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COURSE NUMBER: BUSI 343
COURSE TITLE: Managing Public, Non-Profit and Voluntary Organizations
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Gord Preston
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will study approaches to managing in the non-profit sector, particularly the unique programs and policies that are required for effective management practices. These practices will be contrasted with the approaches utilized in the private for-profit sector.

Prerequisites: BUSI 339
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Seel, K. (Ed.). 2018. The Management of Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada. 4th Edition. Toronto, ON: LexisNexis Canada Inc.
  • Collins, Jim. 2005. Good to Great and the Social Sector. Boulder, CO: Jim Collins
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Unit Quizzes (6)60%Approximately every two weeks you will complete an online knowledge quiz on the content covered. Quizzes will be a mix of multiple choice and short answer questions.
Participation0-20%To accommodate differing learning styles and access to technology during the current lockdown there is flexibility in the degree to which students participate in the online discussion sessions. In the first two weeks please inform the instructor the percentage you would like allocated to participation.
Team Project20-40%At the end of the semester you will present a major project consisting of either an extensive case study of a nonprofit organization or a major research project of a topic related to, but not substantively covered in, this course.
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: To articulate the principle concepts in not-for-profit management
  • To familiarize students with the key dimensions, concepts, and practices in non-profit organizations;
  • To examine the role, work, and contributions of non-profit organizations to society;
  • To introduce students to some key issues facing non-profit organizations, and to develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities to analyze and propose options to address these issues;
  • To contrast the foundation and application of management concepts between the forprofit and not-for-profit sectors; and
  • To explore a biblical approach to the management of non-profit organizations and to the delivery of their programs and services.
COURSE TOPICS: For a detailed outline of topics and dates please see the course Moodle site.
  • Unit 1: Introduction/Overview (Chapters 1 & 2)
  • Unit 2: How NPO’s differ from For Profits (Collins). Quiz #1, Jan 14
  • Unit 3: Governance (Chapters 3 & 4). Quiz #2, Jan 28
  • Unit 4: Legal Considerations and Financial Management (Chapters 5, 10 and 13) Quiz #3, Feb 11
  • Unit 5: Stakeholder Management and Strategic Planning (Chapters 8, 9 and assigned reading). Quiz #4,
  • March 4
  • Unit 6: Resource Development (Chapters 6 & 7). Quiz #5, March 18
  • Unit 7: Human Resource Management (Chapter 11)
  • Unit 8: Information and Communication Technologies (Chapter 12). Quiz #6, April 1
Presentations of term projects will take place in the final two weeks of the semester.


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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