MGMT 300 01: Principles of Management

MGMT 300 - Principles of Management

2023 Summer Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 5707

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

This syllabus describes the requirements and procedures for MGMT 300. You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read it carefully. Any changes will be announced via an emailed Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Instructor Information

Kay Powell, MS, MBA, CAPM®, DASM®


Office: 301C Nistler Hall

2023 Summer Office Hours:
I use Starfish to schedule time with students. If any of those times do not fit with your availability, please email me for alternatives.

Office Phone: 701-777-5832

About the Professor

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Please call me Kay or Ms. Powell. I am not “Dr.” or “Mrs.”  Kristin is only used by family.

For more information on me, see the faculty section in our Blackboard course site.  Here is the link to my UND Bio.

Course Description

This course provides a survey of the traditional functions of management with primary emphasis on planning, organizing, controlling, and leading. This emphasis involves coverage of managerial decision making, leadership, motivation, interpersonal communication, staffing human resources, and organizational structure, design, and change and development. Additional topics include the history of managerial thought, management information systems, international management, and business ethics and social responsibility.

This course provides a survey of the traditional functions of management with primary emphasis on planning, organizing, controlling, and leading. This emphasis involves coverage of managerial decision making, leadership, motivation, interpersonal communication, staffing human resources, and organizational structure, design, and change and development. Additional topics include the history of managerial thought, management information systems, international management, and business ethics and social responsibility.

It is said that management is both an art and a science. You may know someone who is an excellent manager and has never had a formal management course—he or she just seems to have a knack for it. While this course can't completely teach you to be a good manager—because some of that comes from practicing it (the art part)—one of my goals is designed to help you in that. In addition to learning the material in the textbook, I am hoping you will be exposed to opportunities, Nistler College of Business events, clubs, internships, and guest speakers to supplement our content.

Course Objectives

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define management and its components, including the terminology, concepts, theories, and practices of management.
  • Describe the historical foundations of management.
  • Identify different strategies of business, including how companies are organized.
  • Outline the managerial process with emphasis placed on the behavior of employees and leaders.
  • Apply theories of organizational and national cultures, relating the benefits of diversity and its applications in business.
  • Explore instructional media that support course objectives and learning outcomes.

Course Materials

Online “Cengage Unlimited,” which includes the ebook. Our text is Understanding Management, Daft & Marcic, 12th edition with MindTap software access.  This is especially an advantage if you have another class that requires a textbook from the Cengage Publishers.  You need the MindTap access; do not buy a “textbook only” option.  Note: Cengage currently has a program where one can rent the textbook for around $12 from Chegg. You will access this ebook and class material using a link from Blackboard where you can pay with a credit card, or you can enter an access code purchased at our UND Bookstore.

Technical Requirements/Assistance

Whether you’re taking courses in the classroom or online, it’s important to have the right technology and equipment.  Visit the UND Technical Requirements webpage for more information. Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

To succeed in this course, you should be able to:

  • Navigate in and use Blackboard functions like submitting an assignment, taking a quiz, and locating resources.
  • Download and open electronic documents.
  • Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents.
  • Send, receive, and manage email.
  • Access the required homework and quizzes using a web-application called Mind-Tap from our textbook publisher.
  • Use ProctorU for all exams.  Additional instructions will be given in the first week of class.

Visit the Knowledge Base for additional supports and information about general tech requirements for students including information about devices, operating systems, software, internet connection, and major-specific tech requirements.

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.

Course Overview

This summer course is organized into 12 weeks (11 of instruction and one finals week). 

Each week contains a purpose, learning outcomes, and various links to articles, video/audio files, and other instructional resources selected to enhance the learning experience and support the various topics. Homework/quizzes on MindTap as well as three proctored exams with ProctorU will measure your learning.  Be warned, since this isn’t a “regular 16 week” course, we move at an accelerated pace.

What Should Students Do First?

Before the start of the first week of class please review the course blackboard site, ensure you have read the syllabus, and acquire any textbooks or materials needed.  For more information about you learn best and skills, take the “Online Learning Readiness Qualtrics Survey.”

Where Do I Find Information in Blackboard?

On the left side course menu in Blackboard there is a “Lessons (by week)” tab. Inside “Lessons” you will find all the learning objectives, to-do list, required readings, lecture videos, and assignments/activities for the week. An “Up-to-Date Schedule” tab will keep track of any announced changes to our schedule for unforeseen reasons.


UND cares about your success as a student. For more information, visit the Student Resources Page for additional information. Students have access to assistance from the UND Writing Center, Tutoring and Learning Services, Testing Services, and more.

Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within Blackboard to better equip you in navigating the course and Educational Technology including YuJa, VoiceThread, Discussion Boards, Riipen, Smarthinking, Proctoring, etc.

Course Requirements & Expectations

Insert the course requirements/expectations. An example is posted below.

  1. The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
  2. The student will access and follow all course instructions found in the weekly area of the Blackboard course.
  3. The student will participate in any lecture or discussion sessions on campus or online as provided and as part of this course.
  4. The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. by the dated noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use Central Time for due dates and times.
  5. The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers.


Each week, I will email an Announcement by Monday at noon.  At that time, all the weekly assignments will be posted and active.  Weekly work is due no later than Sundays at 11:59pm.  I communicate through email and phone; when I am not in my office, my office phone is forwarded to my mobile.

Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your assignments and emails. Please always be respectful of others, even if you disagree with their ideas or do not get along. Here are a few basic points to remember when communicating in this course:

  • Be scholarly. Use proper language, grammar, and spelling. Explain your thoughts, justify opinions, and credit the ideas of others by citing or linking to scholarly resources. Avoid misinforming others when you are unsure of the answer.  When discussing something and supplying a guess, clearly state that.
  • Be respectful. Respect the privacy of others. Do not share personal or professional information about others unless permission has been granted. Respect diversity and opinions that differ from their own. Be tactful when you communicate.
  • Be professional. Everyone should strive to give their best impression online. Truthfulness, accuracy, and running a final spell check are appropriate expectations for university students. Writing in a legible font and limiting the use of emoticons is considered professional behavior. Profanity and participation in hostile interactions are unprofessional as well as disruptive.
  • Be polite. Students should be addressing professors and instructors by the appropriate title or requested name. Students should interact online politely, just as they would be expected to do in a physical environment. Sarcasm, rudeness, and writing in all capital letters should be avoided.

For more information, read the Top 12 Be-Attitudes of Netiquette for Academicians.

Technology and Video Conferencing

In this class we will have a technology policy that is designed to support your attention to one another and to the course material.  We will spend the majority of our time engaged in activities that depend upon you being present and attentive to one another, and the course content we will study. We are all challenged these days by the ways in which our digital devices—including laptops, tablets, phones, and watches—can steal our attention away from our immediate surroundings. Technology should be used for educational purposes only during scheduled class times.

For our course interactions we will be using prerecorded lectures on Blackboard.  When interacting with peers online or through video conferencing, it is important to consider your environment and interact professionally. Students should follow the Code of Student Life while interacting virtually or in person.

Sharing personal experiences and opinions is an important part of the learning process. In the asynchronous environment of this course, all our interactions are recorded and made available to students in the course. The purpose of these recordings is to enhance learning for all students. If your peers make personal statements in this course, consider those comments in the context of our learning goals, and do not share them with people outside the course. If you have questions or concerns about any recordings, please contact me.


Announcements will be posted on Blackboard regularly. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters.


You are encouraged to post your questions about the course in the FAQs discussion board forum on the Blackboard site. This is an open forum in which you and your classmates are encouraged to answer each other’s questions. But, if you need to contact me directly, check the “Faculty” tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information. I will respond to you within 48 hours during the week.

Assessment Summary

This course is made up of a series of assignments and assessments to assist you in achieving the course learning objectives/outcomes.


In this course your learning will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Chapter and Unit MindTap Assignments and quizzes
  • Two small exams
  • A comprehensive final exam


You will schedule your exams directly with ProctorU to take virtually.  You need a camera and a microphone (if you have one in your laptop that is usually sufficient).  We have two smaller exams (in Weeks 04 and 08).  All exams are closed-book, no notes, and you must follow all the proctor’s instructions.  Use the “ProctorU Single Sign On” to find our exams in the “General” and “Summer 2023 semester.”  You will not find our exams in the “UND-PDF” ProctorU format.


The homework and quizzes for this class come through the online content of our text, called “MindTap.”  Each week a chapter or two is due Sunday by 11:59pm.  See the schedule for the chapters and corresponding due dates.

Final Exam

During the last week of our semester, you will take a comprehensive (meaning covers all chapters in the text) final exam, again scheduled directly with ProctorU during the window provided.  Again, the exam is closed-book, no notes.


Grading Scale

Grading Scale Breakdown
A     90.0% to 100% MindTap work: 30%
B     80.0% to 89.9% 2 Exams: 20% each
C     70.0% to 79.9% Comprehensive final Exam: 30%
D     60.0% to 69.9%  
F     Less than 59.9%

For more information on grading review UND Grading Policies.


Course Evaluation

Near the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete an online course evaluation form (SELFI). Your feedback on the course is extremely valuable to me. I read my students’ comments carefully and use them to improve the course the next time I teach it.

  • When the time comes, please let me know which aspects of the course helped you learn—and which aspects might be modified to help future students learn more effectively. 
  • Please note that the course evaluations are anonymous and that I won’t see the results until after the grades for the course are submitted, allowing you to provide honest and constructive feedback. 
  • Throughout the semester if you have concerns or feedback, please reach out to schedule a time to discuss.

Additional Resources

See the Summer 2023 syllabus for due dates.  The instructor maintains the right to change based on emergencies, but if there are changes, an emailed Announcement will be sent to every student enrolled.

Week Monday MindTap due Sunday at 11:59pm
1 5/15
Syllabus & Introduction
Chapter 01
Chapter 01
2 5/22
Chapters 05 & 06
Chapters 05 & 06
3 5/29
Chapter 07 & 08
Chapters 07 & 08
4 6/5
Chapter 09
Exam 1 this week (covering Chapters 1, 05-08)
Chapter 09
5 6/12
Chapters 10 & 11
Chapters 10 & 11
6 6/19
Chapter 12
Chapter 12
7 6/26
Chapters 13 & 14
Chapters 13 & 14
8 7/3
Chapter 15
Exam 2 this week (covering Chapters 09-14)
Chapter 15
9 7/10
Chapter 02
Chapter 02
10 7/17
Chapter 03
Chapter 03
11 7/24
Chapter 04
Chapter 04
Finals Comprehensive Final (All Chapters)
Schedule with ProctorU no later than Friday at 5pm

Course Policies

Assignment and Late Work Policy

Due dates for each assignment or activity will be posted in Blackboard. All assignments must be submitted by the due date and time posted in the course. All times are posted in the Central Time Zone.

The acceptance of late assignments is at the discretion of the instructor. If extenuating circumstances arise, it is your responsibility to you contact the instructor prior the due date and request an extension. All requirements for this course must be completed during the course dates.


It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System Webpage.

University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or

Religious Accommodations

UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.

Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.

Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171;; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.

Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

UND Cares Program

How to Seek Help When in Distress

We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.

How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress

The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).