Summer I, 2013 online course

OFFICE: Cooke 209A
OFFICE PHONE: 793-3855

OFFICE HOURS: "virtual office hours"; 24/7 email access

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The study of management/administration principles applicable to various legal forms of organizations. Attention is given to the decision-making processes, planning, organizing, leading and controlling, and to the development of contemporary organizational philosophies.


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


COURSE OVERVIEW: Students will examine in depth several topics which include planning, organizing, motivating, leading, and controlling all types of organizations. The course will focus on decision making, strategic planning processes, value-chain management, the leadership role, and the development of organizational structures. Students will also be engaged in active online discussions that bring value-added learning into the virtual classroom. .


Course Objectives and Goals Linked to Which Department Program Goal(s) Linked to Which Institutional Goal(s) Evidence of Student Learning to Meet This Goal
To develop a working knowledge of the major organizational systems Knowledge: 1, 5-9; Skills: 3, 4 #2; #3; #7; #8; #9 Examinations; applied exercises; active online discussions; outside readings
To develop student's critical thinking skills Knowledge: 6; Skills: 3, 4 #2; #3; #7; #8; #9 Applied exercises; case analysis; active online discussions; internet searches
To develop student's decision making and problem solving skills Knowledge: 6;Skills: 3, 4 #2; #3; #7; #8; #9 Applied exercises; case analysis; 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. Ethical Issues

9.   Global issues in Business

Skills Development:

1.   Use applicable computer software
2.     Deliver effective written presentations
3.     Engage in critical thinking and problem solving
4. Develop research skills


CLASS ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to attend the online course and actively participate in the weeky course discussions. Noncompliance with the class attendance policy (refer to the link), may result in an automatic withdrawal from the online course.

MAKE-UP WORK POLICY: Assignments can be turned in late given a valid reason. However, assignments turned in 1 week after the due date will not be accepted. Points will be subtracted for late submission.

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

Students who plan to minor in Curriculm and Instruction should refer to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for your subject area at

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: This policy does not apply 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 2007 or higher document file. Never send me a file as a compressed zip file! Poorly written 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 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:: The following activities are required, and reflect the course
1. textbook chapter assignments
2. examinations
3. case analysis
4. weekly discussions & participation
5. outside readings

GRADING POLICY: The grading policy for this course is as follows:

95 & above A
90-94 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


3 Examinations @ 18% each 54%
1 Cases @ 15% 15%
1 Applied Exercise 15%
weekly discussion participation 16%

NOTE (1): All assignments and Assignment Instructions can be accessed from the Moodle course page in the Assignments block.



Read Chapters 1,2, 3, 4, & 5 in the textbook

Read the Lectures and any corresponding Supplemental Materials posted on Moodle

Weekly Discussion


Read Chapters 6, 7, 8, & 9 in the textbook

Read the Lectures and any corresponding Supplemental Materials posted on Moodle

Weekly Discussion

Examination #1: Online examination--TBA)


Read Chapters 10, 11, & 12 in the textbook

Read the Lectures and any corresponding Supplemental Materials posted on Moodle

Complete Case #1: "Ruth Jones": this case can be found on Moodle. Analyze the case according to the Instructions for the Ruth Jones case on Moodle
E-mail me your case analysis no later than Monday of Week 3.

Weekly Discussion


Read Chapters 13 & 14 in the textbook

Read the Lectures and any corresponding Supplemental Materials posted in Moodle

Applied Exercise: Design of Facility Layout. Due: Monday of Week 4

Examination #2: Online examination--TBA)

Weekly Discussion


Read Chapters 15 & 17 in the textbook

Read the lectures and any corresponding Supplemental Materials on Moodle

Examination #3: Online examination--TBA

Weekly Discussion