Course Details

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeABSO103
Course Unit Details
Number of ECTS credits allocated5
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Analyse the nature of organizations in general and the role of management in particular
  2. Investigate the evolution of management schools and the main approaches to managerial process.
  3. Identify the internal and external environmental factors which affect general business practices and managerial decisions
  4. Identify and discuss the forms of business ownership, their characteristics and advantages and disadvantages
  5. Discuss what it means to practice good business ethics and highlight the factors that influence ethical behaviour.
  6. Investigate the impact of technology in managerial functions and the emergent issues pertaining with the evolution of the Internet.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents
The Nature of Management and Organizations
• Types and main forms of business organizations and the reasons for their existence.
• The various resources organizations have available for the delivery of goods and services
• The roles, functions and skills of management.
• Application of the management functions on different organizational settings

The Evolution of Management Theory
• The schools of management though, since its early evolution.
• The relevance of Classical, Behavioural, and Management Science theories to management practice
• The Contingency and Systems approaches to managerial practice.
• The factors necessitating organizations to become learning organizations.
Organizational Environment and Effectiveness
• The major micro environmental and macro environmental factors impacting business operations
• The impact of the environment on organizational and managerial decisions.
• Techniques employed by organizations to respond to environmental impacts

Organisational Ownership and Types of Structures
• Forms of business ownership
• The structure of a proprietorship, partnership and Limited liability companies
• Managing franchising and licensing
• The characteristics of mergers, acquisitions and alliances
• Special issues in Corporate ownership

The Ethical and Social Environment of Organisations
• Ethics in an Organisational context
• Managerial ethics and managing ethical behaviour
• Emerging ethical organisational issues
• Social responsibility and corporate social governance
• The role of Government in social responsibility and the influence to organisations

Information Technology effects on Management
• Managing Information and Information Technology
• Information and the manager
• Role of information in the manager’s job
• Characteristics of useful information
• Types of information systems
• The internet
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Griffin, W. R. (2011). Management. 11th edition, South Western, Cengage Learning
  • Bovee, Thill (2009) Business in action with real time updates, 4th edition, Pearson
  • Nickels, McHugh and McHugh (2008) Understanding Business, the latest editions, McGraw Hill.
Planned learning activities and teaching methodsLectures, discussions, presentation of case studies, movies, assignments
Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO

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