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MGMT 691 : Management Capstone Course

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Management Capstone Course
In this course students are required to author and defend a scholarly paper that requires substantial research to generate solutions to a real-world managerial problem. The student will be exposed to the technical aspects of writing to include problem definition, analysis, and presentation of solutions utilizing structured methods of evaluation. This course shall be taken at the end of the student?s program and will give the student the opportunity to applymanagement concepts learned throughout the MSM program.

In this course the student will develop a research proposal and final Capstone paper. The student will be expected to (a) apply evidence-based research methods to a research question, understand sources of information, the processes of analyzing data, (b) demonstrate knowledge of research skills for identifying and solving problems, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations, (c) develop and prepare a formal, written final Capstone using standard research and writing techniques in accordance with the Capstone Guide and proper templates.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:1. Apply evidence-based management concepts in the preparation of a research proposal.2. Interpret research study findings and explain how the findings address the research activity.3. Develop conclusions that address the problem statement and relate the findings to a larger body of literature.4. Develop possible solutions based on a body of knowledge and apply those solutions to a real-world managerial problem.5. Compile a comprehensive document in accordance with the template that demonstrates the student’s ability to logically formulate an argument based on sound research.6. Develop and present a lucid and thoughtful oral or written defense to provocative questions posed by a faculty member.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Please familiarize yourself with the MSM Capstone Guide. This guide contains information for both students and faculty.

Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
1. Capstone Resources & Proposal (Week 1) Using the proper research tools will allow you to focus more on writing your Capstone proposal and ultimately your final deliverable. Choosing a good research question or topic sounds simple but is more than likely the most important step in the Capstone process. Throughout MGMT 691, you may refer to this document for additional assistance with research and writing. There is no need for you to ever manually write an APA references section. There is software that will do that for you. There is also no reason why your document should not be properly formatted; there are websites that make formatting simple. These tips and more can be found in the below document: [Document found in course template] Note: You will be required to use MS-Word or a similar word processing program that can produce .DOC or .DOCX files. Embry-Riddle has partnered with to provide you with discounted software if the student does not already have access to recent MS-Office products. To access and receive a discount, you must click on the Software tab in ERNIE and access software through that tab. If you navigate directly to, you may not receive a discount. Learning Objectives Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to: 1. Identify sources of scholarly literature and evaluate the merit of different sources of information. 2. Utilize the Hunt Library to search scholarly databases using EagleSearch 3. Draft an Annotated Bibliography of scholarly sources in APA format on the proposed topic. 4. Draft a Capstone Proposal on a managerial problem or issue. 5. Understand the different types of plagiarism and how to avoid plagiarism. 2. Capstone Proposal Submission (Week 2) With the assistance of your course faculty member, it’s time to narrow in on a Capstone topic, setting, and research activity along with complete the Annotated Bibliography. This week is all about setting the stage for success in the coming weeks. Once your proposal is approved, it will serve as the guiding document for Weeks 3-7. The purpose of conducting preliminary research before embarking on a complete research effort is to make sure that the project can be completed within the allocated time to the standards set forth in the Capstone Guide and grading rubric. You should be communicating often with your faculty member and revising your proposal (as needed) and finishing your Annotated Bibliography. Learning Objectives Upon completion of this module, you will be able to: 1. Create an Annotated Bibliography of scholarly sources in APA format on the proposed topic. 2. Create a Capstone Proposal on a managerial problem or issue. 3. Capstone Working Drafts (Weeks 3 – 6) Weekly progress reports give you a milestone to work towards each week. The submission of a weekly progress report also allows your faculty member to provide multiple points of feedback as you progress through the Capstone process. There are 5 weeks allocated to research and writing with the Capstone due at the end of Week 7. Students who follow a writing plan often budget time better and feel less stressed. In practical terms, this means that approximately 8-10 pages of quality work should be generated each week to finish on time. Weekly progress reports are required and each progress report should show substantial progress each week. Your faculty member will provide feedback after reviewing each progress report to further help guide you toward completion. 4. Final Capstone Submission (Week 7) At the conclusion of this week, you will submit your Final Capstone deliverable for review and grading. Week 7 has only one main activity; submitting your Final Capstone deliverable. At this point, it is helpful to reference the Capstone Guide to review the defense process, external assessment process, and course completion process. 5. Defense and External Assessment (Week 8) The defense process is a scholarly process that was designed to show faculty that you can engage in scholarly discussion about your research. This process is less formal than the Capstone itself and is similar to a scholarly conversation. During Week 8 you will receive defense questions from your faculty member and complete an external assessment. Both process are consistent with normal university activity when issuing a graduate degree and will be graded using the Capstone Grading Rubric. Also, during this period of time your faculty member will begin grading your Final Capstone deliverable. Please check your e-mail often since rapid communication during this period is beneficial to all. 6. Course Completion (Week 9) The final week of is dedicated to final grading, revising any noted issue with the Capstone, and wrap up any other loose ends within the course. At this point, you should be finished with all deliverables and waiting for a final grade and feedback from your faculty member. For those who needed to revise their Final Capstone for whatever reason you should be working closely with your faculty member to ensure a completed Final Capstone is delivered no later than the end of this week. Grading all of the Final Capstones does take time so please e-mail your faculty member if any questions arise.
Dr. Aaron M. Glassman - 2/9/2015
Timothy Holt - 2/9/2015
Dr. Aaron M. Glassman - 2/9/2015
Dr. Bobby McMasters - 2/9/2015
1-7 Master of Science in Management 1. Management Concepts and Skills
Utilize Management Concepts and Skills in solving problems and making improvements within organizations and / or real world situations.
2. Ethics
Apply Ethical and Regulatory basis of Management in strategic and tactical aspects of planning, executing, monitoring and controlling with organizations and/or real world situations
3. Quantitative and Financial Analysis
Apply and interpret the fundamentals of Quantitative and Financial analysis to management problems and/or projects.
4. Communication Skills
Use Communication skills to develop defendable positions using data and information from diverse sources and apply problem solving strategies to reach scientifically defendable solutions. Present reports, analysis, and recommendations in written and oral forms in a professional manner that is persuasive and understood by Audience / readers of diverse ages, cultural, experience, and educational backgrounds.

5. Research Skills
Use Scientific Research skills to collect data and use those data to thoroughly understand complex and multi-dimensional situations. Be able to organize themes, explain concepts and theories, provide technical definitions and establish overall credibility. Be able to design and conduct appropriate research projects to solve problems in manufacturing, production, distribution and sales of products.
6. Technology
Use computer, video conferencing, and presentation technology to locate, collect, store, manage, and disseminate information and design and deliver technical, professional, and personnel presentations.

7. Critical Thinking
Use critical thinking to explore all aspects of complex and multidimensional situations and evaluate the impact and consequences of decisions on different audiences and to develop defendable positions using data and information from diverse sources. Be able to apply problem solving strategies to reach logically defendable solutions to technical and personnel situations and operations.
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