An introduction to the fundamental principles of management related to the functional areas of planning, organising, leading and controlling, as well as an introduction to how organisations are linked to the New Zealand and global business environment.
MGMT100 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.
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:
- think strategically about the role and functions of management;
- understand the different perspectives used in management theory;
- apply management concepts to analyze and deal with key organisational and managerial issues;
- understand the environmental context in which organisations operate;
- apply a variety of techniques and models used in the various subfields of management;
- enhance their skills as collaborative and self-managed learners.
Course Requirements, Expectations and Regulations:
Students are expected to be conversant with all materials discussed in lectures and tutorials.
The Department of Management assumes that students have read the relevant sections concerning course regulations and aegrotat applications in the UC Calendar: “General Course and Examination Regulations”. No late assignments will be accepted, no extensions will be granted, no make-up work will be offered for assessment items not completed, and no extra credit will be awarded.
The Department of Management may standardise the marks for this course. As marks may be scaled at the end of the semester, there is no set pass mark for each individual item of assessment. A passing mark will depend on your overall performance on all items of assessment compared with other members of the class.
For regulations concerning standardisation, aegrotat considerations, plagiarism, etc. please consult Departmental Academic Policies
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 18 July.
Course Coordinator / Lecturer
Herb de Vries
Tutors to be advised in class.
11 Aug 2011
26 Sep 2011
Mid-Term Test (25%)
The term test will consist of 60 multi-choice questions and 30 fill-in-the blanks questions. It will examine lecture material, text and course readings covered in weeks 1, 2 & 3.
Please Note: The test will be undertaken in examination conditions. That is, only 2B pencils, eraser, pen, student ID card and water bottle will be allowed on the desk during the test. No pencil cases, mobile phones, calculators or dictionaries.
Do NOT forget to bring your student ID card.
Reflective Journal (5%)
Each week for seven weeks from Monday July 18 a reflective journal question relating to the course material will be set. Students are asked to submit, on LEARN (as a word file attachment), a brief response (150-200 words) to any 5 of the 7 questions; however, any submission must be within one week of the question date (i.e. a question set on Monday July 18 must be answered by 5pm Monday July 25, when a new question will be set). Each reflective journal submission is worth 1%, accumulating to a maximum of 5% over the duration of the assessment. Requirements concerning the reflective journals will be explained in class. No extensions can be given for late submission.
Group Assignment (20%)
Students will do an integrative case study which is to be completed in groups. Students must sign up for a group on LEARN between July 25 and August 8, following procedures explained in class. Each group will submit a single case report (10%) and individual group members will submit a reflection on group participation (10%). Requirements concerning the group and individual elements of the group assignment will be explained in class. No extensions can be given for late submission.
Final Exam (50%)
The final exam will consist of 80 multi-choice questions (80 marks) which will examine lecture material, text and course readings covered in weeks 4-12; and 4 short written essay questions (40 marks), which will examine lecture material, text and course readings covered in weeks 7-12.
IMPORTANT ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
Marks and Grades
Marks will be posted on the LEARN site as soon as possible after the assessments have been marked. You will be notified by email when the marks are available. Tests are not returned – however you can look at your individual test in the tutor’s office (during consultation times or by appointment at other times).
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty. All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the University.
IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.
Examination and Formal Tests
Schermerhorn, John R;
4th Asia-Pacific ed;
John Wiley, 2011 (The textbook is required reading and forms the basis for the lectures and tests. Additional materials, readings, instructions, etc. are available on LEARN).
Departmental Academic Policies
If you want a hard copy of this document, please ask the course co-ordinator. The Department assumes that you have read this document. You should also read the “Information related to courses and assessment” on page 32 of the Enrolment Handbook 2011 (also in UC Calendar under “General Course and Examination Regulations”).
Coversheets - Group and Individual
For further information see
All MGMT100 Occurrences