SPMT699 - Management Practicum and Integration Project
The APUS Master of Arts in Management examines complex organizations from a level of analysis perspective developing competence in organization analysis, management theory and practice, strategy formulation and execution, leadership, human resources management, technology and global issues related to management, and other related areas. Specializations in this degree include: general management, leadership, and human resource management. This program aims to educate professionals for management and business practice in global military, government and business environments.
The ability to apply learning to practice is a key requirement for demonstrated success in learning. To achieve and demonstrate learning, a practicum and integration seminar is offered to students in this degree as an alternative to the comprehensive exam. This option can be undertaken by any student seriously interested in the integration and application of theory and practice. This option is an additional 3 hour course over the required 36 hours to equal 39 graduate credits. Students selecting this option are exempt from comprehensive exams.
The course requires that the student:
- Identify and obtain approval for an organization or project of interest.
- Select and obtain an approval for a workplace mentor.
- Complete a 120 hour practicum in the approved organization under the guidance of the mentor.
- Keep a log of work completed to be signed by the mentor.
- Submit a 25 page integrative applied research paper using Kolb’s experiential learning cycle as the basis for reflection on that experience.
The experiential or practical component of the class aims to apply learning in an aspect of interest related to the degree and concentrations of the student’s areas of specialization. It is understood to be a supervised practicum that requires approval by APUS before entering into the relationship with the organization. The selection of an organization or site for the practicum must relate to the content of the student’s course work and/or concentration. Goals of the applied practicum and integration seminar will be submitted by the student for approval using an application for approval to the Faculty member, Department Chair and Dean of Graduate Studies. The organization will serve as an opportunity to experience the practice of an area of management related to the focus of the student’s degree. This option will act as a capstone of the student’s program and is to be completed in the student’s final semester.
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, the Master of Arts in Management also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:
- Conduct business problem focused management research, including collection and analysis of data, and communication of findings by using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- Develop a strategic business plan applying the theories and practices of management and planning for a particular organizational setting.
- Develop an analytical framework using a variety of approaches to apply leadership and management theory and practice to address the challenges of organizations in this century.
- Examine complex organizations from a level of analysis perspective, including the individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational level perspectives. Evaluate management issues in the context of technological, structural, cultural, human and environmental factors.
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Total Credits - 36 Hours
- Evaluate and articulate models of organization and business consulting.
- Utilize a variety of concepts, skills and practices required for effective consulting.
- Develop a consulting practice using a variety of concepts, skills, and practices.
- Build an effective business plan for a consulting practice.
- Apply the concepts and theory to assess and or build a strategic consulting practice.
Human Resource Management
This course serves as an advanced course in human resource management with particular emphasis on the strategic planning process for each of the functions. Students will explore the historical evolution and philosophical foundation of the field as well as examine the current practices that are being used to support Human Resources in the workplace. Future human resource management challenges will be examined and the emerging concept of strategic Human Resource professionals as business partners will be highlighted.
Research Methods in Management Science
This course aims at providing students with an in-depth understanding of the various methodological approaches to the study of management. The course provides a deep insight into various scientific and methodological approaches as well as practical training in the design and implementation of research projects. This includes data collection methods, sampling techniques, survey design, interview techniques, observation methods, analysis, interpretation and how to write scientific reports. This course is required as the first course in the M.A. in Management.
This is an introductory course that focuses on the concepts and methods of managing an organization. The overall course objective is to identify, apply, and evaluate techniques for structuring and resolving managerial problems in public and private organizations. The main educational tool used in the course is the analysis and class discussion of case studies. Readings and lectures are used to supplement the case analyses.
Topics include: culture and change; managing globally and ethically; strategic planning and implementation; organization structure; human resource management; groups, teams and motivation; leadership; and operational management.
This course will provide a framework for understanding individual and group behaviors within dynamic organizations. Topics to be covered will be human behavior principles in individual, groups/teams, and organizational settings. The main emphasis of this course will be on developing effective administrative/managerial skills in improving employee performance.
This course is an examination of individual dimensions of global executive leadership, organizational behavior, inter-group relations, and strategies for internal corporate communication. Course topics include management and global trade, special aspects of operating successfully in the global environment, the executive's role in solving conflicts and creating corporations in the world marketplace, cultural aspects of international operations management and ethical corporate strategies in an international context.
This course outlines successful Strategic Management and Planning techniques. Students taking this course will gain an understanding of Strategic Planning techniques that have been successful in the industrial base companies. This course has been designed and developed to provide management teams and leaders with state of the art practices and theories, strategies and techniques relative to the Strategic Management and Planning Process.
Ethics in Leadership
This course addresses the ethical dimensions of management with a special focus on the processes managers may use to raise and resolve ethical dilemmas and conflicts in organizational settings. Policies pertaining to treatment of those raising ethical issues will be considered. The legal and regulatory requirements of ethical conduct will be examined. Policies and codes of conduct established by various organizations and industry groups will be critically examined. The course will feature case studies involving alleged breaches of ethical conduct among publicly held corporations.
This course will provide an experiential introduction to the creation of a new business enterprise. Topics will include the traits of successful entrepreneurs, generating business opportunities, screening opportunities, "the window of opportunity," the venture team, family businesses, management/marketing/financial skills needed, "entrepreneurship," etc.
Principles of E Commerce
This course introduces the student to the concepts and terminology of modern e-commerce approaches. It includes topics on marketing, web technologies, security, legal issues, imaging, search engines. The emphasis will be to develop an understanding of the underlying principles of e-business.
This course focuses upon the problems and challenges of managing individuals,
groups, and organizations in a virtual or distributed environment. Virtual means that work is accomplished by interdependent people performing at different time or places, or across organizations. This course addresses current topics associated with the new forms of organizing that new technology and accompanying strategic changes promote. The student will examine online business models, sources of competitive advantage in e-commerce, and techniques for evaluating opportunities. In this context, the student will also discuss ways in which e-commerce organizations differ from conventional organizations and how to create e-commerce alliances. Issues include a focus on social interactions; the social, political, economic, and technological contexts of virtual communities and the limits for their sustenance.
Business Plan Development
This course is designed to provide the student the skills necessary for developing a comprehensive effective written implementation plan for a new business venture. The key to this class is that a "business plan is more than a strategic plan". The key differences are both implementation and possible review by "outsiders." This course deals with the critical decisions and action steps that entrepreneurs must make in both planning and executing a new venture. The course focuses on "doing" rather than on mere "facts about business development and plan writing." It will concentrate on creative solutions to resource generation and utilization. The business plan is often a selling document to those who may be interested in the business venture for a variety of reasons. Therefore it must reflect the concept's viability and business model, the environment in which the firm operates, and the expertise of the management team to execute the plan.
Strategic Planning in the Military and Governmental Agencies
This course is designed for the participant who wants to understand staff/leadership positions within large complex organizations. The core of the course is found at the intersection of strategic leadership, strategic planning, and strategic decision making. The course has a national strategic perspective, with an emphasis on military and United States government planning, leadership and decision-making, but the essential elements to be discussed are also applicable to non-military, non-governmental activities.
Students in this class will master the basic concepts, theories, and skills of workforce planning. Workforce planning is a critical human resource function and practice about winning the “war for talent” in today’s workplace. This course will address issues of attracting, staffing, and retaining a high valued and productive workforce. Succession planning is a key concept to be examined as well. Other topics to be addressed in this course include aligning business and staffing needs; assessing diversity, retirement and turnover; and developing competency models and the use of these models for staff development. Case studies, scenarios, and problem resolution in addition to readings and research in areas of interest are the focus of this course experience.
Management Information Systems
This course addresses information systems, to include their nature and role as key management resources. This course covers the information systems infrastructure, to include databases, knowledge management systems, enterprise information portals, telecommunications, the Internet, and wireless technology. It examines the topics of e-commerce, information systems in the global economy, managing global systems, securing information systems, and ethical and social issues in information systems.
Quality Management in Contemporary Organizations
A comprehensive analysis of the theory and practice of Total Quality Management, including the use of Statistical Process Control, as developed and espoused by Juan and Deming, through extensive readings of books by and about these two management pioneers, and use of up-to-date TQM "how-to" handbooks used by businesses and the Federal Government.
This course consists of a collection of classic and contemporary readings in Organizational Development covering a broad range of topics including interpersonal relations, motivation, decision making and group behavior in organizations. Included are experiential exercises that give students an opportunity to practice their skills and cases that allow students to draw on their own experiences to apply the concepts and theories in managerial situations. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the leader.
Organizational Crisis Management
This course examines the variables involved in crisis planning, communication and management. To do so, we must consider the organization’s vulnerabilities, the environment in which it thrives, the stakeholders who can influence its operation and the strategies best suited to maintaining or enhancing its reputation. The media plays a crucial role in crisis management and we will discuss this factor throughout the course. We will consider how the media acts as a catalyst as well as intermediary in this process. Some of the questions that will arise will be: Is the relationship inherently antagonistic? Should it be?
By the conclusion of the course, participants should have developed a deeper understanding of the range of crises facing organizations, an enhanced appreciation of communication tactics that can be brought to bear in such situations and a greater familiarity with the historical antecedents of current crises.
This course covers the elements of contemporary leadership and delineates the principles that are important in the development of a leader for the 21st century. Discussion of the role and function of leadership will include an in-depth analysis and study of needs impacting individuals, organizations and society. The course provides students with a set of leadership skills and competencies on which to build an individual model for effective leadership that can be tested over time.
Independent Study: Management Department
This course is an opportunity for General Management students to pursue an independent research project or examine a specific area of Management under the mentorship of a single professor. Participation is at the discretion of the faculty member. The student will produce a major research paper. Students will submit a proposal prior to the start of the project. To be eligible for an independent study, students must be enrolled in a bachelors degree program, must have completed 24 hours of graduate work at APUS toward their current degree program, and should have already contacted a professor and gained approval for the independent study topic. Once these conditions are met the student should contact his/her academic advisor. Once the course is open the student must complete an official online registration for the course.
This course utilizes an experiential format to focus on a variety of concepts and practices associated with developing and managing an effective team. The course addresses different approaches to management, motivation, and performance, along with some barriers to effective team efforts. Case studies and problem resolution are the focus of this experience. Expected student outcomes include mastering the basic concepts, theories, and fundamental techniques in team management, identifying current challenges and issues confronting managers in human service organizations, and identifying positive team management strategies and their application to human services.
This course examines the organization, planning, and controlling of projects and provides practical knowledge on planning, managing project scope, scheduling resources, and dealing with risk management. Topics include project life cycle, project initiation, work breakdown structure and Gantt charts, network diagrams, scheduling techniques, contracts, and resource allocation decisions. Project execution including selecting and managing teams will also be analyzed and discussed. Students will be required to use software packages (Crystal Ball and MS Project) and to already have working knowledge of these packages in order to complete some of the assignments for the course. The software will be included with the textbook.
This course is designed to illustrate development, implementation, and reformulation of business strategy, with both domestic and international implications. Emphasis is placed on the need for, awareness of, and accommodation to changes in an organization's internal and external environments. Generic types of business strategies and techniques for analyzing strategies are also covered.
Assets Protection & Loss Prevention Management
The course focuses on advanced administration and management issues related to corporate security functions, including strategic and operational management, risk management, contract security services, management of emergencies and loss prevention. Students will assess vulnerabilities and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report on terrorist attacks upon the Unites States. Facility protection standards are used to determine appropriate courses of action, from a security management perspective, using threat models and risk assessment concepts. Research is required and application of critical thinking is applied to address external threats and countermeasures. Practical exercises are conducted to apply research findings.
Security Program Administration
The course provides the graduate-level security professional with the tools necessary to effectively plan for, implement, monitor, and administer a security organization in a modern, global, and technologically advanced security program. Upon completion of the course, the student demonstrates expertise in administrating a security program from the following aspects: fiscal, human resource management, change management, global talent management, and resource management perspectives. Students will also assess the concepts of return on investments (ROI) including cost-benefit aspects of asset protection and liaison with other management officials in the organization.
Management Practicum and Integration Project
The experiential or practical component of the course aims to apply learning in an aspect of interest related to the degree and concentration in Management. It is understood to be a supervised practicum that requires approval by APUS before entering into the relationship with the organization. The selection of an organization or site for the practicum must relate to the content of the student’s course work and/or concentration. Goals of the applied practicum and integration seminar will be submitted by the student for approval using an application for approval to the Faculty member, Program Director and Dean of the School, Management. The organization will serve as an opportunity to experience the practice of an area of management related to the focus of the student’s degree. Practicum courses are NOT included in the university retake policy. All grades for any attempts will appear on transcript and will be calculated in GPA
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