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Leadership & Management of Organizations

Course Code: BUSN 3415
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging up to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This upper level course explores management and leadership issues within the context of private, non-profit and public community based organizations and businesses. Organizational structure and culture, human resources management, and contemporary management issues are examined. Note: Students who have received credit for BUSN 3415 will not receive further credit for CCSD 4415 or vice versa.

Course Content

  1. The Environment of Organizations
    • Organizational styles (for profit, non-profit, public sector)
    • Mission based management
    • Analyzing the environment and strategic planning (SWOT)
    • Funding sources
  2. The Administrative Process
    • Managerial functions, roles and skills
    • Ethical decision making
    • Working with a board of directors
    • The budgeting process
  3. Leading Staff and Volunteers
    • What is leadership?
    • Selecting and compensating staff
    • Motivating staff and volunteers
    • Team building
    • Organizational culture
    • Managing change
  4. Evaluation and Control
    • Behavioural objectives and staff evaluations
    • Program or activity evaluation

Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures, seminars and discussion
  • Group presentations
  • Videos
  • Web-based discussion

Means of Assessment

This is a graded course.

  • Article/book review(s)                                        
  • Organizational analysis report and/or case analysis
  • Participation
  • Peer review                           
  • Public Presentation                             

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Conduct a comprehensive analysis of an organization or agency
    • analyze management’s approach to issues such as organizational structures, culture, teamwork, leadership, managing change and working with a board of directors
    • recommend effective management strategies to make positive changes within the organization
  2. Analyze current and emerging management issues and trends
  3. Research and apply theories of management approaches to labour relations, employee motivation and leadership skills

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.