Overview and Syllabus
Fall 2014 - 5
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of this course is to introduce the student to the roles and
of managers in organizations. The class emphasizes
and self inquiry to explore the job of a manager, including the
environment, the four functions of management (planning, organizing,
and controlling), decision-making, effective communications, and
By the end of this course, you should be
the functions of
planning, organizing, leading, staffing and controlling.
and anticipate the
potential effectiveness of various management styles, communications,
and decisions for a given situation.
course does not have lectures. We will be applying concepts from
the textbook in discussions and written reports. You absolutely need a textbook for this course. It is Kinicki and Williams, Management: A Practical Introduction, 6th ed., McGraw-Hill
Irwin, 2013 (ISBN = 9780077526733 for looseleaf version, 9780078029547 for hardcover).
The looseleaf version is
available at the bookstore. Online ordering is available via
Home Page. To save some money, you can also rent a book or e-book from Chegg.com or CourseSmart (look at 90 day rentals).
You may use the 5th edition if absolutely necessary and if you are willing to accept responsibility for its limitations.
First, the organization of the textbook has radically changed since the
5th edition. Therefore, if you choose this option you should be
prepared to hunt for the correct reading assignments using the title,
because the page numbers listed in the course are for the 6th edition.
Also, it is possible that your 5th textbook may not contain the
answers for a few of the concepts covered on tests. It does
contain all the same exercises that we will be using for written
- Textbook Web
videos and case studies are online. No code is required now, but the publisher may change this at any time.
Please see Support
section at the end of this document if you are a disabled student who
needs special accommodations for this multi-media course.
technology is required in order to access the course materials.
will need a computer
with broadband access
to the Internet. Remember, if you don't have
broadband but can come to
campus periodically, you can use the Library West Computer Lab, in the
basement of the Learning Center West building, to watch
the videos. You cannot complete the entire course using a cell phone.
- You must
have a current
view the web-based course materials (Firefox
is recommended). You also need to allow
need to download Flash
view some of the videos
in their graphical format. (Most people already have this
- You will
need Powerpoint or the Powerpoint
Viewer to view the chapter presentations.
also need a personal
email address in
order to receive important course announcements. As soon as the course
starts, you should receive an email welcome message from the
instructor. If that does not occur, you may need to decrease the
security on your email or empty your email account (if it is full).
These proactive measures will ensure that you receive all
important reminders from your instructor. If you
have an email address, you may obtain a free one by following the
on my web site under Tools,
Tips and Resources.
- Reading and
Review: Each week you
will have approximately two chapters
to master. You should read the assigned text chapter, and
associated presentation and videos.
- Examinations: There
will be three exams which test your ability to apply the material
you have learned. The exams cover material from the textbook,
readings, and discussions. The
questions will be in multiple choice and
case-based multiple choice
format. Practice questions are available for each chapter
the textbook resources, and there is a review sheet posted for each
will be timed, so you will need to
be competent in course concepts to complete them. You will
have the time to look up many answers in the textbook. The schedule is:
1 (40 points) covers assigned portions of chapters 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, 6, additional
readings, and class discussions. It is due by 11:55 PM on Wednesday of week 4. (Dates are posted in Catalyst.)
2 (40 points) covers assigned portions of
chapters 7, 8,
9, 10, 11, additional
readings and class discussions. It is due by 11:55 PM on Wednesday of week 8.
Exam (40 points) covers chapters 12, 13, 14, 15, 16,
and class discussions. It is due by 11:55 PM on Wednesday of finals
week (week 12).
week you will be
contribute to your choice
of class discussions. (Note
that students will not get credit
more than one choice each week. The instructor is looking for
quantity.) The discussion forums
you to demonstrate your
understanding of course concepts and learn from the experiences of your
often called upon to provide
analysis and insights in meetings, so this is one way you will practice
career skills in this course. The
assignments are varied, they involve tasks such as web
research, video case studies, or role
grades in the discussion forum will be evaluated according to the
Discussion Rubric provided in the table below. The instructor may ask
you follow-up questions that allow you to improve upon your initial
answer. Towards the end of the quarter, you
choose to submit an optional discussion post on leadership for extra
Discussion Rubric -
All Criteria Listed Have
||All questions posed in
the assignment are fully answered and justified.
All directions have been followed. Course concepts are used correctly and in relevant situations.
||All questions posed in
the assignment are
fully answered but some explanations may be brief. Course concepts may mentioned.
||Some of the assigned
questions are skipped or ignored. Course concepts may be applied incorrectly, or without attention to the context.
||Adds significant, new, and
ideas to the discussion and demonstrates that posts
from others have been reviewed prior to posting.
||Adds a new idea to
the chosen discussion topic and demonstrates that posts from others
||Enhances or further
explains an idea that has already been mentioned in the
||Posts fully in the
discussion by the deadline.
||Posts up to a week
after the deadline. Note that students posting late will not be given a choice of discussions.
||Posts more than a week late. Note that students posting late will not be given a choice of discussions.
||Writing is professional,
easy to read, with
proper grammar and punctuation.
||Posts are generally
clear but may contain occasional grammatical errors or typos.
||Posts are difficult
to understand due to grammatical & stylistic problems.
we use the term "management" to denote a wide range of positions within
a company, each manager is an individual with his or her own unique
and weaknesses, behavior patterns, and
personality. Each week,
I will assign one or more reflection reports.
this will involve completing some self-assessment questionnaires, which
are scored to help point out your thought patterns or
exercises will involve answering open-ended
week you will also be asked to interview a manager to learn more about
his or her job. And in certain exercises you will have an
to practice using a model that we
in class. These exercises will directly relate to the
concepts you are learning each week, and so they should help you to learn
doing in preparation for the exams. The intent of
these reflection exercises is to allow you an opportunity for
so that you can begin to predict how you might behave as a
This can be very helpful for career planning, in order to select the
company, and industry that takes advantage of your individual
written assignments may not
be improved once graded. They will be
graded as follows:
Reflection Reports Rubric
and Depth of Reflection
||The directions and questions posed have been fully
addressed and explained or justified. Evidence of deep
was brief. Questions were considered, but depth of thought is
not evident for all questions.
incomplete. Report shows superficial attention to questions.
is clear and
easy to read, containing proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
||Writing is generally
clear but contains some grammatical errors or typos.
|Application of Course concepts
||All course concepts,
terms, and/or methods are applied correctly.
course concepts, terms, and/or methods are
applied correctly. Only minor errors are evident in the work.
||Course concepts, terms, and/or
methods are applied
incorrectly several times in the work.
Global Managerial Environment
Resource Management and Change
Teamwork and Communicating
are some ways
that you can boost your performance in this class. Please
advantage of them!
- Obtain the textbook and read it. Some students may benefit from taking notes on the text.
the instructor when you don't understand something, or post a question
in the "Student Café" and ask another student to
your work to complete tasks on time. All late assignments are
penalized, and the penalties grow the longer you wait. Students
who post late also will not be given a choice of discussion topics.
to be one of the first few students to answer the discussion group
topic, so that you don't have the pressure of reading a long discussion
and coming up with something "original".
you don't receive 9 or 10 points on the discussion last week, go back to
that earlier week's posting to see if your instructor posted a
response. Discussion group postings may be improved to gain
additional points (although any late penalties will remain). Please
email me to let me know that you have improved your posting so that I
can re-evaluate it. In general, I will accept improvements until the
date of the exam which covers that material. At the end of the course,
I will only accept improvements through the Sunday before final exam
- Complete the optional discussion
on leadership in week 10 to earn extra credit if you
are having trouble earning enough points for the grade you desire.
the chapter quizzes in the textbook resources each week to identify
areas in the text to study and to identify topics that are likely
to appear on exams. Review the textbook for the
questions you missed.
who plagiarize, submit the work of others as their own, or cheat on
exams will (at minimum) receive a failing
grade on that assignment
and be reported to college authorities. Serious cases will
receive a failing grade in the class and be reported to college
authorities. Ignorance is not an acceptable excuse in a
college classroom. If you are uncertain what is acceptable behavior,
refer to the Student Handbook on Academic
drop students who
have not logged on, or missed an assignment during the
first two weeks. After that, the instructor will drop students who
have not completed an exam on time (nor emailed the instructor
regarding an emergency) during the first 8 weeks of the quarter. Other
than that, students
are responsible to drop the course using the portal.
mean to drop the course
but do not do the transaction yourself, you can expect to see a grade
for the course on your transcript!
Assignment Weights (Excluding
Your Points Are
|264 and above
(C- grade does not exist)
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transcripts available. If you need a different type of
accommodation, please let your instructor know at the start of the
quarter. De Anza offers many support services to assist
with their needs.
you have a
disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or
services in this course, provide me with a
Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a
from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic
Center (EDC). Students are expected to give five days notice of the
need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV
form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor
(864-8839 EDC main number)."
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