Management Fundamentals

Online Short Learning Programme

10 weeks
1 900.00

What is commonly referred to as “management” is an umbrella term that encompasses a large spectrum of specific management fields. Management research identified 52 management fields, spanning general and business management to management in specific industries such as finance, marketing, logistics, hospitality, manufacturing, property and even administration.

All these industry-specific management fields share the same basic managerial knowledge. Generally, these skills and competencies relate to functions such as planning, organising, leading and controlling, which are universally considered competencies that all managers, irrespective of the industry, should be capable of.

This course will provide you with a sound understanding of the tools to effectively manage a range of industry contexts and at various managerial levels, as well as understand why and how to apply sound business ethics and corporate governance.


This Management Fundamentals Online Short Course will provide you with the skills and tools to manage effectively in a range of industry contexts and at various managerial levels. By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge to:

  • Understand what management entails and what managers are required to do
  • Grasp the complexity of the business environment within which managers need to manage
  • Be familiar with the management of the main functional areas
  • Apply the fundamental management principles of planning, organising, leading and controlling
  • Understand and utilise sound business ethics and corporate governance
Subject Expert

The course has been designed and curated by Dr Deon van der Merwe.

Dr Deon van der Merwe holds a D.Litt. et Phil. in Psychology. He started his career in higher education in 1989 as a student counsellor, at the previous Rand Afrikaans University, now known as the University of Johannesburg. As he had a passion for teaching and learning he soon became involved in the field of academic development (AD), initially in student academic development. Recently, Dr van der Merwe became involved in private higher education, where he also acted as academic head, and academic director, of various private higher education institutions. He currently also consults as education development specialist to various institutions.

Dr. Van der Merwe has lectured in various fields of expertise, starting in the field of psychology. He ultimately extended his field of expertise into that of organisational development. This specifically included the field of organisational psychology, business management, strategic management, international business management, project management, and human resource management. He has also acted as research supervisor for numerous Masters dissertations and Doctoral theses.

Tutor Support

Each of our LCIBS Online courses is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready to guide and assist their students throughout their learning experience. The Online Academic Tutor who is assigned to your course is trained to mentor each student to reach their potential and achieve their learning goals. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

Course and Technical Requirements

Basic Requirements:

In order to get the full benefit of and complete this course, you are required to:

  • Have a registered email account for notifications and communications
  • Have access to a computer/laptop/tablet
  • Have a stable internet connection
  • Read documents in Adobe Acrobat PDF reader, or similar PDF viewer
  • Have access to the Microsoft Office Suite (inclusive of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or Mac OS Pages Application to create and read documents, as well have the ability to export documents into PDF files
  • Use the latest version of Firefox/Internet Explorer/Chrome web browser when accessing the Virtual Learning Environment

Additional Requirements:
Certain courses will require that you have additional software applications. These additional software applications will be communicated to you when you register and enrol for the course. Any additional resources that will be required will be at the discretion of the registered student.

How You Will Learn

This short learning programme has been designed and curated in manageable learning modules, which include diverse learning assessment activities.

  • Access your course notes via the Virtual Learning Environment
  • Learn while using our rich-interactive media, such as videos, infographics, gamification tools
  • Enjoy the supplementary case-study readings in each module
  • Participate and collaborate in discussion forums
  • Apply your learnings to self-grading quizzes and continuous assessments

module outline

Module 0

Module 1
An Introduction to Management

Module 2
The Business Environment

Module 3
Functional Management Areas

Module 4
Planning as a Management Function

Module 5
Organising as a Management Function

Module 6
Leading as a Management Function

Module 7
Control as a Management Function

Module 8
Business Ethics, Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance

Module 9
Wrap Up

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