Management 3310 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
Spring, 2013 online course 1st Mini-Term--8 week course


PROFESSOR: DR. PAT LAPOINT
OFFICE: Cooke 209A
OFFICE PHONE: 793-3855
E-MAIL ADDRESS: lapointp@mcmurryadm.mcm.edu
WEB ADDRESS: www.mcm.edu/~lapointp

OFFICE HOURS:

M: 8:30-11; 12:00-1:00; 2:30-3:30
W: 8:30-11; 12:00-1:00; 2:30-3:30
F: 9:00-11:00; 12:00-1:00

COURSE DESCRIPTION: First course for students concentrating in Management. The study of management principles applicable to various legal forms of organizations. Attention is given to the decision-making processes, planning, organizing, leadership, motivation, and the control process.

PREREQUISITES: NONE

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course is a foundations course for other management courses. Students will explore both the traditional/classical forms of organizations as well as many of the contemporary philosophies and principles of management. Topics include planning systems, decision-making, motivation and leadership, organizational structures, quality management, value chain processes, human resource systems, diversity and culture, international/global management, ethics and social responsibility, and financial and organizational control systems. The course will also explore several topics in the behavioral sciences which include team and group dynamics, conflict and negotiation, and change processes. Students will be exposed to a fundamental knowledge in each topic area. Students will also be asked to integrate these areas for a more thorough understanding of how organizations function.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Course Objectives and Goals Linked to Which Departmental Program Goal(s) Linked to Which Institutional Goal(s) Evidence of Student Learning to Meet This Goal
To develop a fundamental knowledge of management principles Knowledge: 1-5; 7-9; Skills: 3-4 #2; #3; #7; #8; #9 Examinations; applied exercises; active online discussions
To enhance a student's decision making skills Skills: #4 #2; #3; #7; #8; #9 Applied exercises; case analyses; active online discussions
To enhance a student's critical thinking skills Skills: #4 #2; #3; #7; #8; #9 Applied exercises; case analyses; active online discussions

Program Goals

Knowledge-Students will understand:

1.  Core Business Discipline

2.   Economic concepts

3.     Financial Statements

4.     Basic Computer knowledge

5.     Social processes, including decision making

6.     Data collection and Interpretation

7.     Interrelationships of issues in Business

8. Importance of Ethics in Business

9. Global issues in Business


COURSE MATERIALS AND SUPPORT:

Required Course Materials:

TEXTBOOK: Contemporary Management, 7th edition. Jones, Gareth R., and Jennifer M. George Irwin/McGraw-Hill Publishers, 2011

COURSE POLICIES:

CLASS ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to attend the online course and actively participate in course activities. Failure to do so may result in an automatic withdrawal from the course.

Grade Determination:

3 Examinations @ 15% each 45%
2 cases @ 13% each 26%
1 Assignment @ 14 points 14%
weekly discussions participation 15%


Make-Up Work: : No make up is permitted for the online examinations. The "window of opportunity" to take the examinations is sufficient to complete them. All other assignments will be accepted late assuming a valid reason for missing the deadline; however, no assignment will be accepted after 1 week from the due date. Points will be subtracted from the grade for late submission.

+/- Grade System:

93 & above A
90-92 A-
88-89 B+
83-87 B
80-82 B-
75-79 C+
70-74 C
68-69 D+
63-67 D
60-62 D-
59 & Below F


Final grades can be accessed through Campus Connect from the McMurry Homepage.

NOTE: USE OF GRADEBOOK IN THE MOODLE LEARNING SYSTEM IS LIMITED IN THIS COURSE. ONLY GRADES ON THE EXAMINATIONS WILL BE REPORTED THROUGH GRADEBOOK. GRADES FOR ALL OTHER ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE REPORTED ON THE RETURNED COPY OF THE ASSIGNMENT VIA EMAIL.

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this course. Academic dishonesty is defined as cheating, plagiarism, collusion, or other forms of academic dishonesty. Any student found to have committed academic dishonesty is subject to the conduct sanctions outlined in the Council Fire.

ADA (American with Disabilities Act) Compliance:

McMurry University abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which stipulates that no otherwise qualified student shall be denied the benefits of an education "solely by reason of a handicap". If you have a documented disability that may impact your performance in this class and for which you may be requesting accommodation, you must be registered with and provide documentation of your disability to the Disability Services Office, located in Old Main Room 102. Arrangements will be made for students needing special accommodation.

Cell Phones, Calculators, and other Electronic Devices:

Not applicable to the online course

Other Course Policies:

All written assignments must follow the rules of effectively written work as outlined in the written assignments link. Written assignments should be saved as a WORD 2003 or higher document file and sent to my email as an attachment. Do not send the file as a compressed zip folder; I cannot open up these files.

Poorly written work is unacceptable; part of the grade includes well written papers. Use the resources of Spellcheck, Grammar Check, and/or a good proof reader (you can find someone in the AEC to assist you in the proof reading) to review your papers before submitting them to me. My policy on writing is: if I find 5 errors, I stop reading the assignment and grade the assignment at the point of stoppage. Poorly written work can have a serious negative consequence on your overall grade in this course.

MAJOR PROJECTS, REQUIRED ACTIVITIES; AND ASSIGNMENTS:

1. textbook chapter assignments
2. case analyses; decision making
3. online discussions
4. examinations

TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE:

WEEK 1:
Week 1 begins on January 14, 2013. . Make sure you review the link (COURSE REQUIREMENTS) under the Start Here link that explains the course requirements in some detail.

During Week 1, a Sign-In is required no later than Friday of Week 1. A Sign-in link is provided on the Moodle course page. Any student not signed-in by the Friday, Week 1 date may be automatically removed from the course. Also make sure you read the link under Week 1 called "Welcome Message". The Welcome Message link identifies several issues related to the course requirements.

WEEK 2:

Read Chapters 1, 2, & 3 in the textbook

ONLINE DISCUSSION

WEEK 3:

Read Chapters 4, 5, & 6 in the textbook

Complete Case #1: "Ruth Jones". The case is posted on the Moodle course page under Assignments; you will also find a set of instructions to help you analyze this case. Email me your case analysis as a WORD file no later than WEDNESDAY of Week 3. Please refer to the instructions for submitting written assignments under the Resources block.

Examination #1: Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 (date and time on Moodle). Closed book examinations in this course are taken online.

ONLINE DISCUSSION

WEEK 4:

Read Chapters 7, 8, & 9 in the textbook

ASSIGNMENT #1: This assignment requires you to conduct a SWOT Analysis of an organization. If you are not currently involved with an organization, then use a former organization. In Chapter 8 on Planning and the Manager as a Strategist, you will find a Table that will help you conduct the SWOT Analysis. There is also a set of instructions on Moodle for this Assignment.The assignment is due on Monday of Week 6.

ONLINE DISCUSSION

WEEK 5:

Read Chapters 10, 11, & 12 in the textbook

Examination #2: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11; (date and time on Moodle). Closed book examinations in this course are taken online.

ONLINE DISCUSSION

WEEK 6:

Read Chapters 13, 14, & 15 in the textbook

Complete Case #2: "Victoria Hospital Redesign Initiative". The case is posted on the Moodle course page under Assignments; a set of instructions are also located under Assignments. E-mail me your case analysis no later than Monday of Week 7.
ONLINE DISCUSSION

WEEK 7:

Read Chapter 17

Examination #3: Chapters 12, 13, 14, 15, & 17; (date and time on Moodle). Closed book examinations in this course are taken online.

ONLINE DISCUSSION