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MAN 1021 Principles of Management

Course Description:  This is an introductory course in management theory and practice.  Major topic areas include the following:   intro to management and the roles of planning, organising, leading, and controlling play in contemporary management.

Syllabus topics:

Course Objectives
Class Participation
Academic Honesty
Grading Scale
Determination of Course Grade
Major Course Assignments
Office Hours
How to contact the instructor
Text:  Griffin, R.W.  Management 4/e (Houghton Mifflin: 2006).

Course Objectives:  Introduction to management theory & practice including:

  • global socio-economic & technological forces;
  • planning tools & techniques;
  • constant change & its affect on management theory & practice;
  • challenges within the practice of management;
  • learning in an atmosphere in which you can relate personal business experience and philosophies;
  • expanding your business vocabulary;
  • the methods and procedures used by people in business to arrive at effective decisions.
Attendance:  Attendance is your responsibility.  Students are accountable for anything they miss.  The class meets for 40 contact hours, and you are required to attend every class and be on time.  I am required to take attendance and those who are excessively absent do not pass this course.  Please see the current Hillsborough Community College Catalog for the official attendance policy.  Grading implications: 1 hour of absence = 2% deduction in the final grade average.  Attendance is taken within the first 5 minutes of the hour.

Class Participation:  It is my belief that everyone has something to contribute and these contributions are not only welcome, but essential for an interesting class discussion.  It is extremely important that we respect the opinions of others.

Instructional Methods/Class Participation:  Your participation and involvement is required.  It is my belief that everyone has something to contribute and these contributions are not only welcome, but essential for an interesting class discussion.  You have freedom of expression as long as you do not infringe upon the rights of others.  Violent expression is not a protected form of expression.

It is important to be prepared for class by reading text assignments prior to lecture.  I realize that it will not always be possible to understand every concept simply be reading the text, but if you make a sincere effort to comprehend most of the readings, then lectures and class discussion can clear up the rest.  Do not let a concept slide by without fully comprehending it.  Always feel free to ask questions of me in or out of class.

Academic Honesty:  Plagiarism or copying the work of another either “word for word” or in nearly identical paraphrasing is considered a form of cheating, and will result in a failing grade on the assignment involved.  This includes copying the ideas of others from published research or copying those of your fellow students.  You are encouraged to read research reports and journal articles related to project work, and to discuss project work with your fellow students.  However, when it comes time to write any report or take any exam, this becomes an individual effort. If two reports or exams come to me with nearly identical phrasing, they will both receive a failing grade even though I realize one must be a copy and the other the original.   It is your responsibility to keep your paper from being copied.  Do not “lend” your paper to someone who might copy it.  Any act of plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the exam involved.  Multiple occurrences of academic dishonesty (plagiarism) will result in a failing grade for the course and expulsion from the campus.

Cheating on any quiz or exam under any circumstance is unacceptable.  As plagiarism and cheating are the most serious academic crimes, the penalties are severe.  Any act of cheating on an exam will result in a failing grade in the course and ban from taking courses on this campus.  Administrative action can include expulsion from the school and notation on your permanent transcript at the discretion of the Dean.   Military members are subject to sanctions by the Military.


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

The instructor reserves the right to grant quality points or to deduct penalty points from the final average for class participation, attendance, and other work-related considerations.

Your attention is directed to the current Hillsborough Community College Catalog for withdrawal & incomplete grade policies.  A grade of "I (Incomplete)" is given only if an arrangement is made BEFORE the last day of class and 70% of the work has been completed.  If you stop attending the class, be sure to follow college withdrawal policies.  A grade of "F" is assigned for work not completed. 

Distractions to the learning process:  Electronic devices emitting noises during the class session are not permitted. 

Determination of Grade:

 A. Class quizzes   25%
 B. Chapter presentation  30%
 C. Reaction papers  10%
 D. Participation  10%
 E.  Final Exam  25%
Major Course Assignments:
  • Class quizzes – Chapter quizzes are given to serve as review of material covered in the reading assignment.  Late quizzes, even by one minute,  lose 10 points (of 100 total possible points) of the grade automatically.   If the quiz is not completed prior to the last scheduled day of class, the grade is automatically recorded as a zero.  There is no make-up of in-class quizzes and those missed will receive a grade of zero. The Quiz is due the day the chapter is scheduled.   See the course schedule for dates of quizzes as there are no exceptions regardless of the reason.
  • Chapter presentation – Each student will prepare a presentation on assigned chapter topics.  These will be assigned during the 1st/2nd class meeting.  You will be expected to prepare an outline, a detailed set of notes and related handouts and distribute those to your fellow students.  You may use those supplimental materials during the final exam. Your presentation is a formal speech and is graded for content, delivery, and supporting materials.  Provide an electronic copy of your notes prior to the presentation date to receive  suggestions for the best possible grade. Your chapter presentation with be given for the Chapter you select -- see the course schedule for the date of presentation.  If you are not prepared for the presentation as scheduled, your grade on this assignment is "F".  The related page on Chapter presentations is an addendum to this syllabus as must be followed.  You should read it because your grade depends on it.
  • <>Reaction paper – The reaction paper is your opportunity to reflect and consider each topic presented in this course.  It should contain your own thoughts, reactions, opinions, areas of agreement or disagreement that you arrive at as you progress through the class.  It may be a reaction to something you read in the text, or outside class material, a reaction to a classmate’s comment, class discussion, instructor comment, or other class-related activities.  The paper should be hand-written in ink and a minimum of one page (front & back), single-spaced.  All papers must be submitted every Monday for the previous week.  They are not graded for content.  See the course schedule for reaction paper due dates.
NOTE:  At the option of the instructor, if any requirement above is eliminated, the final grade will be determined by the remaining requirements.  For example if 1 of 4 requirements was eliminated, and if they were previously worth 25% each, then they would now be worth 33% each.
Office Hours:  by appointment, typically before and after class in the assigned classroom.   Contact me via e-mail or phone number provided to you on the first day of class.

HCC complies with, and fully supports, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability in the services, programs, and activities provided and operated by the College. HCC also complies with, and fully supports, other federal, state and local laws that protect the rights of disabled persons, such as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Florida Educational Equity Act.  If you are a student wishing academic accommodations, you must self-identify and provide appropriate documentation of your disability to the Office of Services for Students with Dsiabilities.  You are encouraged to begin this process at least one month prior to the start of the semester.