Feb 21, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or the sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

BUS1420 - Introduction to Management (3 hrs.)

The student will be able to explore the basic management functions of planning and controlling that pertain to the type of business for which the student is preparing to work on a career basis. The basic management theories, function, aspects, or various types of business will be studied.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

The purpose of this course is to aid the student in the development of an understanding of the various methods utilized in the management of the assets, including human assets, of the firm. Principal emphasis is placed upon the broad scope of management including the various functions of management science and the intended outcomes of managerial actions.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to identify the functions of management including the challenges they face in global markets, ways they make decisions, and the advantages and disadvantages of organizational structures. The student will understand how management thought has evolved over time and the tools available to managers during decision making.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.

UNIT 1: An Overview of Management

Outcomes:  Upon completion of this unit, students will understand the functions of management and how management thought has evolved over time.

  • Define managers and management
  • Describe the duties and responsibilities of the various levels of management
  • Explain management as a dynamic process
  • Explain the behavioral viewpoint contribution to management
  • Describe the systems viewpoint and the use of quantitative techniques to manage organizations
  • Describe the impact of the quality viewpoint on management

UNIT 2: The Environment of Managing Strategically

Outcomes:  Upon completion of this unit, students will understand the challenges facing managers in competitive global markets.

  • Define the role of the task environment and how it changes
  • Identify the five competitive forces that directly affect organizations in an industry
  • Describe the growing global economy
  • Describe the main strategies for international operations
  • Identify the competitive forces fostered by the recent major trade agreements
  • Explain why planning may help achieve organizational effectiveness
  • Differentiate the corporate, business, and functional levels of planning and strategies
  • Describe the essentials of the scenario, Delphi technique, and simulation forecasting aids
  • Explain the phases of team-based management by goals
  • Describe benchmarking and the Deming Cycle

UNIT 3: Decision Making

Outcomes:  Upon completion of this unit, the students will understand the ways management makes decisions and the tolls available to managers during the decision making process.

  • State the importance of ethics for organizations and their employees
  • Discuss the standards and principles of utilitarian, moral rights, and justice models of ethics
  • Define decision making
  • State four preconditions for meaningful decision making
  • Apply goals to decision making
  • State the benefits and limitations of normative decision making
  • Explain break-even analysis, the payoff matrix, and Pareto analysis as aids to adaptive decision making

UNIT 4: Organizing

Outcomes:  Upon completion of this unit, the students will understand the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of organizational structures available to managers.

  • Discuss the most common types of departmentalization
  • State the basic principles of coordination
  • State the difference between line and staff authority
  • Define organization design
  • Explain how different environments influence organization design
  • Describe the factors that affect organization design
  • Define human resources management and describe its role in a n organization’s strategy
  • Explain the components of a total compensation package

Projects Required:

  • Unit and Final Examinations
  • Quizzes and outside assignments
  • Daily work
  • Other as required


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Timeframe:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission, and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching, and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability, which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.