DRAFT VERSION OF BMgt341 SYLLABUS - Some aspects, particularly session topics and types, are subject to change before the term starts.




Section 2984, LC 2

T/Th 8:45-10:05 a.m.



Section 3988, LC 2

T/Th 10:15-11:35 a.m.


If you need help…

Professor: Dr. M. Fogelman (fogelman@albany.edu, BB-327, 518/956-8336) personally handles all questions regarding course content, exam and clicker questions, and class policies. Email the professor only at fogelman@albany.edu, not via Blackboard or at any other address. Email messages and phone calls are welcome anytime and usually answered promptly. Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from noon-3:30 and many other times during weekdays. Though walk-ins are generally welcome, it is best to make an appointment.

Graduate Assistants: Mr. A. Ross and ----------- are students’ first contacts for questions about credit and grade recording for exams, quizzes, weekly assignments, and the in-class participation exercise (the Hotseat).  Email the GAs at mgt341ga@yahoo.com, not via Blackboard mail!!

The Information Technology Service (ITS) Help Desk (LC-27, 442-3700) can help with problems logging on to the UAlbany system, working with MyUAlbany, or using Blackboard.


What this course is about…


Welcome to Management 341!  Here we will discover how human behavior in enterprises helps some people and companies succeed while others struggle.  To prepare yourself to succeed in the changing world of work, you will study the history, research trends, and modern applications of a range of theories and practices on three levels: We begin by examining (1) firm-wide and inter-organizational levels of management.  Then we analyze the role and effects of (2) individual behavior.  In the third course segment, we assess ethical challenges and relate leadership, communication and other factors to (3) the management of work groups and teams. Course policies and other information may be archived on the Blackboard homepage and broadcast by email.

Before taking this course, students should have completed APsy 101 and either ASoc 115 or AAnt 108. 


Our goals…


Through a combination of in-class presentations and conferences, examinations, quizzes, virtual sessions, written contributions, clicker questions, active individual and small group participation, and “flipped classes,” you will…

·     identify the behavioral foundations of management in an increasingly diverse and competitive environment;

·     describe how global socioeconomic and technological forces are affecting the theory and practice of management;

·     assess interpersonal, ethical and other challenges faced by today’s managers; and

·     model effective small-group behavior in both face-to-face and virtual work relationships.



The tools you will use…

Our main text is Organizational Behavior, 13th edition, by M. Uhl-Bien, Wiley, 2014, also available electronically from the publisher.  A deeply discounted version is available locally as ISBN 978-111885878-7. Before most classes, you need to read the required chapters, [bracketed] in the Topic and Assignment Schedule at the end of this syllabus.  Other pre-session assignments are accessed on Blackboard by session number.  Online readings, slides, and video clips are starred (**), and flip videos appear {in braces}. Be sure you get the right edition.


You should register and always bring your i>Clicker to credit your responses to questions asked in class.  Using it conscientiously will contribute up to 15 points to your final course grade. Clicker credit is earned only by clicking during class, so operating someone else’s clicker instead of or in addition to your own is a form of academic dishonesty that subjects both offenders to automatic course failure or other disciplinary action.


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We will make extensive use of the Blackboard Learning System.  Weekly assignments, to be submitted as Discussion threads, appear at the top of our homepage.  The main page also contains links to session slides and required outside reading, key exam and other weekly assignment materials, and a grade review panel.

Students should check their UAlbany email regularly for course Announcements.  These messages usually point out key chapter topics or give notice of weekly assignments, exams, and other important course matters.  Students who stay on top of these items generally earn higher grades.  Clicking on Blackboard’s Announcement Archive course tool is a convenient way to review previous announcements.


Students should sign and bring to every class session the two-color copy of our contract (this syllabus).  Photo IDs and 9-digit Student ID numbers (not SSNs) are required for all exams, with #2 Pencils and erasers strongly recommended.  The use of any smart phones, dictionaries, or other electronic devices during exams is prohibited.





Register here: http://www.educreations.com/sr/ LSKPRKG (our access code is LSKPRKG)

READ THIS WHOLE SYLLABUS!  Then complete the “before class” work for Sessions 01 and 02 to make sure you can access course items on Blackboard and watch our videos on the Educreations site.

When you arrive for session #3, you will choose a seat to occupy for the whole term.

Clicker point counts are updated on Blackboard each week, so register your clicker using your NETID, and monitor your progress on Blackboard regularly.


What we will do in and out of class…


Each of the following six session types is coded on the topic schedule with its icon. (Each session will have a numbered outline or slide set on Blackboard. Successful students often print these slides before class.)


5 More than half the sessions are traditional face-to-face lectures presented with slides, not unlike what goes on in most other classes.  The main difference is that about 10 or 12 students sit in front of the room and are called on to contribute.  Being in this group is like participating in a small class within the larger lecture.


2 There will be 3 or more flipped classroom sessions. These classes take the traditional teaching pattern and turn it upside-down.  Instead of introducing a topic during class and practicing and applying it as a “homework assignment,” everyone watches image-and-voice video lessons (e.g., 07a…, 07b…, 07c…) as part of their required “reading” before class. Then in class we apply what you learn to realistic management problems.  Students on the hotseat, sometimes volunteers for those days, will answer questions and play the “linchpin” role of connecting the instructor to the groups. 


. Three of our in-term class sessions are exams, with each test made up of 35 multiple choice questions.  Students whose last names begin with A through K take their tests for the first 35 minutes of the class, and those starting with L through Z taking theirs during the last 35 minutes.


9 Linked to each exam is an educreations.com online video review.  These are instructor recordings linked to sets of review slides on the key topics titled Exam 1 Review, Exam 2 Review, and Exam 3 Review.


m     Each of these sessions features a guest speaker, or more than one of them working together.  Each presenter is a successful young professional or an established expert on that day’s course topic.  The instructor sometimes joins the audience, but often presents along with the “guest(s).”   Students answer hotseat and clicker questions just as they do in our regular class meetings.


7 Three virtual sessions are class session videos produced by the professor, and they resemble the lectures.  The difference is that there is no classroom component at all on that day.  These times give students more chances to meet with the professor individually or in groups, either voluntarily or by special invitation.


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How grades are earned…



Course grades are based on 100%. (Since you can actually earn up to 108.75 points, a “curve factor ” is built in.)


Exams (78.75 course points)

There is an in-term exam scheduled for each course segment (exams 1a, 2a, and 3a). During our departmental exam period scheduled early in finals week, students may raise their grades by taking exams 1b, 2b, and/or 3b.  There is no other final exam.  All exams consist of 35 multiple-choice items, worth 3 points each. You may take in-term exams only during the 35-minute period assigned to you, and you have 2 hours or slightly longer to complete whichever OPTIONAL second chance exam(s) you choose.  Only the higher one of the two exam grades for each segmentexam 1a or 1b, 2a or 2b, and 3a or 3bcounts in your grade, so you cannot lower your grade by taking one, two, or all three parts of our final exam.


Attendance and Participation (30 course points)

Class content is a key source of exam questions, but there are other reasons you should participate during and between classes. Make sure you receive the points associated with the work you have done:


1.      Clicker points. (15 points) Your in-class responses to multiple choice questions serve several purposes: they review concepts, provide feedback, reward attendance and promptness, and reveal how well you prepare for flipped class sessions. Clicks entered between session #3 and Exam 3a count toward your grade. There will be 170+ clicker questions during that time.  Since 150 is a perfect score, forgetting your clicker or extra batteries once or twice will not affect your grade. You can monitor your totals each week.

2.      The Hotseat. (5 points) For most sessions, several students spend the full class in front of the room answering one or more questions based on the “before class” work assigned for that day.  The Hotseat Schedule is posted on Blackboard by the third class session. Each student should also prepare to ask a question that demonstrates his/her understanding of that day’s “to read/to view” material. Students who perform adequately and sign the “hotsheet,” earn all five points.  Students who do not perform satisfactorily, who miss their dates without a valid excuse (i.e., extreme circumstances), or who neglect to sign the sheet generally make it up by spending both of our last two class days up front.

3.      Individual Contribution Assignments. (10 points) These will be published on the Blackboard homepage, added to the Blackboard Announcement Archive, and emailed to you. You can earn a full point on each of up to 10 Blackboard discussion section contributions by writing an on-time and reasoned response to the weekly video case or other assignment.  You get a half point by submitting it within 48 hours after the deadline, and no credit after that. Students may request a contract to earn these points and/or hotseat credit via Twitter posts or some other means. The deadline for such full credit requests is our session #6 date.



Specific steps to submit assignments from our class blackboard homepage: select post to discussions and then create thread. The subject header you create for your message will read "asg## where ## is the assignment number, e.g., Asg03. Please use this exact header format, with no spaces.  Assignments will be announced via email and the blackboard homepage, and they will remain in the Announcement Archive.


Grading and Criteria

Final grades will be based on a composite score using weighted criteria.




How Grades are Achieved:

92 or higher



77 - 79



3 In-term Examinations and/or


90 - 91



73 - 76



Optional Final[s] with name, student ID, and version number entered correctly


87 - 89



70 - 72



10 items, including individual blackboard posts, and other contributions if formally announced.


83 - 86



60 - 69



In-class participation (“the Hotseat”)


80 - 82



Below 60



Individual Clicker Points (credit awarded proportionally).



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Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated. Consequences of cheating, using any electronic device during an exam, representing another’s work as your own (plagiarism), or having one student operate another’s clicker include suspension or dismissal from the University. See the non-credit versions of the tutorials at http://library.albany.edu/usered/plagiarism/page2.html if you are at all unsure of what constitutes plagiarism.  


Extreme Circumstances are generally evaluated by the Vice Provost’s office in LC-30. Documented acceptable excuses include a medical emergency involving the student, death in the immediate family, and delay due to a car accident officially reported to the authorities on the way to class. Unacceptable excuses include ordinary transportation issues (bus delays, flat tires, parking and mechanical problems); alarm clock malfunctions; appointments which could be scheduled some other time; vacation extensions; and social occasions such as christenings, weddings, and Bar Mitzvahs. (See the Undergrad Bulletin’s “Attendance” regulations for additional details.)

How about extra credit?

Aside from our built-in course point total of 108.75%, there are generally no opportunities to earn extra credit during the semester. As indicated in the Undergraduate Bulletin, students may not “submit additional work or … be reexamined for the purpose of improving their grades after the course has been completed.” Topic and Assignment Schedule

(This list or sequence of topics may change slightly!  Any modifications will be announced in class, emailed to everyone, and added to the Announcement Archive.)


& Slides





Selected Topic(s)

(Students are advised to download and review notes or slides from 

Blackboard before each class.)


[Uhl-Bien Chapter]

**On Blackboard

{Educreations Flip videos #s}



5 Course and Topic Overview

**01 to read (Bbd)



5 Introducing Organizational Behavior

Read Syllabus! {01}[1]




5    Organizational Culture and Innovation [including some stress aspects] 

         {career life cycles on educreations.com}

[15, and text p. 40-43] {03}



online class

7 Additional Aspects of Organizational Culture and Design (Session attendance is not expected; streaming video of lecture content appears as a key session item on Blackboard.)

**04 to read (Bbd)



m      Managing Yourself: Entrepreneurship and “Intrapreneurship, and Time Management  Bill

**05 to read (Bbd) {05}




5 Globalism, Cross-cultural considerations, and Applied Global Performance Concepts in Today’s Environment

**06 to read (Bbd)



2   Organizational Structure and Design

[16] {07}



online resource

9  Exam 1a and 1b Segment Review:  Introduction, Firm-wide and Inter-organizational Context

**Exam 1a/1b review

slides and {video}




.  Exam 1a (Content from Sessions 1 through 7)

**Exam times posted on Blackboard



5 You Make the Call: Cases in Applied Business Ethics      

**09 to read (Bbd)



5 Diversity, Personality and Values




5 Perception, Attribution, and Learning                        




5 Emotions, Attitudes, and Job Satisfaction                  




2  Motivation

[5] {13}



5 Motivation and Performance




online class

7 Trust, Organizational Justice, and Privacy (Session attendance is not expected; streaming video of lecture content appears as a key session item on Blackboard.)

**15 to read (Bbd)



5 Communication 




online resource

9 Exam 2a and 2b Segment Review: Ethics, Trust, and Individual Behavior and Performance

**Exam 2a/2b review

slides and {video}




.  Exam 2a (Content from Sessions 9 through 16)

**Exam times posted on Blackboard



5 The Nature of Teams




m  Decision Making and Creativity                     




m      Teamwork and Team Performance - esp. virtual teams                       




online class

7 Conflict and Negotiation [plus more on decision making] (Session attendance is not expected; streaming video of lecture content appears as a key session item on Blackboard.)




5    Power and Politics, and cases in conflict




2m  Leadership                                           

[13] {23}



5    Leader Traits and Behaviors




online resource

9   Exam 3a and 3b Segment Review:  Teamwork, Influence Processes, and Leadership

**Exam 3a/3b review

Slides and {video}




.  Exam 3a (Content from Sessions 18 through 24)

**Exam times posted on Blackboard



5  Organizational Behavior and Management Applications, featuring exam review topics

**26-27 to read (Bbd)



m  Human Resource Management Overview, featuring exam review topics    

**26-27 to read (Bbd)



online resource

9 Same online review videos and slides used for exams 1a, 2a, and 3a

**Term exam review slides and {videos}

Exam Week


Approx. 12/11

Final: Exams 1b, 2b and/or 3b, lasting a total of two hours, PROBABLY 12/11/15, but DEFINITELY **BEFORE** THE TIME IN THE EXAM SCHEDULE PUBLISHED ONLINE AT THE START OF THE TERM!!!

Room assignments to be posted on lecture hall doors.



                    5Traditional class format                                2 “Flipped” class                  . Exam  

        m Guest speaker                                 7Virtual session                  9 Review video (not a scheduled session)


**Required before-class reading/video and other items are grouped by segment on Blackboard and numbered by session.

{Session numbers in braces correspond to educreations.com videos: course access code = LSKPRKG}

[Uhl-Bien textbook chapter numbers appear in brackets]



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