Academic Catalog


Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2022
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)
Advisory: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement via multiple measures OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 125 & ESLL 249.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate appropriate use of business management terms and concepts in their strategic management plans.
  • Students will critically analyze, evaluate and interpret information by integrating management knowledge in problem-solving and decision-making processes in their strategic management plans.
  • Students will demonstrate their management knowledge and critical thinking in their strategic management plans and presentations.


Introduction to the study of the principles and functions of business management as an important part of the social, political and economic environment. The following functional areas of management include: planning and organizing, control and monitoring, strategy and leadership, legal and ethical issues affecting business today.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the management process and analyze its impact on organizational performance.
  2. Examine the culture of management.
  3. Engage in decision making and apply management strategies.
  4. Assess the planning process and apply basic tenets in the management problem solving.
  5. Identify the steps in management decision making.
  6. Analyze the key areas of the management functions of organizing, directing and controlling.

Course Content

  1. Management: an overview
    1. Defined
    2. Importance
    3. Roles
  2. The culture of management
    1. Managing social responsibility and ethics
    2. Managing employee diversity
    3. Managing organizational culture and change
  3. Management strategy and decision-making
    1. The strategic management process
    2. Analyzing the external and internal environments
    3. Strategy formulation and implementation
    4. Strategic outcomes
  4. The planning process
    1. Relationships with other managerial functions
    2. Types of plans
      1. Tactical
      2. Strategic
    3. Strategic business units
    4. Setting objectives
  5. The decision-making process
    1. Steps in process
    2. Group vs. individual decision-making
    3. Decision-making skills
  6. Other major management functions
    1. Organizing
      1. Process
      2. Structure and design
    2. Directing
      1. Motivational principles applied to a multicultural workforce
      2. Communicating effectively in a multicultural workforce
      3. Leadership principles
    3. Controlling and monitoring
      1. Defined
      2. Types of control
      3. Link up with planning
      4. Techniques in effective control
    4. Legal and ethical
      1. Defined
      2. Legal issues in business
      3. Elements of a contract
      4. Ethical issues in management

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

When taught as an online distance learning section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous internet and email access.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

Minimum of three written critical analyses (research/case)
Class discussions and participation
Term projects in management (group or individual)
Mid-term and final exams

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

Cooperative learning exercises
Field work
Oral presentations

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Certo, Samuel C.. Modern Management: Concepts and Skills, 15th ed.. 2018.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

  1. Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources, ranging from 50-100 pages per week.
  2. Weekly lecture covers subject matter from text assignment with extended topic information. Class discussion is encouraged.
  3. Exercises and demonstration include individual or group participation and cover assigned reading and lecture topics.