MG420 Labor Relations

for S1DD 2005

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Course Syllabus

COURSE TITLE: Labor Relations
HOME PHONE: 740.852.5785
WORK PHONE: 937.257.4351 (DSN 787-4351)
DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: January 10 – March 6, 2005
CLASS SESSION DAYS & TIME: Friday, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Jan 21 & Feb 25)
Saturday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Jan 22 & Feb 26)
Sunday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Jan 23 & Feb 27)
RESIDENT CENTER: Park University
Defense Logistics Agency Center
3990 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH
Phone: 614.237.4229
FAX: 614.237.4629

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

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 shaped its activities.

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of inter-activeness based on using lecture, readings, quizzes, dialogue, examinations, videos, websites and case studies. The instructor will engage each student with the understanding of the purpose and activities of the organized labor movement and its effect on the management process.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: The student will be able to understand the positions of management and labor on specific issues and how these differences impact employee aspirations as well as the organizations competitive position and profit goals. The student will be able to recognize those issues which will be easily negotiable as well as those which may become impasses. The student will be familiar with the collective bargaining and grievance resolution procedures.

COURSE TEXTBOOK: Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, Carrell, Michael R. and Heavrin, Christina, Pearson Prentice Hall, 7th edition, 2004.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.

COURSE ASSESSMENT: A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on examinations, writing assignments, and a research paper. Case study work will be assessed based on individual and group performance.

1. Attend class and be prompt. Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade. Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period.
2. Excused absences will be granted on the instructor’s discretion. To partially make up for an absence, you must submit to the instructor by the beginning of the next class meeting you attend, an essay of one to two pages in length, summarizing the assigned reading for the class period missed. The essay must be submitted by e-mail with the essay as an attachment. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.
3. Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them. This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and lecture. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade. Also, assigned reading will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
4. Examinations. There will be a mid-term exam and a final exam. Examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
5. No makeup exams will be given unless the student produces a written excuse signed by a doctor (with the doctor’s registration number) in the case of illness, or a tow bill from a tow company in the case of car problems. A written excuse from the campus nurse is acceptable. The same requirement applies to illness of children.
6. Written Assignments. Periodic written homework assignments are required in this course. Either MLA or APA is acceptable. For more information on both, please visit the Academic Support Center.
7. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
8. Paper Requirement. A research paper is required in this course. Paper requirements will be provided on Friday of the 1st weekend of class.

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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:


Weekend One – January 21, 22 & 23

Friday, Jan 21
Introduction & Overview
Chapter 1, pages 1-50

Saturday, Jan 22
Chapter 2, pages 51-103
Chapter 3, pages 104-155
Chapter 4, pages 156-201
Chapter 5, pages 202-268

Sunday, Jan 23
Chapter 6, pages 269-322
MIDTERM EXAM (Chapter 1-6)

Weekend Two - February 25, 26 & 27

Friday, Feb 25
Chapter 7, pages 323-372

Saturday, Feb 26
Chapter 8, pages 373-422
Chapter 9, pages 423-462
Chapter 10, pages 463-494
Chapter 11, pages 495-533

Sunday, Feb 27
Chapter 12, pages 534-567
FINAL EXAM (Chapter 7-12)
Research Paper Due

Course grades will be based on the following:
Examinations Two 100 points each = 200 points
Research Paper One 100 points = 100 points
Chapter Exercises Four 25 points each = 100 points
Case Studies Four 25 points each = 100 points
Review Questions Twleve 10 points each = 120 points
Participation 80 points
TOTAL POINTS 700 points

Course grade distribution is as follows:
A = 90% - 100% (630-700 points)
B = 80% - 89% (560-629 points)
C = 70% – 79% (490-559 points)
D = 60% - 69% (420-489 points)
F = Less than 60% (419 and lower)