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- Available Lessons: 139
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryUse the video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in this prep course to prepare for the UExcel Principles of Management exam. Our convenient and flexible study guide has everything you need to get ready for this UExcel exam.
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About This Course
Watch short and entertaining video lessons for just a couple weeks to help you prepare for the UExcel Principles of Management exam. Our modular and fun lessons cover all the essential management principles and terms you'll need to pass the exam and earn three college credits. Use this flexible study guide to learn about classical and behavioral schools of management theory, organizational change, workplace motivation, human resources and quality assurance.
Syllabus & Course Information
The UExcel Principles of Management exam tests your comprehension of basic business management principles. This prep course features video lessons that align with those objectives and helps you to:
- Learn about the three levels of management and their purposes.
- Explore how good managers promote productivity.
- Examine Henry Mintzberg's 10 roles of management.
- Study the four functions of management.
- Discuss classical management theory from 1900-1930. Explore Max Weber's theory of impersonal management. Describe the development of the classical scientific and classical administrative schools of management.
- Explore the evolution of the neo-classical theory of management. Describe the development of behavioral management theory. Learn about Hawthorne's study of employee productivity.
- Discuss the needs theory and Maslow's hierarchy of needs and how they're used to motivate employees. Describe the two types of managers and the idea of self-fulfilling prophecies.
- Get an overview of the evolution of the modern theory of management. Describe how the quantitative school of management was developed. Learn about the roles of operations management and information systems as branches of quantitative management.
- Explain systems management theory and how it's used. Describe contingency and quality management.
- Examine planning as a function of management. Study the four types of planning. Describe SWOT analysis.
- Discuss how internal and external factors drive organizational change. Learn about types of internal organizational change. Explore the steps in the planned change process.
- Discuss Kurt Lewin's force-field analysis change model and Kotter's 8-step change model of management. Define organizational culture and describe how it's accounted for in the change process.
- Explore organizing as a function of management. Describe the relationship between organizational design and structure and the differences between mechanistic and organic organizational structures.
- Explain the purpose of role specialization in an organization. Discuss authority in centralized and decentralized organizations. Identify types of traditional and contemporary organizational designs. Discuss characteristics of informal organizations.
- Learn about groups, mobs and teams in organizations. Identify types of work teams. Explain the five stages of group development. Discuss team conflict and the work process.
- Define leadership and its role in organizations. Explain the differences between a manager and a leader. Explore the role of leading as a function of management. Differentiate between task-oriented and people-oriented leaders.
- Describe the characteristics of transformational, transactional, servant, laissez-fair, participative (or democratic), authoritarian (or autocratic), charismatic, situational and bureaucratic leaders. Explore the five leadership styles of the Blake Mouton managerial grid. Describe types of positional and personal power.
- Explore Fiedler's contingency theory and elements that dictate a leader's situational control. Explain the Hersey-Blanchard model of situational leadership. Examine the path-goal theory and leadership styles associated with this theory. Define Machiavellianism and how it's used to justify the means by the ends.
- Define motivation and describe needs-based and behavior-based theories of motivation. Discuss the Pygmalion effect and how it's used to influence employee behavior. Explain Alderfer's ERG theory and how it accounts for employee motivation.
- Explain how equity, expectancy, reinforcement and goal-setting theories are used to motivate employees. Discuss how managers use intrinsic and extrinsic rewards to reinforce positive employee behavior.
- Describe how managers can redesign jobs and empower employees to motivate employee performance. Explore the various ways managers can increase job flexibility to encourage employees.
- Discuss the role of communication for management. Describe the communication process and the role of organizational communication. Distinguish among types of communication used by managers.
- Discuss managing conflict in organizations and reasons for third-party intervention, including mediation and arbitration. Learn about perception and bias when interpreting behavior.
- Explore controlling as a function of management. Describe the steps in the organizational control process and types of organizational controls, including feedforward, concurrent and feedback. Explain the purpose of financial, budget, marketing, human resource and computer and information controls in organizations and learn related vocabulary.
- Describe the role of a manager in hiring and staffing. Explain various recruitment strategies. Describe the function of new employee orientation. Describe types of employee training programs and different training methods.
- Discuss various laws and regulations related to human resource management. Explain the process of terminating an employee and best practices associated with it. Learn the purpose of evaluating an employee's performance and describe types of evaluation systems. Define employee compensation. Describe the function of collective bargaining.
- Discuss the steps in the strategic management planning process. Provide an overview of business environments and the four functions of management.
- Describe the steps of the decision-making process. Explain how certainty, risk and uncertainty influence the decision-making process for managers. Describe quantitative tools used by management to make informed decisions. Explore PERT analysis and how it's used to complete projects in time.
- Define Total Quality Management (TQM) and its five principles. Explain considerations of implementing TQM in an organization. Describe the ISO 9000 certification.
- Explore managerial functions in international organizations. Discuss characteristics of the international manager in global organizations. Discuss considerations, such as politics, economics and technology, for managers who work for international companies.
- Describe what it means to manage a diverse workforce in a contemporary organization. Explore Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory.
- Discuss the role of ethics in contemporary business. Define social responsibility and how it's used by organizations. Explain the relationship between creativity, innovation and change and how it's important to be change-savvy in a knowledge economy.
There are no prerequisites for this lower-level business course. Start learning about basic business management principles today.
This test prep course has 124 short video lessons that can be viewed in about 5-10 minutes. Quizzes accompany each lesson for self assessment. After watching all the lessons in each of the 17 chapters, you can take the chapter quiz before moving into the next set of lessons. If reading along with the video is more your style, use the transcripts that come with each lesson. Run into a topic that you're unclear on? Just ask the professional and experienced instructors who teach these lessons any question you have about the subject matter. A handy tracking tool can help you monitor your progress through the course right up to the final exam, which you can use to gauge your readiness for the UExcel Principles of Management exam.
UExcel Principles of Management Exam Information
By passing this UExcel exam, you can earn three lower division college credits. The content tested on the exam is equivalent to a lower level business course in business management principles that you might take within your first or second year of college. Some students use this course to meet general education requirements, or you can use it as a stepping stone to more advanced topics in business.
- Number of Questions: Approximately 120
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $95
Earn UExcel Credit
This prep course and the UExcel exam are convenient alternatives to a semester-long course in management principles, since both the course and the exam can be taken at any time during the year. You can quickly earn college credit that can be applied at numerous colleges and universities throughout the nation. This course is the most efficient way to prepare for the exam.
Study Schedule for the UExcel Principles of Management Exam
About 12.5 hours of instruction make up this self-paced prep course, which easily fits into your busy schedule. Study and watch the videos when you have time in order to quickly prepare for the UExcel exam. The time table below can help you decide how long you'll need to get prepared. When you're ready, call in to schedule an appointment to take the exam. Find out more info about earning credit through a UExcel exam.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours a day; 3 days a week||About 1.5 weeks|
|2 hours a day; 3 days a week||About 2 weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||About 4 weeks|
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