Take Principles of Management online at your own pace

In this on-line course, you’ll learn the main functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Start your free trial today, no credit card required. 

  • ACE Credit®-recommended for 3.0 semester credits

Course description

Sophia's Principles of Management course is designed to introduce you to the four functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. This course describes the skills and techniques required by a manager to perform these functions. Specifically, you will learn about the stages of decision making, ethical business strategies, goal setting, communication skills, and global awareness.

Assessments and grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 16 Challenges (formative assessments), 4 Milestones (summative assessments), and 1 Touchstone (project-based or written assessment) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning outcomes

<p>By the end of this course, you will be able to:<br></p> <ul><li>Describe the role of management in organizations.</li><li>Recognize the managerial decision-making process.</li><li>Explain the relevance of a firm's competitive environment for strategic decision-making.</li><li>Identify the conceptual foundations for a firm's strategic planning process.</li><li>Demonstrate how external and internal forces affect organization planning, strategy, and change.</li><li>Examine the relevance of international management and globalization.</li><li>Summarize the major types of organizational structure and forces of change.</li><li>Explain the importance and value of diversity in organizations.</li><li>Identify leadership traits and best practices.</li><li>Recognize the major theories of human motivation.</li><li>Determine the role and importance of teams in organizations.</li><li>Describe the role of communication in organizations.</li><li>Assess how management control systems can enhance a firm's performance.</li><li>Identify the role information technology plays in modern management practice.</li><li>Evaluate how to manage and optimize human capital in organizations.</li><li>Illustrate the importance of ethical leadership and management.</li></ul>

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The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE® Credit) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 33 of Sophia's online courses for college credit. These courses are eligible to transfer to many different colleges and universities.

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