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Jill M Purdy
T BUS 300
Tacoma Campus

Managing Organizations

Examines the profession of management and nature of organizations. Focuses on the key managerial functions and organizational processes needed to plan, organize, lead and control contemporary organizations. Activities provide opportunities to improve communication, strategic planning, teamwork, social responsibility, ethical decision making, and professional capacities. Prerequisite: either T CORE 101, TWRT 112, or ENGL 131.

Class description

The purpose of this course is to enrich your understanding of the complexity of today's business environment and enhance your managerial skills. Successful organizations assemble the knowledge, skills and talents of individuals and groups into combinations that best serve their goals. Managers make this happen by identifying the right goals, people, resources, information, and processes. They often work in situations made difficult by conflict, lack of resources, and time pressure. By gaining a rich understanding of management, you will be better prepared to meet the challenges you’ll face as a manager, employee and/or volunteer.

Student learning goals

Interpret economic, social, and cultural forces so you can plan strategically for the future

Understand and anticipate the behavior of individuals and groups in organizational settings

Make better decisions and communication effectively to diverse people

Design teams in a way that improves their performance

Lead and motivate others

Recognize ethical dilemmas and social responsibilities

General method of instruction

Class time will be used for lectures, discussion, exercises, and teamwork. These activities build and refine skills that are vital to your future success, including communication, logic, critical thinking, argumentation, negotiation, compromise, leadership and teamwork. Class discussions will be based upon your knowledge of the textbook, other assigned readings, cases, exercises, and current business events.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Graded assignments include a midterm, a final exam, team paper, and class contribution


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jill M Purdy
Date: 04/13/2011