University of Toronto - Faculty of Information
INF 1230 Management of Information Organizations: Course Description
Course ObjectiveTo prepare beginning professionals to function effectively in information organizations.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the end of the course, students would have a general understanding of:
- foundational theories and principles of organizational behaviour and their application to information organizations
- administrative techniques considered important to the information manager
- the realities and challenges of participation in the management of information organizations
- current research, practices and problems in selected areas of administration of information organizations
- the basic literature and theories that would prepare students for advanced courses in the management of information organizations.
Relationship between Course and MI Program Learning Outcomes
A knowledge of management theory and principles enables students to participate meaningfully in organizations, helping organizations to respond to changing needs of society (PLO 1). An awareness of the economic and social values that undergird management practices helps students to develop as responsible leaders and innovative information professionals (PLO 2). An appreciation of the basic literature and major challenges of management theory and practice could motivate continued learning and development after graduation (PLO 6).
Students are encouraged to be familiar with the recommended readings as they expand on the material that is presented in class. Copies of the textbook (Moran, Stueart and Morner 2012) are available from University of Toronto libraries, UT bookstore, the publisher, and online booksellers. The textbook website contains case studies, exercises and examples. Copies of other readings may be available in the Inforum.
A number of in-class case studies and activities are compiled in the INF1230 Resource Workbook. Each student is required to have his or her own copy of the workbook, which may be downloaded HERE [60 pages, 700KB PDF].
Course RequirementsThere are two assignments and a final exam.
The purpose of the case assignment is to give students an opportunity to develop a case and apply one of the preferred approaches to managerial problem solving. In the assignment, students demonstrate their analytical and writing abilities as well as their understanding of management principles.
The purpose of the essay assignment is to expand students' management knowledge by writing a short paper (approx. 10 pages) on a topical area of management theory or practice that is not covered in the course. Examples of topics would include: managing diversity, knowledge management, and service quality.
The final exam tests the student's exit knowledge of the elements of management theory and practice introduced in the course. It focuses on concepts discussed in class and in the required readings.
Participation. We encourage students to participate actively in class discussions, exercises, and presentations.
Course grades will be derived as follows:
Case assignment = 25%
Due date: February 8th, 2017 (Section 1)
Essay assignment = 25%
Due date: March 1st, 2017 (Section 1)
Final examination = 40%
Date: April 5th, 2017 (Section 1)
Participation as noted above = 10%
Availability of Instructor
Students are welcome to discuss any course-related issues with the instructor. Chun Wei's office is Room 628; telephone 416.978.5266; e-mail . Office hours will be announced in class.Teaching assistant(s) will be announced in class.
Academic integrityPlease consult the University's site on Academic Integrity. The iSchool has a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism as defined in section B.I. 1. (d) of the University's Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters. You should acquaint yourself with the Code and Appendix A Section 2. Please review the material you covered in Cite it Right and consult the site How Not to Plagiarize.
Accommodation of students with disabilitiesStudents with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course. In particular, if you have a disability or health consideration that may require accommodations, please feel free to approach me and/or the Accessibility Services Office as soon as possible. The Accessibility Services staff are available by appointment to assess specific needs, provide referrals and arrange appropriate accommodations. The sooner you let them and me know your needs, the quicker we can assist you in achieving your learning goals in this course.
Writing supportThe SGS Office of English Language and Writing Support provides writing support for graduate students. The services are designed to target the needs of both native and non-native speakers of English and include courses, workshops, individual writing consultations, and online resources. Please avail yourself of these services.
GradingPlease consult the iSchool's official interpretation of letter grades and the University's policy on Graduate Grading and Evaluation Practices. These will form the basis for grading in the course.