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Principles of Management (MGNT 1020C

)
Lecturer:
Office:
Office hours:
Email:

Dr. Joyce Iun
CYT 836 (Tel: 3943-7740)
by appointment
joyceiun@cuhk.edu.hk

Course Objectives
(a) To provide students with a better understanding of the evolution of management theories.
(b) To guide students to apply some of the management theories to diagnose the practical management
problems in the workplace, and come up with proper solutions to deal with these problems.
(c) To create an environment in which students can enhance self-awareness, synthesize new ideas, and
develop their personal strengths and interpersonal skills.
Class Schedule:
- 2:30 – 5:15, Thursday (Location: WMY 303)
Date
Topic
Activities
Week 1:
Course Overview
Sep 13
 What is Management? (C1)
Week 2:
The Changing World
Sep 20
 Management History (p.55-66)
Week 3:
The Changing World
Sep 27
 Challenges for the Contemporary Manager (C2)
Week 4:
Planning
Group formation
Oct 4
 Decision Making (C7)
Week 5:
Planning
Oct 11
 Foundations of Planning (C8)
 Strategic Management (C9)
Week 6
In-class exercise 1 (not graded)
Oct 18
Week 7
Organizing
Oct 25
 Change and Innovation (C6)
Week 8
Organizing
Test 1
Nov 1
 Foundations of Organizational Design (C10)
 Contemporary Organizational Design (C11)
Week 9
In-class exercise 2 (graded)
Nov 8
Week 10
Leading
Nov 15
 Groups and Teams (C13)
 Leadership (C17)
Week 11
In-class exercise 3 (graded)
Nov 22
Week 12
The 71st Congregation, no class today.
Nov 29
Week 13
De-brief in-class exercises
Test 2
Dec 6
Required Textbook
Robbins, S.P., & Coulter, M. (2012) (Ed. 11). Management. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Overall Assessment Scheme:
Continuous assessment:
1. Attendance and in-class contribution in discussion
2. Group work
Two in-class exercises (20% each)

1

10%
40%

3. Two tests (25% each)
50%
1. Attendance and in-class contribution in discussion
You will be graded on your in-class engagement, which includes physical attendance and contribution in
discussion. A better way to contribute in discussion is to demonstrate that you have read the weekly
assigned readings. You can also contribute by asking questions, making constructive comments or
suggestions, sharing relevant experiences, and engaging your classmates in an active dialogue on
management issues in class. Missing classes without official medical supporting documents will result in
lowered participation marks.
2. Group work
Working in groups of a maximum of five people, your group is to complete two graded in-class exercises
(No. 2 and 3). By the end of two graded exercises, your group completes one written work and one oral
presentation. If your task in exercise one is assigned to compile answers in writing and hand it in by the
end of the class. Your task in exercise two is to deliver a 5-minute oral presentation on an assigned
question, vice versa. In each graded exercise, you will be given one real-life business issue/case to work
on. If your task is to answer questions in writing, your work will be assessed to what extent you
understand relevant management theories and apply them to resolve real-life problems. In addition to
understanding and applying relevant management theories, your work will also be assessed to what
extent you produce rational and pragmatic answers as compared to the real-life ‘model answers’
developed by business executives in Hong Kong. If your task is to make a 5-minute oral presentation in
response to the assigned questions, you do not only need to take the above assessment criteria into
consideration, but also manage your presentation time, not to overrun. Reading assigned book chapters
before each class will definitely help your contribution to group work.
Note that this is a group score, not an individual score. All group members should receive the same two
scores, ideally. There are two exceptions. One, within a group, if a significant number of members report
individual(s) as free rider(s), the individual(s) will receive a lower score than others in the group. Two,
attending the two graded in-class exercises is critical for all group members to receive the same scores. If
anyone in the group fails to attend one graded exercise, he/she will lose 20%. If the same student misses
all two graded exercises, he/she will lose 40%. There will not be any make-up in-class
exercises/assignments. In other words, it is compulsory to attend all two graded in-class exercises.
In general, written work will be assessed in the following criteria:
1. How extensively you understand relevant management theories and apply them to address the
problem(s)
2. How rationally and pragmatically you answer the problems
3. To what extent you produce distinctive (your own) views / creative solutions
Oral presentation will be assessed in the following criteria:
1. How rationally and pragmatically you answer the problems
2. How extensively you understand relevant management theories and apply them to address the
problems
3. To what extent you produce distinctive (your own) views / creative solutions
4. How constructively and smoothly you plan, organize, present the contents, and manage time
3. Two tests
Each quiz will consist of questions that relate to assigned textbook readings, class lectures, PowerPoint
slides, and class discussions. You are required to participate in all two tests as scheduled in this course
outline. There will not be any make-up tests for other than physical illness with official medical
supporting document (e.g., hospitalization) or documented personal emergency. A formal request for
make-up quiz must be approved one week in advance of the scheduled test.
According to CUHK guidelines, about 25% of the class receive excellent grading, i.e. A- or A, and about
10-15% of the class receive satisfactory or less-than-satisfactory grading, i.e. C+ or below. Note that
these guidelines apply to this class.

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