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MG 101 Introduction to Management
Howell, Thad R.


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COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: MG 101
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: MG
COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Management
SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Spring 1 2005
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Mr. Thad Howell
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Adjunct Professor of Business Studies
FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: Bldg. 50, Room 10, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: By Appointment
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 937-429-5364 (UNLISTED)
FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: Thad.Howell@pirate.park.edu
OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: amocb47e@voyager.net
DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: January 10 - March 13, 2005
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Friday Evening
CLASS SESSION TIME: 5:30 p.m. - 10-30 p.m.
PREREQUISITE(S): None
CREDIT HOURS: 3
 

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

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION: MG 101 Introduction to Management: The course objective is to introduce or improve the leadership and management skills for persons in or entering organizational leadership positions.
I. The course will cover the following topics: Management Concepts, Planning and Decision Making, Organizing, Staffing and Learning, Controlling, and Special Concerns.
II. Goals of the Course: To provide the student with an understanding of the basic concepts of the topics mentioned in the Description above, and to know how to apply these concepts to real world problems.
III. Learning Objectives: Each student will be exposed to the various principles of management, and how to be an effective Leader and Manager.
IV. Required Literacies: The four aspects of "Critical" Literacy will be met through various speaking, writing, and research Assignments. The four aspects of "Values" Literacy will be met through constant self-analysis, Class discussion, and application of class topics.
V. Course Arrangements: Lecture, in-class case studies, individual and group problem solving sessions. To do well in the class, it is recommended the student: *Come to every class * Read the material before coming to class * Complete all recommended homework assignments * Review past material regularly * Ask questions when you have them. Questions and Answers will be held at the start of each class.
VI. Course Requirements: After the first night of class, students are required to read all assigned material prior to class, and be Prepared to discuss the concepts, and to work in class exercises.
Students are required to complete all Scheduled tests and exams. If one of these measurements is missed due to an EXCUSED absence, a make-up test/examination will be given.
VII. Course Text: Plunkett, "MANAGEMENT-Meeting and Exceeding Expectations", 8th Edition
VIII. Student Resource CD-ROM, Study Book IX.

Class Meeting and Examination Schedule:

DATE CHAPTER ASSIGNMENTS TOPIC
1. Jan. 14, 2005 Introduction to Class Syllabus
2. Jan 21, 2005 1 and 2 Management: An Overview In Class Cases Mgmt Thought: Past and Present
3. Jan. 28, 2005 3, 4, 5 Mgmt Ethics & Social Responsibility In Class Cases Mgmt Commitment to Quality The Manager's Environment
4. Feb. 4, 2005 Cases 6 and 7 Organizational Planning In Class Cases Strategic Planning & Management TEST # 1 CHAPTERS 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
5. Feb. 11, 2005 8, 9, 11 (Chapter 10 not covered) Making Decisions Organizing Principles Organizational Culture & Change
6. Feb. 18, 2005 12, 13 Staffing In Class Cases Commun: Interpersonal & Org. Test # 2 Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 11
7. Feb. 25, 2005 14, 15. 16 Human Motivation In Class Cases Leadership Team Management & Conflict
8. Mar. 4, 2005 17, 19, 21 (CH 18 & 20 not covered) Information Mgt. Systems In Class Cases Control Techniques Succeeding in Your Organization
9. Mar. 11, 2005 FINAL EXAM

FACULTY'S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: My education philosophy is one of interactivities based on lectures, examinations, Internet, web sites, and Case Analysis. I will engage each student in what is referred to as exchanging ideas to encourage lively discussions of ideas, issues, and present day introduction to management while stressing integrity. Learning objectives are brief, clear, specific statements of what learners will be able to perform at the conclusion of instructional activities. Learning objectives stem from course objectives; course objectives are broad statements reflecting general course goals and outcomes, while learning objectives are targeted statements about expected student performance. Generally, learning objectives are competency-based as designated exactly what students need to do to demonstrate mastery of course material.

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): BASIC MARKETING, McCarthy & Perrault, 14th edition, 2002 Authors: William D. Perreault, Jr., PHD., University of North Carolina and E. Jerome McCarthy, PHD. Michigan State University. Copyright date: 2002, by McGraw - Hill Companies, New York, N.Y.

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." If determined by the Instructor that such dishonesty has occurred on an assignment, quiz, or exam, the student or students involved will be given a grade of "F", and dropped from the Course. The second violation results in automatic expulsion from the School. The Director will be notified in writing of the action taken. As written in the 2001-2002 Park University Catalogue: "Academic honesty is required of all members of the learning community. Hence, the University will not tolerate cheating nor plagiarism on tests, examination, papers, or other Course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty will be given failing or expelled from Park University."

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." See 2001-2002 Park Catalogue, page 48.

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. Absolutely NO CHILDREN IN CLASS! Absolutely NO CELL PHONES NOR BEEPERS in class.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: All late assignments will be downgraded at the discretion of the Instructor up to 20 points each week. Before you are late with an assignment, if at all possible, you must discuss with your Instructor your reason for being late to prevent being penalized..

COURSE ASSESSMENT: There will be a Mid-term and Final Examination covering the entire text. Students will complete two Case Analysis during the course. The class will be divided into teams who will develop a Marketing Plan for a project of their choosing, which represents their Company. Each team must utilize, to the best of his/her ability to
illustrate the Principles of Marketing for this project.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: During the class the only equipment the students are allowed to use with the approval of Wright Patterson AFB Educational Center are overhead projectors, movie projectors, and recorders. I encourage students to make backup copies of their Case Analysis, and their team project material. I remind students to backup their computer work at their discretion.

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: www.park.edu/disability.

GRADING PLAN: You can obtain a maximum of 400 points if you successfully complete all requirements for the course. The final grade is divided into these areas:
PRESENTATIONS     100     25%
WRITING                   100     25%
MIDTERM                  100     25%
FINAL                        100     25%
TOTAL                       400    100%

Points will be deducted from written case analysis for subject matter content, improper sentence structure, grammar, and spelling. Late assignments will result in a 20% loss of points for that assignment. A late assignment must be turned in at the next class meeting, or you will lose all points for that assignment. I will not accept "extra credit" work, and I will not grade on the "curve", Your final grade will be calculated as follows:

POINTS     GRADE     PERCENTAGE
360-400     A                 90-100%
320-359     B                 80-89%
280-319     C                 70-79%
240-279     D                 60-69%
0-239         F                 0-59% (3 or more unexcused absences)
Incompletes are only to be given in place of a grade in extenuating circumstances beyond the student's control (excessive TDY, hospitalization, etc.) If a student does not show up for the final examination, an "incomplete" is never automatically given. All "incompletes" are subject to approval by the Administrator. Students with "incompletes" have 60 days from the last day of the term to make up their grade. If not made up, "incompletes" become "Fs".

TESTS: Tests will consist of objective questions and/or problems to test the students' knowledge of concepts and skill in using these concepts in problem solving. This does not preclude topics from earlier lessons/chapters, since the lessons build upon one another. You will be given approximately 11/2 hours to complete a test. In class case presentations will require each student to prepare a short briefing to the class to be delivered at the beginning of each class. The briefing will discuss the "Management in Action" Case, and the application case contained in the assigned chapter, or other cases as assigned by the Instructor. The Student grade will be based upon neatness, organization, and content of the written briefing outline, to be handed in to the Instructor after the briefing, and how well the briefing covers the chapter management issues that are contained in the case. The Final Exam is more extensive. This test will cover all chapters discussed during the term, and include a variety of questions.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might effect their ability to perform in this class are encouraged to inform their Instructor at the start of the term. Adaptation of methods, materials, or testing may be required to provide for equitable participation. It is important to inform me of scheduled/unscheduled class absences in order for me to plan make-up material testing, etc.