Course Syllabus

BUS202: Introduction to Management and Leadership

Instructor & Contact Information

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Course Description

This course will teach students how to be an effective first-time manager if they have not yet served as a manager. It will also help students who have served in management improve their management skills. Management topics include duties of management, working with people, staff supervision and process, and improving yourself as a manager. In this course, students will also take a leadership assessment based on the DiSC personality profile and identify specific domains to develop within eight leadership dimensions. Students will also learn unique approaches to Christian management and leadership. 

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Reflect on principles of management and leadership and apply into your context.
  2. Reflect on what is unique about a Christian approach to management and leadership including servant leadership and cross-cultural leadership.
  3. Develop a best practices training guide for employees that transition to first time managers. 
  4. Create a leadership development plan across eight leadership dimensions relating to your DiSC personality profile.
  5. Interview existing managers to identify key practical factors needed to prepare as a manager and leader. 
  6. Write a comprehensive management skills development plan for yourself as a manager.
  7. Synthesize all learning from this course into a management and leadership philosophy and action plan.

Degree Program Outcomes

Degree outcomes are the overall skills and knowledge we expect you will have after successfully completing a degree program at City Vision University. After completing the degree, you will be able to do the following in each of the listed domains:

  1. Nonprofit Foundations. Describe the key competencies of effective nonprofit managers and develop a career development plan across four competency domains including: Collaborate (HR & Relational Skills), Control (Governance, Financial & Operations Skills), Create (Innovation & Entrepreneurial Skills) and Compete (Business & Funding Skills).
  2. Finances. Apply basic accounting and budgeting principles in order to successfully manage the finances of a nonprofit organization.
  3. Fundraising/Marketing. Apply basic marketing, communication and fundraising strategies in operating a successful nonprofit organization.
  4. Innovation. Develop strategies and plans to effectively use technology and innovation to achieve organizational goals.
  5. Human resources. Apply the essential elements of nonprofit human resource management including volunteer management, hiring, firing, supervision and legal considerations.
  6. Vocation. Create a synthesis of a reflective life vision and plan to enable 24/7 ministry based on God’s purposes for work and their own unique calling.
  7. Cross-Cultural Ministry. Develop plans to apply cross-cultural principles toward effective ministry across diverse cultures.

This course focuses primarily on outcome 1, but secondarily supports most of the above outcomes.

Required Texts

Students are required to purchase these texts before the first day of classes. 

Guidelines for Written Work

All written work must follow our Writing Format and Forum Requirements. You must read these to understand how to cite sources appropriately.

Critical Policies to Read for This Course

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Additional Policies:

This syllabus is subject to change without notice up until the first day of the semester. Last updated: October 27, 2023

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