MGT 5020 Applied Management Project 

Summer 2024 Syllabus

Term Dates: May 13 - July 26, 2024


Instructor:                  Dr. John DeNigris, Ph. D.

Office Hours:             M-F 10-5, 24 Hour Voice Mail

Phone:                        (407) 579-5277


Capstone Course Objective:

The objective of this course is for the student to demonstrate a synthesis of prior learned competencies in Accounting/Finance; Economics; Organizational Behavior/Theory; and Quantitative Methods into a final capstone project that involves a team-based outside consulting activity.

Degree Program Goal Statement:

The goal of the MS in Management is to prepare individuals for advanced leadership positions in the private, public, and military sectors with specific skills and competencies in management and identified concentration areas.

Course Description:

Covers concepts, tools, and techniques for the evaluation of research proposals and studies. Involves designing, conducting, evaluating, and presenting oral and written forms of research. Assignments build on quantitative and qualitative research methods.


All Master of Science in Management required courses must be completed (or completed the same semester) for the graduating semester. MGT 5020 serves as the capstone course for the MS in Management.

Required Reading:

 Available from the Virtual bookstore (not the main campus bookstore):

Research Methods in Business Studies

Ghauri, Pervez / Gronhaug, Kjell

Cambridge University Press; (2020) 5e New Edition

ISBN 13: 978-1-108-70824-1 (Paperback)

ISBN 10: 1-108-70824-2


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

APA; (2020) 7e

ISBN: 978-1-4338-3217-8  

ISBN 10: 1-4338-3217-8

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Analyze financial ratios for viability/stability compared against accepted industry standards. (Competency in accounting/finance)
  2. Identify macro and micro-economic trends/conditions that impact the viability of a private, public, or governmental organization. (Competency in economics)
  3. Analyze effective organizational behaviors – vision, mission, culture, and values – in private, public, or governmental organizations. (Competency in organizational behavior/theory)
  4. Identify and interpret industry-based quantitative data – production rates/quality, sales volume, customer satisfaction rates – that indicate the viability/stability of a private, public, or governmental organization. (Competency in quantitative methods)
  5. Develop a written proposal and presentation for an outside client/organization that recommends solution(s) to a significant issue in (general) management. (Competency in (general) management and overall course/program goals).


Course assignments will be evaluated by the following grading scale:






 Assignment Items


Peer Review

Research Project Proposal

Oral Presentation Challenge

Research Project

Student Preparation

A major part of our learning will take place through readings and class discussions.  As a minimum, all students are expected to have read and thought about the information provided in the assigned chapters before participating in any online discussions.  This is a professional responsibility to yourself and your classmates.  Active participation in class discussions is an important element of this class.  Participation includes the quantity and quality of comments and class discussion postings, lively fellowship, positive contributions to group assignments, the ability to respond to questions from classmates and the instructor, and the ability to work as a member of a team.  Students are expected to synthesize, analyze, and integrate all reading assignments into their discussions.  Consistent attendance is an essential ingredient of class participation.


Each student is expected to be an active participant in all class discussions and to offer meaningful analyses and convincing arguments for the questions posed. The required initial posts must be made by the fourth day of the module week. Discussion posts should be completed in the current APA format with references. 

Substantive responses to at least two other classmates’ posts are required by the end of the module week to earn full credit for the discussions. Late posts will not be accepted unless previous arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Student Peer Review

Evaluation by peers of team members’ participation and contributions to the final project outcome.

Research Proposal

The class will be divided into consulting teams of 2-4 students whenever possible. Each team will identify and interact with an outside business or organization to discover a real-world business problem or issue facing the organization. Project teams will submit a research proposal that identifies the outside business or organization to be studied, the types of real-world business problems or issues expected to be studied, the project team’s potential research methods, and the organization to address the needs of the outside entity.

Research Report and Oral Presentation

The written report should follow the guidance in the text tailored to the specific project. The PowerPoint presentation and audio component will be posted online (more specific details regarding this will be forthcoming in the course).

Attendance Policy:  Students are expected to attend all class sessions of the course.  In the case of unavoidable absence, the student must contact the instructor.  The student may be subject to an appropriate academic penalty for incomplete or unacceptable makeup work, or for excessive or unexcused absences.

Late assignments will not be accepted without the instructor’s previously approved permission.  This policy has been established to ensure fairness to students who complete their work diligently and on time.

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Recording Disclosure (Privacy Waiver): This course may be recorded for use by students and/or faculty. Enrolled students are subject to having their images and voices recorded during classroom presentations, remote access learning, online course discussions, and remote office hours/meetings. Course participants should have no expectation of privacy regarding their participation in this class.  Recordings may not be reproduced, shared with those not registered in the courses, or uploaded to other online environments.  All recordings will be deleted at the conclusion of the academic term.   


Anticipated Weekly Subject Matter and Assignment Schedule:

The schedule below is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.


Weekly Activities

Readings and Assignments

Week 1

Conference Call and Course Introduction


  • Class Introductions
  • Organizing and Team Selection
  • Read Chapter 1 and Complete Discussion Questions

Week 2


  • Complete Team Charter
  • Read Chapter 2
  • Complete Discussion Questions

Week 3

Conference Call


  • Client Agreement Submission
  • Read Chapters 3 & 4
  • Complete Discussion Questions

Week 4


  • Faculty member(s) and Business Representative Contact Info Due
  • Read Chapters 5 and 6 
  • Complete Discussion Questions

Week 5

  • Read Chapters 7 and 8 
  • Complete Discussion Questions
  • Research Proposal Due

Week 6

Conference Call



  • Read Chapters 9 and 10 
  • Complete Discussion Questions
  • Research Project Review and Team Update to Instructor


Week 7

  • Read Chapters 11 and 12 
  • Complete Discussion Questions
  • Draft Written Research Report


Week 8

Conference Call


  • Read Chapter 13
  • Complete Discussion Questions
  • Draft PowerPoint Presentation with audio/video
  • Letter of Transmittal Due

Week 9

Conference Call


  • Read Chapter 14 
  • Complete Discussion Questions
  • Final Team Research Project Paper and Team Presentation submitted in Canvas and sent to Instructor for distribution to Capstone Committee



Week 10


  • Final Team Presentation to Capstone Committee