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Online · School of Business · Graduate Business

Non-Profit Management
MGMT-602

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

Leaders of nonprofit organizations must understand their role in the diverse political, social and economic contexts in which they will lead. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of how to lead a nonprofit organization. Students will examine governance, key concepts and the stakeholders involved in nonprofit management.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

In the United States, the primary focus of coursework in Business graduate programs is the for-profit sector. Nonprofit management is a relatively new field of graduate professional education. Although still a small field compared with business management or public administration, nonprofit management programs have grown rapidly. Liberty University recognizes that many of its Business graduates may seek a vocation in areas other than the for-profit sector. Thus, the rationale for this course is to provide graduate students with the essential skills necessary to lead, manage, and operate nonprofit organizations.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine nonprofit management, the nonprofit sector, and nonprofit organizations.
  2. Analyze the governance and leadership aspects of nonprofit organizations.
  3. Assess the importance of management functions for the nonprofit organization.
  4. Compare and contrast the functions of obtaining and managing resources.
  5. Apply Christian worldview perspective to nonprofit management.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Worth, M. J. (2019). Nonprofit management: Principles and practice (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 9781506396866.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Each Discussion Board Forum is split over 2 modules/weeks and requires a thread of at least 400 words and at least 2 replies of at least 200 words each. The student will be reviewing and analyzing case studies/journal articles for each Discussion Board Forum.

Nonprofit Analysis Project

This project starts with the student reading about a Christian worldview and reflecting upon it in a short essay. Then, the student will select 10 different nonprofit organizations to review. After narrowing the reviewed 10 down to 1 particular organization, the student will do an in-depth evaluation and assessment, providing a list of well-supported recommendations. This will culminate in a professional letter to the assessed organization with the recommendations.

Quizzes (4)

There will be 4 open-book quizzes over the Worth reading, each comprising of 25 multiple-choice questions. The student will have 45 minutes to complete each quiz.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums

Thread (4 at 60 pts ea)

240

Replies (4 at 40 pts ea)

160

Nonprofit Analysis Project

300

Quizzes (4 at 75 pts ea)

300

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

MGMT 602

Textbook: Worth, Nonprofit Management: Principles and Practice (2017).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Worth: chs. 1–2

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1 Thread

Quiz 1

10

0

60

75

2

Worth: ch. 3

DB Forum 1 Replies

40

3

Worth: ch. 4

1 presentation

1 website

DB Forum 2 Thread

Quiz 2

60

75

4

Worth: ch. 5

1 presentation

DB Forum 2 Replies

40

5

Worth: chs. 6–8

1 presentation

1 case study

DB Forum 3 Thread

Quiz 3

60

75

6

Worth: ch. 12

1 presentation

DB Forum 3 Replies

40

7

Worth: chs. 13–14

DB Forum 4 Thread

Quiz 4

60

75

8

Worth: chs. 9–10

DB Forum 4 Replies

Nonprofit Analysis Project

40

300

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week begins on Saturday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Friday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The First week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Friday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET).