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Course Description: This course will provide the student with an understanding of the basic theories and techniques of organizational development. We will focus on practical information regarding the design, management and control of organizational development programs in business, public sector and social services organizations. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: “It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known but to challenge it.” Words to live (and learn) by from Jacob Bronowski, American mathematician, scientist, and educator. Text and lecture (minimal) will introduce students to the fundamental tenets that form the theoretical foundations of organization development. Active participation (maximal) in discussions and assignments will augment and enhance that learning into an operational foundation.
Learning Outcomes:Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to: 1) Define the term “organization development” and describe conditions that require organization change and renewal; 2) Describe organization culture and explain how culture affects the behavior of individuals in organizations; 3) Describe the stages of organization development; 4) Identify the ways groups cope with change.
5) List three ways interpersonal, team, and intergroup techniques contribute to an OD program; 6) Explain how team development is part of an OD program, and 7) Identify three basic Organization Development intervention techniques.
Course Assessment: Assessment will be based on a combination of participation in class discussions, preparation and defense of written assignments, preparation and oral presentation of a research paper, and a written exam.
Grading: Participation - 15%
Written Assignments - 30%
Research Paper and Presentation - 25%
Final Exam - 30%
A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 60 - 69
F 00 - 59
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to promptly attend all class sessions, promptly complete and submit all assignments, and actively participate in the learning process. Students will at all times, but especially during class discussions, remember to respect the opinions of classmates and their right to express them.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: The schedule of class discussions and assignments is:
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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