MNGT 1211
Management Principles and Practices

3.0 Credits


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



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


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


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: at an approximate cost of $70.00 CAD. Access expires one year from the date of registration.

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 in the Learning Management System. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.


In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the major project and 50% in the course overall.

The students final grade for the course is determined on the following basis:

Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 10%
Assignment 5 10%
Major Project 50%