Management Principles and Practices
This course provides a basic framework for understanding the role and functions of a manager and to explain the principles, concepts, and techniques that can be used in carrying out these functions. It is intended for those who presently hold, or desire to hold, management responsibilities in any organization or enterprise. Specific topics include planning, decision making, organizing, leading, controlling, and innovating.
Theory, cases, role-play, games, group work, brainstorming, penal discussion, speech
The overall aims of this course are to increase both students’ knowledge of management and students ability to manage effectively.
At the end of the course, students should be able to do the following:
• Describe students own view of management, values, ethics, and perception, and what students bring to their role as manager.
• Comment on what is expected of managers in terms of general competencies.
• Explain the differing approaches to defining management and the standard cycle of the management process.
• Explain how the values that management holds can impact an organization.
• Examine how a manager can add value to an organization.
• Recognize the value of delegating.
• Analyze the leadership styles of managers.
• Examine what and how to motivate employees.
• Understand and apply leadership and motivation theories.
• Understand the use of roles when working as a team.
• Understand the communication process.
• Identify successful communication.
• Identify students predominant decision making style.
• Recognize own commitment levels and the commitment levels of others to the organization's goals.
• Explain how planning adds to an organization's goals.
• Define the concept of organizational structure.
• Demonstrate a knowledge of organizational design options.
• Understand contingency variables.
• Explain the concept of the 'boundaryless organization'.
• Understand the benefits of a 'learning organization'.
• Define control as a function of management.
• Assess when control is useful and when it is not.
• Identify situations in which students monitored and modified plans.
• Analyze the role of creativity in organizations.
• Assess the importance of managing positively in a changing environment.
• Explain the use of creative planning techniques for corporate innovation and growth.
Grades awarded for this course will be based on the marks earned on assignments and on the major project, components of which are completed throughout the course. Students must obtain at least 50 in the major project and in the course overall to pass the course. The proportion of the final grade represented by each assignment and the project is as follows:
Assignment 1 10%
Group presentation 10%
Major Project 50%