MG371 Mgt & Organizational Behavior

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MG 371 Management & Organizational Behavior


U1B 2013 BL


Becraft, Michael Bryan


Assistant Dean of the School of Business and Assistant Professor of Management


Doctorate of Management
Master of Arts in Financial Economics for Public Policy
Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Office Location

Park University at Fort Bliss, Building 616, Office 10-C

Office Hours

Monday/Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:45 P.M.

Daytime Phone

(816) 729-3210, daytime only


Semester Dates

3 June 2013 to 28 July 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM



Credit Hours



Jones, G.R., & George, J.M. (2013). Essentials of contemporary management (5th Ed.). New York, NY: Mc-Graw Hill Irwin.

ISBN-13 9780078029349

Note:The sole responsibility for acquiring the course textbook before class lies with the individual student.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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This course requires students be able to open, edit, and save Microsoft Word documents.

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Course Description:
MG 371 Management and Organizational Behavior: This course is the study of management as an academic discipline. As such, the functions, activities and principles of management and organizational leadership in business and other institutions are presented and examined. The philosophy, history, current practices and issues in the areas of motivation and human relations, individual behavior, small group behavior, intergroup behavior, organizational effectiveness, and development are presented and discussed in the context of managing organizations in a global society. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy recognizes each student individually addresses workforce-related problems  with varying pre-existing internal schema, skill-sets, and learning styles. Class activities and examples are generated to engage each of these learning styles and assess growth. Students are challenged on existing knowledge, latent knowledge is exposed, and new connections are derived.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the roles and functions of management.
  2. Discuss ethics, diversity, and social responsibility.
  3. Explain the processes of decision making and planning used in a business organization.
  4. Describe the strategic management process.
  5. Explain the concept of motivation and how a manager can assess and improve motivation.
  6. Differentiate between management and leadership and explain how each should be used in an organization.
  7. Discuss the dynamics of work groups and teams.
  8. Describe the types of communication used in a business organization and evaluate the effectiveness of each to information management.
Class Assessment:
The class assessments will be comprised of eight weekly homework assignments, one case analyses, a midterm exam, a required final exam, and class attendance/participation. The final exam will assess knowledge of the course learning outcomes, including the ability to apply your knowledge of these outcomes.

Case Analysis
- The ability to do well in this course requires that you are able to analyze and discuss real business situations. Your weekly homework assignments will help you develop skills appropriate to understanding how to apply management principles in your organization.

Attendance/Participation - Attendance is recorded daily in accordance with Park University policy. In addition to routine attendance, active participation in class is expected. Further, some points are based upon "attendance quizzes" that will be randomly given throughout the course.

Extra Credit -
The instructor will provide one opportunity for extra credit (optional) within the 8-week term; the opportunity for extra credit will be announced once with a strict due date. The extra credit assignment will require exploring a precise concept in more depth than within our other class activities.

Assignment / Activity
Weekly Homework (400, 50 points * 8 weeks)
Midterm Exam (100)
Case Analysis (150)
Final Exam (300)
Participation and Attendance (50)
Total Possible Points = 1,000

Assignment of Grades
900-1000 points = A
800-899 points = B
700-799 points = C
600-699 points = D
0-599 points = 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:
Late assignments will not be accepted unless documentation has been submitted and approved by the instructor in advance. Recall that in our compressed eight-week schedule, students have limited time periods to complete each weekly assignment and early submissions are allowed. Delaying classwork until the deadline creates many opportunities for work, personal, or technology issues to interfere in your class success. Failure to complete the final examination will result in failure of the course per class policy.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Adhere to all components of the Park University Student Code of Conduct.
  • Follow all rules set by the Army for use of our classrooms (parking, food/beverage, etc.).
  • Class starts at 5:00 and ends at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday of each week; attendance is based upon the entire class period.
  • Always be prepared for class, bringing any materials needed for note-taking or class activities.
  • Students are responsible for maintaining an environment free of distraction. Cell phones, computers, and other technology should have sound turned off or to a mode that will not disturb other students. Phones cannot be used inside the classroom.
  • When using technology such as computers or tablets in class, stay on class-related tasks only.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Dates Reading
Due Dates

 Chapter 1 - The Management Process Today
 Chapter 2 - Values, Attitudes, Emotions, and Culture: The Manager as a Person
 June 5 - Homework 1

June 10/12
 Chapter 3 - Managing Ethics and Diversity
 Chapter 4 - Managing in the Global Environment
 June 10 - Homework 2

June 17/19
 Chapter 5 - Decision Making, Learning, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
 Chapter 6 - Planning, Strategy, and Competitive Advantage
 June 17 - Homework 3

June 24/26
 Chapter 7 - Designing Organizational Structure
 Chapter 8 - Control, Change, and Entrepreneurship
 June 24 - Homework 4
 June 26 - Midterm Assessment
 Chapter 9 - Motivation
 Chapter 10 - Leaders and Leadership
 July 1 - Homework 5
 Chapter 11 - Effective Team Management
 Chapter 12 - Building and Managing Human Resources
 July 8 - Homework 6
 July 10 - Case Study
 Chapter 13 - Communication and Information Technology Management
 Chapter 14 - Operations Management: Managing Vital Operations and Processes
 July 15 - Homework 7
 Final Exam and Preparation
 July 22 - Homework 8
 July 24 - Final Exam

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Documents you have prepared for (or submitted in) other classes or previous attempts at this course are not permitted in this class as "non-original work". In all assignments be sure to provide the proper citations and sources following the APA Manual requirements.

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 2012-2013 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: .
NOTE: Accommodations made under the ADA are not retroactive and instructors cannot provide accommodations without authorization; please request accommodations immediately if medically necessary.

Additional Information:
This course requires the use of the APA (American Psychological Association) format, as have your previous School of Business courses at Park University. There are two common resources used by students when learning and practicing APA format:

American Psychological Association (2009). Publications manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

The Writing Lab. (2013). The Purdue OWL: APA style. Retrieved from


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