Thompson Rivers University

TRU
Open Learning

MNGT 1211
Management Principles and Practices

3.0 Credits

Description

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.

Delivery Method

Web-based.

Prerequisites

Provincial Grade 12 Diploma and MNGT 1701 or business experience are recommended.

Exclusions

Students cannot receive credit for more than one of MNGT 1211, ADMN 122 and BBUS 3129

Objectives

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.

Course Outline

There are five modules.

Module 1 - Introduction to Management

  • Topic 1 - What is Management?
  • Topic 2 - Management as a System; Ethics and Social Responsibilities
  • Topic 3 - Adding Value to the Organization
  • Topic 4 - Environmental Constraints on Managers

Module 2 - Leadership

  • Topic 1 - Leadership
  • Topic 2 - Motivating Your Employees
  • Topic 3 - Managing Work Teams
  • Topic 4 - Communication Skills
  • Topic 5 - Decision-Making Styles

Module 3 - Planning and Organizing

  • Topic 1 - Commitment to the Planning Process
  • Topic 2 - Organizational Planning
  • Topic 3 - Organizational Structure and Design
  • Topic 4 - The Boundaryless Organization
  • Topic 5 - Strategic Management

Module 4 - Controlling

  • Topic 1 - What is Control and Why Engage In It?
  • Topic 2 - Measuring, Monitoring, and Modifying

Module 5 - Creativity, Change, and Innovation

  • Topic 1 - Creativity and the Competitive Advantage
  • Topic 2 - Creativity and Innovation
  • Topic 3 - Managing Change and Innovation

Major Project

In the major project, students will:

  • Examine their views on management.
  • Describe their leadership style.
  • Summarize the knowledge and skills they have gained.

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Robbins, S. Fundamentals of Management. 5th Canadian ed. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada, 2008.
Type: Textbook with CD Rom. ISBN:978-0-13-198879-8

NOTE: Due to the unavailability of the 5th edition of the required text, students enrolling in this course will be required to purchase an access code and register for an online version of the text and additional student resources. The access code may be purchased at: http://www.pearsoncustom.com/can/tru_management at a approximate cost of $67.40 CAD.

Additional Requirements

A computer with internet access is required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the "Mail" tool on Blackboard. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.

Assessment

There are five assignments and a major project in MNGT 1211. 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%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 10%
Assignment 5 10%
Major Project 50%

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