Syllabus for MAN-630



Candidates for completion of the MAN or HRM degree will complete an independent project demonstrating their conceptual, analytical, research, and practical management skills achieved through the courses in either program. The project, called a capstone because it represents a crowning achievement much as a capstone does in architecture, is a 3-credit, one-term requirement that is completed at the end of the program. It is a closely supervised experience resulting in a paper that demonstrates your ability to synthesize and utilize the skills and knowledge you have gained in previous courses in your MAN or HRM program.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and apply the conceptual, analytical, research, and practical management skills achieved through the courses in the MAN or HRM program.
  2. Develop an original research product that contributes something new to relevant research and/or practical contexts.
  3. Identify problems and apply proven, appropriate research strategies and methods to address or solve those problems.
  4. Practice interacting with supervisors (workplace and mentor), colleagues, and/or others in planning and carrying out a successful research project.
  5. Integrate information from several areas (e.g., focal setting, literature, collected data, documents, previous course work) into a coherent, compelling research product.
  6. Recognize patterns through data analysis, and draw appropriate conclusions and recommendations from data.
  7. Demonstrate clear, structured, readable writing in a research product.
  8. Prepare and deliver a professional quality presentation reporting on their capstone project.


You may already have the following text. It is strongly recommended, though not required, to do the work of the course. These books are available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

ISBN-13: 978-1-4338-0561-5

Students are expected to adhere to APA style and to submit all work—both drafts and final copy—in accordance with APA style. Students who are not familiar with APA style should become entirely familiar with it early in the capstone course. Though the manual referenced above is the best source, the following online sources may give quick answers to specific questions about APA style. If you bookmark the following sites in your browser, you can easily return to them:

University of Wisconsin-Madison Writer's Handbook

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue

Research and Documentation Online (Diana Hacker)

The following text, used in the Organizational Research (ORR-510), should be consulted frequently for questions about research in general or, more specifically, about problem definition, review of the literature, and methodologies. Students in this capstone course should already have a solid understanding of planning and designing research from taking that earlier course.

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-715244-5


During your experience in ORR-510, you developed a research proposal. In this course, you may choose to update and then implement the research described in that proposal. On the other hand, you may choose to pursue a completely different research topic for this capstone project. In either case, the structure of the course and topics covered will be as follows:

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, submit parts of your paper for approval, and complete a capstone project that encompasses a capstone final paper and a presentation. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

Within each module you will participate in two online class discussion forums. All discussion forums take place asynchronously on the class Discussion Board.

Online discussions provide an opportunity for you to interact with your classmates. During this aspect of the course, you respond to prompts that assist you in developing your ideas, share those ideas with your classmates, and comment on their posts. Discussion board interactions promote development of a community of learners, critical thinking, and exploratory learning.

Please participate in online discussions as you would in constructive face-to-face discussions. You are expected to post well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections for each item, making reference, as appropriate, to your readings. You are also expected to reply to your classmates' posts in a respectful, professional, and courteous manner. You may, of course, post questions asking for clarification or further elucidation on a topic.

Intermediate Assignments  and Capstone Project

There are only two graded activities for this course: your capstone paper/project (worth 90% of your grade) and your presentation of this project in a telephone conference (10%).

However, in order to get credit for your capstone project, you will need to complete all of the intermediate stages (problem statement, literature review, and so on). You will need to obtain comments on these stages as well as approval of them in order to move to the next stage in the capstone.

You will attach items and communicate with your mentor via the Private Student-Mentor forum on this course Web site. Each of the following capstone parts needs to be completed and approved before moving to the next part.

Evaluation rubrics for the capstone paper and the presentation are found within the Evaluation Rubrics area of the course.


Students will be evaluated on their capstone paper using the rubric found in the Evaluation Rubrics area of the course. In addition, students will be evaluated on the end-of-course telephone conference call in which they present their paper and also respond to questions.

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
























Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.


Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at




Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin


Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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