Curriculum Guideline

Management Essentials

Effective Date:
Course Code
BUSN 1210
Management Essentials
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 3 Hours Seminar: 1 Hour Total: 4 Hours
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Lectures, seminars and case discussions.

Course Description
This course will introduce the student to managerial principles, methods and skills: understanding organizational structure, planning strategy and operations, controlling and leading. Particular attention will be given to managerial decision-making in a complex society.
Course Content
  1. Introduction to Business:  definition, types, Canadian environment.
  2. Information Literacy Skills and Time Management.
  3. What is Management and What do Managers do?
  4. Evolution of Management:  early years, recent years, current trends and issues.
  5. Managing the Organizational Environment.
  6. Social Responsibility and Managerial Ethics.
  7. Decision-Making:  the decision-making process, group decision-making.
  8. Planning:  purposes and types of plans, the strategic management process, levels of strategy, business-level strategic frameworks, competitive strategies (Porter).
  9. Organizing:  defining organizational structure and design, building the vertical dimension of organizations, building the horizontal structure of organizations, the contingency approach to organizational design.
  10. The Human Resource Management Process, Labour Relations.
  11. Managing Change:  forces of change, resistance to change, techniques for managing change, contemporary issues in managing change, stimulating innovation.
  12. Organizational Culture.
  13. Organizational Behaviour:  explaining and predicting behaviour, attitudes, personality.
  14. Groups and Teams:  understanding group behaviour, turning groups into effective teams, developing and managing effective teams.
  15. Motivation:  early theories of motivation, contemporary approaches to motivation, suggestions for motivating employees.
  16. Leadership:  behavioural theories, contingency theories, coaching skills.
  17. Communication and Interpersonal Skills:  understanding communication, developing interpersonal skills (active listening, feedback, conflict management, delegation).
  18. Controlling:  the control process, types of control, qualities of an effective control system, information controls.

Note:  The concepts of TQM and the Contingency Approach should be integrated throughout the content.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. describe the Canadian Business environment within which management takes place;
  2. define and describe the management function processes of planning, organizing, and controlling organizational work activities and how this is accomplished through effective leadership;
  3. analyze roles, skill sets and key performance concepts that are essential to managerial success utilizing a range of learning techniques;
  4. describe the development of management approaches that have contributed to organizational productivity;
  5. analyze and solve management problems;
  6. describe the importance of improving the ability of managers to acquire, comprehend, interpret, and utilize relevant knowledge through proper information management;
  7. practice business writing and presentation skills.


Means of Assessment
Term Examinations 20% - 30%
Final Examination     30%
Written Case Study(s)            10% - 20%
Research Paper(s) 10% - 20%
Participation 05% - 10%
Public Presentation 05% - 10%
Textbook Materials

Robbins, Stephen P., Mary Coulter and Nancy Langton.  Management, Latest Ed.  Prentice Hall Canada Inc.

Robbins, Stephen P., Mary Coulter and Nancy Langton.  Fundamentals of Management, Latest Ed.  Prentice Hall Canada Inc.

Jones, G.R., George, J.M., Hill, C. and Langton, N.  Essentials of Contemporary Management, Latest Cdn Ed. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd.

Jones, G.R., George, J.M., Hill, C. and Langton, N.  Contemporary Management, Latest Cdn Ed. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd.

Supplemental Materials


BC Pre-Calculus 11 OR currently active in the:
PDD Project Management or
PDD Supply Chain Management or
PBD International Supply Chain Management or
PDD Marketing