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Last approved: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:14:53 GMT

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MBA (Business Administration)
510
024180
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Critical Thinking for Managers
Critical Thinking for Managers
Poole College of Management
Business Management (20BUS)
Term Offering
Fall, Spring and Summer
Offered Every Year
Spring 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
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Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
MBA 590Fall 201690
MBA 590Summer 201627
MBA 590Spring 201646
MBA 590Fall 201560
MBA 610Summer 201512
MBA 610Spring 201518
MBA 610Fall 201441
MBA 610Spring 201420
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)
Distance Education (DELTA)
Online (Internet)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
1
7
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
EIleen Taylor
Associate Professor
assoc

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture5454Notaught fall semesters
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC9090Notaught fall and spring


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
MBAAll tracksRequired
Structure for critically analyzing and evaluating an issue, claim, text, or speech from a management perspective. Systematic analysis and evaluation of information, concepts, and ideas in order to identify underlying assumptions, purposes, and questions. Synthesis of this knowledge to logically form conclusions and recognize implications. Communication of arguments and beliefs and recognition of common language barriers in the written and spoken word. For online sections, must be enrolled in MBA program.

Critical thinking skills are one of the top 5 skills noted by MBA recruiters as necessary for career success. Managers need to be able to think through complex problems and solve them under time pressure. This course gives them a structured approach for reasoning through an issue. Noting this need, the MBA curriculum committee has added this course as a required part of the MBA curriculum.


No

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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Humanities and Social SciencesDeanna Dannels facilitated Department of Communication and Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies I am pleased to see an emphasis on critical thinking for managers and this seems like a good class. While we also certainly encourage critical thinking about scholarly articles, this courses encouraging managers to think critically about issues and information from all kinds of sources, which is valuable and does not significantly overlap with what we do. Philosophy: I don't see significant overlap and have no objections to the course.
The online course will be taught by current faculty as an overload.
The FTF course will be taught by current faculty in-load.

Part-time graders/section managers will be hired to assist with increased demands due to enrollment growth.

Goal 1: Students will develop intellectual critical thinking and communication skills. 


Goal 2: Students will develop personal and social responsibility.


Goal 3: Students will learn how they learn.


Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes Goal 1:


Students will systematically analyze and evaluate information, concepts, and ideas in order to identify underlying assumptions, purposes, and questions, and synthesize this knowledge logically to form conclusions and recognize implications of those conclusions.


Students will evaluate the eight elements of thought using nine intellectual standards (accuracy, clarity, precision, depth, breadth, relevance, fairness, significance, and logic).


Students will communicate their arguments and beliefs clearly and succinctly in writing.


Students will recognize common language barriers in the written and spoken word.


Outcomes Goal 2


Students will articulate their own beliefs and convictions, as well as others’, beliefs, about what it means to be human and to create a just society.


Students will evaluate ethical and other issues from multiple perspectives and employ those considerations to chart coherent and justifiable courses of action.


Students will integrate the concepts of sustainability into their thinking and decision-making.


Outcomes Goal 3


Students will reflect on their thinking and learning process in order to improve upon it.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignment16.67There are six written assignments; the course grade will be based on the average of the assignment grades.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
NASee syllabus
mlnosbis 1/5/2017: There seems to be high demand for the course given previous enrollment. 1) Explain how a grade of "S" on the writing assignments results in a letter grade for the course, as this is a letter-graded course. Are students not required to turn in all assignments, and they are only graded on the assignments they turn in? 2) Syllabus does not contain all required components (see graduate syllabus checklist). 3) All new course proposals need an external consultation. Please reach out to Dr. Deanna Dannels (dpdannel@ncsu.edu) who can facilitate consultations from CHASS, and note the consultation summaries in the consultation field of this form.

mlnosbis 1/24/2017: Instructor has addressed the concerns.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
1. If the new course number 510 is proposed, should the syllabus also indicate 510? Currently 590 is listed.
2. I'm a little concerned about the grading method as it mixes S/U with letter grades. For example, if a student submitted all 6 assignments but the quality of work was only fair (or low-pass), he/she would still get an A at the end. What would be the incentive for students to do better than "low pass" if that doesn't make a difference? Perhaps specifying the standards for a S grade would provide some clarification.
3. The dash after each grade on page 3 is confusing. They look like A-, B-, C-,.....I suggest using colon instead.

pjharrie 1/31/2017: I feel that the bar is pretty low for getting an A - just getting a 'Satisfactory' on the assignments. That sounds like a C to me.
eztaylor (Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:36:58 GMT): I have made revisions to address 1 and 2 above. 1. I've added detail about grading in the student evaluation section above. 2. I've revised the syllabus to comply with the graduate syllabus checklist. 3. I will follow up on the external consultation.
eztaylor (Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:42:58 GMT): I followed up on consultation with CHASS and received the response below. It appears that this course does not conflict with or overlap with existing courses. Eileen-- I consulted with the Department of Communication (given the communication outcomes) and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (given the critical thinking focus) and here are their responses: Communication: I am pleased to see an emphasis on critical thinking for managers and this seems like a good class. While we also certainly encourage critical thinking about scholarly articles, this courses encouraging managers to think critically about issues and information from all kinds of sources, which is valuable and does not significantly overlap with what we do. Philosophy: I don't see significant overlap and have no objections to the course. Best, Deanna
sgallen (Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:50:59 GMT): The grading policy has been updated in response to Dean Harries' comments.
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