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  1. 1. MGT 521 ManagementCourseSyllabusUniversity ofPhoenixMGT 512 OnlinePlease print a copy of this syllabus for handy reference.Whenever there is a question about what assignments are due, pleaseremember this syllabus is considered to be the ruling document.GENERAL COURSE INFORMATIONCOURSE NUMBER: MGT 512COURSE TITLE: ManagementREQUIRED READING: Students are required to read all materials available atthe rEsource site for this course on Course DescriptionSee Course Description in the rEsource materials or module for this course.Course ObjectivesSee Course Objectives in the rEsource materials or module for this course.The Online Weekly ScheduleElectronic weeks begin on Tuesday and end on Monday.Day 1 – TuesdayDay 2 – WednesdayDay 3 – ThursdayDay 4 – FridayDay 5 – SaturdayDay 6 – SundayDay 7 – MondayWhere to Go to Class: Your Course ForumsMain: This is the main forum for the class and is where discussion is conducted.It has read-and-write access for everyone.Chat-Room: This is a read-and-write access forum. It is designed as a place todiscuss issues not related to the course content. This is the forum to which wewill send our bios.Course Syllabus Page 3 MGT521r1
  2. 2. MGT 521 ManagementCourse-Materials: This is a read-only forum, which means you can readmessages here but cannot send any. This is where I will post the course syllabusand materials.Learning-Team-A, B, C, D and E: These five Learning Team forums will beused as workrooms for the learning teams. You will be assigned to one of theselearning teams.Individual Forum: You will see one forum with your name on it. This is a privateforum, shared only by you and me, the facilitator. Your classmates won’t haveaccess to this forum. This is where you will post some of your individualassignments, and where I will post your feedback. You can also ask questionshere. However, if you have general questions about instructions of assignments,please post those in the Main forum, since other students may benefit by thatexchange as well.CLASS POLICIES AND PROCEDURESAttendancePlease see the attendance policies included in the first message posted in theMain forum.ParticipationParticipation is very important online. You will be expected to participate 4 days aweek in several different discussions and to contribute at least two substantivediscussion messages on each of those 4 days. This is a required part of yourgrade. Participation consists of notes you send above and beyond gradedassignments. This generally means the messages you send as replies tomessages from your classmates and me.Please note that both quantity and quality are important considerations when itcomes to participation. For example, a message which says simply, "I agree,"does not constitute participation, because it does not add anything of substanceto the discussion.In order to earn full participation points, you must add something of substance tothe discussion 4 out of 7 days per week—this would consist of new ideas, yourperspectives, pointed follow-up questions, etc. You will find it is much easier tokeep up with an Online class when you are logging in and participating regularly.Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your classparticipation score.
  3. 3. MGT 521 ManagementParticipation and Discussion Question GradingDiscussion question responses will count towards the class participationrequirement.Weekly SummariesWeekly summaries will not be required in this course.Final Week RequirementsDiscussion question responses will not be required during the final week of thecourse. The final week will be dedicated to completing the final assignmentslisted below. However, you will still need to meet attendance requirements.Expectations for Discussion Question ResponsesDiscussion question responses should be at least 200-300 words. For discussionquestion responses in the Main forum, please post responses to the threadsprovided. To respond, highlight the appropriate thread, click on Reply, type yourresponse, and send. Please do not start a new thread for the weekly discussionquestions in the Main forum.Unlike your formal written assignments, I do not require that your discussionquestion responses adhere to specific formatting requirements. However, pleasemake sure to proofread carefully. Grammar and spelling errors may impact thegrading.I expect your discussion question responses to reflect critical thought. Wheneverpossible, please try to relate the course content to real-world applications fromyour work experience.AttachmentsPlease do not use attachments in the Main forum. Post DQ responses andweekly summaries (if required) in the body of OLS messages. Please post formalassignments in your Individual forum as attachments–Microsoft®Worddocuments or PowerPoint®slides.Learning TeamsUniversity of Phoenix students are expected to work effectively in diverse groupsand teams to achieve tasks. They must collaborate and function well in teamsettings as both leaders and followers. They should respect human diversity andbehave in a tolerant manner toward colleagues and peers.
  4. 4. MGT 521 ManagementSeveral of the assignments in this class will be completed in Learning Teams ofthree to five students. I will set up these teams midway through Week 1. If youhave any requests for teammates, please let me know by Thursday of the firstweek via private email.If you experience difficulties working with your team, you are expected to resolvethem within the team if possible. However, please feel free to contact me forguidance if you have concerns in this area.In order to create structure for your Learning Team, you will complete a LearningTeam Charter during Week 1. The form for this charter is provided in a separatemessage in the Course-Materials forum.After each Learning Team project, you will be asked to complete a PeerEvaluation to assess the contributions of each member of your Learning Team(including yourself). I will take these Peer Evaluations into account whenassessing individual contributions to the Learning Team projects. The PeerEvaluation form and instructions for posting are included in a separate messagein the Course-Materials forum, which will be posted near the end of the course.Because Learning Team projects are outcome-based, all members of yourLearning Team will generally earn the same grade for Learning Team projects.However, I reserve the right to report different grades for different Learning Teammembers if I see a substantial imbalance in individual contribution.Learning Teams should provide a brief summary of any communication heldoutside the forum. Therefore, if you hold conference calls, work in a real-timechat room, or get together outside the OLS (Online Learning System)environment in another way, please post a log, transcript, or summary in theLearning Team forum. Further, do not use any of these supplementarycommunication tools unless everyone on your Learning Team agrees to themethod and to the schedule. If you have any questions, please contact me.Late AssignmentsLate assignments will be penalized with a 10% grade deduction for each daylate, unless you have made prior arrangements with me. Deadlines will bedefined as 11:59 p.m. MST. If you know you will be offline the day an assignmentis due, please make sure to post it early. Anytime you feel that you might befalling behind in the course, it is best to contact me to discuss your situation. Asnoted in the first message posted in the Main forum, no assignments can beaccepted after the final day of class.If you have an assignment completed by the deadline but are unable to post it inthe forum for technical reasons, you can send it to me by email to demonstrate
  5. 5. MGT 521 Managementthat it was completed on time. However, you must post the assignment in theforum once that becomes available.Academic IntegrityBy virtue of membership in the University’s academic community, studentsaccept a responsibility to abide by the Student Code of Academic Integrity, whichis a part of the Student Code of Conduct. A link to the Code can be found on theCenter for Writing Excellence Web site or by logging into eCampus and thenclicking the following URL: ResourcesCoursework in this class must uphold the high standards of academic integrityestablished by the University of Phoenix. Consequently, when you areconducting research for an assignment, the majority of your sources should bepeer-reviewed academic journals, such as those you find in the University Libraryor in the additional readings on the rEsource page for this course.PLEASE NOTE: Internet searches will often take you to non-academicinformation resources such as,,,, etc. You may supplement your research with these sources, butkeep in mind that the information you find there may not be accurate, since itdoes not come under a formal oversight or peer-review process.While you may use and cite non-academic resources such as Wikipedia whenworking on assignments, you may not rely on them exclusively. The majority ofyour sources should be peer-reviewed academic journals. Further, rememberthat you are responsible for the accuracy of any facts you present in yourassignments and therefore should confirm the veracity of information you find onnon-academic sources through further research.Confidentiality and Proprietary InformationOne of the cornerstones of the University of Phoenix learning model is thepractical application of theoretical concepts. You are encouraged to share yourpersonal and professional experiences as a means to integrate knowledge byreflecting on its application. However, it is important to note that we all are boundby confidentiality in this class. To assure that we can have a free and opendiscussion in which you may elect to discuss your company and its policies andprocedures as they apply to the course material, I expect each person to respectthe confidentiality of what your classmates are willing to share with us. At the
  6. 6. MGT 521 Managementsame time, I ask that each of you exercise good judgment in what you choose toshare and avoid disclosing non-public or competitively-sensitive information.It is University of Phoenix policy that students and faculty members must notshare present or past employer information that is considered to be proprietary,confidential, company-sensitive, or protected trade secrets. Students areencouraged to examine their organizations limitations on sharing informationexternally.Students and faculty members may appropriately choose to illustrate lessonsfrom their experience that might challenge these boundaries, without identifyingspecific employers or individuals by name.If you have any questions about any of the information contained in this syllabus,or about any other aspect of this class, please do not hesitate to ask!GRADINGFeedbackEach week, I will provide grades or scores and comments on assignments within7 days of when they were submitted. I will post your feedback in your Individualforum. After I post feedback each week, I will post a notification in the Mainforum.Grading FormulaPoints Grade95+ A90-94 A-87-89 B+84-86 B80-83 B-77-79 C+
  7. 7. MGT 521 Management74-76 C70-73 C-67-69 D+64-66 D60-63 D-<59 FPartial points will be rounded to the nearest full point; for example, 83.4=83 leadsto a grade of B-; and 83.5=84 leads to a grade of B.Point Values for Course AssignmentsWeek One: Management and the MBA 9Participation 4Individual Assignment: Scavenger Hunt 3Assessed Question: MBA Matrix 2Week Two: Argument and Collaboration 18Participation 4Individual Assignment: Construct and Support anArgument 14Week Three: Problem solving 20Participation 4Learning Team: Learning Team Charter 2Individual Assignment: Analysis of Team Charter 14Week Four: Business Overview 10Participation 4Individual Assignment: Self Reflection Paper 5Assessed Question: Identifying Issues 1Week Five: Business Overview II 25Participation 4Individual Assignment: Create a Problem Statement 20Assessed Question: Concentration Consideration 1Week Six: Ethics and Strategy 18Individual Assignment: Personal Values 18Point Total 100
  8. 8. MGT 521 ManagementASSIGNMENTSWeek 1 AssignmentsLearning Objectives• Identify program outcomes for the University of Phoenix MBA.• Identify managerial competencies.• Use tools available to University of Phoenix graduate students.Required Reading1. Read the Student Road Map available on the rEsource page.2. Read Dean’s Welcome available on the rEsource page.3. Read Strategy for Reading College Materials, available on the rEsourcepage.4. Read Ch. 2 of Leadership in Organizations.5. Read Materials posted in course materials.6. Explore the OLS Training Tutorial available for your appropriate modality(Online & FlexNet or Local Campus) under the menu “Site Tools” after youlogin to the rEsource page.Assignments7. Individual Assignment: Scavenger HuntComplete the scavenger hunt by following the instructions provided in Week 1on the rEsource page.Post your responses as a Microsoft®Word attachment.8. Assessed Discussion Question: MBA MatrixWhich program outcome do you feel will add the most value for you? Whichmanagerial competencies reflect current strengths for you?9. Respond to the Discussion Questions posed by your instructor.
  9. 9. MGT 521 ManagementAll Week: Remember to participate in the class discussions 4 out of 7 daysduring the week.Summary of Week 1 DeliverablesAssignment Individual orLearning TeamLocation DueScavenger Hunt Individual Individual SaturdayDQ’s Main Main SundayMBA Matrix DQ Main Main MondayWeek 2 AssignmentsLearning ObjectivesArgument and Collaboration• Construct and support an argument.• Explain how perception affects decision making.• Explain the importance of clear communication in business.Required Reading1. Read the Student Road Map, available on the rEsource page.2. Read Ch. 15 of The Student Writer.3. Read Ch. 5 & 11 of Organizational Behavior.4. Read Student Evaluation and Feedback, available on the rEsource page.5. Read To APA or Not to APA, That is the Question, available on the rEsourcepage.
  10. 10. MGT 521 Management6. Read Academic and Professional Use of the Works of Others, available onthe rEsource page.7. Read Resources for Students, available on the rEsource page.Assignments8. Individual Assignment: Construct and Support an ArgumentComplete the Jungian Personality self-assessment located on the rEsourcepage. You can access this self-assessment, by selecting the Assessmenttab, then scrolling to the What About Me section and then to PersonalityInsights. Select What’s My Jungian 16-Type Personality?Write an APA formatted paper of no more than 1,050 words in which youconstruct and support an argument on your decision to pursue an MBAdegree to further your career, start a new career, or achieve a personal goal.Your paper should include consideration of the Jungian Personality self-assessment on how others perceive you. Use and evaluate publishedinformation in support of your argument.Post your assignment as a Microsoft®Word document.9. Respond to the Discussion Questions posed by your instructor.All Week: Remember to participate in the class discussions 4 out of 7 daysduring the week.Summary of Week 2 DeliverablesAssignment Individual orLearningTeamLocation DueConstruct & Support anArgument PaperIndividual Individual SundayDQ’s Individual Main Thursday
  11. 11. MGT 521 ManagementWeek 3 AssignmentsLearning ObjectivesProblem solving• Identify concepts for successful decision making and problem solving.• Apply the initial steps of a problem-solving model.• Use the collaboration tools (charter, log, and evaluation) to work effectivelywithin groups.Required Reading1. Read Ch. 6 of Wharton on Making Decisions.2. Read Problem Solving: An Approach to Identify Opportunities to CreateValue for the Business, available on the rEsource page.3. Read USAuto Scenario and USAuto Solution, available on the rEsourcepage.4. Explore the Learning Team Toolkit5. Read Materials posted in course materialsAssignments6. Collaborate with your team to create a team charter. Start by individuallycompleting the Do I Trust Others and How Good Are My Listening Skills self-assessments located on the Prentice Hall Self-Assessment Library (SAL) linkon the rEsource page. You can access these self-assessments, by selectingthe Assessment tab, then scrolling to the Working with Others section andthen to Leadership and Team Skills. Select Do I Trust Others? and HowGood Are My Listening Skills? After completing the self-assessments, as
  12. 12. MGT 521 Managementwell as the one you completed in Week 2, meet with your Learning Team todiscuss the results of your individual self-assessments and as a team,complete the team charter.Submit the team charter to your instructor for comment.Note: The Online Learning System (OLS) contains team forums that areexcellent for having or documenting your group discussions. If youchoose to use another method to hold these discussions, please post anote in your forum documenting the meeting. The note may be atranscript of instant messages, a chat log, copies of emails, or a copy ofthe learning team log.7. Individual Assignment: Analysis of Team CharterAfter collaborating with your team, individually (not with your team) considerthe personality types, listening skills, and trust levels of your team membersand yourself. Then, in no more than 700 words, write a paper in which youexplain how, considering those individual differences, you will use your teamcharter to improve performance.Post your assignment as a Microsoft®Word document.8. Respond to the Discussion Questions posed by your instructor.9. Prepare for Week 4 discussions by beginning to explore the Kudler FineFoods Virtual Organization and identify issues to discuss. In Week 4, you willalso be discussing your experience in running the Do I Trust Others self-assessment. Be prepared with additional research to support yourunderstanding.All Week: Participation - Remember to participate in the class discussions 4 outof 7 days during the week.Summary of Week 3 DeliverablesAssignment Individual orLearning TeamLocation DueLT Charter Learning Team Learning Team FridayAnalysis of Charter Individual Individual Sunday
  13. 13. MGT 521 ManagementDQ’s Individual Main ThursdayWeek 4 AssignmentsLearning ObjectivesBusiness Overview• Identify basic concepts in strategy, operations management, human capital,marketing, and law.Required Reading1. Read Ch. 7, 9, 11, 13 & Bonus Chapter A of Understanding Business.2. Read Kudler Fine Food’s Strategic Plan, available on the rEsource page.3. Read The Quantitative Reasoning for Business (QRB) Overview document,available on the rEsource page.Assignments4. Individual Assignment: Self-Reflection PaperAfter reviewing the Quantitative Reasoning for Business Overview document,in no more than 350 words write a self-reflective paper in which you discusshow taking the QRB course will prepare you for future courses in economics,finance, accounting, operations, and research.Post your assignment as a Microsoft®Word document.5. Assessed Discussion Question: Identifying IssuesExplore Kudler Fine Foods and prepare a response to the followingquestions:• What is the difference between an issue and a problem?• What are some of the issues at Kudler Fine Foods?6. Respond to the Discussion Questions posed by your instructor.
  14. 14. MGT 521 Management7. Prepare for Week 5 discussions by beginning to explore the Prentice HallOnline tutorials found in Week 5 and Concentration Descriptions from theDean’s Welcome found in Week 1.
  15. 15. MGT 521 ManagementAll Week: Remember to participate in the class discussions 4 out of 7 daysduring the week.Summary of Week 4 DeliverablesAssignment Individual orLearning TeamLocation DueSelf Reflection Paper Individual Individual SundayKudler Assessed DQ Individual Main SaturdayDQ’s Individual Main ThursdayWeek 5 AssignmentsLearning ObjectivesBusiness Overview II• Identify basic concepts in economics, finance, managerial accounting, andbusiness research and statistics.Required Reading1. Read Ch. 2, 17, & 18 of Understanding Business.2. Explore the Prentice Hall online tutorials for Economics, Finance,Accounting, and Business Statistics on the rEsource page.3. Review the Concentration Descriptions located in the Dean’s Welcome onthe rEsource page for Week 1.Assignments
  16. 16. MGT 521 Management4. Collaborate with your learning team to discuss issues discovered at KudlerFine Foods. Consider the USAuto Scenario and USAuto Solution from Week3 and discussions in both Week 4 and Week 5. As a team coordinate theissues that each team member finds most interesting so that each teammember is focusing on a different aspect of Kudler Fine Foods.5. Individual Assignment: Create a Problem StatementCreate a problem statement, from the issues you selected, which focusesmanagement’s efforts to resolve these issues and achieve the organization’sgoals. Create an end vision of Kudler Fine Foods by describing where Kudlercould be if this opportunity is realized by management action.Post your assignment as a Microsoft®Word attachment.6. Assessed Discussion Question: Concentration ConsiderationAs you look over Kudler Fine Foods and the areas of business covered bothlast week and this week, are any of the concentrations appealing to you? Doany relate well to particular issues at Kudler Fine Foods?8. Respond to the Discussion Questions posed by your instructor.All Week: Remember to participate in the class discussions 4 out of 7 daysduring the week.Summary of Week 5 DeliverablesAssignment Individual orLearning TeamLocation DueKudler Discussion Learning Team LearningTeamThursdayCreate a Problem Statement Individual Individual SundayConcentration ConsiderationDQIndividual Main SaturdayDQ’s Individual Main Thursday
  17. 17. MGT 521 ManagementWeek 6 AssignmentsLearning ObjectivesEthics and Strategy• Explain the importance of ethics and social responsibility in business.• Create an awareness of your values.Required Reading1. Read Ch. 14 in Leadership in Organizations.2. Read the Student End of Course Survey (SEOCS) document located on therEsource page.3. Complete the Williams Institute Ethics Awareness Inventory self-assessmenton the rEsource page.Assignments4. Individual Assignment: Personal ValuesReflect on the Williams Institute Ethics Awareness Inventory self-assessmentand your personal values. Then, consider what Kudler Fine Foods appears tovalue as an organization. In no more than 1,050 words, write a paperidentifying your values, how those values align with the values of Kudler FineFoods, and how this would affect your performance if you were a managerthere.Post your assignment as a Microsoft®Word attachment.Summary of Week 6 Deliverables
  18. 18. MGT 521 ManagementAssignment Individual orLearning TeamLocation DuePersonal Values Individual Individual SundayLearning Team FeedbackFormIndividual Individual Monday© 2008 University of Phoenix. All Rights Reserved.