PRDV203: Introduction to Management

Course Syllabus for "PRDV203: Introduction to Management"

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Management is an activity found in all organizations, made necessary by the need to determine the organization’s purpose and future activities, the nature of its organization and structure, to lead and motivate the workforce within the organization, and to evaluate and correct its course, if necessary. The organization accomplishes its purpose in part through its workforce, the people it employs. If you have just joined the ranks of management, you may need to quickly obtain hands-on knowledge for a brisk, successful start to your new position. Our objective in this course is to provide new supervisors or managers with just such basic, practical knowledge necessary for their new positions, such as making the transition to management, leadership, coaching, team building, communication skills, motivation and empowerment, organization, efficiency, time management, an appreciation for diversity, performance management, hiring, termination, discipline, decision making, and problem solving. The course will begin with a self-assessment of management skills you already have so you can identify those you need to develop. Then, one unit at a time, the course will guide you through all of the topics that are outlined above. By the end of this course, you should have gained a useful familiarity with these topics and, in most instances, be able to apply the knowledge immediately in your work setting. When you have finished the course, you might want to consider retaking the assessment to see how much you have learned.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • define and identify the four general management functions as well as management activities, roles, and types;
  • examine leadership traits, styles, and history of leadership theory;
  • describe the concept of diversity and explain its importance and the challenges and opportunities it brings;
  • explain communication’s importance to a manager and describe the communication process;
  • describe various types of conflict, conflict management, and negotiation strategies;
  • explain and describe the importance of decision making for a manager and various techniques that enhance decision making;
  • identify, describe, and apply various job motivation techniques; and
  • identify and describe aspects of team structure and design, including group formation and characteristics, empowerment, and delegation.

Course Requirements

In order to take this course, you must:

√    have access to a computer;

√    have continuous broadband Internet access;

√    have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g., Adobe Reader or Flash);

√    have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer;

√    have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.);

√    have competency in the English language; and

√    have read the Saylor Student Handbook.

Course Information

Welcome to PRDV203: Introduction to Management. General information about this course and its requirements can be found below.
Course Designer: Victoria Fox
Primary Resources: This course is composed of a range of different free, online materials. However, the course makes primary use of the following materials:

Requirements for Completion: In order to complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and all of its assigned materials. Note that you will only receive an official grade on your Final Exam. However, in order to adequately prepare for this exam, you will need to work through the materials in each unit. In order to pass this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the Final Exam. Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam, you may take it again following a 14-day waiting period.

Time Commitment: This course should take you a total of approximately 30 hours to complete. Each unit includes a time advisory that lists the amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit. These advisories should help you plan your time accordingly. It may be useful to take a look at these time advisories and to determine how much time you have over the next few weeks to complete each unit, and then to set goals for yourself. For example, unit 1 should take you approximately 4.75 hours. Perhaps you can sit down with your calendar and decide to complete subunits 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 together (a total of 0.75 hours) on Monday night; and split up subunit 1.4 (4 hours) over a series of nights.

Table of Contents: You can find the course's units at the links below.