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Principles of Management

Principles of Management

4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

It covers the essentials of management and organization and reviews all of the substantive material that is usually taught in an introductory course at college. Our goal as creators of this course is to prepare you to pass the College Board's CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.

Through the guidance of Dr. Gregory Gardner, this course will cover the basic principles of management, including both vocabulary and concepts in planning, organization, control, and leadership.

“Principles of Management" is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free as a part of the "Freshman Year for Free" program.

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How is this course organized?

This course is organized into six major modules that contain short video lessons, exercises and reading.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You will be required to demonstrate knowledge of management functions and techniques, and ability to associate the meaning of specific terminology with important management ideas, processes, and techniques.

The exam contains approximately 100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures, exercises, readings and interactive resources taught by a top quality university professor.




Navigating Through Our Platform

CLEP Program   

Modern States Education Alliance   

Introduce Yourself

1. What is Management?

1.0 Introduction to What is Management?   

1.1 Planning, Controlling, Organizing, and Leading   

1.2 The History of Management   

1.3 Managerial Ethics   

1.4 Readings

2. Planning and Strategy

2.0 Introduction to Planning and Strategy   

2.1 Planning   

2.2 Planning Tools   

2.3 Competitive Advantage   

2.4 Product Planning and Strategy   

2.5 Cost Leadership Versus Differentiation   

2.6 Managing A Cost Leader   

2.7 Managing A Differentiated Competitor   

2.8 Risk and Decision-Making   

2.9 Forecasting   

2.10 Readings

3. Controlling

3.0 Introduction to Controlling   

3.1 Feedback and Control   

3.2 More on Feedback   

3.3 Financial and Non-Financial Controls   

3.4 Control and Planning   

3.5 Readings

4. Organizing

4.0 Introduction to Organizing   

4.1 Organizational Charts and Designs   

4.2 Centralized and Decentralized Organization   

4.3 Span of Control   

4.4 Authority and Unity of Command   

4.5 Incentives and Motivation Tools   

4.6 Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs   

4.7 McGregor’s Theory X and Theory Y   

4.8 Expectancy Theory   

4.9 Equity Theory   

4.10 Herzberg’s 2 Factor Theory   

4.11 Job Design   

4.12 Readings

5. Leading

5.0 Introduction to Leading   

5.1 Leadership Versus Management   

5.2 Transactional Leadership   

5.3 Transformational Leadership   

5.4 Situational Leadership   

5.5 Personality Types   

5.6 Power in Organizations   

5.7 Leadership in Teams   

5.8 Managing Teams   

5.9 Readings

6. Global Trends and Issues in Management

6.0 Introduction to Global Trends and Issues in Management   

6.1 International Management and Culture   

6.2 Conflict Resolution   

6.3 Organizational Communications   

6.4 Operations Management   

6.5 Human Resource Management   

6.6 Readings

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Questions 46 - 60

Questions 61 - 75

Questions 76 - 90

Questions 91 - 92

Final Steps

Prof. Gregory Gardner's Recommendation   

Register for the CLEP Exam   

Test Preparation Tips   

How Your Score Is Computed

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