batch edit

Hey guys,

Just asking if there is a way to batch actions from the UI? I apologise if this is obvious, but nothign has come up in searches.
Today I had to import multiples of geometry and move/rotate/scale them all into the same place and sometimes they needed to have recompute normals/tangents executed.

Is there a way to edit/batch multiple objects with certain functions? Copy transforms, etc.
Something like Maya attribute spreadsheet, can I use the console to execute something across many items?