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MG 365 Organizational Behavior
Stroud, James R.


James Stroud
James.Stroud@pirate.park.edu

I began teaching for Park in 1996 as an adjunct instructor at Minot AFB, ND.

I enlisted in the USAF in 1982, attended University of LaVerne and graduated with a BS in Business Administration in 1992. In 1994 I enrolled in Central Michigan University in the Human Resource Administration graduate program and received that degree in 1996.

I retired from the USAF in 2002 and moved to the city of Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix, AZ

I fimly believe that knowledge in the classroom must not only be acquired but translated for personal application as well as application in the work center.  As a life long learner I look forward to your unique experiences that will enrich us all.


Park Vision/Mission Statement

Park University Vision

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Park University Mission

The mission of Park University, a entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

 
Course Description

 Examines theoretical and practical perspectives and experiences in the areas of motivation and human relations; individual behavior, small group behavior, intergroup behavior; organizational effectiveness, and organizational development. Lecture, discussion, and cases are used.

 
Overview and Course Goals

Welcome to Organizational Behavior (MG 365), on line! This course provides a thorough introduction to the field of management of organizational behavior. This course focuses on the fundamental behavioral science concepts and the tools needed to be a successful leader in today's global economy.

Each week we'll focus on two to four chapters in our text, Management of Organizational Behavior, Eighth Edition.

Provide the student with an understanding of the management of organizational behavior applicable to the public and private management and administration in a wide variety of disciplines: business, communication, health sciences, education, nursing, engineering, and agribusiness.

 
Core Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, each student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of applying behavioral sciences to a constantly changing environment.
  • Explain the relationships among various behavioral theories and the Situational Leadership model.
  • Analyze the similarities and differences among the various leadership models.
  • Explain alternative approaches to dealing with leadership challenges.
  • Diagnose specific situations and develop strategies to effect change.
  • Adapt known techniques to apply to various situations.
  • Communicate effectively with others so as to promote organizational goals.
  • Analyze and apply the leadership competencies needed for developing strategies to plan, direct, and control change and otherwise influencing organizational outcomes.
  • Analyze and apply the leadership competencies needed for developing strategies to plan, direct and control the implementation of quality management.
  • Apply the steps involved in implementing Situational Leadership.

 
Required Texts/Materials

Management of Organizational Behavior, Leading Human Resources, 8th ed., by Paul Hersey, Kenneth H. Blanchard, Dewey E. Johnson ISBN 0-13-017598-6

 
Course Policies

Course-Specific Policies:

This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the University Online computer service. Students are expected to devote a minimum of five hours per class week logged on to the computer conferencing system - the same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom.

A class week is defined as the period of time between Sunday and Saturday. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Saturday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by the Sunday that follows the end of the week assigned. Writing assignments and projects/problems should be completed and successfully submitted so that they are in my hands on the due date. This applies to assignments submitted through the postal service, as well as to assignments and papers submitted on-line. NOTE: Because this is an online course designed to get feedback on assignments to you directly via Internet, you must make prior arrangements with me before submitting a paper via fax or the postal service. If you ever have problems transmitting your assignments to me, telephone me immediately, and we'll get the problem solved.

Homework Homework must be submitted not later than the Sunday that follows the end of the week assigned. Late homework will not receive full grade credit. Homework not turned by the due date, but which is turned in no more then 7 days late, will receive 1/2 the score it would have received otherwise. Homework not received within 7 days of the due date will not be scored. No work received after the last Saturday of the online term will be scored.

Mid Term Examination A Mid Term Examination will be admisistered during the third week of the class. It will be posted in the Week 3 tab, only available for this week.  Each student will submit their answers via the Dropbox provided.

Comprehensive Examination A comprehensive examination must be taken in person at one of the Park College sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by the college and the instructor where Park College sites are not available. All Park sites are prepared to proctor exams and are the preferred choice. Unless you are more then two hours from a Park site, you are expected to use one of them to take your exam. (Exceptions will be carefully screened as per the directions I receive from the University. If your situation is exceptional, contact me before you submit your proctor form with details of your situation.)

  • For these proctored examinations, photo identification is required.
  • A proctor information form will be provided by Park at an address to be provided later.
  • If you are unable to make arrangements with someone who meets these criteria, contact the instructor for acceptable alternatives.
  • A proctor with email is much desired over one without email. Faxing and/or mailing are both relatively expensive, time consuming, and more prone to problems then email.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

Ground Rules for Online Participation

    • Students should use eMail for private messages to the instructor and other students. The Conference Area is for public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class.
    • All students will participate in weekly Online discussions. Conventions of "on-line etiquette," which include courtesy to all users, will be observed.
    • When completing assignments keep in mind this is an upper level course and will require more than simple regurgitation from the text.  All students are unique individuals that have different perceptions and experiences from which we all can benefit.  This includes summarizing the text in your own words, providing a value judgement expressed in terms as they relate to the class, knowledge from your own experiences and speculation on the application of a concept presented with the class.

Policy #1: If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, please contact the eCampus helpdesk via phone (toll free) at 1-866-301-PARK AND let me know also a.s.a.p. so that we can adjust accordingly.

Policy #2: Back up every piece of work you complete. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch out there in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.

Policy #3: Communicate: If you are experiencing any confusion over course material, technical difficulties that are not being resolved and are preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the course, let me know and refer to Course Policy #1.

Policy #4: Please check the Important Information area in the Course Conference before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I save a file in RTF format?). If you don't see your question there, then please post your question. Posting them in the threaded discussion area will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions. And remember, there are no stupid/silly questions. We are all here to learn!

Policy #5: E-Mail Procedures and Submitting Assignments

  • General e-mail: When sending e-mail other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all e-mail sent to me and/or other members of our class. (You might be surprised at how many emails I get with nothing but something like "slick@yahoo.com" as an identifier.)
  • My Response Policy: I will check my e-mail frequently. I will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours (unless I notify you previously that I will be unavailable). 
  • When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in RTF or txt formats only. To save a file in either of these formats, click the drop down triangle next to the "Save as" box at the bottom of the save window. Because of viruses being transmitted via Word documents, I will not open any sent to me in that format.

Policy #6: Workload: Each week's work must be completed by Midnight EST on Sunday. Late assigments will not normally be accepted unless approved by the instructor in advance.  The criterial for allowing a late assigment is very stringent. This is an on line course and offers maximum flexibility, and because of this flexibility only bona fide emergencies/military deployments/other serious issues will be considered.  A student can make a conscious decision to delay completing most or all assigments until the final days of the week.  However, deciding to "put off all assignments until the last possible minute" and then later discovering that they cannot be completed for some other reason will not be sufficient grounds for an extension.

Policy #7: Mid Term Examination A Mid Term Examination will be admisistered during the third week of the class. It will be posted tab in Week 3 and is to be done alone and returned to the instructor via dropbox.

Policy #8 Online Etiquette: All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.

DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability

 
Grading Policy

  • All graded activities, assignments, quizzes/tests, participation grade, projects, etc. that will be required should be listed here, and should include due dates for each item
  • Grading Rubrics/criteria for each listed item should be included.
  • Submission of Late Work: 

      Homework Homework must be submitted not later than the Sunday that follows the end of the week assigned. Late homework will not receive full grade credit. Homework not turned by the due date, but which is turned in no more then 7 days late, will receive 1/2 the score it would have received otherwise. Homework not received within 7 days of the due date will not be scored. No work received after the last Saturday of the online term will be scored.

  • Proctored final examination-
    • A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 
    • Other Information on proctored exams:
      • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
      • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
      • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
      • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Course Grading Scale

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

  • Homework Assignments/Group projects
  • Mid Term Exam
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Instructor evaluation/class participation which is made up of the following factors:
    1. Posting your introduction to the conference during the first week of the course.
    2. Posting comments on the videos and other related activities in the discussion threads each week.
    3. Team work - which includes joining/forming a team during week 1 and submitting the week 2 assignment with your team.
    4. Attending class each week - meaning being active with your team. I ask each team leader to report if someone did not participate during a week because Park makes me report to it.

The following percentages will be used to assign course grades:

  • 90% - 100% = A (90%)
  • 80% - 89% = B (80 to 89%)
  • 70% - 79% = C (70 to 79%)
  • 60% - 69% = D (60 to 69%)
  • Below 60% = F (less then 60%)

The work you do in this class is valued as follows:

  • Homework = 35% of grade
  • Mid Term Exam (3rd week) = 15% of grade
  • Comprehensive Examination (8th week) = 25% of grade
  • Participation etc. = 25% of grade

Late homework will not receive full grade credit. Homework not turned by the due date, but which is turned in no more then 7 days late, will receive 1/2 the score it would have received otherwise. Homework not received within 7 days of the due date will not be scored. No work received after the last Saturday of the online term will be scored.



Grading Methodology

Your Final Grade is based on a 100 point/percentage point system.  Your final grade is computed as a final numeric grade (e.g. 90%) and then converted to a Final Letter Grade as follows:  An accumulated 90-100 points will result in a final letter grade of an "A".  An accumulated 80-89 points will result in a final letter grade of a "B". An accumulated 70-79 points will result in a final letter grade of a "C". An accumulated 60-69 points will result in a final letter grade of a "D". Less than an accumulated 59 points will result in a final letter grade of an "F". 

Your Final Grade is is made up of an accumulation of the following:

  • Class Participation (CP) which includes timely (to be completed not later than midnight MST on Sunday of each week) and appropriate homework completion and conference thread postings, which account for 25% of your overall final grade for the course.  This participation includes your homework contribution as reported by your team.  Conference thread postings normally include an assignment of some kind in the discussion area (web sites, video commentary, other).  You will also be required to post your own Lessons Learned (LL) each week in the Lessons Learned thread in the Discussion area.  You will have the opportunity to accrue 3.5% of your overall grade each week in participation. During week 8 all that will be required is a cumulative LL posting, worth 0.5% or your overall grade. By the end of the course you can accumulate up to 25 class participation points.  Those 25 points make up 25% of your final grade. 

Conference thread posting grading rubric:

·        Homework Participation (1.5 points possible)

1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (joined a team, coordinated assignments, provided feedback)?

2. Was the team satisfied with your contribution to the weekly homework assignment (always turned in work on time, willing to do what the team asked of them)?  Believe me, your team will have no problems whatsoever reporting if you won’t pull your weight. J

3. Did the student response reflect 300-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)?

·         Weekly Assignment (1.0 points possible)

1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (reported observations on weekly video, provided a web site, or overall commentary about weekly assignment)?

2. Was the student response indicative of an "informed" response (e.g. it was clear that the student had prepared for the class through completion of assigned text and other readings, possibly some outside research performed by the student)?

3. Did the student response reflect 300-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)?

·         Lessons Learned:  (1.0 points possible)

1. Did the student response indicate that he/she followed the instructor's directions (e.g. started with the phrase "Lessons Learned")?

2. Did the student response reflect 300-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)?

For the most part, I do not believe in absolutes (there are always exceptions), but generally speaking, if I do not see a posting or I do not hear from you, then I assume that you have made the decision to dismiss your opportunity to receive credit.

NOTE: Do not post anything in the conference area past the aforementioned deadlines. If you have not made your posting in time to meet the deadline, then your opportunity to receive credit for that posting is lost and gone forever. There is no way to make up those points. It is like taking a 'traditional class' on (for example) a Monday and Wednesday night where the class meets from 7:30PM 'till 10PM. If you show up to class at 11:30PM (regardless of the reason) you still missed that class. We can't say that you were present, when, in fact you were not. My advice? Never wait 'till Sunday night to attempt to make your conference thread posting   :-)

There will be times when one or more of you will have to deal with scheduled and unscheduled absences (vacation, leave, babies, TDY, TAD, etc.). Please do not keep me guessing. If you are going to be absent, and you know in advance, prepare early and let me know about it by private Email. If you have an emergency - deal with the emergency! Then, when all is well, let me know about it and we'll work together to get you caught up. You should know that if I do not hear from a student for two weeks, I am obligated (I have no choice) to report the absence to main campus who then has to consider academic withdrawal from the course.

·         Homework  (35.0 points possible)

During weeks 1-7 you will be required to complete a weekly Homework assignment.  This can be submitted individually for weeks 1 & 2, but beginning with week 3 individual assignments will not be accepted, under any circumstance.  All future assignments must be completed in teams.  This assignment will be worth 5.0 points each week, for a total of 35% of your overall grade.  The following criteria will be used for grading:

1. Did the student/team response(s) indicate that he/she/they followed the instructor's directions (answered all questions completely, using examples and restating the answers in their own words)?

2. Did the student response reflect 300-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness)?
 

·         During week 3 of the term you will be required to take a Mid Term Exam.  This exam will be posted, and your answers must be completed and placed in the appropriate Dropbox by midnight Sunday of week 3. It is worth 15% of your overall grade.  Answer each question completely, citing examples and references, and including your own personal observations, if appropriate.  The answers must reflect 300-level work (clearly expressed, spelling, grammar, appropriateness).

·         You will take a proctored, cumulative Final Exam sometime between Monday and Friday of week 8.  The final exam is closed-book, closed-notes and will account for 25% of your final grade.  Failure to take the final exam will result in an automatic "F" as the student's final grade.  This final must be taken no later than Friday of week 8.  Failure to ensure an available proctor during this time period is also grounds for failure (for those of you who like to put things off, you have been warned) J.

 

So, what’s this mean to me?

Once gradebooks have been updated each week, you’ll notice that your grade is based on points available for the week.  These are called points in your gradebook, but they are really percentages of your overall grade to date.  They will be computed as follows:

Homework:   5 points

Participation: 3.5 points

Total points for each week: 8.5

So take all of your points, add them up & divide by 8.5, and you have your total weekly grade.

For the statistically minded what this means is that:

So, each week where there is a discussion and homework of any kind, 8.5% of your overall course grade is up for grabs.

This is how it will be reflected in your gradebooks :-)

 

 
Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community.  Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. 

Definitions

Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

  • Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
  • Plagiarism involves the use of quotation 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 assignments (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
  • Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
  • Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
    • Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
    • Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
    • Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.

Procedure

In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park UniversityPark University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the 2004-2005 Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

 
Attendance

Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work.  Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse from their instructor, will be administratively withdrawn and notified via email that you have been withdrawn and a grade of "WH" will be recorded.

An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.  Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

For more details on Park University on page 100 of the Park University Undergraduate Catalog.

 
Student Resources

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.

Park University Online Bookstore - Select "Distance Learning - Graduate," or "Distance Learning Internet," and then click on the appropriate course code (ex. AC 201, PA 501) to see the list of required and optional texts for each course that you are enrolled in. 

Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Your Campus Center Administrator can provide advising to you, please contact them for assistance.  If you need contact information for your Campus Center, click here.

Online Tutoring Services - Park University has arranged for Online students to receive five hours of free access to Online tutoring and academic support through Smarthinking. If you would like Online tutoring, please contact me to receive their recommendation and information on how to access the Online tutoring.

Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.

Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275).  To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.

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