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MGT 315: Organizational Behavior

Course Description

This course covers the individual, organizational, and group-level factors that determine people’s behavior in organizations, and the direction and success of these organization: personality, values, attitudes, motivation, organizational structure, organizational culture, leadership and management, power and political behavior, group process, teamwork, communication, conflict, and organizational change.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • MGT 101: Principles of Management

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Analyze Organizational Behavior in terms of 3 dimensions – individual, organizational, group.
  2. Compare the dimension of personality with that of values, and their effects people’s behavior in organizations
  3. Evaluate the relevance of ‘affect’ and Emotional Intelligence to personal development and org. behavior.
  4. Describe the relationship of a person’s attitudes to his/her organizational behavior.
  5. Define motivation and the individual characteristics and organizational practices that affect it.
  6. Describe the elements of organizational structure and compare organizations accordingly.
  7. Define the concept and specify the elements of organizational culture.
  8. Compare important theories of leadership (compared to management) and evaluate their impact on individual and organizational behavior.
  9. Define and identify the bases of power in organizations.
  10. Analyze the causes and consequences of political behavior.
  11. Describe the role and importance of groups within organizations.
  12. Identify and describe the values and behaviors needed for effective teamwork
  13. Identify and apply the elements of teamwork and group process.
  14. Compare the various sources and types of organizational conflict.
  15. Describe the nature and functions of communication in organizations.
  16. Analyze the causes of success or failure in organizational change.
  17. Identify and describe the values and behaviors needed for effective teamwork
  18. Apply the concepts of teamwork and group process.
  19. Describe and analyze organizational conflict.
  20. Describe the nature and functions of communication in organizations.
  21. Analyze the causes of success or failure in organizational change.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions

25%

Written Assignments (Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7)

25%

Tests (Weeks 4 & 8)

25%

Team Assignment (Week 7)

10%

Course Application / Case Paper (Week 8)

15%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Robbins, S.P. and Judge, T.A. Essentials of Organizational Behavior. 14th ed. Pearson, 2018. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-452484-9 [Looseleaf Version]
  • Hacker, D. A Writer's Reference. 8th ed. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 2015. ISBN-13: 9781457666766 (Strongly Recommended)

 

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,3

Topics: Introduction to Organizational Behavior & Individual Characteristics, Part 1

  • Readings and Recordings:
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 5
    • View Weekly Lecture
  • Read assigned chapters
  • View / Listen to recorded lecture
  • Participate in the Discussions (3)

2

4,5,6

Topic: Individual Characteristics, Part 2

  • Readings and Recordings:
    • Chapter 3
    • Chapter 4
    • Chapter 6
    • View Weekly Lecture
    • Listen to Podcast

 

  • Read assigned chapters
  • View / Listen to recorded lecture
  • Listen to podcast
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Written Assignment

3

7,8

Topic: Indivdual Motivation & Organizational Practices

  • Readings and Recordings:
    • Chapter 7
    • Chapter 8 (pages 121-124)
    • View Weekly Lecture
  • Read assigned chapters
  • View / Listen to recorded lecture
  • Participate in the Discussions (Parts 1 & 2)
  • Submit Written Assignment

4

9,10,11

Topics: Characteristics of Organizations: Structure and Culture

  • Readings and Recordings:
    • Chapter 15
    • Chapter 16
    • View Weekly Lecture
    • View Video Clips
  • Read assigned chapters
  • View / Listen to recorded lecture
  • View videos
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Test 1

5

14,15

Topics: Leadership, Management Power and Power & Politics

  • Readings and Recordings:
    • Chapter 12
    • Chapter 13 (pages 207-220)
    • View Weekly Lecture
    • View Video Clips
  • Read assigned chapters
  • View / Listen to recorded lecture
  • Participate in the Discussions (Parts 1 & 2)
  • Submit Written Assignment

6

16,17

Topics: Groups and Teams

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9 (pages 136-149)
    • Chapter 10

 

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Written Assignment
  • Begin Team Assignment

7

19,20

Topics: Group Decision-Making, Communication and Conflict

  • Readings and Recordings:
    • Chapter 6 (pages 78-91)
    • Chapter 9 (pages 149-153)
    • Chapter 11 (pages 171-187)
    • Chapter 14 (pages 226-234)
    • View Weekly Lecture
    • Listen to Podcast
  • Read assigned chapters
  • View / Listen to recorded lecture
  • View videos
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Written Assignment (Team Assessment)
  • Submit Team Powerpoint

8

1,21

Topic: Organizational Change

  • Readings and Recordings:
    • Chapter 17 (pages 285-296)
    • View Weekly Lecture
  • Read assigned chapters
  • View / Listen to recorded lecture
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Test 2
  • Submit Course Application / Case Paper
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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