SAS150 - Administration and Management in Student Affairs

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Subject Title
Administration and Management in Student Affairs

Subject Description
This course will provide students with a general overview of the competencies required to effectively manage a student affairs department within a Canadian postsecondary setting including the key areas of: Visioning, Human Resources, Financial Management and Leadership Development.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Student Affairs and Services Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Analyze a department vision and mission statement utilizing tools such as: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis and environmental scanning.
2. Describe the concepts involved in establishing departmental and unit budgets.
3. Analyze the impact of departmental and unit budgets on student affairs programs and services.
4. Explain the methods used to successfully recruit, develop, and retain full-time staff members.
5. Justify the importance of timely, accurate, and constructive staff feedback.
6. Describe the impact of evolving technologies on stakeholder desires and student affairs operations.
7. Describe the benefits of working within a team philosophy in student affairs.
8. Discuss the ethical, moral and leadership challenges currently facing student affairs professionals.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

SAS110, SAS120, SAS130, SAS140

Topic Outline

  • Organizational and Departmental Mission, Vision, and Values
  • Staff Recruitment, Training and Development
  • Budgeting and Money Management
  • Staff Feedback
  • Impact of new technologies
  • Teamwork
  • Ethics and Leadership

Mode of Instruction
This subject is delivered online.  This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor, and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
McClelland, G.S., Stringer, J. & Associates. The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration, 3rd Edition., Jossey-Bass.

Reference Material
Students will need a spreadsheet application such as MS Excel 2000 or later, or Open Office to work with the spreadsheets in this subject. A free download of Open Office is provided inside the online subject

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

5 Discussion Assignments (7% each) 35%
2 Major Assignments (15% and 20%) 35%
Final Examination 30%
Total 100%

The final exam must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered.  If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.

Expected English Competencies: 

The ability to communicate in writing is essential for success in all subjects. All written work must display the following characteristics of clarity and conciseness: 
  • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar 
  • spelling and punctuation are correct 
  • appropriate vocabulary is used 
  • sentences are structured correctly 
  • main points are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
  • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs 
  • work is arranged in correct format (i.e., reports, essays) 
  • layout is attractively displayed
  • external sources are appropriately referred
Up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all written work if the above mentioned expected English competencies are not met. 
Promotion Policy

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course. 

Assignments are due on the dates specified.  Begin your assignments early in anticipation of unforeseen problems that may arise in your work or personal life.  Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action be established.  Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks after the assignment due date.

The College's Academic Policy will prevail regarding Academic Honesty.

Assignments will be marked on the basis of an appropriate standard of research, content, organizaton of material and presentation.  Assignments are to be grammatically correct and typewritten or prepared by computer.

Students are expected to demonstrate a professional level of communication skills both verbally and in their written work.

All academic policies of the College at which you registered apply.  This includes, but is not limited to, policies related to grading supplemental exams, deferred exams, and accommodations.


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