Organizational Behavior

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Course Number: BUSADMIN 5530
Course Name: Organizational Behavior (Online)
Course Description:    Organizations, in and of themselves, do not behave, the people within them do. This course will give students a comprehensive view of organizational theory and behavior by studying individual and group behaviors and how these interrelate with the organization's structure, systems, and goals.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

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Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Apply theory to application, thereby demonstrating an understanding of the theoretical knowledge base of organizational behavior.
  • Analyze how individual and group behaviors act as building blocks to organizational behavior.
  • Analyze team behavior and its effect on productivity.
  • Articulate the importance of organizational behavior in the management of an organization.
  • Research and analyze aspects of organizational behavior.
  • Communicate and interact with team members.
  • Have an increased understanding of APA, Refworks, and Turnitin tools and other resources.
     

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1
Introduction to Organizational Behavior

As we begin the class, this first “mini-unit” will serve as an introduction to each other, to the online environment, and to organizational behavior. As we begin our study of organizational behavior, we look first to the past. We will explore how the field of organizational behavior developed. In addition, we will develop an understanding of the functions and roles of managers so that we can better appreciate the impact of environmental forces on the organization.

Unit 2
Individual Behavior in the Organization

Now we need to explore how individual behavior affects the organization. Individuals, of course, lay the groundwork for team and system behavior, so it is logical for us to begin here. Individuals are very complex beings and their behavior is not easily understood. One place to begin the process of understanding individual behavior is by understanding our own behaviors!

Unit 3
Group Behavior in the Organization

Now that we understand how individual behaviors influence the organization, we are ready to examine how a collection of people affect the functioning of an organization. We will find that individual perspectives combined with organizational idiosyncrasies make analysis difficult!

Unit 4
The Organization as a Structure

Our final unit focuses on the organization as a system. Behavior can be strongly influenced by the way in which a company is organized. Reporting relationships, levels of hierarchy, formality of process all can influence how people and teams conduct themselves. You will get a chance to discover how companies you are familiar with influence your work life.

Number of Exams: 4 exams for this course.

Number of Assignments: 4 writing assignments, 11 discussion/reply assignments and a research paper for this course.

Number of Projects: 4 group projects for this course.

Grading Information

Activity Points
Unit Written Activities
1@20 points each; 3 @ 30 each 110
Unit Team Activities
4@25 points each 100
Lesson Assignments
12 @ 15 points each 180
Unit Exams
1 @50 points; 3@ 75 each 275
Team Evaluations
4 @ 25 points each 100
TOTAL POINTS UNDERGRADUATE 765

Graduate Paper Milestones 5@5
25
Graduate Project 250
TOTAL POINTS GRADUATE 1040      

Final grades are determined by the total number of points earned based on the following scale:  

Final Semester Grading Scale          

A = 95 to 100% of total points
A- = 90% to 94% of total points
B+ = 87% to 89% of total points  
B = 84 to 86% of total points
B- = 80% to 82% of total points
C+ = 77% to 79% of total points
C= 74% to 76% of total points
C-= 70% to 72% of total points
D+=67% to 69% of total points
D = 64% to 66% of total points
D- = 60% to 63% of total points  
F = Less than 60% of total points

 

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