Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MSD 298
Course Title:
Trends in Management and Supervision
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Course Description

Examines specific topics of current interest not necessarily covered in other Management/Supervisory Development classes but related to the changing management field. Investigate different topics earning from 1 to 6 credits depending on the length of the class. Other workshop descriptions are available by calling the Management and Supervisory Development Department. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • In a work group, describe the importance of knowing the various components of specific issues facing managers and supervisors today.
  • Identify one current issue today and describe how it impacts the organization and the environment.
  • Understand how traditional approaches to management may not work in today's condition and explain the process for adapting the approach if necessary.
  • Describe how adapting to change is essential if the organization is going to grow and compete in today's environment.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • In a small group, demonstrate how to successfully implement a change in a process.
  • Describe how to integrate past knowledge and experience with learning today.
  • Explain the importance of keeping abreast with current and changing management ideas and concepts.
  • Submit a project or paper focusing on one or more aspects covered in the session or class in addition to classroom instruction.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Demonstrate an effective technique for implementing a new process or procedure into the organization.
  • Describe an action plan for ensuring managers and supervisors are kept informed of changes in management's philosophy.
  • Explain the importance of adapting processes and people with new knowledge.

General Concepts

  • Establish processes that always keep managers and supervisors aware of changes.
  • Stress the importance of keeping the competitive edge by being informed of new technology and processes.


  • Identify areas where changes will have the most impact and plan accordingly.


  • Overcome workers resistance to changes in processes or procedures.
  • Encourage open communication when changes occur.