Course Details

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeABSO104
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. Explain the main functions of management.
  2. Analyse and interpret the evolution of management thought from a variety of perspectives
  3. Identify stakeholders of a company and understand the impact of ethics on business organizations.
  4. Describe how the cognitive biases can lead managers to make poor decisions, and explain the techniques that can improve group decision making.
  5. Define the nature and purpose of planning. Classify the types of goals organizations might have and the plans they use.
  6. Explain why groups and teams are key contributors to organizational effectiveness
  7. Explain the importance of motivation for the workforce and analyse motivation from various theoretical perspectives
  8. Explain what leadership is and when leaders are effective and ineffective.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

Introduction to management and organizations (Chapter 1)

Who are managers? What is management? What do managers do? What is an organization, and how is the concept of an organization changing? Why study management?

Management history (Chapter 2)

Historical background of management. Classical approach. Quantitative approach to management. Behavioural approach. Contingency approach

Organizational culture and environment (Chapter 3)

The manager: omnipotent or symbolic? The organization’s culture. Current organizational culture issues

Managers as decision makers (Chapter 6)

The decision-making process. Types of decisions and decision-making conditions

Foundations of planning (Chapter 7)

The what and why of planning. How do managers plan? Setting goals and developing plans

Managing teams (Chapter 11)

Groups and group development. Work group performance and satisfaction

Managing change and innovation (Chapter 12)

The change process. Types of organizational change. Managing resistance to change. Contemporary issues in managing change

Motivating employees (Chapter 15)

What is motivation? Early theories of motivation. Contemporary theories of motivation. Current Issues In Motivation

Managers as leaders (Chapter 16)

Who are leaders, and what is leadership. Early leadership theories. Contingency theories of leadership. Contemporary views on leadership. Leadership issues in the twenty-first century.
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Stephen P. Robbins, Mary Coulter (2009) Management, 10th edition, PEARSON.
  • Jones J., George G (2008) Contemporary Management, 5th edition, McGraw Hill.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, discussions, presentation of case studies, movies, assignments.

Power point presentations used in class, lecture notes and case studies are available to the students on the e-learning platform.
Assessment methods and criteria
Mid-term test20%
Assignments (2-4)20%
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO

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