MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management Course Outline – Semester One 2013; Course Co-ordinator; Herb de Vries
Weekly schedule of lectures and tutorials
There will be 12 weeks of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week, and 9 x 1 hour tutorials at scheduled times during the semester. The first tutorial starts on the week of 25 Feb.
Lecturers: Tutors: Dr H.P. de Vries – weeks 1-3 & 10-12; Dr S. Malinen – weeks 4-9 To be advised in class.
Prerequisites and relationship to other courses
MGMT 100 is an introductory course and forms a part of the core of the Bachelor of Commerce degree. This course complements the other core courses in Accounting, Economics, Information Systems and Statistics/quantitative business methods, by emphasising the importance of human resources and organisational processes in a modern organisational context.
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the principles of general management theory and to explain the interface between management and the business environment. Key aspects of the functional areas of management will be introduced (i.e., planning, organizing, leading, and controlling the use of economic and human resources to accomplish organisational goals), and the nature of organisational processes will be explained (e.g., processes related to organisational design such as decision making, leadership and communication.) The interface with the business environment will also provide students with a broad introduction to the current New Zealand and international business conditions, organisational cultures, marketing, social responsibility and business ethics. As a foundation course, MGMT 100 covers the range of issues that managers face with respect to the administrative, socio-political and cultural challenges of management. The concepts introduced are relevant to all aspects of managing an organisation including: human resource management, organisational planning and design, strategic management, operations management, and marketing. These concepts reflect the organisation’s ability to deliver goods or services that customers want as a result of the decisions and behaviours of all its members: top managers who plan the organisation’s strategy, middle managers who coordinate human and economic resources, and supervisors and workers who are engaged in production activities. Page 1 of 6
Learning goals By the end of the course, students should have a firm understanding of the diverse roles of a manager in an organisation, as well as of the business environment in which organisations exist. Students will learn about the science of management from research in fields such as strategic management, human resource management, marketing, and operations management. They will also learn how to use this information in the context of the New Zealand and international business environment. Effective managers have well-developed conceptual, analytical, and human skills. The objective of this course is to enhance these skills. Specifically, this course will enable students to: 1. think strategically about the role and functions of management; 2. understand the different perspectives used in management theory; 3. apply management concepts to analyze and deal with key organisational and managerial issues; 4. understand the environmental context in which organisations operate; 5. apply a variety of concepts and models used in the various subfields of management; 6. enhance their skills as collaborative and self-managed learners. 7. enhance their written communication skills.
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Assessed with: Mid-term test; Final exam Mid-term test; Reflective journal Group case study assignment; Final exam Mid-term test; Final exam Mid-term test; Final exam Reflective journal; Group case study assignment Mid-term test: Reflective journal, Group case study assignment