Syllabus for MAN-630

MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Candidates for completion of the MSM or MSHRM 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 MSM or MSHRM program.

COURSE TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Create an original research paper that contributes new or advances existing research on a  practical management/business problem.

CO2        Defend the strategy to implement the chosen data collection and analytical methodology for the research problem.

CO3        Compare patterns through data analysis and draw well-reasoned conclusions and recommendations.

CO4        Develop and deliver a professional research report and oral presentation.

COURSE MATERIALS

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 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: 978-0-13-2693240

COURSE STRUCTURE

The Management Capstone is a three-credit online course, consisting of four (4) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles and topics are listed below. 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, or you may want to pursue a completely different research topic for this capstone project.

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2

Topics covered in this module include:

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2, 3

Topics covered in this module include:

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 3

Topics covered in this module include:

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2, 3, 4

Topics covered in this module include:

ASSESSMENT METHODS

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

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

This course includes three (3) discussion forums. 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 project ideas, share those ideas with your classmates, and comment on their posts. Discussion forum 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.

Participation in the Discussion Forums is required but does not count toward your course grade. You will receive a grade of complete/incomplete for your participation.

Synchronous Event

You are required to participate in one (1) synchronous event. It will be scheduled during Week 2 of the course and will take place during Week 5. Students will dial into a teleconference number (provided by your mentor) at a set time. Your mentor will work with the class to propose a time that works best and accommodates the majority.

Written Assignments

You will complete five (5) written assignments (WA) throughout the course. Each of the following written assignments represents a section of your final capstone paper. Your mentor will provide detailed feedback and guidance to support your research along the way. Each WA will be graded except where noted.

Evaluation rubrics for the above graded assignments are found within the Evaluation Rubrics area for the course.

Final Capstone Paper

The culmination of the above written assignments will be a final capstone paper. This paper will be 25-40 pages and should introduce new work and ideas and make an original contribution to research or to current practice. Guidelines for the capstone paper can be found in the Capstone Overview.

A Final Capstone Paper rubric can be found within the Evaluation Rubrics area for the course.

Capstone Presentation

During Week 12 of the course, students will present their capstone papers to the mentor via a teleconference. The presentation should be 15 minutes long with an additional 15-30 minutes for discussion. Students will also be completing approximately 10 PowerPoint slides that will be submitted to the mentor prior to the teleconference. Guidelines for the presentation can be found in the Capstone Overview.

A Capstone Presentation rubric can be found within the Evaluation Rubrics area for the course.

Comprehensive Examination

As part of your enrollment in a School of Business and Management degree program, it is required that you take a comprehensive exam to assess your foundational knowledge as well as to evaluate your achievement of the learning outcomes associated with the program of study. The primary purpose of this exam is to allow Thomas Edison State College to assess the quality of our academic programs so that we may continue to provide the best educational experience for our learners.

You will take this exam twice: once at the beginning of the program and once at the end. The first (inbound) exam assesses your pre-program foundational knowledge; the second (outbound) exam assesses your knowledge after having completed the courses in the program. There is no need to prepare for the exam.

The exam will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete. You will not receive a grade on the exam, nor will your performance on the exam raise or lower your course grade. However, taking the exam and posting the exam completion certificate in this course is required, and you will not receive a passing grade in the course unless you have posted the completion certificate.

Documents containing information about the exam and instructions for registering for and taking it are linked in Module 1 of the course.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Students will be evaluated on their assignments using the rubrics found in the Evaluation Rubrics area of the course. 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:

A

=

93–100

B–

=

80–82

A–

=

90–92

C+

=

78–79

B+

=

88–89

C

=

73–77

B

=

83–87

F

=

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.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

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

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

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 www.tesc.edu.

 

 

Plagiarism

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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