Leadership and Management

Course Number: BUSADMIN 2330
Course Name: Leadership and Management (Online)
Course Description:    An introduction to the role of management through discussion of the planning, organizing, leading, and controlling functions. Behavioral, quantitative, and qualitative aspects of managerial decision making are explored.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online  (This course is also offered in print.)
Program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Describe the foundations of management and the four main functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.
  • Demonstrate how a person can analyze a management or leadership situation and integrate a selection of tools that will influence that situation positively.
  • Evaluate how contemporary issues modify the application of management and leadership principles.
  • Apply management and leadership principles to almost any situation.
  • Compare the concepts associated management and leadership.
  • Explain how to plan, organize, control, motivate, communicate, and change an organization.

Unit Descriptions
Couse Organization and Assignment Descriptions

Unit 1
In Unit 1, you will learn about the principles of management, the history of management, the main functions of a manager, how managers make decisions, and the planning process, ethics, and the global environment of business. Organizations have a variety of approaches to managing their employees. This unit gives an overview of the principles of management and how the theory of management evolved over the last 150 years, which will serve as a foundation for the material covered in latter chapters.

The unit will also cover the main functions of a manager, including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. In addition, the unit will discuss the stages of the decision-making process used by most managers. You will also learn about the planning process, the levels of planning in an organization, and the strategic planning process. Additionally, you will examine business ethics and their connection to corporate social responsibility, the ethical environment, the ethical decision making process, the natural environment and sustainability, and the global environment. Lastly, you will understand the dynamics of managing in a flat world, the role of outsourcing, global strategies, entry modes, and managing across borders.

Upon completion of the unit, you should be able to

  • Explain the evolution of management theory.
  • Identify and understand the key functions, skills, and competitive goals of effective managers.
  • Analyze the external environment in which managers and their organizations operate.
  • Analyze the elements of the internal environment and culture of an organization.
  • Apply the decision-making process to managerial decisions.
  • Compare the similarity and differences in the organizational planning process and the strategic planning process.
  • Assess how senior executives plan strategically.
  • Analyze the impacts of ethical, social, and political concerns on organizational decision-making.
  • Discuss the implications of managing in a globally competitive environment.

Unit 2
In Unit 2, you will delve into the concepts of entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship. Unit 2 will provide you with knowledge of the various structural configurations organizations employ to organize and divide work responsibilities, yet achieve integration across the organization in order to efficiently and effectively conduct business. This unit also describes how organizational agility is vital to an organizations long-term survival because organizations deal with change on a regular basis.

You will also gain an understanding of the role of technology in organizational agility. Additionally, you will learn the importance of being a responsive organization. In Unit 2, you will learn the basic concepts associated with human resource management. You will learn how to go about staffing the organization, developing the workforce, performing performance appraisals, designing reward systems, and managing labor relations. Lastly, you will learn the value and importance of managing a diverse workforce.

Upon completion of the unit, you should be able to

  • Compare entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship.
  • Analyze the challenges faced by entrepreneurs.
  • Discuss the major aspects of an organization's vertical structure.
  • Describe the importance of delegation and how to improve it.
  • Differentiate between the four types of horizontal organizational structures.
  • Analyze the four methods of organizational integration and discuss when each is most appropriate to use.
  • Assess the effects of technology on an organization's agility.
  • Discuss the key components of the human resource management function in an organization.
  • Explain how an organization's diversity impacts its culture and effectiveness.

Unit 3
In Unit 3, you will learn to differentiate between managing and leading, the sources of power for leaders, leader behaviors, leader traits, and leadership skills. You will also learn about the situational approach to leadership and contemporary perspectives on leadership. You will also learn how to motivate people for performance, including understanding people's needs, designing motivating jobs, achieving fairness (equity), and enhancing job satisfaction.

Furthermore, you will explore the value of teams in the current competitive environment, discover the key to building effective teams, and learn how to manage conflict in a way that is beneficial to the team's goal. Control of an organization and its processes is an important management function that can differentiate good leaders from great ones. Once you implement a process, such as a decision, plan, or operation, you must monitor and control that process. You will learn about many aspects of managerial control in this unit. As part of the monitoring and control process, feedback on the process can lead to changes. For organizations in the 21st century, change is inevitable. Thus, you will discover the importance of creating and leading change.

Upon completion of the unit, you should be able to

  • Discuss the differing roles of a leader and understand how to motivate and communicate to subordinates while engaged as a leader.
  • Assess effective methods of developing leadership skills.
  • Explain how human beings may be motivated.
  • Describe how formal teamwork situations have changed the ways some organizations operate.
  • Analyze the various methods of control that managers can use and the ways in which the control processes can be made more effective.
  • Discuss how managers deal with change and may guide their organizations to becoming world class.

Grading Criteria for Activities

Assignment Possible Points
Individual Homework Assignments (6 @ 10-15 pts. each) 80 points
Lesson Discussions (3 @ 10 pts. each) 30 points
Article Review Paper 25 points
Team Assignments (4 @ 50-60 pts. each) 170 points
Team Peer Evaluations 25 points
Essay Paper 50 points
Unit Exams (3 @ 100 pts. each) 300 points
Total: 680 points

Grading Scale
A 90% - 100%
B 80% - 89%
C 70% - 79%
D 60% - 69%
F 0% - 59%