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Course Descriptions

MGT 307: DESIGNING ORGANIZATIONS FOR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE (S)
3 credits

This course develops an understanding of the interaction of organizational structure and processes, examines relationship of internal and external environments, studies organizational design, and utilizes current theories of organizational behavior as practical tools in analyzing specific organizations. Prerequisite: BUS 203

MGT 311: INFLUENCE IN ORGANIZATIONS: A SKILLS-BASED APPROACH (F)
3 credits

This course helps students develop influence skills that are important to success in nearly all professional or managerial work settings. The influence skills that are emphasized include providing effective feedback, making persuasive presentations, coaching, upward influence, and negotiating. The course is experiential and provides many opportunities for students to observe, analyze, and practice these skills through participation in a skills-development workshop. Prerequisite: BUS 203

MGT 312: MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCES: A SKILLS-BASED APPROACH

This course helps students develop the skills that practicing managers need to address the human resource issues they confront in their day-today work. Students will learn to identify potential Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) problems and respond appropriately to them, create job descriptions and specifications, conduct employment interviews, evaluate the usefulness of other selection procedures (i.e., job knowledge tests, personality inventories), design and conduct on-the-job training, appraise employee performance and conduct a performance review discussion, and conduct themselves appropriately during union-organizing drives. Prerequisite: BUS 203

MGT 350: COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (JUNIOR STANDING) (F, S, Summer)
3 credits

This is a full-time, paid, approximately four-month assignment in a cooperating firm. Involves job-related learning under faculty supervision. The position must be approved by the Management and Leadership Department. For registration information, students in the Business Scholars Co-op Program should consult with the Director of the program, and students who are not in the Business Scholars Co-op Program should consult with the Associate Director for Experiential Education in Career Services. A co-op counts as a free elective and not as a course in the major. Grading for co-ops is on a pass/fail basis (grading for internships is on a letter grade, i.e., not pass/fail, basis); the faculty member who is supervising the experience has the discretion as to whether to roster it as a co-op or internship. Students in the Business Scholars Co-op Program must take it pass/fail. Prerequisites: 2.5 minimum GPA (higher for students in the Business Scholars Co-op Program) and completion of BUS 203 and preferably an upper-level major course

MGT 354: GROWING A BUSINESS: ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (S)
3 credits

(CROSS-LISTED WITH ENT 354)
The actual art and practice of managing a small enterprise. Concepts and methods for decision making and being competitive. Actual cases with live situations and outside speakers from all areas—business, government, and organized labor—impinging on the small entrepreneur today. Prerequisites: ENT 201 and ENT 301 or BUS 101 and BUS 208 or ISBT 333 and ISBT 334.

MGT 355: POWER, MOTIVATION, AND LEADERSHIP (F)
3 credits

This course focuses on social influence processes in organizations by examining theories and research regarding power, motivation, and leadership. We will examine not only the effectiveness of various management approaches for accomplishing the goals of the organization, but also the impact of these approaches on the satisfaction and development of employees. Prerequisite: BUS 203

MGT 356: MANAGING IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY (F)
3 credits

Changes in the world business environment are bringing new opportunities and challenges to firms and individuals. In Philadelphia, an increasing number of companies and public agencies are involved in international business. This course will study the area connections to the global economy through discussions with experts in global trade and with representatives of international businesses. The course will feature planned class visits to important businesses, sites, and staging areas for the Philadelphia aspect of the global economy. Prerequisite: BUS 203

MGT 357: MANAGING CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE (F)
3 credits

This course is designed to teach students how to manage the growing multicultural workforce in the United States. Students will be exposed to the basic concepts and issues of intercultural communication and cross-cultural relations and will explore the challenge that managing cultural diversity presents to organizations and individuals. Prerequisite: BUS 203

MGT 360, 460: PART-TIME INTERNSHIP IN MANAGEMENT (F, S, Summer)
3 credits

Part-time, generally non-paid employment in an organizational setting to provide on-the-job training. Involves appropriate job-related learning assignments under faculty supervision. The position must be approved by the Department. Consult the Associate Director for Experiential Education in Career Services before registering or for further information. An internship counts as an elective and not as a course in the major. Grading for internships is on a letter grade, i.e., not pass/fail, basis. The number 360 is used if taken in junior year and 460 if taken in senior year. Prerequisite: 2.5 minimum GPA and completion of BUS 203 and preferably an upper-level major course

MGT 365, 465: FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP IN MANAGEMENT (F, S, Summer)
3 credits

Full-time paid employment in an organizational setting to provide on-the-job training. Involves appropriate job-related learning assignments under faculty supervision.The position must be approved by the Department. Consult the Associate Director for Experiential Education in Career Services before registering or for further information. An internship counts as a free elective and not as a course in the major. Grading for internships is on a letter grade, i.e., not pass/fail, basis (grading for co-ops is on a pass/fail basis); the faculty member who is supervising the experience has the discretion as to whether to roster it as a co-op or internship. The number 365 is used if taken in junior year and 465 if taken in senior year. Prerequisites: 2.5 minimum GPA and completion of BUS 203 and preferably an upper-level major course

MGT 371: FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP IN MANAGEMENT (F, S, Summer)
3 credits

Full-time paid employment in an organizational setting to provide on-the-job training. Involves appropriate job-related learning assignments under faculty supervision.The position must be approved by the Department. Consult the Associate Director for Experiential Education in Career Services before registering or for further information. An internship counts as a free elective and not as a course in the major. Grading for internships is on a letter grade, i.e., not pass/fail, basis (grading for co-ops is on a pass/fail basis); the faculty member who is supervising the experience has the discretion as to whether to roster it as a co-op or internship. The number 365 is used if taken in junior year and 465 if taken in senior year. Prerequisites: 2.5 minimum GPA and completion of BUS 203 and preferably an upper-level major course

MGT 375 (Cross-listed with BSA 375): PROJECT MANAGEMENT (F)
3 credits

This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage projects across a range of business and technical disciplines. It also provides an overview of the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. The course begins by describing the similarities and differences between project management and general management, as well as project management life cycles, phases, stakeholders, and process groups. Students become familiar with project management software and use this software as they complete assignments and a course project. The course reviews the core project management knowledge areas, including integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement. Students work in teams that apply key skills and knowledge areas presented in the course. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

MGT 411: EFFECTIVE TEAMWORK AND LEADERSHIP: A SKILLS-BASED APPROACH (S)
3 credits

This course is designed to identify and develop the skills necessary to be effective in team and work group environments. These skills include the abilities to work in diverse team situations, apply knowledge of group dynamics, and negotiate in effective and ethical ways. Particular emphasis is placed on self-awareness, which is developed through participation in a skills-assessment center as well as completion of various self-assessment instruments and assignments. The format for this course includes a series of experiential learning opportunities designed to focus attention on particular issues of team functioning. Students who have taken MGT 352 (which is no longer offered) should not enroll in this course. Prerequisite: MGT 311

MGT 450: COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (SENIOR STANDING) (F, S)
3 credits

This is a full-time, paid, four-to-eight-month assignment in a cooperating firm. Involves job-related learning under faculty supervision. The position must be approved by the Management and Leadership Department. For registration information, students in the Business Scholars Co-op Program should consult with the Director of the program, and students who are not in the Business Scholars Co-op Program should consult with the Associate Director for Experiential Education in Career Services. A co-op counts as a free elective and not as a course in the major. Grading for co-ops is on a pass/fail basis (gradingfor internships is on a letter grade, i.e., not pass/fail, basis); the faculty member who is supervising the experience has the discretion as to whether to roster it as a co-op or internship. Students in the Business Scholars Co-op Program must take it pass/fail. Prerequisites: 2.5 minimum GPA (higher for students in the Business Scholars Co-op Program) and completion of BUS 203 and preferably an upper-level major course

MGT 464: MANAGEMENT SKILLS PRACTICUM (F, S)
1 credit

This one-credit course must be taken in conjunction with an approved three-credit internship or co-op. Students will complete a series of assignments that require the application of theory and research-based knowledge from the field of management. At their internship sites, students will practice skills such as time management, active listening, group facilitation, and social influence. Written assignments will require students to reflect on these experiences as well as their broader understanding of leadership behaviors, motivation practices, and group dynamics. The class will meet several times during the semester, but most work will be done independently. Students will be able to choose assignments that best fit their own needs and internship experiences. A student may not repeat this course. Prerequisite: BUS 203

Contact

James W. Smither, Ph.D. Chair of Management and Leadership Department
Professor of Management and Leadership
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