- To acquire a basic
conceptual understanding of what a manager does with a focus on the key
managerial functions of planning, organizing, directing, controlling,
communicating, and decision-making.
- To explore your predisposition to
managerial work (do you think
you want to be a manager?) and the factors that might influence your
- To further develop your understanding
of organizational realities that
affect job performance and career satisfaction.
- To focus on topics and activities
that are of interest and use to
- To further develop work relevant
skills, particularly in the area of
- To develop a personal glossary of key
You are responsible for the information,
assignments, and policies in this syllabus. This online syllabus is
defined as this Web page and every document that this Web page links
to. The syllabus is posted on Blacboard but can also be accessed
independently at http://katharinehansenphd.com/mgt305/.
While the instructor will make
every effort not to make changes in this syllabus and the schedule of
they are subject to change.
Essentials of Contemporary
Management, Jones & George; referred to in this syllabus as
Web-based readings, handouts, and/or
other readings as
keep track of your grades
and extra-credit points. IMPORTANT:
Save your papers. Occasionally instructor
points incorrectly on Blackboard or neglects to record a grade
in the case of late papers); your own careful
will help prevent discrepancies. It is YOUR responsibility to monitor
your grades on Blackboard and ensure that they are correctly entered.
98-100=A+; 93-97=A; 90-92=A-; 87-89=B+; 83-86=B; 80-82=B-; 77-79=C+;
73-76=C; 70-72=C-; 67-69=D+; 63-66=D; 60-62=D-; under 60 = F.
Managerial Shadowing Paper or Book Analysis Paper
homework assignments as outlined in calendar portion of syllabus that
are designed to prepare you for class activities.
|Glossary and Managerial
Dilemma Take-Home Tests (3)
|3 x 100 = 300
Case Papers (2)
|2 x 100 = 200
certain in-class activities
from regular assignments
policy: Participation is
critical to the quality of this class.
Therefore, regular attendance is expected:
Students who miss 4
classes will be
asked to drop the class.
are allotted for attendance/participation/preparation.
Preparation means that you must complete reading assignments
and be prepared to thoughtfully discuss the assigned readings.
will usually be taken via an attendance sheet
or recording of absences based on those who are not in class to pick up
Points will be deducted for each absence.
deductions will be
when students are absent on guest-speaker days, mandatory-attendance
days, and presentation days.
be excused at the instructor's discretion, but only if the
instructor BEFORE the missed
class. If you plan to miss class for a pre-excused absence, you
must turn in any assignment(s) on or BEFORE
the due date to avoid lateness penalties.
Extended absences MAY be
if student provides a doctor's note after an illness that
resulted in missed
class(es); HOWEVER, student is still responsible for informing
that he/she expects to miss class(es).
who expect to miss
because of games MUST supply a schedule in advance from the
coach and must turn in assignments BEFORE
they are due if they will be traveling on the
Students will earn points
for participation and preparation, ranging from zero points for no
to a maximum number of points for the highest level of participation.
Participation grade may include participation
Regular attendance is also to
your advantage because there will be at least one unannounced in-class
opportunity to earn extra-credit points.
The quality of attendance,
preparation, and participation will determine whether we have a final
exam in the class.
policies: Assignments are expected
on the due dates. Because of the volume of students, late-assignment
policies must be very stringent.
handed in late will have FULL LETTER GRADE deducted for EACH CALENDAR
DAY (not each class day) of
- Assignments 5 calendar days late are
subject to a baseline grade of not higher than 50 percent. ABSOLUTELY
ACCEPTED AFTER 5 CALENDAR DAYS OF LATENESS. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Athletes who will not be in class
because of an athletic
on a day when an assignment is due must hand in the assignment BEFORE
due date to avoid lateness deductions.
- Late assignments tend to get
backlogged in the grading process and may not be graded until late in
the semester. If that happens, you won't be able to monitor your grade
on Blackboard. Do not bug me with questions like, "When are you going
to grade X assignment?" if you turned in that assignment late.
SPECIAL LATENESS POLICIES IN BOX BELOW
may NOT be slipped under instructor's door. This policy also applies
to ON the door or anywhere in the vicinity of the door. They must be
directly to instructor or to A MEMBER OF THE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
FACULTY OR STAFF in LBC 432 so date/time of
can be recorded. Any papers slipped under instructor's door are subject
to MAXIMUM lateness penalties.
assignments or uploading to Blackboard Dropbox: Although virtual communication
is encouraged in this class, the volume of students precludes
electronic submission of assignments except as noted by instructor. The
time and resource burden on instructor to print out, store, and
organize electronically submitted assignments is too great. Therefore:
assignment may be electronically submitted – via e-mail attachment or
Blackboard – unless the Web page describing that assignment
specifically permits electronic submissions OR you have made special
arrangements with instructor.
paper policy: Occasionally students
turn in papers that, if graded,
would result in a failing or near-failing grade. If such a paper is
to you ungraded, you have 48 hours to re-work the paper and turn it
in. The highest grade you can receive for a re-worked paper is the
equivalent of 89 percent. The final paper usually cannot be
for a higher grade, depending on timing.
for "firing" a team member: A
that is having a problem with
a team member who is not pulling his or her weight in the development
of the group project or otherwise impeding the progress of the group
should follow the following procedure:
1. As a group, the complaining
group members should confront the problem group member to ensure that
knows he/she is causing a problem.
2. If no improvement occurs,
the complaining group members should alert instructor.
3. Instructor will talk to all
parties separately and then attempt to arbitrate the problem with all
4. If improvement still does
not occur, complaining group members will inform instructor, and then
members will "fire" the problem group member. The fired group member
have to do an individual project, which will be worth only 75
of the available points for the team project.
Honesty policies: The Connections
Handbook and the University’s Honor
numerous guidelines regarding ethical behavior in our academic
environment. Any student found in violation of these guidelines will
fail this course. You can review information on the Honor System at: http://www.stetson.edu/honorsystem/.
Phone Policy: If your cell phone
rings in class and plays a tune, I WILL start dancing to it. Trust me;
you do not not want to see this.
Policy: Text-messaging in class is
rude, and I won't tolerate it.
Expectations: Competent writing is expected. Instructor will
ample feedback on graded papers, and students are expected to improve
writing throughout the semester. Most writing assignments will be
with detailed editing; students are expected to
from these errors and not repeat them in future assignments. An error
handout can be found at this link: "Why
Is It Red?" It's a good idea to refer to this page before
and subsequent writing assignments to familiarize yourself with the
of flaw instructor will be looking for. You are also welcome to submit
assignments to instructor before the due date for critique.
Blackboard: Blackboard will be
used for class announcements, reminders, syllabus changes, postings of
helpful information, extra-credit assignments, and may be used for
discussion. You are strongly encouraged to check Blackboard regularly –
several times a week and certainly before your MGT 305 classes.
of assignments and requirements
You and 2-4 other MGT 305 students will
form "frame" teams based on a "re-framing" concpt that will be
introduced early in the semester. Click
here for more
information. Total points = 250.
Managerial Dilemma Take-Home Tests (3): The glossary portion of these
tests is to provide you with a compendium of management terms/concepts
that you may wish to keep and refer back to in the future as a
resource. Each test asks you to define roughly 15 management
terms/concepts in your own words and give an example of how each
term/concept can be applied. In addition, each test will present a
managerial dilemma that will enable you to apply the concepts you've
learned in the class and in the text(s) to explain how you would handle
the dilemma if you were a manager. The 3rd test will be due at the end
of this class's final-exam slot. Tests will be distributed roughly 4
weeks before they are due to give you plenty of time to complete them. Further
explanation and example here.
Personal Case Papers (2): Write
2 personal-case papers that describe and analyze an organizational
event or experience that
was significant or challenging for you.
You have several choices of topic for each paper. 1.5-2 pages, double-spaced. Points = 100 each = 200.
More explanation here.
choices (choose 2 of the following; write about one of your chosen
topics in the first Personal Case Paper and your second chosen topic in
the second Personal Case Paper):
Be prepared to share and discuss your
personal cases in class.
best and worst experiences in applying political
in an organizational setting.
autobiography. The people, places, and events that have had the
greatest influence on your understanding of leadership and of yourself
effort you have experienced
in an organizational setting.
Choice: Managerial Shadowing Paper or
Book Analysis Paper: 3-page,
1: Analysis of a management-related
book that has been on the Business Week or New York Times
Business Bestsellers list within the last five years. More
2: Shadow a business manager for a minimum of half a day and
compare his/her managerial roles with Henry Mintzberg's Managerial
Keys to Success in MGT 305
1. Read the syllabus carefully. Note due dates, policies, and point
2. Check Blackboard regularly – at least a few times weekly and
definitely before each class.
3. Come to class.
4. Submit assignments on time.
5. Be prepared to participate in each class based, in part, on having
completed the readings.
6. Monitor your grade on Blackboard and alert instructor promptly if
your grade for a given assignment does not seem to be recorded.
7. If you are confused or have questions about any assignment, policy,
or aspect of the course, ASK INSTRUCTOR. No question is stupid, and I
am always happy to answer. Do not rely on assumptions or what
friends/classmates tell you.
8. Read the Syllabus.
Read the Syllabus.