-added.

    ·         Your VAP must be substantive and add value to the class and the discussion by commenting on anther classmate’s posting.

    ·         In your VAP you must address your classmate by name, and your VAP must reflect 400-level work.

    ·         Your VAP should encourage critical thinking by others, and be based on evidence or research and not simply a stated opinion unless the response clearly called for an opinion-based response.

    ·         Examples of what would be considered as “value-added” include, but are not limited to:

    ·         “I agree or disagree with all or part of your posting because…. as evidenced by…..which makes me wonder if you had considered…..”

    ·         “Your posting really made me think about…..because….and as a result I now think/know…..”

    ·         “I somehow missed that in the text but now that I see and think about it…..it applies to …..”

    ·         “I really liked or disliked the article you provided in your response because….[this quote/passage] from your article did this to me…..”

    ·         VAPs must be posted separate days of the week. Only one VAP will count on any one day.

    ·         Posting one VAP during the week will earn you up to 5 points

    ·         Posting a second VAP, posted on a separate day of the week, will increase the VAP portion of your grade up to 10 points.  Note: Your 2nd VAP can only be posted AFTER you post your response to any one of my Discussion Questions.

    ·         Posting a third VAP, posted on a separate day of the week than your first or second VAP, will increase the VAP portion of your grade to up to 15 points.

    All in all you can earn up to 40 points each week for weeks 1-7 and up to 20 points in week 8 for a total of 300 points for the class participation portion of your final grade. 

    DQ DQ + Text Reference DQ + Web Reference Free from S/G Errors First VAP Posted on any day 2nd VAP if posted after DQ posting 3rd VAP if posted any day after second VAP posting Total Points Possible
    15 4 4 2 5 5 5 40
    X X X X X X X 40
    X X X 0 X X X 38
    X 0 X X X X X 36
    X 0 X 0 X X X 34
    X 0 0 X X X X 32
    X 0 0 0 X X X 30
    X 0 0 X X X 0 27
    X 0 0 0 X X 0 25
    X 0 0 X X 0 0 22
    X 0 0 0 X 0 0 20
    X 0 0 X 0 0 0 17
    X 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
    0 0 0 0 X 0 0 5


    For the most part, I do not believe in absolutes (there are always exceptions), but generally speaking, if I do not see a posting or I do not hear from you, then I assume that you have made the decision to dismiss your opportunity to receive credit.

    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 posting :-)

    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.


    Online 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

    A research assignment is due not later that midnight (CST) on Sunday of Week 6 of this class and will require you to answer four questions based on the core learning outcomes above.  This research assignment is worth 200 points or 20% of your final grade, and must be prepared using the Modern Language Association (MLA) style of formatting.  In answering each question you will be asked to provide text references and web-based articles in support of your offering, to include succinct summaries of the contents each article along with your critical comments about those articles.

    Comprehensive Final Exam

    The comprehensive final exam must be taken in Week 8 and must be proctored.  The final exam is worth 200 points or 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. Failure to take the final exam will result in an automatic "F" as the student's final grade.


    Feedback

    You will be receiving feedback from me periodically - some is scheduled, and some is not. The feedback I usually give comes in three forms:

    1.     a public reply or comment to an individual or group in the conference area,

    2.     a private Email or a phone call to you expressing a delight or a concern,

    3.     a private entry to you in the Journal area,

    4.     a comment or reply to an assignment you posted in the drop box, and/or what you see in the GRADEBOOK.

    I try to get something out to each of you during the term, however with so many people in the class; it can take a little time before I get to everyone. Please don't hesitate to be proactive if I'm being too slow. If you just can't stand the suspense, then ASK - send me an Email :-)

    That's about it for now - more to come as the class progresses.

     

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:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

 

1.      Read and Study Chapter 1 of the course text.

2.      Read and Study Week 1 Lecture.

3.      Post your Introduction to the "Introductions" content item by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 1.

4.      Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 1.  See Grading and Feedback content item located under the Course Home Unit to find out more about threaded discussion posting requirements and options.

5.      Review requirements for Research Assignment which is due at the end of week 6. Begin working on the assignment as soon as possible.

 

 

Week 2

 

  1. Read and Study Chapter 2 of the course text.
  2. Read and Study Week 2 Lecture.
  3. Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 2.  See Grading and Feedback content item located under the Course Home Unit to find out more about threaded discussion posting requirements and options.
  4. Complete "Week 2 Practice Quiz" (non-credit) by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 2.
  5. Complete "Week 2 Quiz" (for credit) by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 2.
  6. Continue to work on Research Assignment which is due at the end of week 6.

 

 

Week 3

 

1.      Read and Study Chapter 3 and 4 of the course text.

2.      Read and Study Week 3 Lecture.

3.      Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 3.  See Grading and Feedback content item located under the Course Home Unit to find out more about threaded discussion posting requirements and options.

4.      Complete "Week 3 Practice Quiz" (non-credit) by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 3.

5.      Complete "Week 3 Quiz" (for credit) by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 3.

6.      Continue to work on Research Assignment which is due at the end of week 6.

 

 

Week 4

 

1.      Read and Study Chapters 5 and 9 of the course text.

2.      Read and Study Week 4 Lecture.

3.      Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 4.  See Grading and Feedback content item located under the Course Home Unit to find out more about threaded discussion posting requirements and options.

4.      Complete "Practice Midterm" (non-credit) by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 4.

5.      Complete "Midterm Exam" (for-credit) by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 4.

6.      Review requirements for Research Assignment which is due at the end of week 6. Begin working on the assignment as soon as possible.

 

 

Week 5

 

1.      Read and Study Chapters 6 and 7 of the course text.

2.      Read and Study Week 5 Lecture.

3.      Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 5.  See Grading and Feedback content item located under the Course Home Unit to find out more about threaded discussion posting requirements and options.

4.      Complete "week 5 Practice Quiz" (non-credit) by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 5.

5.      Complete "week 5 Quiz" (for credit) by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 5.

6.      Review requirements for Research Assignment which is due at the end of week 6. Begin working on the assignment as soon as possible.

 

 

Week 6

 

1.      Read and Study Chapters 8 and 10 of the course text.

2.      Read and Study Week 6 Lecture.

3.      Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 6.  See Grading and Feedback content item located under the Course Home Unit to find out more about threaded discussion posting requirements and options.

4.      Submit your Research Assignment to the Research Assignment Dropbox basket which is located under the Course Home unit by midnight (CST) on Sunday of this week. Make sure you re-review the Research Assignment requirements before submitting.

 

 

Week 7

 

1.      Read and Study Chapters 11 and 13 of the course text.

2.      Read and Study Week 7 Lecture.

3.      Post a reply to at least one discussion question (DQ) posed by the instructor in the "Conference" area by midnight (CST) on Sunday of week 7.  See Grading and Feedback content item located under the Course Home Unit to find out more about threaded discussion posting requirements and options.

4.      Complete "week 7 Practice Quiz" (non-credit) by midnight (CST) on Sunday of Week 7.

5.      Complete "Week 7 Quiz" (for credit) by midnight (CST) on Sunday of Week 7.

 

 

Week 8

 

1.      Review Chapters 1-11 and Chapter 13 of the course text.

2.      Review Weeks 1-7 Lectures.

3.      Review all DQ and VAP "Conference" area postings posted to date, and post your cumulative lessons learned to the conference area by midnight (CST) on Sunday of this week. See Grading and Feedback content item located under the Course Home Unit to find out more about threaded discussion posting requirements and options.

4.      Complete "Cumulative Final Exam" (for credit) administered by your proctor by close of business on Friday of week 8.

 

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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism:
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

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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