Introduction to Management

Academic year
Subject Area
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

This course is lectured in theoretical-practical classes, using examples showing real life situations. In some parts of the course audio visual techniques are used for better exposure of the material covered. The dialogue between students and professor is stressed, through the discussion of the topics of the program that deserve a special attention

Learning Outcomes

Overall objectives: To give a global view of the organizations and management characteristics and to emphasise the importance of the general context for the surveillance of the company. 

Specific objectives: It is expected that they understand the dynamics of the management process and can visualise the different functional areas in a company. It is also expected that they can understand the importance of the external context and the internal factors that contribute for the competitiveness of the company. Generic competencies: It is expected that the students acquired a body of competences that allows them to identify both the main factors that affect the regular company activity and a set of fundamental concepts to allow them to understand more advance courses of the management program.

Specific competencies: The students should be able to identify the context of the organizational activity, structural forms, and to become familiarized with basic management vocabulary.

Work Placement(s)



1-General features of a company

1.1Definition and objectives

1.2The preliminary phases

1.3Life cycle

1.4The source of funds

2-Organizational theories

2.1The classic organizational approach

2.2The human relations movement


3-The organization and the environment

3.1The external environment

3.2Ethics and social responsibility

3.3The international dimension

4-The structure of the organizations

4.1The standardization

4.2Structural forms

4.3Informal and formal organizational

5-Organizations and strategy

5.1Strategy fundaments

5.2SWOT analysis

5.3The different strategy levels

5.4Business strategies.

6-The management of non-profit organizations

6.1Similarities and differences

7-Basics on accounting information and organization management

7.1Fundamental concepts of financial accounting

7.2Balance sheet and income statement

8-Basics of financial calculus

8.1Capitalization and discount

8.2Rates equivalence and capitals equivalence

8.3The present value of an annuity

8.4Amortization ta

Head Lecturer(s)

Fernando Manuel Pereira Oliveira Carvalho

José Alberto Serra Ferreira Rodrigues Fuinhas

Assessment Methods

Evaluation: periodic or by final exam as given in the course information: 100.0%


ALMEIDA, Filipe (editor) Introdução à Gestão das Organizações. 4ª edição. Escolar Editora, 2016. [BP 658 INT]

ROBBINS, Stephen P. ; COULTER, Mary - Management. 13th ed.. Upper Saddle River : Prentice-Hall, 2014. [BP 658 ROB]