MG365 Organizational Behavior

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MG 365 Organizational Behavior


F2R 2008 SC


Rener, William H.


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Office Location

Scott AFB, IL

Office Hours

By Appointment Only

Daytime Phone

618-744-1426  ext. 662009

Other Phone



Semester Dates

19 Oct - 14 Dec 08

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM


Instructor's Permission

Credit Hours


Paul Hersey; Kenneth H. Blanchard; and Dewey E. Johnson;  Management of Organizational Behavior: Leading Human Resources, Ninth Edition, Prentice-Hall, 2007

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Additional Resources:

The Wall Street Journal
Academy of Management Journal
California Management Review
Academy of Management Review
Journal of Organizational Behavior; the journal of industrial, occupational, and organizational psychology of behavior
Journal of Organizational Behavior Management
Journal of Organizational Change Management
Organizational Dynamics
Applied Behavioral Science
Journal of Applied Psychology
Management Review
HR Magazine:  on human resourcfe management
Human Resource Management
Journal of Management

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Course Description:
MG365(PS374) Organizational Behavior: 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. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: MG352

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosphy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, classroom activities, examinations, and writings.  Each student brings their own unique experiences, successes, and failures into the classroom environment.  Students are strongly encouraged to participate in lively exploration of new ideas, discussion of real organizational issues and critical thinking that will break the bounds of old paradigms.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Illustrate what a manager can do to diagnose and improve motivation. (Application)
  2. Differentiate between leadership and management and tell when each is appropriate in an organization. (Analysis)
  3. Assess the impact of Situational Leadership methods on organizational performance (Evaluation)
  4. Analyze the types of informal and formal communication in organizations (Analysis)
  5. Examine how effective teams are part of a competitive strategy (Analysis)
  6. Evaluate the skills necessary in conducting change processes within an organization (Evaluation)

Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the course's Core Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. 

For this course, the core assessment is a Comprehensive Final Examination to be administered in all sections of MG 365. This exam is worth at least 30 percent of the student's final grade and will test students' mastery of the Core Learning Outcomes (as listed on this syllabus) through definitions, essay, and/or multiple choice questions. 

This core assessment is a CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTES comprehensive examination that must be administered and proctored in the classroom and may not be given as a take-home examination. Students should not have access to the exam or its questions before it is administered. The duration of the exam can be no longer than two hours. 

No computers, or materials other than a writing instrument and a calculator without text functions and communication may be used for the exam; this applies to all students, regardless of whether the exam is for on-line or face-to-face students. Completion of the exam is strictly individual; students may not work in groups to complete the exam.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

2 Quizzes:  25 points each  50 points 10%
1 Midterm Exam:  100 points 20%.  The midterm is not a take home test; it is a closed book and closed notes exam.
1 research paper, 10 to 12 pages in length (double spaced) on a topic of student's choice (subject to approval by instructor) and presentation:  100 points (80 paper/20 presentation) 20%
Comprehensive Final Exam:  150 points 30%.  The final is not a take home test; it is a closed book, closed notes comprehensive exam.
1 Article assessment:  50 points 10%.  Students will pick out an article, copy it and write a short synopis of the article.  Students should identify 3 course concepts, paraphrase what these concepts are while citing their text.  Guidelines:  1-2 pages of body text, 1" margins, double space, header, and assessment.
Classroom participation:  50 points 10%
Total points = 500
Research paper and presentation:  A topic to be chosen, research material gathered, a paper formulated, and a powerpoint presentation (7-10 minutes).  Research matereial should be information gathered from, but not limited to, academic journals.  A minimum of 5 sources must be used and cited.  Select a topic that is related to Organization Behavior.  Use your book as a reference to choose an appropriate topic.  Your topic must be approved by the instructor by 31 Oct 08.
- The body of the paper should be 10-12 pages in length.  Direct quotes in any format are not allowed.  You must use APA 5th edition for your formatting.  Margins should be 1" and the entire paper should be double spaced.  You should use the first paragraph to introduce the topic tot he reader and to introduce the main points of the research articles you have chosed.  Then you will move through to analyze and summarize each of the sources.  Transistion sentences should be used to tie one article summary to the next.  A final concluding paragraph should be included at the end.  You should avoid personal pronouns in writing.  Also, you should not site someone that the author or the article you are reading cited, unless you read that source personally.  The paper is due both electronically and in paper by the due date.  Electronic papers will be submitted to a plagiarism tool.
- The paper will be graded to include grammar, flow of thought, transitions, content, and format.  Other factors may be considered in the grading of this paper.  If you have any questions while completing this assignment, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor to have the question answered.  A minimum of five sources, in addition to the text should be utilized.  Students will present their paper to the class using a powerpoint presentation (minimum of 4 slides/maximum of 10) lasting 7 to 10 minutes each.  Grading criteria:  format/reference:  10; grammar:  10; introduction:  5; transitions and flow of thought:  5; conclusion:  10; main body of paper:  40; and presentation:  20.


Mid-term Exam         20%
Final Exam                30%
Paper/Presentation     20%
Article Summination   10%
2 Quizzes                  10%
Participation               10%
Grading Scale:
A...91% or higher
F...60% or below  

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late course material will be accepted unless cleared with the instructor.  Late submission of course material will result in a one letter grade deduction.  Students are required to submit a one-page, double spaced overview of each chapter missed because of absence, regardless of excussed/unexcussed absence.  TDY, illness, etc., are expected, but every attempt will be made by the student to keep the instructo informed.  Missed classes due to ordinary leave/vacation are not considered excused absences.  Two or more unexcused absences are excessive and may be grounds for a failing grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class attendance and participation are required and will form part of the final grade.  Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.  Students are required to read all assigned material PRIOR to class and be prepared to discuss the material.  Cell phones are to be turned off, or set to "vibrate," in the classroom.  If you must answer your cell phone, you must leave the classroom to do so.  You may not leave the classroom and re-enter during an examination.  If you leave the classroom, your examination will be considered "completed" at the time you leave.  Food and drinks are not allowed in the classroom; water is the only exception.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

24 Oct 1 Administrative notes and course overview, introductions, review syllabus, Chapters 1 thru 3, case studies
31 Oct 2 Chapters 4 thru 6, handouts, case studies, Quiz, Topics for paper due
7 Nov  3 Chapters 7 thru 8, case studies, review for Midterm
14 Nov 4 Chapter 9, Review, Midterm
21 Nov 5 Chapters 10 thru 12, case studies, Papers due
28 Nov 6 Chapters 13 thru 14, presentations, Quiz
5 Dec  7 Chapters 15 thru 16, case studies, presentations, Complete Instructor Evaluations on-line, review for Final, Article synopis due
12 Dec 8 Complete presentations, Review, Final Examination

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.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Essay questions requiring synthesis, analysis, evaluation and application with a maximum value of 40 points  per question. Includes CLOs 1-6                                                                                                               
Nearly all organizational behavior processes are perfectly identified and related to outcomes.  Average of 35 points or more per essay question. Most organizational behavior processes are identified and related to outcomes.  Average of 25 to 35 points per essay question. Most organizational behavior processes and not correctly identified nor are they related to outcomes.  Average of 15 to 25 points per essay question. Few organizational behavior processes are recognized and none are related to outcomes.  Average of less than 15 points per essay question. 
Essay question responses demonstrate content and technical skill in  communicating.  Includes CLOs 1-6                                                                                                                                                     
Nearly all definitions and behavioral models described relate to the problem stated and lead to organizational behavior outcomes. Most definitions and behavioral models described relate to the problem stated and lead to organizational behavior outcomes. Most definitions and behavioral models described are incorrect or do not relate to the problem stated or lead to organizational behavior outcomes. Few definitions and behavioral models are correctly described and none  relate to the problem stated or lead to organizational behavior outcomes. 
Outcomes that examine recognition and use of organizational behavior descriptions, definitions, and concepts using multiple choice questions with a maximum score of 100 points.  Includes CLOs 1-6                                                        
Student demonstrates complete understanding of organizational behavior descriptions, definitions and concepts.  Score is 90 points or more. Student demonstrates   understanding of organizational behavior descriptions, definitions and concepts.  Score 70 to 89 points. Student demonstrates little   understanding of organizational behavior descriptions, definitions and concepts.  Score is 50 to 69 points. Student does not demonstrate an understanding of organizational behavior descriptions, definitions or concepts.  Score is less than 49 points. 


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