Management 306

Week 01

Hi everyone, welcome to Management 306. This lecture is going to be a short introduction to how the class works, so that you will be able to follow along if you were unable to come the first day for the orientation, or if you did come to the first day, but you'd just like a refresher on what it is we do. Now the class structure itself is hybrid. So there are some classes that are in the classroom, and some classes that are, you know, online, the materials online, and you're responsible for reviewing the material on your own. You can see the structure of the class, if you are looking at the website, the homepage of the website. You'll see that it alternates between lecture material that's online, that's recorded, and then homework, which you come in and do. You actually bring one copy of your homework into the classroom, and it's an alternating sequence like that. Lecture, homework, lecture, homework, and that goes before homework assignments that you'll be bringing into the classroom. Then at the very end of the class, there's a little bit more for you to do. There are two more assignments. You're going to be watching a movie called Margin Call, and the movie is available up on the website. You can stream it from the website. You can also download it. And then you'll be writing a paper based on that movie. It's a business movie, Margin Call. It's a very well-written movie. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay, an hour and 49 minutes long. So you'll be watching that movie and writing a paper on that, but then you also have yet one more assignment, and it's called the final memo. So you have these four assignments you bring to class, and you have two more assignments due at the end of the class, the Margin Call paper and the final memo. And so six assignments over a 10-week period. That's how much you'll be doing. I can tell you that compared to the other Management 306 classes, this is the same or more work. It's spread out probably little more conveniently for you, but the hybrid makes it very convenient, which is why students tend to be very, very happy with hybrid, but it's the work that management 306 requires, and I've structured it in a way, just to make it convenient and make it something you can accomplish very easily. The class itself is a skill class. This is not, you know, a memorization class where you're going to take a book and memorize a bunch of chapters and take a test. This is a skill class. It's a writing class. So all the work is going to be take-home. There is no in class writing. There's no, you know, coming and sitting at your desk and writing for an hour and 40 minutes in a blue book or whatever. It's all take-home. All the assignments are already up on the website. There's samples of just about everything, all the in class homeworks. There's samples of them. There's a sample of the Margin Call paper. There isn't a sample for that final memo, only because at that point, you've had a lot of practice at writing them, and it's just a question of doing one final one but with, you know, from a selection of topics. So you have plenty of samples to look for, and there's plenty of — and I'll be explaining each homework in my lectures, as you proceed down through the website. The lectures themselves are these audio lectures. You can listen to them, stream them off the website. You can also download them off the website, if you want to put them on some sort of device like a phone or tablet or something and take them with you. So you're not locked into, you know, accessing the website to get the course material. The PowerPoints that I discuss, the PowerPoint themselves, are also available for you to click on and download, and then of course, the lecture that goes with that. So you have the assignments, the samples, the power points, the lectures, the movie, and then I have some research material for the movie. Everything is available for you up on the website for you to access, hopefully very conveniently. Now if you look at the first week, you'll see there is the syllabus. The syllabus — so I'm going to go briefly through this. This is identical to exactly what I do in the classroom when I do the orientation. I bring up the syllabus and address some elements of the syllabus. I work through parts of the course. So I'm assuming that you've either looked at the syllabus, or you're going to look at it at some point, so I can sort of refer to it. You'll notice that I teach several different sections of the same class. That's been typical. This is my 10th year now at CSUSB. When I'm recording this, this is my 10th year. If I use this recording for another year or two, then that will be a lot of date, but I've taught this class a number of times, and I end up with the same schedule quarter after quarter. They sort of lock me into a certain pattern. So that means that for you, it's good news, because since I teach the exact same class several times, just different time periods, you can come to any class. You don't have to necessarily come to the class you're enrolled in. The only caveat, and I know that's a nice SAT word for you, caveat, is that if the room gets too full — in other words, if there's too many bodies in the room, because there is fire code. In addition, we may just run out of chairs. If there's too many bodies in the room, then I'll make a general announcement that, you know, you have to go to a different section unless you're enrolled in that section. So more than happy to have students, you know, come to a different time period that's convenient for them. It doesn't make any difference as far as the class goes. If the exact same class three times. You can be enrolled in any section, come to any other. However, if the room gets overfull, if we have to start going to other rooms and taking chairs and so on, then I explain that, okay, if you're not enrolled, you've got to come at a different time. I don't single anybody out. I just make a general announcement. But this is usually not a problem, but it does happen from time to time. So that's the issue with the three sections. You'll see there's a textbook. The textbook is not required. It's optional. I have found most students do not buy it, don't feel they need to buy it. You're welcome to wait. Don't necessarily buy the book right up front, but take a look at whether you think you'll need it as the course proceeds. Because it's primarily a writing class, there's not a lot of use for a textbook at this point. We do a lot of writing, and you bring the writing in, and we look at writing. We talk about it. But the book itself has turned out to be not as useful as it used to be, and of course, the price has continued to go up. So the book is clearly optional. It's absolutely not required, and you'll notice there's two items. There's the, for a grade, the final memo on the Margin Call paper. Those two are the two assignments that you'll be bringing in. Actually, you'll be posting on Blackboard at the very end of the class. So as you recall me saying, you have these four homework assignments you'll be bringing into class during the quarter, and you have two due with the very end. Those two are going to be put on Blackboard. You're not going to be bringing them into class. That's at the very end of the class, and that's what your grade is based on. So what you're going to do is you're going to have all quarter to work on them, to prepare for them, to practice, and then those that you think I need from you, so that I can post a grade. Attendance, if you look at the section on attendance, notice there is nothing in your grade on attendance. The statement I have in my syllabus is that, you know, attendance is optional. You're not required to come to class. You're not required. You know, I'm not taking attendance. There's no element of your grade based on attendance. You're not required to come, but the way the class is structured is that on the days when homework is due, if you don't come, you will need to make sure that somebody brings the homework in for you, because you can't just send it to me. In other words, it's not a pure online class. It's a hybrid class. So you can't just send it to me. You have to make sure that someone takes responsibility for bringing your homework in for you. Or you have to come in yourself. So it will be one or the other, but you're not required to be in class. You just have to make sure that when something is due, someone is filling that responsibility. For participation, and this matters, even though it's a, you know, hybrid class. When we do have classes, please come in in a good mood. I cannot tell you what a drag it is for your classmates if you're having a bad day. You know, maybe you don't like your job or whatever, and I've seen all of this. Like I said, I've been teaching for quite a while now. And you know, it's a small room, and we're bringing in writing, and some people are very stressed, and they hit midterms, and you're stressed. So think about, you know, just trying to just come in and just, you know, make it a pleasant experience. I can tell you that I have what's called a high success rate. Success rate in academic settings means different things, but specifically, one interpretation is that it's the formula of the number or the algebraic calculation, the number of people enrolled versus the number who pass the class at the end. Now the average is, and this applies across all different kinds of classes and teachers and subjects and so on. The average is, for a class taught in the classroom, we also call it face-to-face, is about 75%. So about 75% of all students who enroll in a classroom class end up passing. The average for online is a terrible 40%. There's a lot of reasons for that. It's also why you don't see more online sections on the schedule. I say it's both. I say it's the teachers who simply don't do a good job of presenting online, and it's the students who find online is too unstructured for them, and they really need to be in the classroom. And so that combination comes together to make for online success much lower. I point that out, both, face-to-face and online to tell you that my success rate over the last, I think it's been four years now, has been about 99%. Approximately one student out of 100 doesn't pass this class, and the reason for that is it is a very straightforward class. I've been laid out the work. I'm very clear about it. I tell you exactly what I want. I have plenty of examples, and I encourage everybody to be positive and to, you know, enjoy the experience. We can do the work and make it a pleasant experience. So I started this by talking about being positive. That is part of the reason why, and it all comes together, why students tend to find this class something that they can totally do. So your chances of passing are very, very good, because that's been many students who have come before you have also done well, and you know, just buy into my system. Understand how I'm presenting things, and just deliver the things that I need from you. And you know, this can be a useful experience, a learning experience, and a positive experience. Okay, so the last thing is length. There's those two final papers due at the end, Margin Call, and the final memo. There's length of assignments. What I'm going to do is explain how I come up with the length, because that's really the next item for you to think of. So the homework assignments themselves should be one to two pages long. So you have four of those. They come, you know, alternating during the quarter, and then each one of those should be a page to two. The final memo should also be one to two pages. The shorter you make it, the less you're putting in there, the less you put in there, the less development there is. So you don't just pad it out and add a lot of extra words just make it look bigger. What you have to do is spend a little more time thinking of more ideas. The Margin Call paper, the sixth of these six things you're going to be doing, has a specific formula for calculating how long it has to be. So for that, I want you to click on Promotions. That is the link that's there on the top of the website on the first day. So when we do a little game, it's called a promotion game, you begin as an associate, and I'm literally reading right off this page now. During the quarter, you complete homework assignments. Each assignment will be evaluated by your classmates. They will vote promote or don't promote, based on the quality of your writing. The voting will be anonymous. If you're in the majority of pro votes, you're promoted to the next level. Otherwise, no promotion. The levels are associate, supervisor, manager, president, and CEO. So what's happening is you're going to bring in your homework, and each time you — and your classmates are going to read it. And each time, you know, you successfully complete a homework assignment, in other words, the majority of your classmates vote promote, then you move up a level. So you're starting at associate, and then after your first homework is deemed to be successful by your classmates, you move to supervisor. Then manager, then president, and CEO. So that you have four homework assignments. So you're going from level one to level four. So it takes for successful — there are four homework on the website, and it takes four promotions for you to make it to CEO, because you're starting at one. You're going to five. Four plus one is five. Now the incentive for you to complete these homework's beyond, you know, reaching the higher-level in this promotion game is the page count for Margin Call. So here again, I'll keep reading this. Everyone has to write a paper on Margin Call. An associate has to write a 45-page page paper, but the CEO only has to write a five-page paper. So by earning four promotions, you reduce the paper you must write by 40 pages. For every one to two-page homework assignment you successfully complete, reduce the page count of this Margin Call paper, this movie paper, by 10 pages. So if you do four homeworks, you've knocked off 40 pages. And now you're down to five pages. I can tell you, historically, that everyone turns in a five-page paper. You know, everyone does the homework successfully, and then they end up turning in a five-page movie paper at the end. So if you do a page count on the amount of work that you're going to do in this class, you end up somewhere between 13 and 15 pages, which is about right for a 10-week business writing class. So I've taken it. I've given you an incentive for the homework assignments in the middle, but I've also taken the stress out where they're not going to be directly be graded, but they are going to be judged by your classmates. Don't stress over your classmates voting for you. They tend to be pretty kind. So generally, I haven't seen too many issues. And if you do something that your classmates simply find not acceptable, and they deem it as not promotable, you can just redo it and then give it to me. You know, it doesn't happen often, just so you know. And if it does happen, just go back home and rework it a little bit. Put a little more time and effort into it. Improve it a bit. Maybe go to the writing center, and then bringing in and give it to me. And I'll, you know, if it's improved, I'll say fine. You've met the minimum requirements, and that's really all you have to do. Don't stress over the homework. The purpose of this game and the way I've structured the class is simply to get you to write some homework assignments during the quarter. I want you — it's a skill class. You learn a skill by practicing, and so the more you write, the better. That's exactly why I've set it up this way. Now a couple things with the homework. I had to send a your responsibilities. You must bring the homework to class on the day it is due. If you cannot make class, arrange for someone to be responsible. So you should bring in your homework and plan to stay in the class. If you can't or don't or choose not to or some other reason, you have to designate somebody to do it for you, which then leads to the second sentence. I do not coordinate your homework for you. Do not email it to me. Drop it off. If you do, I will put it in the recycle bin, and it will not count. Don't try to pass your homework off on me. I've had to make this rule, because I've had far too many students, you know, do that, and it would get out of hand very quickly if I didn't make this statement. So it's your homework. You're enrolled in the class. You're in college. It's your responsibility. It's due on the day it's due, and then it's up to you to make sure that it's in there. Either you bring it in, or you get somebody else to bring it in, and that's the promotion game. Now there's a little bit — now you can track that. There's a link called My Score. You actually click on that, and then you can type in your student ID, and then you'll be able to actually see your promotions. You know, what the database shows of your promotions. After we have class, I go home, and usually, the next morning, I finish entering everybody's — logging and everybody's homework who got promoted. So you'll be able to see sort of an updated record of where you are. So you'll know, you know, that you're proceeding nicely on to getting those four promotions, which means you have a five-page paper due at the end. Now I want to jump down to the bottom where I have all the information on Margin Call and just talk about that very briefly. I'll talk about that much more in detail down there with a lecture for that day, but there is the movie itself, the link to the movie itself. So you can stream it or downloaded or both. Then there are the instructions for writing the movie paper, and if you click on the link, it says Margin Call Instructions. You'll see that, and there's a template. Now that template is a Word doc that's set up in correct MLA format. You need to use that template to ensure that you've written the correct page count. So assuming that you're going to write five pages, and that's what everybody does, because you complete your homework successfully, you have to make sure you've actually written the five pages. And so what I insist upon is that everyone use that template, and because that template is correctly set up for MLA, you will end up with the correct length. So — and I even have the works cited already formatted in there. You know, I used the Easybib.com. That's what I tell everybody go do. So use the template. Write five pages in that template, and then you're going to actually copy and paste that up to Blackboard, which might scramble up your formatting a little bit. Nevertheless, use that template to make sure you get to five pages, and that's how I know that when I say five pages, it's a consistent amount for everybody. So everybody's going to use the same template. There's an example, by the way, of a well-written Margin Call paper that you can imitate. You can't use it. You can't copy it, but can certainly imitate it. And then there's some research. There's links to A Crisis of Credit, very cool video. There are some PDFs. There are some articles I found. So there's actually a lot of good information to help you when you go to write your paper that I put on the website for you already, and as you go down to the final link at the end. You'll see the link for final memo, and then you'll see four prompts there. You pick one. That's simply another memo, and you practice writing the memos. And what I need you to do is I need you to just choose one of them and develop it out as your final memo, and that's pretty much the class. That's how it works. The hybrid class, it has been very successful with students who have been enrolled over the years. It's a very popular class. The class, when enrollment opens up, the class bills very quickly. So it's very hard to get into, and students seem to like the layout and seem to do very well. So it's just — it seems like a good way of presenting writing. A little bit about myself, and then I'm going to stop the recording so that you can then get on with the other things in your life. I have — I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelors in business, actually. And I worked in the business world. I actually ended up becoming a software developer, and I ended up working in the business world, a corporate life. And then went back to school and earned a masters from USC in writing. It's actually MPW, masters professional writing. It's a writing degree. I didn't go back to school for literature or anything else. Even though they'd be fun, I actually went back and got a writing degree, and that I became a tech writer. I was a tech writer for six years. And then I published a magazine. I wrote some books. I did a bunch of things, and then I started looking for just income, just making a living at this. I started teaching part-time writing classes at JP College, and I still teach at JP College. Then after doing that for a couple of years, in the evening, I liked it. I decided I could, you know, earn a living at this. And so I branched out. I picked up several other schools, one of them being Cal State San Bernardino, and I'm still here, and I'm still teaching. And I've been teaching, you know, like I said, a lot of writing classes. I figure at this point, and I'm probably going to use this recording for a few years, so these numbers will be too low in the future, but at this point, I easily taught more than 200 college writing classes, and I've had 5000-6000 students. Oh, gosh, I probably read and graded 2000 things, and I like doing it. I just enjoy it. I enjoy reading. I, you know, find that I have a good sense now of exactly what it is students can do and will do, and I find that if I do my job, lay it out clearly, explain very clearly this is what I want. This is when it's due. Here's a sample. Students seem to get that and end up doing pretty well. So that's why the class is pretty popular. So thank you for listening to my lecture, and I look forward to seeing your writing in this class.