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COURSE NAME: "Principles of Management "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session I 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Patrick Bishop
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MTWTH 9:00 AM 10:45 AM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment or 15-minutes before / after class

Introduction to the manager’s role and the management process in the context of organizations and society.  Focus on effective management of the corporation in a changing society and on improved decision making and communication. Processes covered: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Teamwork and individual participation are emphasized.
The course will be delivered through lecture, experiential interaction, case presentation, and discussion. Lectures will be used to discuss and add to the main concepts contained in the reading assignments. Student contribution to class discussion and interaction dynamics will be favored and positively evaluated.

Upon successful completion of all the course assignments, the student will be able to:

•     acquire a basic understanding of management concepts, theory and contemporary issues;

•     develop an awareness of the value and limitations of management theories;

•     acknowledge the role of the manager/administrator within the organization;

•     understand the tools & techniques to analyze the business environment and perform strategic planning

•     comprehend recent trends in management such as social responsibility, globalization and diversity;

•     understand the role of organization design and human resources management;

•     recognize the issues related with leadership, teamwork and motivation;

•     acquire the main tools to managerial control and performance measurements;

•     develop discussion and business presentation skills;

•     develop ability to work as an effective team member.

Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Management, 13th EditionStephen P. Robbins & Mary A. CoulterPearson13 9780133910292  

Mid-Term ExamOn topics from the book & lecture15%
Final ExamOn topics from the book & lecture25%
Team ProjectReport and presentation30%
Individual ProjectsReport and presentation (2)20%
Class ParticipationIn-class exercises and discussion10%

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.


Students are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial and regular attendance is an essential component of class participation. Attendance will be taken at the start of class. A student’s first two “tardies” (lateness) equal one absence, but thereafter, each tardy will equal one full absence. Students get two (2) absences without penalty (other than missing coursework). Missing three (3) classes due to absence will reduce your final grade by one full letter. Missing four (4) classes will result in a failing grade. Dr. B’s attendance log is the official record.

You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until June 23, 9-10:45am.
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.



Note: Content / schedule may change per the professor’s discretion

May 22                                    Welcome: Overview & Intro to MGT 301

May 23            Ch 1                 Managers in the Workplace

May 24            Ch 2                 Making Decisions

May 25            Ch 3                 Managing the External Environment & Organization’s Culture

May 29            Ch 4                 Managing in a Global Environment    

May 30            Ch 5                 Managing Diversity

May 31            Ch 6                 Managing Social Responsibility & Ethics

June 1                                      Topical Report & Presentation

June 5              Ch 7                 Managing Change & Innovation

June 6              Ch 8                 Planning Work

June 7              Ch 9                 Managing Strategy      

June 8                                      Mid-Term Exam

June 12            Chs 10&11      Designing Organizational Structure

June 13            Ch 12               Adaptive Organizational Design

June 14            Ch 13               Managing Teams

June 15                                    Topical Report & Presentation

June 19                                    Team Project Presentations      

June 20            Ch 14               Managing Teams

June 21            Chs 15&16      Understanding Ind. Behavior & Motivating Employees

June 22            Ch 17               Becoming an Effective Leader

June 23                                    Final Exam