Principles of Management – BUSI 310

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Management requires a balance between social (people) and technical (quantitative) perspectives, as well as between efficiency and effectiveness. This course emphasizes the application of these perspectives in each of the planning, organizing, leading and controlling functions.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


In support of the published Liberty University Philosophy and Mission Aims, this course seeks to provide students with academic content that: (1) enables engagement in a major field of study built on a solid foundation of liberal arts [Aim 5]; (2) development of competence and determination in the approach to the chosen vocation [Aim 7]; (3) promote the synthesis of academic knowledge and Christian values in order that there might be a maturing of spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical behavior [Aim 8]; Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of the concepts of management and leadership which will enable them to gain insight into the theories and concepts of organizations.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the functions of management functions and the role a manager plays in each.
  2. Summarize the historical background of management through the various eras, theories, and trends.
  3. Identify the different theories of management and the manager’s role in each.
  4. Integrate biblical principles with management theories.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

LearnSmart (8)

The student will be assigned homework to complete in Connect. The homework will consist of video cases and LearnSmart activities. All assignments for a given module/week are divided into weekly folders inside of the Connect system.

Essay Questions (4)

In each odd week/module, the student will respond to 4 essay-question quizzes. Students will be given 20 minutes to answer. The quizzes are in the weekly folders inside of the Connect system.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

The student will complete 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. At the beginning of each even-numbered module/week, the student will choose a topic on which to research and write. Each student will write a thread of at least 700 words and include a minimum of 2 sources cited in current APA format for each forum.

Additionally, during the same module/week the student will be required to post a substantive reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each individual reply must be at least 300 words in length and include 1 source cited in current APA format.

Tests (4)

The student will complete 4 open-book/open-note tests in this course. Questions will be multiple choice and true/false. Students will be given 40 contiguous minutes to complete each exam, as it must be completed in one sitting. The tests are in the weekly folders inside the Connect system.

Key Concept Paper

Students will choose a concept that they would like to explore further and write a 1000 word paper on the topic. The paper will have a cover page, abstract and be written in APA format. Five scholarly sources, which have been published within the previous 4 years are required.