MGMT 3610

Principles of Management

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This is the introductory course in management. The course is designed to provide students an overview of the management function and its role in organizations and society.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, you will be able to better understand management styles. You will gain an in-depth understanding of co-workers and a general understanding of the business environment in which you will operate.

Prerequisites and Corequisites:

Junior status. You should plan to devote at least [5-7 hours] per week for this course if you take this course under the twelve week semester or [10-14 hours] per week if you take this under a six week summer semester. Exams will be essay format; you will select two questions to answer, and provide two double spaced pages to each question as responses.

Course Topics:

Organizational structure, cultural diversity, strategy, organizational change, total quality, group behaviors, and ethics.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course:

Supplementary Materials:

Web-based resources are available below. Please note that the publisher of Contemporary Management provides chapter-by-chapter outlines and study materials via its Online Learning Center. Disclaimer: TBR nor the instructors are responsible for changes on external websites and we do not endorse any products, concepts, or commercial ads on the external links. Thus, if at any time you find that a website has published any inappropriate materials, please notify the instructor immediately.

Hardware Requirements:

The minimum requirements can be found at PC users… A minimum computer system that will help you access all the tools in the courses is a Pentium 166 or better 32 Megabytes of RAM or better Windows 95 (or higher if possible) Communications software (this lets your computer talk to the modem) A modem (56k or better will give you best performance) And a dependable internet service provider (ISP). Any provider will do as long as you get an email account, have access to the World Wide Web, and don’t have serious problems connecting.

For Mac users… Minimum system requirements for Mac users are a 604 PowerPC processor, preferably a G3 (iMacs are included) or G4 processor computer running Mac OS 8.5 or above Internet browsers, Explorer 5.0 or Netscape 4.75 A minimum or 64 MB RAM, preferably 128 with at least 25 MB assigned to your browser. If you need assistance in adjusting memory please refer to your Apple Help file searching under the header Memory - "Adjusting your memory usage."  It is advised that you not have multiple applications open while working in your browser within the Online Degree Program.  This requires more RAM and will cause the browser to run very slowly. You also need communications software (this lets your computer talk to the modem), a modem (56K or better will give you best performance) and a dependable internet service provider (ISP).

Software Requirements:

The minimum requirements can be found at It is recommended that students run the latest versions of web browsers, Netscape Navigator 4.7 or higher and MS Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher. Please be advised, however, that WebCT is not always compatible with Netscape Navigator 6.0.

Students must have access to Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word Software. As noted on the RODP Webpage for Software Plus, the plug-ins for the latest Internet multimedia. Students can find these free resources at: Students must have Microsoft Word 98 or better. Essays and other assignments will be submitted electronically. Students must use a WebCT-compatible Internet browser software. If students use AOL software, they must minimize the AOL window and open up Internet Explorer or Netscape when they access the course. Go to the WebCT Browser Tune Up page for more advice.

Instructor Information

Please see the separate page inside the course to find instructor contact information as well as a statement of virtual office hours and other communication information.

Assessment and Grading

Testing Procedures:

Tests will be administered periodically on the web. Proctors will not be used.

Grading Procedure:

Grades will be based on test scores and on participation in discussion lists designated by the instructor. There will be three essay exams that integrate course material and discussions. Additionally, students must post at least one discussion item per week. Discussions should be substantive in that they incorporate either thought-provoking questions, links to URLs, thoughtful comments regarding another student's posting, personal observations and experience, material from the book, internet, web addresses, other reference materials, or lecture notes. Each posting should be 200-500 words in length, and is due each due date (typically Monday) by 6:00 pm. Late postings are not accepted. Grades for discussion questions are posted after 6:00 that same Monday.

Grading Scale:

There will be three exams worth 100 points each. Grades will be based on a total of 420 points. Weights for evaluation are as follows:
Activities Points
Exams (3 at 100 points each) 300
Discussion Posts (12 at 10 points each) 120
Total 420

The following grading scale is used in evaluation:

90-100 378-420 points A
80-89 336-377 points B
70-79 294-335 points C
60-69 252-293 points D
Below 60 Below 252 points F

Assignments and Participation

Assignments and Projects:

Module One  Leadership, Managing in the 21st Century
Module Two Decision Making
Module Three Organization Design/Structure
Module Four Motivation
Module Five Teams and Groups
Module Six Communication
Module Seven Planning, Control, Quality
Module Eight Ethics
Module Nine Strategy
Module Ten Diversity
Module Eleven Globalization
Module Twelve Organizational Change

Class Participation:

Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource; students must check the course announcements regularly and actively participate in threaded discussion events. 


Assignments that are late will be discounted by a letter grade.
Important Dates to Remember
February 20 Exam 1 due by 6:00 p.m.  CST
March 20 Exam 2 due by 6:00 p.m.  CST
April 28 Exam 3 due by 6:00 p.m.  CST

Course Ground Rules

Students are expected to learn how to navigate in WebCT, and to keep abreast of course announcements. Observe course netiquette at all times.
Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members

Discussion Groups:

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
  • Course material and discussion postings are intended for use solely within the course, and are not for distribution outside the course.


  • Introduce yourself to the other learners in the chat session.
  • Be polite. Choose your words carefully. Do not use derogatory statements.
  • Be concise in responding to others in the chat session.
  • Be prepared to open the chat session at the scheduled time.
  • Be constructive in your comments and suggestion

Web Resources:


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in the Regents Degree Program. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading must be included in all courses.

Students With Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the left to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.

Technical Support

Telephone Support:

For HELP with:

  • TECHNICAL PROBLEMS please visit the AskRODP Customer Support web page at or call the AskRODP Help Desk at 1-866-550-RODP (1-866-550-7637)
  • REGISTRATION PROBLEMS contact your home school RODP Campus Contact
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