DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT
                       PROFESSOR CHARLES H. SMITH
                    COURSE SYLLABUS FOR SPRING 2010

Office: SGMH 5349                      Office e-mail:
Office telephone: (657) 278-5680       Website:
Office hours: Monday and               Class day/hours: Monday, 7:00-9:45
Wednesday, 1:45-3:45 p.m., and by      p.m.

Course Description From the CSUF 2009-2011 Catalog

Prerequisites: Management 339 and 340. For upper-division and graduate
students. Business and management in America. The interrelationships of
technological, economic, political and social forces with the business
enterprises and their ethical obligations to owners, employees, consumers and
society at large. Open to nonbusiness majors.

Textbook and Other Course Materials

Steiner & Steiner, Business, Government and Society (12th ed., 2009).

Also, I will provide PowerPoint presentations and past exams by way of links to
my website.

Course Procedures

Open-Door Policy. My policy has always been “open-door.” Therefore, you
should not hesitate to contact me in person or by e-mail1 or telephone.

  Please be advised that e-mails may contain confidential information such as
grades. Therefore, consider whether other people (e.g., family members or
employers) have access to your e-mail address before transmitting or
requesting confidential information in an e-mail.

Reading. We will cover most of the text during the semester. Course readings
will include chapters from the text. Bring your text to all class sessions since
we will refer to it frequently.

Teaching Methods and Typical Class Sessions. The teaching methods will be
lecture, small group discussion, and analysis of case studies. It is my policy
that you attend and be prepared for each class session. Reading the text is
important, but regular class attendance and participation will enhance and
clarify the material presented in the text. On a more tangible level, class
attendance and participation will be part of your course grade. Also, case
studies and examples discussed in class often become inspiration for exam
questions. The typical class session will consist of review of and questions
about previously-covered material, lecture as to new material, small group
discussions regarding the case studies in the text, and concluding questions and

Academic Dishonesty. “Academic dishonesty includes such things as cheating,
inventing false information or citations, plagiarism, and helping someone else
commit an act of academic dishonesty. It usually involves an attempt by a
student to show possession of a level of knowledge or skill which he or she does
not possess” (CSUF 2009-2011 Catalog, page 77). For a more complete
discussion of academic dishonesty in general and terms such as “cheating” and
“plagiarism” in particular, please refer to the CSUF 2009-2011 Catalog, at
pages 77-78 and 81-82. In accordance with the matters set forth therein, it is
my rule to award a score of zero for any violation, and I reserve the right to
report any violation to the appropriate CSUF administrator(s).

Study Guides. The PowerPoint presentations used in my classes can serve as
study guides as well as outlines for taking notes during lectures.

Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices. Please turn off all cell phones and
other hand-held electronic devices during class. (Note that “off” does not
include “vibrate.”) No one needs to talk on the phone or receive/send a text
message during class. Penalties for violation of this admonition include
confiscation, humiliation and deduction of attendance/participation points.
Additionally, while the use of laptop computers is permitted during class, I
reserve the right to revoke this permission at any time.

Sleeping in Class. While not advisable, students often sleep in class. This is
permitted though you may be subject to ridicule, especially if you later ask a
question pertaining to something that was discussed during your siesta.

Tardiness. While also not advisable, it is better to be late to class than to miss
class entirely. I am used to people wandering in and out of the room while I
am speaking and therefore I do not become easily distracted.

E-mail. I plan to send group e-mails to all students enrolled in this class from
time to time during the semester. Therefore, please check your CSUF e-mail
account regularly so you do not miss important announcements which might
involve procedural issues such as class cancellation or substantive issues such
as changes in the course curriculum.

Students with Disabilities. CSUF requires students with disabilities to register
with the Office of Disabled Student Services (UH-101, (657) 278–3112) in order
to receive prescribed accommodations appropriate to their disability. Students
requesting accommodations should inform the instructor during the first week
of classes about any disability or special needs that may require specific
arrangements/accommodations related to attending class sessions, completing
course assignments, writing papers or exams.

Course Grading

Exams. There will be three equally-weighted exams. Each of the exams will
consist of two essay questions (10 points each) and 30 multiple-choice
questions (one point each). I will provide the paper for your responses to the
essay questions. Use a Scantron Form No. 882-E for answering the multiple-
choice questions. Please see below under “Some Miscellaneous Remarks”
about make-up exams.

Group Paper. There will be a paper worth 50 points which will be based on
your choice of a legal/ethical topic which I will assign. The paper should be
15-20 pages, double-spaced. Please use footnotes – not just a bibliography – to
cite to your sources. You must work with a group of at least three students.
Notify me in writing as to your group’s membership no later than 11:59 p.m. on
February 10, 2010, after which you cannot change your group’s membership.

The paper must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2010. You
may submit your paper by way of hard copy or e-mail attachment. I will not
“review” or “edit” papers prior to submission. Please be advised that you are
responsible for “policing” yourselves and dividing the work equally. In other
words, everyone in a group is responsible for ensuring that everyone else makes
an equitable contribution. Each member of the group will earn the same grade
for his or her group’s paper. No extra credit will be given to nor will any credit
be deducted from a group member who does more work or less work,
respectively. Also, each group member will be held equally responsible for
academic dishonesty regarding papers.

Attendance/Participation. Attendance and participation will be worth 50
points. Three points will be awarded for signing the sign-in sheet that will be
made available at some time during each class (except for exam days) for a
total of 36 participation points. Fourteen points will be awarded at my
discretion for extraordinary participation, ten points for average participation,
and zero points for little or no participation. Please understand that regular
attendance with little or no participation will merit no credit for the
participation points. Therefore, you are not only expected to attend class but
also to participate on a meaningful level. Also, I reserve the right to deduct
points if you sign the sign-in sheet but miss part of the class due to, for
example, arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving at any point before the
conclusion of class.

Summary re Grades. In sum, points will be awarded and the grade scale2 will
be as follows:

First Exam                       50 points     A      90-100% (225-250 points)
Second Exam                      50            B      80-89.99% (200-224.99)
Third Exam                       50            C      70-79.99% (175-199.99)
Group Paper                      50            D      60-69.99% (150-174.99)
Attendance/Participation         50            F      0-59.99% (0-149.99)
Total                           250

A final note about grades. I realize that everyone wants a “good” grade, which
can range from “I need an A in this class or I will be
disowned/divorced/deported” to “I just want a C so I can get my degree.”
There is no secret formula when it comes to earning a good grade. You earn
your course grade. Therefore, you need to put in the work in this class on a
consistent basis. If you are concerned about your grade at any time during the
summer session, please contact me. Do not wait until the end of the summer
session to advocate for a better grade. Finally, please do not request that I

  I reserve the right to give “plus” or “minus” grades. I further reserve the
right to adjust the grading scale in order to comply with Department grading

change or “reconsider” your grade due to personal hardship; eligibility for
graduation, academic honors or programs, athletics, financial aid, or continued
enrollment in school; or any other reason not directly related to your
performance with respect to the above-described class requirements.

Some Miscellaneous Remarks

We Have a New Building! Our new Steven G. Mihaylo Hall (“SGMH”) is
dedicated to the College of Business and Economics. SGMH is truly something
in which we can all take pride. Let’s all do our part to maintain SGMH by – and
this is not an exclusive list – cleaning up after ourselves, not eating or drinking
anything in the classroom except water, and refraining from marking on the
desks, chairs, walls and other surfaces.

Legal Advice. Please direct all of your personal legal inquiries to an attorney
of your choice (not me) or the College Legal Clinic, which can be contacted at
(657) 278-5850.

Letters of Recommendation. It is an honor to be asked by a student to provide
a letter of recommendation (or to serve as a reference). Recently, I've
received some requests from former students seeking letters of
recommendation for graduate school or other purposes. All were top students
with whom I've had little or no contact since having them in one of my classes.
I do not feel comfortable writing letters of recommendation for these students
because my relationship with them is limited to their good performance in one
course years ago. This is not a good basis for a strong letter of
recommendation. Instead, you should seek letters of recommendation from
people with whom you have a long-standing relationship involving multiple
college courses or employment for an extended period of time.

Make-up Exams. Any professor reserves the right to give – or not give – a make-
up exam at his or her discretion. I believe that a make-up exam should be
given if the student has some kind of good cause for not being able to take any

exam according to the exam schedule set forth in this syllabus. Examples of
good cause can include a previously-scheduled commitment (school-related or
not), a medical issue, or an unanticipated bad event (such as a recent death in
the family or a vehicular accident on the morning of the exam). The need for a
make-up exam should be communicated to me in person, by telephone or by e-
mail at your earliest opportunity. Examples of situations that are not good
cause can include oversleeping, having another exam on the same day, or your
decision (usually not communicated until after the exam) to participate in
another activity where your participation may be preferable (to you at least)
and perhaps even laudatory. A make-up exam must be arranged prior to the
regularly-scheduled exam except when it would not be practical to do so. It
will be your responsibility to contact me to schedule a make-up exam.

Last But Not Least – Furloughs! Full-time faculty are required to take nine
furlough days each semester during the 2009-10 academic year. No classes will
be canceled in this course due to furlough days. However, furlough days may
result in delays in my performing out-of-class tasks such as responding to e-
mails or phone calls, grading exams, etc. On a campus-wide level, furlough
days may result in class cancellations, office closures, and delays in accessing

Course Objectives

Owners, managers and employees of all types of businesses are faced with
ethical dilemmas on a daily basis. These ethical dilemmas may have legal
ramifications as well. Based on these considerations, this course has the
following objectives:

              To equip you to recognize the existence of ethical and legal
               issues in business.
              To provide the opportunity to develop reasoned positions and
               arguments as to ethical and legal issues in business.
              To appreciate the many institutions that support business,
               including but not limited to regulatory, cultural and financial
              To study the history of the development of business in the
               United States from a largely unregulated area to a heavily
               regulated area.

Class Schedule

Date                Subject Matter (Reading Assignment)
January 25, 2010    Course Introduction; The Study of Business,
                    Government and Society (Chapter 1)
February 1, 2010    The Dynamic Environment (Chapter 2)
February 8, 2010    Business Power (Chapter 3)
February 15, 2010   Presidents’ Day Holiday – No Classes
February 22, 2010   Critics of Business (Chapter 4)
March 1, 2010       Review (7:00-7:30 p.m.); First Exam on Chapters 1-
                    4 only (7:30-9:20 p.m.)
March 8, 2010       Corporate Social Responsibility (Chapter 5)
March 15, 2010      Implementing Corporate Social Responsibility
                    (Chapter 6)
March 22, 2010      Business Ethics (Chapter 7)
March 29, 2010      Spring Recess – No Classes
April 5, 2010       Making Ethical Decisions in Business (Chapter 8)
April 12, 2010      Review (7:00-7:30 p.m.); Second Exam on Chapters
                    5-8 only (7:30-9:20 p.m.)
April 19, 2010      Consumerism (Chapter 15)
April 26, 2010      The Changing Workplace (Chapter 16)
May 3, 2010         Civil Rights in the Workplace (Chapter 17)
May 10, 2010        Corporate Governance (Chapter 18)
May 17, 2010        Third Exam on Chapters 15-18 only (7:30-9:20 p.m.)


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