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MG 365 Organizational Behavior
Walizer, Ottis E.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an 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.

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Course

MG 365 Organizational Behavior

Semester

U1T 2006 DLD

Faculty

Walizer, Ottis E.

Degrees/Certificates

MS Degree, Human Resource Management and Development
BS Degree, Business Management
AS Degree, Nuclear Devices Technology

Daytime Phone

701-858-3124

Other Phone

701-838-1664

E-Mail

ottis.walizer@pirate.park.edu

walizer@ndak.net

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Management of Organizational Behavior, Leading Human Resources, 8th ed., by Paul Hersey, Kenneth H. Blanchard, Dewey E. Johnson ISBN 0-13-017598-6The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
The WSJ is an excellent reference for this course. (It never fails to amaze me how many companies do the wrong thing in managing people!) It is available at most libraries, in many offices, and other places. While not required for this course, it will enhance your understanding immeasurably.
Hard copy subscriptions that include the online subscription are available to you as a student at special discounted rates. You can subscribe on-line. Click here to subscribe online! Following this link will let the WSJ folks know you are enrolled as a student in this online course. Delivery will start in a few days and they will bill you directly, usually within 3 or 4 weeks. Alternatively, you can send me an e-mail that includes: First and last name, address (street, city, state, zip), length of subscription you want, and the month and year you expect to graduate. I'll transfer your information to a WSJ form and send it to them. They will start delivery, usually in less than two weeks, and will bill you directly, usually within 3 or 4 weeks


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.   Prerequisite: MG352.  3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the term “organizational behavior”.
  2. List the dominant values in today's workforce.
  3. Describe the relationship between satisfaction and productivity.
  4. Describe ways in which emotions influence work-related behavior.
  5. Explain escalation of commitment.
  6. Explain why people join groups.
  7. Contrast teams with groups.
  8. Describe how culture is transmitted to employees.
  9. Describe how culture is transmitted to employees.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Case assignments, quizzes/tests, participation grade

Grading:
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:
Posting your introduction to the conference during the first week of the course.
Posting comments on the videos and other related activities in the discussion threads each week.
Team work - which includes joining/forming a team during week 1 and submitting the week 2 assignment with your team.
Having a completed, correct proctor form submitted by the end of week 4. There is a link to the proctor form provided below.
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.
Responding to my request for teammate evaluations during week 8.
Other course related activities.
The following percentages will be used to assign course grades:

90% - 100% = A (90+ weighted points)
80% - 89% = B (80 to 89 weighted points)
70% - 79% = C (70 to 79 weighted points)
60% - 69% = D (60 to 69 weighted points)
Below 60% = F (less then 60 weighted points)
The work you do in this class is valued as follows:

Homework = 40% of grade
Mid Term Exam (3rd week) = 15% of grade
Comprehensive Examination (8th week) = 30% of grade
Instructor evaluation/class participation etc. = 15% of grade

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Unexcused late work will receive 50% value.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1
Readings: Read Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of the text.
• On-line Conference Assignments:
o Check into the Introductions thread in the Course Home. Leave a brief introductory message telling me and your classmates a little about yourself - where you are, your e-mail address, what experience you have related to the course subject matter, and anything else you think might be relevant to this course. Feel free to experiment. Try to get comfortable with the format.
o ALSO, begin looking for people you can team with. We'll use teams of 3 or 4 people each to do assignments starting this week if you can get it together, but no later then next week. I recommend finding someone with different experiences and background than you have so that you can support each other. The sooner you get your team formed the better it will be for you.
o If there is anything in the readings that you don't understand, post a question in the Discussion thread and I will respond as quickly as I can. You are taking this course because you don't know the material - therefore, I expect a lot of questions. Everyone can learn from the questions others post.
o If one of your classmates has posted a question and you know the answer feel free to post an answer yourself.
• Second go to the Lecture thread for a brief lecture
• Third go to the homework thread to find your weekly assignments
• Fourth go to the Groupwork thread
Week 2.

Readings: Read Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of the text.
Class Activities:
o On-line Conference Assignments:
1. Conference with your classmates. By now you should have found 2 or 3 others that you can team up with for your homework assignments. There should be either 3 or 4 members to each team. This week's assignment is to be submitted by the team.
2. View the first part of the video related to the course. Links will be provided in the conference to the videos. Post your comments (good, bad, or indifferent) in the discussion thread.
3. With the team, find a web site that relates to our topics this week and post it in the conference. This means that each team is to find one web site for the week. Use the Week 2 Groupwork thread.
o Team Leaders
o send a list of your team members to me via email along with the team name.
If there is anything in the readings that you don't understand or would like to discuss further, post a question to the Q & A thread in the conference and I will respond as quickly as I can. Also, if you would like to try an on-line chat send an email to me and we can set up a time to meet.
o Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment: after you finish the readings for Week 2, look into the Assignment 2 thread in the conference for questions and/or case studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions. Consolidate your answers into one e-mail with each member's name on it and submit it to the instructor.
o Send your solutions to me by Midnight on the Sunday that follows the end of this week.
o Proctors: If you haven't yet located someone to proctor your exam you should begin looking now. You can't complete the course without one and finding one at the last minute may be impossible. I'd like to know who your proctor is not later then week 4. As soon as Park has the proctor forms ready for you to use, I'll let you know.
Week 3.
Readings:
Text: Read Chapters 7, 8, and 9.
Mid-Term exam: (Individual Activity) I will send an email message to each of you with an essay question that will serve as a mid-term exam. You are to work alone on this and email your response directly to me. The question will be based on the readings up to this week and will require you to demonstrate that you understand what you have read so far. This should take no more then one hour - probably less then 30 minutes if you are up to speed on the readings.
Class Activities:
1. On-line Conference Assignment:If you haven't already done so, either work out a rotation schedule of who will lead the team; someone who will consolidate team member's answers and submit them. The team leader can decide how the work is to be done, lead discussions on any topic, and make sure everyone has copies of the material submitted. Teams will be graded on the quality of the work submitted.
2. View the second part of the video related to the course. Links will be provided in the conference to the videos. Post your comments (good, bad, or indifferent) in the discussion thread.
3. At the end of the course I will ask each of you to rate the contributions of your fellow team members. If someone does not contribute to the team's effort, the other members of the team should reflect that in the rating assigned. These ratings will be personal email to me and I will not share the individual ratings.
* Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment: after you finish the readings for Week 3, look into the Homework thread in the conference for questions and/or case studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions. Consolidate your team's answers into one e-mail with each member's name on it and submit it to the instructor.
* Make sure that this assignment is delivered to the instructor via e-mail not later than the Sunday that follows the end of the third week!
* Proctor Forms: It is better to do it now then to wait until the last minute and find out that your proctor is too busy or is unacceptable to me ;-)
Week 4.
Readings:
Text: Read Chapters 10, 11, and 12.
Class Activities:
o On-line Conference Assignments:
1. Work with your team to prepare thoughtful, insightful answers to the questions and case situations posed.
2. With the team, find a web site that relates to our topics this week and post it in the conference. This means that each team is to find one web site for the week. Use the Week 4 Discussion thread.
3. View the third part of the video related to the course. Links will be provided in the conference to the videos. Post your comments (good, bad, or indifferent) in the discussion thread.
o Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment: after you finish the readings for Week 4, look into the Assignment 4 thread in the conference for questions and/or case studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions.
o Team Leaders: Consolidate your team's answers into one e-mail with each member's name on it and submit it to the instructor.
o Send your solutions to me by Midnight of the Sunday that follows the end of this week.
Week 5.
Readings:
Text: Read Chapters 13, 14, and 15.
Class Activities:
o On-line Conference Assignments:
1. Work with your team to prepare thoughtful, insightful answers to the questions and case situations posed.
2. With the team, find a web site that relates to our topics this week and post it in the conference. This means that each team is to find one web site for the week. Use the Week 5 Discussion thread.
3. View the fourth part of the video related to the course. Links will be provided in the conference to the videos. Post your comments (good, bad, or indifferent) in the discussion thread.
o Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment: after you finish the readings for Week 5, look into the Assignment 5 thread in the conference for questions and/or cases studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions.
o Team Leaders: Consolidate your team's answers into one e-mail with each member's name on it and submit it to the instructor.
o Send your solutions to me by Midnight of the Sunday that follows the end of this week
Week 6.
Readings:
Text: Read Chapters 16, 17, and 18.
Class Activities:
o On-line Conference Assignments:
1. Work with your team to prepare thoughtful, insightful answers to the questions and case situations posed.
2. With the team, find a web site that relates to our topics this week and post it in the conference. This means that each team is to find one web site for the week. Use the Week 6 Discussion thread.
o Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment: after you finish the readings for Week 6, look into the Assignment 6 thread in the conference for questions and/or cases studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions.
o Team Leaders: Consolidate your team's answers into one e-mail with each member's name on it and submit it to the instructor.
o Send your solutions to me by Midnight of the Sunday that follows the end of this week.
Week 7.
Readings:
Text: Read Chapters 19, 20, and 21.
Class Activities:
o On-line Conference Assignments:
1. Work with your team to prepare thoughtful, insightful answers to the questions and case situations posed. The assignment is due by Midnight of the Sunday that follows the end of this week (week 7).
2. With the team, find a web site that relates to our topics this week and post it in the conference. This means that each team is to find one web site for the week. Use the Week 7 Discussion thread.
o Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment:after you finish the readings assigned for Week 7, look into the Assignment 7 thread in the conference for questions and/or cases studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions.
o Team Leaders: Consolidate your team's answers into one e-mail with each member's name on it and submit it to the instructor.
o Send your solutions to me by Midnight of the Sunday that follows the end of this week.
Week 8.
Even though we are done with reading the text, this will be a busy week.
Class Activities:
1. *** Comprehensive Examinations will be administered this week. *** Arrange a time with your proctor to take the Examination so that it can be in my hands not later than Saturday of this week (week 8). The exam will consist of 70 multiple choice questions.
2. Be sure your proctor sends your answer sheet to me not later than Saturday. You must find a proctor who can send it electronically, either via FAX or email. Snail mail is no longer acceptable. It must be in my hands by Saturday midnight of week 8 as I must turn in grades by Tuesday. This is your responsibility!
3. Please complete the Student Opinion Survey form.
4. In the discussion thread for this week I have posted a brief summary of an example of poor management. Now that you have finished this course you surely have noted other examples. I'd like for you to post at least one of your own examples of poor management in that thread.
5. Last, but not least, I want each of you to assess each of your team member's contribution to the team effort. You can make your comments directly to me via e-mail. This evaluation will be part of the score each of you receives for class participation. Other parts of this score are related to your individual postings during the term - introductions, timeliness of assignments, following instructions for homework and the examination, completing the Instructor and Course evaluation, etc.
* Everything must be to me by Midnight Saturday of this week. Nothing submitted after this time can be considered for your grade!

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
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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 "WH".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: 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. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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