Principles of Management

Principles of Management

Year: 2018-2019
Course code: MGT1023
Course credits: 10
Taught: Semester 1
Course co-ordinator: Dr Peter Keenan
Entry requirements: See below for details. 
Excluded courses:  Students who have previously taken Business and Management 1A (MGT1001) and Business and Management 1B (MGT1002) are unable to take this course.
Available to visiting students: Yes
Contact for more information: Claire Cameron

Course description

MGT1023, Principles of Management, is one of four 10-credit courses which comprise level 1 study in Business and Management.  Students will complete all four courses (40 credits in total) and achieve a minimum of grade D3 in each in order to progress to Level 2 study in Business and Management.

The course presents the basic human and contextual elements of managing as preparation to developing a broader, more in-depth level of knowledge at Junior Honours level, particularly in relation to strategy.


The course aims to provide an introductory level understanding of management to students in their first year who have little or no management experience or previous learning about the subject. It sets out to address a range of fundamental questions, and is structured into three main stages to help students delineate and break down the broad range of issues involved in understanding the subject:

  1. Who are today’s managers? The first stage sets out to discover the people who are managers and asks: ‘What do managers do? Why are managers needed?’ 
  2. Where does management happen? The second stage explores managers’ locations and organisational contexts and asks: ‘What different types of organisations require managers? At what levels of the organisation can managers be found in modern organisations? Who are managers responsible to?’
  3. What is our understanding of a manager’s activities and practices? The third stage outlines the importance of understanding management and asks: ‘Why do we study what managers do?’ What constitutes an effective manager? Why can management be difficult?’

The question of ‘Why can management be difficult?’ is explored to begin a discussion about the field of strategic management that is studied in Junior Honours.  Strategic Management focuses on issues around planning and implementing change, understanding the external environment, fostering support and motivation towards new ways of doing things for reasons of competitive advantage or organisational survival.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the wide range of age, gender and cultural demographics associated with those recognised as managers
  • Outline and provide examples of the types of activities that managers are engaged in on a day to day basis
  • Illustrate the challenges involved in managing different types of organisations across a range of sectors and industries
  • Compare the demands of managing at the top versus the middle of organisation
  • Argue why it is important to study management practice and the implications of what managers do
  • Explain why managers need to be good communicators and able to interact well with those around them

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures:  Tuesday and Friday (4.00-5.00pm) (2 x 1hr lectures x 10 weeks + 1 x 1hr lecture in week 11)
Tutorials: 1 x 1hr tutorials x 5 weeks

Tutorials are held at various times and can be selected on MyCampus.

Course texts

Core textbook

Boddy, D. (2017), Management - An Introduction, Pearson, 7th edition


An individual assignment of 2,000 words (100%)

Entry Requirements

Arts and Science students in years 2 or above who would like to take a business-related course may be interested in:

  • MGT1003 - Entrepreneurship 1A
  • MGT 1004 - Entrepreneurship 1B
  • ACCFIN1001 - Introduction to Business Reporting and Financial Accounting
  • ACCFIN1006 -  Introduction to Management Accounting and Control
  • ACCFIN1016 - Introduction to Finance, Investments and Institutions

Note that the courses above do not have Honours pathways and, as such, are not suitable for students in year 1.