Administration (ADMN) 232

Introduction to Management (Revision 10)

ADMN 232

Revision 9 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None. This course is recommended as a suitable point of entry to the Bachelor of Management and the Bachelor of Commerce degree programs.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

ADMN 232 has a Challenge for Credit option.

Télé-université du Québec equivalency: ADM 1002

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ADMN 232 translates administrative theory into effective administrative practice by examining what administrators do and how they do it. The course presents theories of administration applicable to the public and private sectors and then reconciles these theories with current practice.

The aim of this course is to give you some tools with which to identify, contemplate, and solve managerial problems. Your tool kit won't be full, but you will have enough tools to carry out some of the more common managerial “repairs.” This course will teach you about management and how it can help you to make things happen, meet the competition, and organize people, projects, and processes.


Section 1: Introduction to Management

  • Lesson 1: Management
  • Lesson 2: History of Management
  • Lesson 3: Global Management
  • Lesson 4: Organizational Environments and Cultures
  • Lesson 5: Ethics and Social Responsibility

Section 2: Making Things Happen

  • Lesson 6: Planning and Decision Making
  • Lesson 7: Control

Section 3: Meeting the Competition

  • Lesson 8: Organizational Strategy
  • Lesson 9: Innovation and Change
  • Lesson 10: Designing Adaptive Organizations

Section 4: Organizing People, Projects, and Processes

  • Lesson 11: Leading Teams
  • Lesson 12: Managing Human Resource Systems
  • Lesson 13: Managing Individuals and a Diverse Workforce
  • Lesson 14: Motivation
  • Lesson 15: Leadership


To receive credit for this course, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on each of the examinations, and a minimum overall course grade of “D” (50 percent).

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 15%
Midterm Exam 35%
Assignment 2 15%
Final Exam 35%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Note: The midterm and final examinations for this course must be taken online at an invigilated location. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and a current web browser is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Note: Credit can be earned in this course by passing the challenge for credit.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Williams, C., Champion, T., & Hall, I. (2015). MGMT (2nd Canadian ed.). Toronto: Nelson. ISBN 978-0-17-666224-0

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other course materials will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ADMN 232 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Online Exam

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 10, August 13, 2015.

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