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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Basic Management Skills

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.1 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 3.8 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 27, 2005 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This site contains a nice collection of short articles related to basic
management skills and theories. The topics covered include: time management;
presentations; written and oral communication skills; project planning;
delegation; people management; team and group development; and leadership.

The articles are concise and provide useful guidelines for managers or students
in all of these areas.

The site also links to pages concisely summarizing current thinking in
leadership, learning organizations, and group facilitation.
Learning Goals: The major learning goals of the module were not articulated. One can surmise
that the author is providing a tutorial to students of engineering that can
begin to prepare them to be managers and/or understand the management function.
This may be of use to someone who is offering a short course to a class on
Basic Management Skills.
Target Student Population: Students in an introductory general management course. This site would also be
an appropriate resource for higher level business courses where students are
required to complete and present group projects because it provides a concise
review and guidelines for the skills involved in those types of activities.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: The tutorial is quite basic. No special skills are required. If the student
has at least some basic work experience the module will probably be more
meaningful for this student. It is not as clear what the student will gain
after having read this tutorial.
Type of Material: Tutorial.
Could be adapted for use by the lecturer.
Collection of readings on key management topics.
Some articles on teaching the subject are referenced.
Recommended Uses: This module is designed for the lecturer looking to find easy to read articles
on key management topics.
It could be adapted for lectures.
It could be adapted for use in class or as homework. No questions are found at
the end of the articles (that would make it more useful for class discussion or
homework purposes).
Technical Requirements: Internet access.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The articles are very readable, concise and cover the most important areas of
the topics. The choice of sub-topics within the tutorial are appropriate. The
articles are interesting and easy to ready. It is not as clear why the student
projects are indexed in this tutorial.
Concerns: The articles do not cover any of the topic areas in great depth. The articles
are from 10 years ago. The author does not link the topics. The author could
provide objectives of the module, questions to guide discussion; suggested uses
of the tutorial; a clear explanation for the student web sites and their uses.
Power Points would be nice if used for lecture/in-class discussion purposes.


Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.8 stars
Strengths: As an introduction, review, or resource related to basic management skills the
depth and coverage are appropriate. The articles are very interesting and not
very difficult to read.

Concerns: The relationships among the concepts are not as clear. Why were these
sub-topics chosen? Provide some clear objectives. Provide some suggested uses
for assignments, etc.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The site topics are focused and relevant. Quite usable. Not as richly
inter-connected – one section to another. Student web sites weren’t as helpful.

Concerns: You need to scroll down to find the student created resources and users may not
realize these resources exist.

Other Issues and Comments: Could be more visually appealing.
Could have suggested more creative uses for the module.
Could have explained the framework for selection of the topics.
Could have explained the rationale for inclusion of the student web sites.
Articles are very interesting and easy to read. Specify audience (graduate vs.
undergraduate). Specify objectives. Recommend specific uses. Consider
including discussion questions, self-test questions, concept checks, or learning
summaries.