School of Business
MGT/521 Version 5
This course applies the tools available to University of Phoenix graduate students and the competencies of successful managers to understand the functions of business. Students develop an increased awareness of their own perceptions and values in order to manage and communicate with others more effectively. Other topics include MBA program goals, argument construction, decision making, collaboration, and academic research.
Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:
University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document. Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.
University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality.
Hoch, S. J., Kunreuther, H. C., & Gunther, R. E. (Eds.). (2001). Wharton on making decisions. New York, NY: Wiley. Nickels, W. G., McHugh, J. M., & McHugh, S. M. (2010). Understanding business (9th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/Irwin. Robbins, S. P. & Judge, T. A. (2011). Organizational behavior (14th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall. Spatt, B. (2011). Writing from Sources (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Bedford/ St. Martin‘s. Yukl, G. (2010). Leadership in organizations (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
All electronic materials are available on the student website.
Week One: Constructing and Supporting an Argument
1.1Identify channels for business communications.
1.2Evaluate credibility and validity of sources of information. 1.3Develop effective arguments.
ReadingsRead Ch. 11 of Organizational Behavior.
Read the following sections of Writing From Sources:
“Using Evidence and Reasoning” to “Exercise 6: Analyzing an Author’s Logic” in Ch. 1 (PG 40-65) (41 to 66 of 72) “Evaluating Print Sources” to “Exercise 28: Evaluating Internet Sources” in Ch. 8 (PG 339-361) (2 to 24 of 52) “Accommodating Argument in Your Paragraphs” to “Integrating Your Sources: Recruiting in College Athletics” in Ch. 9
(PG 410-416) (22 to 28 of 40)
Participate in class discussion.Workshop
Nongraded Activities and Preparation
Learning ActivitiesListen to the Course Overview podcast.
Listen to the Week One podcast.
Valid and Credible Article Search:
Locate an article from the University Library that is related to a topic or objective for this week. Write a summary discussing the attributes of a good source—found in your readings—and describe how and why the selected article meets the criteria for selecting a credible and valid source.
Self Assessment: How Good Are My Listening Skills?
Listening is a part of communication. When making important business decisions, you will work with and listen to others. Take this self assessment located on the student website to see how good your listening skills are. To access this self-assessment, select the Assessment tab, then scroll to the Working with Others section and over to Communication Skills. Select How Good Are My Listening Skills? Summarize your assessment results. What kind of listener are you? How can you use your results to help you work better with others?
National Public Radio Debates
Argumentation is foundational for your writing in an MBA program and for good persuasive writing in general. Listen to one of the following "Intelligence Squared Debates" provided on the National Public Radio website:
A debate on the whether ethics are worse in the art market or the stock market:...