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Organizational Effectiveness & Leadership

OEL 501 - Learning Community (3 credits)

This course will focus on establishing collaborative learning environments within an organization, including those in a global community. This course presents an analysis of the various leadership styles, focuses on the theoretical constructs for learning organization, and explor issues like diversity and moral and ethical dilemmas in leadership at the various organizational levels (individual, group, and organizational). This course provides students in a leadership role an opportunity to analyze, reflect on, and apply organizational principles, as well as other behaviors necessary to develop a learning organization. This is the first course to be taken by students enrolled in the Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership major.

OEL 520 - Personal Leadership (3 credits)

This course will focus on the premise that everyone is capable of being a leader. Students will examine their own leadership style through the use of leadership assessment tools and literature reviews. These will include a number of alternative perspectives of leadership, including contemporary styles. Students will analyze these styles along with information from the assessments, apply them using action learning methods, and develop their own personal model of leadership. Prerequisite(s): OEL 501.

OEL 525 - Group Process & Team Dynamics (3 credits)

This course will focus on exposing students to the social and psychological effects of group and team dynamics on an organization's ability to stay competitive in a global environment. Students will have an opportunity to explore various concepts associated with the formation of groups, inter-and intra-group relations, and other methods for measuring and improving group effectiveness. Emphasis will be placed on theory and practice related to the various types of leadership teams, team cohesiveness, group communication, conflict resolution, and other concepts related to group processes and team dynamics. Prerequisite(s): OEL 501.

OEL 530 - Organizational Development Lndscp (3 credits)

This course will focus on allowing students to gain insights into the history and development of the principles of organizational structure and design. Students will explore the complexities associated with achieving a high performing organization, & consider the influence of such factors as organizational goals, life cycle, culture, and environment on organizational design and decision making. This course will place emphasis on the roles of key business disciplines in achieving the organization's mission. Prerequisite(s): OEL 501.

OEL 541 - Business & Economics of an Organ. (3 credits)

This course will focus on introducing students to the financial strategies required for non-financial managers working in a global economic environment. The course will present a high level overview of various accounting and financial processes, as well as other resources necessary for decision making and organizational strategic planning purposes. Prerequisite(s): OEL 501.

OEL 542 - Effective Communication (3 credits)

This course presents communication as integral to management strategy and as a critical component for success in the workplace. In this class, you will develop a foundation for designing effective messages, both written and oral, from concept to delivery. You will use a strategic communication model to identify objectives, analyze audiences, choose information, and create the most effective arrangement and channel for that message. Particularly, the course emphasizes elements of persuasive communication: how to design messages for diverse and possibly resistant audiences and how to present that information in a credible and convincing way. Prerequisite: OEL 501

OEL 553 - Nonprofit Management (3 credits)

This course is designed to allow students to allow students to gain competencies necessary to manage nonprofit organizations. This course focuses on current issues, theoretical perspectives, federal and state regulations and reporting requirements, policies, and methods in the development and management of a nonprofit organization. The course places additional emphasis on strategic planning, marketing, identifying financial resources (grants, fundraising, etc.), management of finances (making operational and capital budgeting decisions) and human resources—that includes volunteers, information technology, and the skills necessary for effective organizational leadership. Prerequisite(s): OEL 501

OEL 554 - Nonprofit Resource Dev. & Fundrsng (3 credits)

This course focuses on the history, theories, skills, and practices of fundraising, including how fundraising emanates from the organizations’ strategic plan; how marketing has an impact on fundraising; the components of a successful fundraising campaign; fundraising ethics and legal issues; and the basic techniques of fundraising such as annual giving, grant writing, special events, and capital campaigns. Prerequsite: OEL 501

OEL 610 - Intercultural/Global Perspectives (3 credits)

This course examines the role of culture, its impact on organizational effectiveness, and the interaction between culture within an organization and the diverse and emerging cultures that prevail in a global economy characterized by rapid demographic change, new technology, and shifting values as companies seek to reach out to more diverse populations of both customers and employees. Students will explore the dimensions of this diversity and examine how it represents both a challenge and an opportunity depending on how effectively it can be integrated into the culture of an organization. The premise of the course is that managing diversity is a source of competitive advantage; that there is a "business case" as well as an ethical case for diversity. Because all organizations of any significance now operate within a global economy, the culture that drives behavior and values may differ from traditional American business practices. Understanding how these cultural differences affect human resource management, marketing, and operations can determine success or failure for anyone working in this global economy. Finally, ethical challenges and clashing values present significant challenges and require a solid framework of knowledge and sensitivity for creating workable solutions.

OEL 615 - Developing & Leading Others (3 credits)

This course wll focus on various leadership styles and their influence on an organization. The course will further examine theory and practice of leadership models and concepts, and build on coaching, mentoring, motivational, and empowerment models required to develop effective leadership skills. Prerequisite(s): OEL 501.

OEL 643 - Leading Organizational Change (3 credits)

This course will provide a conceptual frame of organizational change theories, concepts and models. Students will have an opportunity to practice implementing organizational change processes; and to examine critical leadership competencies necessary to lead a strategic change initiative. This course will also allow students to gain a broad understanding of issues associated with implementing a change process at the individual, group, and organizational levels. Students will critically examine different types of change – incremental, transitional, transformative, and strategic – and the various implementations in performing systems change. Prerequisite(s): OEL 501

OEL 655 - Roles of Nonprof in Fstrng Soc Chng (3 credits)

This course focuses on the impact of nonprofit organization in fostering social change and the roles of the director and board in bringing about social change. The course will challenge students to consider the shift from a program centric model to a mission centric approach that is focused on social impact, outcomes, and measures of success. Students will also gain an understanding of the roles and influences (positive and negative) of philanthropy on political advocacy and social change movements in the U.S.; the scope and diversity of the philanthropic sector; political advocacy approaches and social movements; and examples of current philanthropic involvement in advocacy and social change efforts across the political spectrum. It will examine nonprofit organizations that have succeeded and those that have failed in implementing social change. Prerequisites: OEL501

OEL 690 - Applied Research Project (3 credits)

This course will focus on providing research techniques and language for both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Topics will include developing research questions and hypotheses,conducting library/literature searches, research limitations, and other research design considerations. The applied research project is a part of the Capstone Seminar course. The research project should be a work-based project focused on a research problem. Prerequisite(s): MAT 105, OEL 501.

OEL 695 - Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

This is the capstone course for the Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership major and should be taken in the student's last semester. This course provides an opportunity for students to complete, present, and receive feedback on their research projects. The projects will be evaluated by peers and faculty. It also provides students an opportunity to reflect upon and integrate their course learning with their life and work experiences and to relate their learning to effectiveness within their organizational work environments. Prerequisite(s): Minimum completion of 9 credits in the OEL program including OEL 690.


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