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HR 422 Organizational Development and Change
Medina, Ruth


SYLLABUS Course Number: HR 422
Course Title: Organizational Development and Change
Instructor: Ruth Medina 203-4523 (cell)
Term Dates: 14 March - 8 May 2005
Meeting Time: T/TH 7:40pm - 1010pm
Resident Center:Ft. Bliss

I. 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


II. GOALS OF THE COURSE
Introduce the student with the fundamental concepts and tools of Human Resources Management. Ethical and legal aspects of the human resources field will be addressed. Topics will include: the changing environment of human resources, legal aspects, job designs, job analysis, performance appraisals, training, compensation and benefits, safety and health issues. The topics will be covered by a combination of textbook, articles, and case studies.

III. LEARNING OBJECTIVES
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
7. Identify three basic Organization Development intervention techniques.

IV. COURSE ARRANGEMENT
This course is designed as an instructor-to-student led discussion; supplementing the text book material with “real-life” relevant information. The classes will be conducive for the sharing of professional expertise by students. Students will discuss case studies in small groups.

V. COURSE REQUIREMENTS
For successful completion of the course, the students are required to:
1. Read chapter assignments prior to class,
2. Actively participate in class/small group discussions,
3. Take mid-term/final exam on scheduled dates,
4. Conduct research for a 10 page term paper to be submitted in APA format (Students are responsible for choosing their term paper topics. A short description of the topic is due by the third week.),
5. Present findings to the class using visual aids.

VI. TEXBOOK
Organizational Development: Behavioral Science, 6th edition; French, Wendell L., PrenticeHall, 1999.

VII. SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCE MATERIALS LIST
Students are encouraged to read books, articles, internet sites related to Human Resources.


VIII. CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

WEEK 1 1
Course Introduction/Discussion of the
goals and objectives
Lecture & discussion of Chapter 1
(read prior to class)
2
Lecture & discussion of Chapters 2
(read prior to class)
Case Study: TBA

WEEK 2 1
Lecture & discussion of Chapters 3
(read prior to class)
2
Lecture & discussion of Chapters 4
(read prior to class)
Small Group discussion

WEEK 3 1
Lecture & discussion of Chapters 5 & 6
(read prior to class)
Submit topic for term paper
Case Study: TBA
2
Lecture & discussion of Chapters 7 & 8
(read prior to class)
Small Group discussion
Review for Mid-term exam

WEEK 4 1
Mid-term Exam
2
Lecture & discussion of Chapters 9 & 10 (read
prior to class)
Small Group discussion
WEEK 5 1
Lecture & discussion of Chapters 11 & 12
(read prior to class)
case Study: TBA
2
Lecture & discussion of Chapters 13 & 14
(read prior to class)
Case Study: TBA

WEEK 6 1
Lecture & discussion of Chapters 15 & 16
(read prior to class)
Case Study: TBA
2
Lecture & discussion of Chapters 17
(read prior to class)
Case Study: TBA

WEEK 7 1
Lecture & discussion of Chapter 18
(read prior to class)
Review for Final Exam
2
Final Exam

WEEK 8 1
Individual presentations
2
Individual presentations



IX. CLASS POLICIES
Academic honesty is expected from all students. Students are expected to be present and on time for every class session. Please refer to Park University’s student handbook for attendance policy. If a student misses a class he/she will submit a summary for each chapter discussed in class during his/her absence. Term paper will follow the APA writing style. If a students makes up a test or submits the term paper late, he/she will drop a letter grade for the term or test.

X. GRADING POLICY

Grading Percentage of Final Grade

90 - 100 A Mid-Term Examination 35%
80 - 89 B Final Examination 35%
70 - 79 C Written & Oral Presentation 15%
60 - 69 D Class Attendance/Participation 10%
00 - 59 F Case Studies 5%