Philadelphia University Faculty of Administrative and Financial Sciences Department of Business Administration

Philadelphia University
Faculty of Administrative and Financial Sciences
Department of Business Administration
Course Syllabus
Course Title:
Course code: 0331110
Introduction to Management
Course Level: 1
Course prerequisite (s) and/or co requisite (s):
Lecture Time: 09:10 -10: 00
Credit hours: 3
Academic Staff Specifics
Dr. Naser Al- Khdour
Module Description
Intended Learning
Outcomes (ILOs)
1. Knowledge and
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This course includes the study of the evolution of management thoughts
through the study of the functions of the management process i.e.:
planning, organizing, directing and control.
1. To introduce the principles of management within the context of
today’s ever-changing work environment.
2. To bridge the gap between the theory and practice of management, by
continuously relating the main subjects taught to the way in which
modern organizations are run and managed.
3. To build and develop essential knowledge and understanding of the
principal historical foundations of management: Classical, Behavioral /
Human Resource, Quantitative, and Modern approaches, in addition to
the four functions of management: Planning, Organizing, Leading, and
Successful completion of this module should lead to the following learning
A1) be able to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of
the nature of today’s dynamic, uncertain, and often diverse
work environment affecting organizations.
A2) be able to reflect a basic understanding of the concept of an
“organization”, and its vital role in interacting with the external
environment through the effective and efficient utilization of resources to
add value to consumers in that environment.
A3) be able to explain fundamental knowledge and understanding of both:
The concept of a “manager” and the various levels, types, and roles that
managers assume in organizations;
The concept of “the management process”, including: the four main
functions of management, managerial activities, roles, skills, agendas, and
2. Analytical and
Thinking Skills
B1) develop a modern managerial mindset, which is more compatible with
and qualified to appreciate the challenges of the new economy and, hence, is
more equipped to deal with and even harness such challenges for the benefit
of businesses and/or organizations.
B2) analyze changing requirements, demands and expectations posed by
external environmental parties, and that affect a particular organization, and
identify those factors, which have the most important and influential effects
upon the performance and well-being of that organization.
B3) apply the various steps in the management process, in order to
effectively and efficiently plan, organize, lead, and control the use of
resources to accomplish organizational goals.
B4) be able to choose the organizational structure that is the most
appropriate to the nature of an organization’s operations.
Subject specific skills
C1) adopt the most recent developments and practices in
organizing and management, in order to be able to adapt and
respond to the requirements and demands of an increasingly
volatile and uncertain environment, in an agile and flexible
C2) choose principles and ideas offered by the literature
discussing various approaches to management (Classical,
Behavioural / Human Resource, Quantitative, and Modern
approaches), in order to adopt when dealing with real-life
work situations, as deemed necessary and appropriate.
C3) benefit from the various useful illustrative examples offered
by the textbook, which discuss the application of a certain
concept in a particular world-class organization setting.
C4) be able to manage the accomplishment of a particular
objective, through successfully following the steps specified
under the management process.
Transferable skills
D1) Display an integrated understanding and approach to the requirements
of managing successfully in the new dynamic workplace.
D2) Demonstrate seriousness and the assuming of responsibility
in relation to preparation of the course material and active
participation in class discussions.
D3) Display competence in grasping the various concepts and principles
offered by the course as a foundation for benefiting from future courses that
consider this particular course as a prerequisite.
Teaching and
Learning Methods
Lectures, which cover the duration of 16 weeks, equivalent
to 48 teaching hours during the semester in total.
Students’ active participation in purposeful class discussion.
The availability of a supportive web site, which provides
rich examples, cases, as well as exercises and questions,
which add to the learning experience.
Individual questions regarding course contents/subjects.
Short reports and/ or presentations, and/ or Short research projects
Home works
Final examination: 40 marks
Assessment Instruments
First exam
Second exam
Final exam
Participation, Attendance, Presentation,
Reports and Quizzes.
Academic Honesty
All the assignment and work submitted by the student should be his or her
own. All actions of academic dishonesty including cheating, plagiarism or
helping other students in such actions will be dealt with strictly according to
the university regulations.
Main Textbook(s) and Management (Arab World Edition)
Additional Readings
Stephen P. Robins, Mary Coulter, Yusuf Sidani, Dima Jamali
Detailed Lecture
Introduction to the module: module outline,
outcomes, and schedule
Chapter (1): Introduction to Management
4& 5
Chapter (2): Management History.
Chapter (7): Functions of Planning
Chapter (9): Organizational Structure and
10&11 Chapter (16): Managers as Leaders
12&13 Chapter (17): Introduction to Controlling
Exam revision lectures
15&16 Case studies discussion
Attendance policy:
Absence from lectures and/or tutorials shall not exceed 15%. Students who exceed the 15% limit without a medical or emergency excuse
acceptable to and approved by the Dean of the relevant college/faculty shall not be allowed to take the final examination and shall receive
a mark of zero for the course. If the excuse is approved by the Dean, the student shall be considered to have withdrawn from the course.