Principles of Management

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MGT 121

       Course Name: Principles of Management

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: Placement in EGL 101; hands-on experience using word processing, the Internet, and e-mail.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is a study of management emphasizing the management functions of planning, decision-making, organizing, leading, and controlling. 

IV.   Learning Objectives

As part of this course, students will develop and demonstrate skills a manager requires and be able to apply the skills effectively.

In addition, after successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explain what management is, why management is important, what managers do, the levels of management, how managers utilize organizational resources efficiently and effectively to achieve organizational goals, the role of entrepreneurship, and the similarities and differences between management and leadership.
  2. Discuss a variety of historical management theories.
  3. Describe the four principal managerial tasks (planning, organizing, activating/leading, and controlling) and explain how a manager’s ability to handle each one affects organizational performance.
  4. Illustrate how ethics and social responsibility help managers determine the right or proper way to behave when dealing with different stakeholder groups, discuss the impact of ethical behavior and social responsibility on economic performance, and evaluate managerial behavior in a variety of situations.
  5. Give examples of and discuss the challenges managers face in today’s increasingly competitive global environment.
  6. Define organizational culture, and give examples of how a manager’s personality traits, values, attitudes, emotions, and culture both create and are influenced by organizational culture.
  7. Explain the nature of managerial decision making, including group decision making, outline the steps in the decision-making process, and discuss the role of information and technology in the decision-making process.
  8. Describe the various types of groups and teams, the elements of group dynamics, and how managers can motivate both groups and individuals.
  9. Discuss issues involved in managing a diverse workforce and how strategic human resource management can help an organization gain a competitive advantage by attracting, retaining, and effectively utilizing diverse human resources.
  10. Explain why effective communication (including online) helps an organization gain a competitive advantage, describe the communication process, and state reasons why communication can impact productivity and profitability.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Definition and importance of management
  2. The role of management at various levels
  3. Historical management theories
  4. Manager’s values, attitudes, emotions and culture
  5. Ethics and social responsibility
  6. The four principal managerial tasks (planning, organizing, activating/leading, and controlling)
  7. Challenges managers face in today’s increasingly competitive global environment.
  8. Organizational culture and characteristics of managers including personality traits, values, attitudes, emotions and culture.
  9. Managing diversity
  10. Decision making and the roles of information and technology
  11. Entrepreneurship
  12. Mission, goals, and business strategies
  13. Designing organizational structures
  14. Change management
  15. Motivation
  16. Leadership
  17. Team/group management
  18. Managerial communications
  19. Human resource management
  20. Operations management

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Instructors will utilize a variety of learning activities such as group work, oral presentations, quizzes/tests, assignments, discussion, and lecture. Course content and assignments will encourage critical thinking and the use of information resources and technology. 

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be expected to read and write English at the college level.

Students will be expected to work in groups as well as complete assignments requiring the use of e-mail, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and the Internet.

Course content and assignments encourage critical thinking and use of information resources and technology.  Students will be expected to work in groups as well as complete assignments requiring the use of e-mail, word processing, the World Wide Web, and information resources.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Current edition of Essentials of Contemporary Management by Jones and George as well as appropriate Internet resources.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Course grades will be based on the student's demonstration of proficiency with course objectives as determined by the instructor.  The following are representative methods for measuring proficiency: Class discussion, in- and out-of-class individual and group assignments, and activities, and projects; attendance and participation; Internet-based activities; quizzes and/or tests.

XI.   Other Course Information

Use of Computers and Information Technology:
When you apply at Oakton as a credit student, you are automatically assigned a computer network account and email address.  While you are registered for classes and any financial obligations to the College are fulfilled, you may use this account to log into workstations in any of the open or classroom computer labs.  Your account gives you access to the wide variety of application programs available on Oakton's Network and on-campus access to the Internet.

Rules for computer use are posted in computer labs as well as available in writing in each of the labs. Lab assistants and tutors are available to assist you in the lab regarding software and hardware questions.

Users of the College’s information technology facilities and resources, including hardware, software, networks, and computer accounts, are expected to use computer resources responsibly and appropriately, respecting the rights of other information technology users and respecting all contractual and license agreements.

Under no circumstances is any of the software used at Oakton to be copied. Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies. Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and, if warranted, appropriate penalties applied. Specifically, you do not have the right (1) to make copies of software for yourself or others, (2) to receive and use unauthorized copies of software, or (3) copy all or parts of a program written by someone else.

College Policy on the Observance of Religious Holidays:
Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The College has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work or assignments. Students who inform instructors well in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodations for students, which may include providing a make up test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.