Day of Week/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00 pm – 1:40; 3:00 – 3:50.
Instructors’ Name & Contact Information: Zvi H. Aronson, Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald Lombardi, Ph.D.
Office hours will be 2-3pm Tuesdays
and at 4-5 pm on Thursdays if necessary.
Class Website: Canvas
This course is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject of management, while moving you closer to being an effective manager yourself. We discuss the functions, tasks, and responsibilities of managers in modern organizations, and we focus on how managers engage their resources to achieve their goals. The assignments, projects, and exercises will challenge you to think critically and hone your written and oral communication skills.
Relationship of Course to Rest of Curriculum
This course is an integral part of the business core, in the BSB program. The course aims to provide basic knowledge on the field of management, while moving the student closer to being an effective manager in modern organizations.
In this course, you will:
gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts of management
apply concepts learned using a variety of assignments, team projects and classroom exercises
develop your communication skills (verbal and written) through various assignments (e.g., written reports, oral team presentation).
Multiple methods will be used throughout the course including readings, lectures, cases, class discussions and projects, as well as class debates. Reading assignments provide a basis for both lectures and discussions and must be completed prior to class. Each student brings unique insights, experiences, and perspectives to class. Thus, participation is an essential feature of the course. You will be called on to answer questions and to address issues. You should consider one another as additional and important catalysts for learning. .
Throughout the term you will be given additional reading material, such as cases and articles. These readings will be made available on the course website.
All lecture notes (PowerPoint) and assignments can be found on Canvas.
Midterm and Final Exams. Two exams will cover all of the assigned materials, text, lectures, cases, along with any other assignments. Exams may include multiple choice and essay questions.
Team Project. Students will work in teams of 6-7 to analyze a current business decision or issue that has at least two possible solutions or “sides” to it. The group will participate in a debate with another team and will be pre-assigned one of the sides for which the team will present arguments. Each team should most importantly demonstrate knowledge gained in the course. Research should also be done outside of the class materials (public records, annual reports, managers, articles, videos etc.) should also be reviewed to strengthen arguments. Each team will present their argument on the date provided, and submit a written report.
Team Member Evaluation: Team members will evaluate each other on how well the team members contributed to the team project as well to the team class exercises. There will be an evaluation done at the mid-point of the semester, but this will not be counted towards the grade and will be for my information only. The same evaluation will be repeated at the end of the semester, and will count towards 5% of the final grade.
Homework: Occasionally students will need to prepare homework assignments. These will be announced in class. An example is a 2-3 write up on the debate topic that you will submit the weeks you are NOT one of the debate teams.
Participation & Attendance. Students are to engage the class and material fully. That means attending class, being prepared for class, participating and volunteering, sharing your experiences, etc. Keep in mind that many questions have few explicitly “right” or “wrong” answers and it may be your opinion that is asked for. Students who participate effectively and attend class will earn all 20% participation points.
Team Project (Presentation & Report, 15% each)
Team Member Evaluation
Class Participation & Attendance
The following statement is printed in the Stevens Graduate Catalog and applies to all students taking Stevens courses, on and off campus.
“Cheating during in-class tests or take-home examinations or homework is, of course, illegal and immoral. A Graduate Academic Evaluation Board exists to investigate academic improprieties, conduct hearings, and determine any necessary actions. The term ‘academic impropriety’ is meant to include, but is not limited to, cheating on homework, during in-class or take home examinations and plagiarism.“
Consequences of academic impropriety are severe, ranging from receiving an “F” in a course, to a warning from the Dean of the Graduate School, which becomes a part of the permanent student record, to expulsion.
Reference: The Graduate Student Handbook, Academic Year 2003-2004 Stevens
Institute of Technology, page 10.
Consistent with the above statements, all homework exercises, tests and exams that are designated as individual assignments MUST contain the following signed statement before they can be accepted for grading. ____________________________________________________________________
I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this assignment/examination. I further pledge that I have not copied any material from a book, article, the Internet or any other source except where I have expressly cited the source.
Signature ________________ Date: _____________
Please note that assignments in this class may be submitted to www.turnitin.com, a web-based anti-plagiarism system, for an evaluation of their originality.